At Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth’s Cancer Center, your emotional and support needs are just as important to us as the treatment of your cancer diagnosis. Our dedicated and caring support staff is here to help you every step of the way in your recovery.
Support systems include:
- Nurse Navigators
Our nurse navigators make a significant difference in the care of cancer patients by serving as a single point of contact, an advocate, and a teacher throughout the process of diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. Nurse Navigators improve patient preparedness for treatments, provide logistical support and facilitate the referrals process. They can also work with patients and their families to address their ongoing concerns, issues, desires and needs.
- Breast Center Nurse Navigator, Cat Melendy (508) 732-8770
- Cancer Center Nurse Navigator, Marcia Brightman (508) 830-2226
Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth Nutritionists can work with cancer patients on an individualized dietary plan. They can help you maximize your nutrition to keep your strength while undergoing treatment and assist you in maintaining caloric intake while choosing healthy options to improve your overall health. Call Bridget Mahoney R.D., at (508) 830-2380
Sometimes, even after receiving the best medical care, patients still feel pain. The Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth Pain Management Center offers a wide variety of progressive treatment options for any type of pain that does not respond to conventional therapy.
After the cause of your pain is evaluated, one or more of the following treatments may be offered to you at the Pain Management Center:
- Injection Therapies
- Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
For more information or to make an appointment, call (508) 830-2870
- Beat Cancer Boot Camp™
Beat Cancer Boot Camp provides a supportive environment for those wishing to stay active during cancer treatment and beyond. Beat Cancer Boot Camp is not just for survivors, it’s also for spouses, family members and friends--anyone who wants to join the battle against cancer. Sessions run for eight weeks and meet one weekday evening and on weekend mornings outdoors in the Plymouth area.
To register call Cat Melendy at (508) 732-8770
- I hope You'll Dance™
I Hope You’ll Dance is a six week program that offers breast cancer patients a pain-free way to strengthen their bodies, relax their minds, promote healing and have fun. The program meets on Saturday mornings at Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth. Each six-week session costs $30 and takes place at Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth.
To register call Susan Osofsky Ross at (781) 961-3268
Rehabilitation Services – Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy
Our emphasis is on restoring and improving the quality of life for the patient with cancer throughout the course of their care. With that in mind, all patients seen in the Cancer Center can benefit from a rehabilitation services consult at some point during their care regardless of their primary diagnosis or treatment received. Rehabilitation services, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy can help with post surgical incisions, post radiation restrictions, balance and gait, lymphedema, fine motor skills, and cognitive retraining.
For more information call (508) 830-2182
Reiki is a form of therapy that uses simple hands-on, no-touch, and visualization techniques, with the goal of improving the flow of life energy in a person. Reiki claims to provide many of the same benefits as traditional massage therapy, such as reducing stress, stimulating the immune system, increasing energy, and relieving the pain and symptoms of health conditions. Reiki can be used by doctors, nurses, psychologists and other health professionals to bring touch and deeper caring into their healing practices.
For more information call (508) 830-2390
Cancer Center Social Worker
The Cancer Center Social Worker can pro¬vide support and link patients to resources needed during treatment and beyond.
Call Kathi Horsman at (508) 830-3019 or (508) 732-1651
Patient Support Group
A support group for patients currently under¬going treatment. The group meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.
Call Kathi Horsman at (508) 830-3019 or (508) 732-1651 Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth Funkhouser B Conference Room
Caregiver Support Group
A support group for loved ones of cancer patients. The group meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.
Call Kathi Horsman at (508) 830-3019 or (508) 732-1651 Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth Sgarzi Conference Room
Cancer and its treatment can have a long-lasting or late-onset effect on your body. A survivorship plan empowers survivors to take charge of their renewed health and teaches them how to educate their family and healthcare team regarding their needs. This relieves a survivor from having to recall all the details of treatment and ensures all future healthcare providers are working as a team in their care.
The Breast Cancer Survivorship Program is the first survivorship program offered by Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth’s Cancer Center. The plan is to eventually provide this type of program to all cancer sites. The survivorship care plan is individualized, recognizing that one size does not fit all. Patients in the program receive the care plan following completion of acute treatment (surgery, chemo, radiation) for breast cancer. The first component of the plan is the assessment of needs. The survivorship plan will then be created from the information provided in this assessment ensuring individual needs are met.
