Working With Your Doctor to Fight Your Cancer
When you have cancer, your oncologist does a lot of the heavy lifting. This is the person who plans your treatments, dispenses vital medications and orders key tests. You have work to do too, including managing your appointments, handling your cancer paperwork and addressing your cancer side effects. That work is vital—but it can be hard to handle when you're living with cancer.
We can help.
When you come to The AIS Cancer Center at San Joaquin Community Hospital (SJCH) for care, you'll have an entire team of cancer support staff that will work hard to smooth your journey from diagnosis to recovery.
Key Treatment for Cancer, Without the Hassle
There are all sorts of therapies your oncologist might use in order to treat your cancer, including:
Every therapy comes with an appointment—and every therapy comes with an insurance payment. When you're fighting cancer, you may not have the energy to handle those details. We can help.
Your patient service coordinator can schedule your appointments, coordinate your referrals and maximize your insurance benefits. This person will handle all of the pesky details and paperwork so you can focus on healing.
You will also have access to a nurse navigator. If you have questions about how your treatments work or you need help understanding your cancer treatment options, your cancer nurse can help. Your nurse can also help you handle admissions, referrals and other clinical documents; understand when you need help with cancer side effects, and refer you to other AIS Cancer Center resources that can help.
Moving Past Cancer Side Effects
Paperwork is just one of the cancer details you'll need to attend to. You may also have side effects to handle—and when you come to The AIS Cancer Center, you won't have to handle them alone.
You'll have access to a cancer dietitian during your cancer fight. Together, you'll develop a meal plan that helps you to stay strong during your therapy—and your dietitian can provide extra support if eating with cancer grows difficult for you. Nutritional counseling like this could help you emerge from cancer therapy at a healthy weight, and the lessons you learn here could help you to eat right for the rest of life too.
Cancer can also cause pain, and if that pain is left untreated, it could impact your ability to participate in your treatment program. Our pain management specialists can help you get relief. The team will stay in contact with you too, as your pain plans might change as your treatments change.
Support for Your Mind and Soul
Cancer doesn't just touch your body. It can also touch your heart and your mind. When you need someone to talk to or you need to find a solution for a mental health issue caused by cancer, we can help.
Your cancer social worker can listen to your concerns about your cancer, and together you may find new and healthy ways to think about your disease. Your social worker can also help you to learn how to talk about your disease, so your family and friends will know about how you're feeling and what you need. If you need more help, your social worker can help refer you to community programs that can reach into the heart of the issue.
We also have programs that can soothe your soul. Our chaplain can offer you spiritual support and guidance in a private meeting, or you can join one of our weekly public prayer services held right in the lobby of our hospital. As a faith-based hospital, we also believe in the power of spontaneous prayer. If you'd like someone to pray with you or for you, that support is always available. Just ask.
Cancer Care With a Difference
When you come to us for cancer care, you won't be alone. Instead, you'll have an entire team devoted to your treatment and recovery. We encourage you to see the difference for yourself. To learn more, call 661.323.4673 .