For faith-based individuals, spiritual support may 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 may 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
The Pastoral Care Team at Eastern is led by Rev. Wendell Scanterbury, Director of Pastoral Care, and provides multi-faith access to support for you and your family, including your children, during and following treatment. We provide counseling, sacraments, worship service and group support programs to offer you access to a listening ear, personal and family encouragement, prayer, resources and spiritual guidance for your journey. We can also connect you with a supportive network of fellow patients and caregivers through our Women’s Support Circle and Men’s Support Network.
To empower local communities of faith to help support patients and families, our Spiritual Outreach Team provides Cancer Care Leadership Training for Pastors and Leaders through the Our Journey of Hope program. The team also provides speakers and workshops for faith communities in more than eight states in the region.
Schedule some time with us. We look forward to serving you.
For Pastoral Care services at Eastern, call Rev. Wendell Scanterbury at 215-537-7138.
For community programs, contact Rev. Drew Angus at 877-896-3698, or email Rev. Angus at email@example.com.