At the Baystate Regional Cancer Program, cancer treatment is more than the latest surgery or innovative medication. We believe strongly that treating your cancer really means caring for all of you.
Studies have shown an integrated, holistic treatment approach is more effective than procedural practice alone. Our clinical experts develop programs best suited to your individual needs and medical history. You’ll be a part of every decision and will feel in control through lifestyle and diet changes, exercise, prevention practices, spiritual support, and more.
Going through cancer treatment can be frightening and difficult. Your care team at the Baystate Regional Cancer Program knows this. We’re here for you with supportive care that starts as soon as you’re diagnosed and continues throughout your treatment and beyond.
Support care includes everything from nutritional needs to pain management to counseling, if needed. Incorporating these comprehensive services into the care plan helps to ensure that you are better able to complete the full treatment regimen during the prescribed timetable.
As soon as you know you have cancer, we’ll work with you to determine your need and desire for supportive services. A supportive and palliative care physician will coordinate care with your entire team, including:
- Clinical dietitian
- Radiation oncologist
- Social worker
- Other specialists on your care team
Palliative care strives to relieve the symptoms and challenges that may come with a cancer diagnosis and treatment.
For example, you might feel tired, depressed, and nauseated from your disease and the chemotherapy. Palliative care specialists will work with your care team to address these issues and improve your quality of life during treatment.
For others, it may mean symptom management and assistance with nutritional or other issues associated with long-term cancer. Our experts will work with you to address your specific needs and concerns.
Other Specialized Support Services
We encourage you to talk to the members of your care team at any time about any concerns you may have. In addition to the comprehensive support services we offer within the Baystate Regional Cancer Program, we also have relationships with other services in the community who may be able to help.
Additional support services offered through the Baystate Regional Cancer Program include: