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Cancer Care

Psychological and Spiritual Support

Body, Mind and Spirit

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas recognizes that the emotional toll of a cancer diagnosis and the treatment can be devastating. That’s why the hospital is committed to caring for the whole patient — body, mind, and spirit. From support groups and chaplains to social workers and nurse navigators, Texas Health Dallas provides you the support you need to cope with cancer.

Support Groups

The diagnosis and treatment of cancer can leave a person living with the disease and their family feeling overwhelmed, afraid, out of control, and alone. Coping with these emotions, as well as the many physical challenges of cancer, can be difficult. Texas Health Resources has joined with Cancer Support Community of North Texas to offer patients comprehensive support services on the Texas Health Dallas, Plano, and Alliance campuses.

  • Education
  • Survivor support
  • Support groups
  • Wellness and lifestyle workshops
  • Social connections
  • Children’s program
  • Decision counseling
  • Bereavement

For more information on any of the above listed resources and programs, please visit the Cancer Support Community of North Texas website.

Download the Cancer Support Community of North Texas’ calendar and event schedule

Social Work

A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming and the effects of the disease and its treatment can present unique challenges. That's why Texas Health Dallas provides a social worker specifically dedicated to the inpatient oncology unit who can help patients and their families navigate the maze of medical, emotional and social services they may need as they cope with cancer.

The social worker provides education, support, and referrals to resources that can help meet patient and family needs. Our social worker begins with a thorough assessment of the patient's situation and available oncology resources and then provides assistance with issues, including:

  • Financial resources and assistance
  • Medical equipment for home use
  • Lodging and transportation
  • Information and assistance with advance directives
  • Finding nearby support groups and other support resources
  • Transferring to rehabilitation services/skilled nursing care as appropriate
  • Hospice care
  • Other discharge planning needs
  • Advocates for the patient, within the hospital and the community

For social work services, please call 214-345-7985.

Spiritual Support

To help meet the pastoral and spiritual needs of patients and family members, a chaplain is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Texas Health Dallas has a chaplain who is specifically dedicated to the oncology unit. The chaplain understands how life is different after a cancer diagnosis and visits patients each day. The chaplain offers a pastoral presence through prayer, encouragement and a listening ear. With the patient's permission, the chaplain will assist in locating the patient's own clergy or a member of their faith community.

Patients and their family members can find prayer pamphlets in the one of the hospital’s chapels and on the oncology unit. You can speak with a chaplain at any time via our page operator at 214-345-8480. You can also ask your nurse to make a referral, or contact the pastoral care department during business hours at 214-345-7158.

Women's Resource Center

Texas Health Dallas strives to help women gain the awareness and information they need about cancer through the Women's Cancer Resource Center. Located in the Margot Perot Center, where many breast care services are provided, the center can help connect you to support services, the high risk breast cancer program and our genetic counseling and testing program.

Volunteers, who themselves are breast cancer survivors, assist in staffing the center and are available to provide reassurance to women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Information is available in the center's library on many topics, including:

  • Breast health
  • Breast cancer
  • Gynecological cancers — including uterine, cervical and ovarian
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Lymphoma and leukemia
  • Lung cancer

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