For faith-based individuals, spiritual support can be a fundamental part of treatment at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA).
Getting in touch with your spirituality may help you better cope with the psychological and emotional effects of cancer. We strive to provide universal spiritual support services for patients and their family members. If requested, a member of our pastoral care team will meet with you within the first 48 hours of your first visit to the hospital.
Spiritual support services
If you choose, you can integrate spiritual care into your treatment in a variety of ways:
- Individual and group prayer
- Counseling by a faith representative of your choice
- Weekly worship and communion services
- Communication between our pastoral care team and a family’s spiritual advisors at home
- Patient and caregiver classes focused on healing, faith and life
- Telephone consultations
- Support with end-of-life issues and decisions
- Baptisms, weddings and funerals
Chaplains can also visit with you before surgery to provide prayer and counsel. Caregivers and family members may also talk with them at any time. In addition, other clinicians, including physicians and nurses, often pray with patients as part of the care they provide.
After completing your treatment, spiritual support services are still available by phone.
The pastoral care team at Eastern
Some members of the pastoral care team at CTCA at Eastern Regional Medical Center (Eastern) include Chaplain Robin Childs, a Roman Catholic priest and nun, as well as pastors of Baptist, Hispanic, and non-denomination churches. If you would like to see someone from another faith affiliation, we can contact local clergy for you as well.
Eastern's pastoral care team will help you look at cancer from a different perspective—a positive one. The team meets several times a week to discuss your needs. Your chaplain will also consult regularly with other members of your care team to find ways to support you. For example, just as the Mind-Body Medicine Department strives to help relieve your stress, the pastoral care team helps you deal with emotional management issues from a religious standpoint.