Survivorship Care Plans include information on:
- Cancer diagnosis
- Treatment summary (type of treatment, drugs, dosages, possible adverse effects and responses)
- Experienced treatment toxicities
- Expected short-term and long-term effects from therapy
- Potential late effects from therapy
- Signs and symptoms of cancer recurrence
- Lifestyle modification recommendations
- Psychosocial, spiritual, and sexuality concerns
- Recommended cancer surveillance and screenings
- General health follow-up care with scheduled primary care follow-up visit
- List of providers and contact information
The Breast Cancer Survivorship visit addresses the following topics:
- Review the individualized survivorship care plan and follow up recommendations
- Address patient needs and establish mutually agreed upon goals for healthy living
- Make referrals as needed, i.e.: behavioral health, integration therapies, support groups, community services
- Provide survivorship resource packet including Livestrong program offered at YMCA
- Ensure the patient has an appointment established with primary care physician
- Encourage participation in ongoing program offerings
Palliative Care team
Palliative care, delivered by an interdisci¬plinary team, focuses on improving life and providing comfort to people of all ages with serious, chronic and life threatening illness. Palliative care will enhance quality of life; reduce pain and other distressing physical symptoms. It provides attention to spiritual comfort, psychosocial support for patients and care providers.
For people who have experienced a loss through cancer, Cranberry Hospice offers bereavement support groups. The groups meet twice a month and provide an oppor¬tunity for people to share their thoughts, feelings and experiences with others who are grieving. There are three groups: children, pre-teen/teen and adult.
For more information call (508) 746-0215
For people in the final phase of a terminal illness, the caring staff of Cranberry Hospice helps patients live with a focus on quality of life and comfort. Our staff works closely with physicians to coordinate hospice care to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families. For more than 25 years, Cranberry Hospice & Palliative Care has offered hospice and bereavement support services to the patients and families of Plymouth County, the South Shore and Cape Cod.
A clinical nurse supervisor is available to speak with patients, family members, and physicians to answer any questions regarding hospice. Visit the Cranberry Hospice website to learn more.
Diane’s Gift Resource Center
Diane’s Gift is a resource center located in the Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth Club Cancer Center offering an array of products and services that help meet some of a patient’s needs during cancer treatment. The shop is staffed by specially trained volunteers who make the experience of picking personal items like a hat, wig or camisole, convenient and comfortable. Prosthetic and wig fittings as well as consultations on skin and hair care during cancer treatment are available by appointment in the shop.
For hours and more information, please call (508) 732-4693.
Healing Garden - A Garden of Hope and Walkway of Remembrance
Designed to be an oasis of rest, relaxation, and reflection, the Garden and Walkway are a celebration of life and a place to honor loved ones. The garden is located adjacent to the front entrance of Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth’s PIDC Pavilion.
Look Good...Feel Better®
The Look Good...Feel Better® Program helps women with all types of cancer to overcome the appearance-related side effects associated with treatment. Trained volunteers offer guidance and instruction to women in a supportive environment, helping them regain their confidence and self-esteem. The program is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and held at Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth. Please call Maureen at the American Cancer Society at (508) 897-4339 to register for the program
Mentors for Hope Program
The Mentors for Hope Program pairs long term cancer survivors with newly diagnosed patients for support during treatment. Pairs are matched based on diagnosis, treatment and wishes of the patient and survivor. They communicate via email, telephone and in person at the Cancer Center. The mentors attend specialized training and complete a mentorship program at Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth. Their primary role is to listen to and provide support to current patients.
Call Marcia Brightman, RN, OCN, Nurse Navigator at (508) 830-2226 for more information.
I Can Cope Lecture Series
I Can Cope Programs are free educational programs for adults facing cancer – either personally, or as a friend or family caregiver. Knowledge is power, and the more you know about what is happening during cancer diagnosis and treatment, the better equipped you will be to handle each step of the journey. I Can Cope Programs can help dispel cancer myths by presenting straightforward information and answers to your cancer-related questions. The programs are held monthly in the Cancer Center and are sponsored by the American Cancer Society and coordinated by our Nurse Navigators.
Call to register for the programs
Breast Center Nurse Navigator, Cat Melendy (508) 732-8770
Cancer Center Nurse Navigator, Marcia Brightman (508) 830-2226
Additional Support Resources
Cancer Survivors Network (CSN)
Created by, and for cancer survivors and their families to connect with others who have been touched by cancer. People in this virtual community share experiences, strength, and hope using the free, interactive service on the Web through www.acscsn.org
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Toll-free number: 1-800-4-CANCER or 1-800-422-6237
Web site: www.cancer.gov
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS)
For publications or the Cancer Survival Toolbox
Toll-free number: 1-877-NCCS-YES (1-877-622-7937)
Toll-free number: 1-888-650-9127
Web site: www.canceradvocacy.org
Patient Advocate Foundation
Toll-free number: 1-800-532-5274
Web site: www.patientadvocate.org
Job Accommodation Network
Toll-free number: 1-800-526-7234
Web site: www.jan.wvu.edu