A cancer diagnosis is a life changing event, both for the patient and the family. Research indicates people who get the support they need have more favorable outcomes. In response to this and the mission statement of Porter Adventist Hospital, oncology offers a wide range of support services to cope with the experience of a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Following is a list of groups and services that can strengthen you on this journey.
Support Groups and Services
General Cancer Support Services
Breast Cancer Support Services
Other Site Specific Support Services
Individual and Family Counseling
Palliative Care Services
Cancer Survivorship: a monthly group meeting the first Wednesday of the month from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in Poncha Springs Conference Room. This group is for patients and support people dealing with any type of cancer and any stage of cancer. Focus is on hope, education and adjustments during and after treatment. No fee or registration required.
Monthly Breast Cancer Support Group: This group is primarily for women diagnosed with breast cancer within the past year, although women at any stage of breast cancer journey are welcome. The focus is education, perspective and support. The format of the group is that there is a guest co-facilitator each month who has an area of expertise of interest to breast cancer survivors. Half of the group is spent with questions and discussion with regard to this area of expertise. The other half of the group is spent addressing survivor issues and concerns on that day. This group meets the first Tuesday of the month from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. in Eagle Conference Room. No fee or registration is required.
- Breast Nurse Navigation: See Patient Navigation below.
- Annual Breast Cancer Survivors Dinner: This is an event sponsored by Porter Adventist Hospital in the month of October to celebrate the survivorship of breast cancer patients. It combines opportunities to network with resource people, a dinner and a guest speaker. The event is USUALLY the second Tuesday of October. Registration is required with Ask-A-Nurse approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the event.
Head and Neck Cancer Support Group: This is a monthly group for head and neck cancer patients and their families or support people. The format of the group is to have a guest co-facilitator each month representing a topic of interest to this population. There is also time to address general issues of concern. This group meets the last Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Twin Peaks Conference Room. No registration is required.
- Kids Alive: Support for Children of Parents with Cancer: This group is open to children ages 6-16 who have a parent diagnosed with cancer. It meets monthly October through June, usually on the second Saturday of the month, in Twin Peaks Conference Room. Visit the website at www.kidsalivecolorado.org. There is no fee, but registration is required. Call 303-778-5832 to request an application.
- Young Survivors Group: This is a monthly group, meeting the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in Cottonwood Springs Conference Room. Being diagnosed with cancer in your 20s and 30s is very different than being diagnosed in middle or older age. It is open to anyone in this age range with any type of cancer. It is also open to the support people in their lives. This group is a combination of support, discussion, guest speakers and social gatherings. No fee or registration is required.
- Look Good...Feel Better: This is a free two-hour program co-sponsored with the American Cancer Society that will help women undergoing cancer treatment to cope with changes in their appearance, including hair loss. It is offered twice a year at Porter Hospital. There is no fee, but registration is required by calling 303-777-6877, approximately 3 weeks before the scheduled group. For further information regarding the exact dates at Porter Hospital, please call 303-778-5832.
Individual and Family Counseling: This is a service provided to any oncology patient or family at no charge. Services are provided by the clinical nurse specialist for oncology support services. To make an appointment, call 303-765-3888.
For further information about any of the support groups or counseling services please call 303-778-5832.
Breast Cancer: Our Nurse Navigator guides women diagnosed with breast cancer through the various medical processes throughout the continuum of care at the Porter Cancer Care Center. She serves as a resource for breast cancer patient by providing education and helping them find resources they need for care and support. She can be reached at 303-765-3750 or by calling Porter Comprehensive Breast Care at 303-765-6380.
- Head and Neck Cancer: Gayle Reynolds, BA, RN, OCN is a Nurse Navigator who guides patients diagnosed with head and neck cancers throughout their cancer treatment by helping them steer through the healthcare system. She also serves as a resource for head and neck cancer patients by helping them work through and remove barriers to their care and cancer treatment, such as insurance or transportation issues. Gayle can be reached at 303-765-6184.
Centura Health’s palliative care program specializes in the relief of pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness, whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to prevent and relieve suffering and provide the best quality of life for patients and their families. Palliative care is provided by a team of professionals that offer coordinated care to address a patient’s physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs, and can help them cope with the pain and anxiety that come with major health changes. This care may be provided along with other medical treatment. The palliative care team is available Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. To request a palliative care consultation, discuss your wishes with your physician to obtain a referral. You can talk to a palliative care team member by call 303-778-5699. For more information about palliative care go to www.getpalliativecare.org.
Hereditary Cancer Clinic: A genetic counselor performs cancer and genetic risk assessments and counsels individuals and families about their chances of having an inherited condition in their family as well as the cancer risks to other family members. The genetic counselor also coordinates genetic testing, if warranted, and helps patients adapt and cope with the implications of their genetic test results. For more information or to make an appointment at Porter Adventist Hospital, please call Melissa Gilstrap, MS, CGC at (303) 765-3923.