Breast Cancer Spiritual Support Services
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Spiritual Support for Breast Cancer
Sometimes, a breast cancer diagnosis can make you question your faith. Some breast cancer patients experience feelings of depression, guilt, hopelessness or anger. Spiritual wellness may bring a sense of calm and peace to help you cope with the disease and its treatment.
The Pastoral Care Department at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) provides a variety of breast cancer spiritual support services for you and your family throughout your breast cancer treatment and recovery.
When you first arrive at CTCA, you will have the opportunity to meet with a chaplain/spiritual counselor. Whether or not you decide to seek spiritual support during your breast cancer treatment is completely up to you.
If you decide to meet with a chaplain, he or she will meet with you privately and/or with you and your family. Based upon your preferences and identified needs, your chaplain will incorporate spiritual support into your breast cancer treatment plan.
Spiritual Support Services
As a patient at CTCA, you and your loved ones have access to the following breast cancer spiritual support services:
- Group orientation session
- Individual and group prayer
- Weekly interfaith worship and communion services
- Classes that focus on healing, faith and life
- Prayer and counsel before and/or after treatments, such as breast cancer surgery
- Assistance with developing advanced directives and/or living wills
- Telephone consultations with patients/family members
Continuous Support for Breast Cancer
Throughout your treatment for breast cancer, spiritual support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The pastoral care team will always treat you with great sensitivity and respect to your religious background and traditions. If you would be more comfortable seeing clergy from your own faith affiliation, we will contact local clergy to meet your specific religious needs.
After leaving CTCA, spiritual support is still available by phone and through our spiritual outreach program, Our Journey of Hope.
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