Oncology Support Programs for Patients and Their Families

Archbold’s comprehensive cancer care doesn’t end in the treatment room. The Lewis Hall Singletary Oncology Center offers support programs, social services and financial assistance for patients and their families.

Financial Assistance

Finances are often a major concern for people with cancer. Financial counseling can give them peace of mind and allows them to concentrate on the road to recovery.

Our qualified staff can answer questions about financial aid, help with insurance claims and counsel patients who are struggling with cancer-related costs, such as treatment and medications.

Therapy Services

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists help people diagnosed with cancer before and after surgery. Physical therapists design individualized exercise and treatment programs to help reduce or prevent many cancer-related problems.

By designing individualized treatment programs, therapists help patients recover and heal faster than they would on their own.

Speech Therapy for Head and Neck Cancer

After a cancer diagnosis, a patient may be referred to a speech-language pathologist (SLP) to learn about what changes they can expect during and after cancer treatment. An SLP is an important member of a cancer team, as they can provide information regarding potential side effects on voice, speech and swallowing.

Patients may experience swallowing difficulties, such as food and liquids sticking in the throat, going into the airway or going up the nose. Therapy would focus on improving and maintaining the range of motion and strength of swallowing muscles, as well as modifications to maximize swallow safety and efficiency. In addition, patients may experience jaw pain and stiffness during and after treatment.

Occupational Therapy for Breast Cancer

Many breast cancer patients experience shoulder issues brought on by cancer treatments, which can be addressed with therapy.

Occupational therapy interventions are comprehensive to not only establish baseline function and movement prior to cancer treatment, but also prevent or minimize functional deficits during and after treatment. A therapist will provide training on therapeutic range of motion exercises and muscle re-education techniques, in addition to manual therapy techniques for soft tissue and joint limitation.

For more information, please call 229.228.8050.

Nutrition Therapy

Our registered dietitian helps patients with cancer create a nutrition plan that helps them better tolerate treatment and manage nutrition-related side effects. Together with other members of a patient’s care team, the dietitian ensures that each patient receives a nutritionally balanced diet that complements their treatment program and gives them the nutrients they need to heal.

For more information, call our oncology dietitian at 229.584.5458.

Palliative Medicine

Archbold offers inpatient and outpatient palliative medicine services for residents of Thomas County and the surrounding areas who have received a cancer diagnosis. Palliative care focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of cancer. The goal is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and the patient’s family.

Our palliative medicine team works with patients’ doctors to provide an extra level of care to help patients manage side effects while they are also receiving treatment. Palliative care is available for patients of all ages at any stage of cancer.

A physician’s order is required. Learn more about palliative medicine or call the palliative care nurse practitioner at 229.228.8436.

Social Services

Cancer affects not only the body, but also the emotions and lives of patients and their family members. Oncology social workers can help with psychological, social and financial concerns. They can connect patients and caregivers with support groups, home care assistance, transportation and more. This practical support helps patients maintain a positive attitude and outlook during treatment and survivorship.

An oncology social worker can be reached at 229.584.5483.

The Beeson Boutique

The Beeson Boutique was designed to help patients and survivors look and feel their best. Conveniently located at the Lewis Hall Singletary Oncology Center, our certified cancer navigator can assist with fittings for breast prostheses, post-mastectomy bras and post-surgical camisoles. Most insurance providers, including Medicare, cover both the breast prosthesis and bras. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Wigs, scarves and hair wraps are also available in a variety of styles and colors.

To schedule an appointment, call 229.584.5445.

Support Groups and Activities

Art Therapy: Our art therapy program uses visual arts to improve patients’ well-being. Sessions take place Wednesdays from 9 a.m.–noon.

Brave and Beautiful: Brave and Beautiful is a free, hands-on group workshop dedicated to helping women with cancer overcome appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Women get tips about skincare, makeup applications, and hair/wig techniques. Free name-brand cosmetics are given to participants to use during and after the workshop.

Sessions are held the second Monday of every other month from 10 a.m.–noon. This program is sponsored by the Archbold Foundation.

Cancer Support Group: Our cancer support group offers emotional support and educational information to cancer survivors. The group meets the second Wednesday of every month from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Lunch is provided.

Chair Massage: Free chair massages are offered on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month in the lobby from 9:30–11:30 a.m.

HOPE Program: A collaboration between the Lewis Hall Singletary Oncology Center, Archbold rehabilitation services, and the YMCA, the free HOPE (Helping Oncology Patients Exercise) program is designed to help cancer patients improve the quality of their lives through exercise. Participating in HOPE requires a referral from the Lewis Hall Singletary Oncology Center.

Pet Therapy: Visiting with our certified therapy dogs provides patients and their families with relaxation and distraction from pain, discomfort, and stress while improving mood and energy. Pet Therapy visits occur every Wednesday from 10–11 a.m.

Yoga Therapy: Gentle, reflective, restorative—come give yoga a try. This class is for all levels and is held each Tuesday in the lobby from 5–6 p.m.

For more information about these programs, call our patient navigator at 229.584.5445.