Support programs at Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center give cancer patients and their families the chance to interact with physicians, health care professionals and experts in the community. Participants may discuss a variety of topics, including diagnosis, treatment, new research, communication and coping skills, community resources, and mind/body approaches to treatment. These programs provide a safe, non-threatening environment where patients with common interests and concerns can learn from each other. All programs are provided free of charge and are held in Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center conference room. For more information call (908) 237-2337.
Of all life's events, a cancer diagnosis may be one of the most challenging. For many new patients, this is a journey into unfamiliar territory. Countless questions occur, unsolicited emotions arise, and many practical matters require attention.
Your health care team at Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center includes a licensed clinical social worker who can offer you support and guidance as you cope with the stresses of a cancer diagnosis. Services may include individual and family counseling, education, linkage to community resources, patient advocacy and assistance with employment or insurance concerns, professionally led support programs, instruction on relaxation techniques, and referrals for mind/body services such as acupuncture, massage, and yoga.
For more information about Oncology Psychosocial Services at Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center, call (908) 237- 2337, email email@example.com, or ask your doctor or nurse to call on your behalf.
Q: Is there a fee for meeting with the social worker?
A: No. Meeting with the social worker is a free service.
Q: How long does a psychosocial assessment take?
A: The assessment usually takes about 30 minutes; however, it can take less time or more time depending on the needs of the patient.
Q: What resources are available to cancer patients?
A: Some possible resources include, but are not limited to, transportation, financial assistance, support groups, educational programs, personal counseling, wellness and fitness referrals, relaxation techniques, wigs and similar accessories, and referrals to other organizations, such as the American Cancer Society.
Q: What do these resources cost?
A: It depends. Some resources require a fee. For example, a private counselor may charge a particular amount of money per session. Other resources are free. For example, support groups are usually free for cancer patients.
The Community Resource Center at the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center is a free service available to patients, families and all members of the community who have an interest in learning more about cancer.
The Resource Center includes books, audio books, and relaxation and guided imagery CD's. You may browse through these materials conveniently located in the lobby of the cancer center, use them while receiving treatment in the chemo bay, or sign them out through the front desk.
Look Good... Feel Better: This single session program helps women undergoing cancer treatment learn to manage the appearance changes that may occur. A licensed cosmetologist will teach hands-on makeup techniques, as well as skin and nail care. All participants receive an array of complimentary cosmetics and skin care products. The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association Foundation founded this program in partnership with the American Cancer Society and the National Cosmetology Association. It is offered alternating months and is hosted by Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center. Registration is required; please call 1-800-ACS-2345 for dates and times.
Wigs & Accessories: Recognizing the importance of personal appearance and body image in the recovery process of women with cancer, the American Cancer Society, Patient & Family service Department & Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center have developed and sponsored this program for you. Join us for information on how to select a wig, wig care and how to style scarves. Free new wigs, a wig kit and seasonal hats are available to women who are in need and do not have insurance coverage. Pre-registration is required. Please call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345
Partners In Healing is a group of cancer survivors who volunteer to provide peer support to patients currently undergoing cancer treatment. These men and women receive specialized training to enhance their communication and listening skills.
The objective of this volunteer program is to match a Partners In Healing volunteer with a patient who has a similar diagnosis or who is in similar circumstances. Volunteers visit with patients at Hunterdon Medical Center, outpatients at Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center, and provide support via telephone.
Patients may request a visit from a Partners In Healing volunteer through their physician, oncology social worker, nurse or any other staff at Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center.
Eating well is essential for people with cancer. Getting the foods and nutrients you need will help you be in the best health as you face the challenge of cancer and treatment. Surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy may impose side effects or roadblocks that interfere with adequate nutritional intake. Good nutrition can help boost your immune response, and help your body heal after the stress of therapy.
Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center recognizes that treating patients for cancer requires adequate nutrition. We have two dedicated registered dietitians that are distinctly qualified based on their experience and training. Our dietitians believe that proactive nutrition care is pivotal to drive the quality of the patient experience.
Early and timely nutrition intervention and counseling can result in key outcomes for patients in order to:
- heal from their treatment,
- tolerate prescribed treatment,
- avoid complications,
- maintain functional capacity,
- and protect quality of life.
Our board-certified oncology dietitian has experience, training, and tools to maximize good nutrition outcomes in the oncology setting. Our dietitians provide individualized, cost-effective care and avoid the cookie-cutter advice to “just drink another high-calorie supplement.”
Every patient at HRCC receives a nutrition screen by our team, and the staff may refer you to a dietitian based on your diagnosis and the questions that you answer on the your “self-assessment” form. If you would like to speak with one of our dietitians to receive a detailed assessment and care plan, please ask a member of our staff.
Staying fit is especially important for patients undergoing cancer treatments and those who are recovering after treatment. Hunterdon Medical Center offers physical therapy and rehabilitation services at five convenient locations. Call to make or confirm an appointment.
Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers (2 locations)
1783 Route 31N, Suite 103
Clinton, NJ 08809
Whitehouse Station Campus
537 Route 22 East
Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889
Hunterdon Sports and Physical Therapy Center
222 Route 31N
Flemington, NJ 08822
Sandhill Road Physical Therapy
6 Sandhill Road Suite 101
Flemington, NJ 08822
Physical Therapy at Washington
140 Washington Blvd
Washington, NJ 07882
at Hunterdon Medical Center offers a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic services for adults and children experiencing problems with articulation, language and swallowing. To make an appointment with the Speech and Hearing Department or for more information regarding our services, call 908-788-6424.
Palliative Care is specialized care that focuses on the whole person. It recognizes that people living with illness such as cancer need expert symptom management, as well as spiritual and emotional support.
The Palliative Care team works with your physician to relieve physical, emotional and spiritual suffering so you can enjoy the best possible quality of life while dealing with your illness.
The team includes:
- Doctors and Nurse Practitioners who have expertise in managing symptoms such as pain, nausea and shortness of breath.
- A chaplain with certified skills in addressing individual spiritual, religious and emotional needs.
- A social worker with specialized training in patient and family support through counseling, goal setting and linkages to community resources.
Palliative care assists with:
- Symptom management associated with chronic disease. Symptoms may include pain, nausea, depression, anxiety and shortness of breath.
- Address psychological, social and spiritual concerns associated with the physical effects of cancer treatment.
- Act as a patient advocate in assisting with understanding of their disease and choices for medical treatment.
- Collaborate with the medical and radiation oncologist to give each patient a complete comprehensive treatment plan.
- Assist with advanced planning in terms of completion of Advanced Directives and Durable Health Care Proxy desires.
For patients in the hospital, a palliative care consult may be requested through the physician in charge. For outpatients, please call 908-237-7018 to set up an appointment.
As part of its commitment to providing the best in patient care, Hunterdon Medical Center is enhancing its Palliative Care and Pain Management Care programs to incorporate multiple integrative medicine, hospital-based services, including: Reiki therapy, hypnosis, relaxation techniques, acupuncture, therapeutic massage and touch, aromatherapy, exercise and wellness counseling, meditation and mindfulness training, guided imagery and cognitive restructuring. Other volunteer programs like pet therapy, music and art therapy are available to benefit patient care and recovery as well.