Leukemia Spiritual Support Services
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Spiritual Support for Leukemia Patients
Sometimes, a leukemia diagnosis can make you question your faith. For faith-based individuals, spiritual support may help you cope better with the disease and the treatment process.
The Pastoral Care Department at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) provides spiritual support services to you and your loved ones throughout your leukemia treatment and recovery. We reach across cultures, beliefs and religious backgrounds to help you explore ways that spirituality can play a part in your healing.
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 leukemia 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 work with you to address any barriers to hope and improve your spiritual wellness.
Spiritual Support Services During Leukemia Treatment
Throughout your leukemia treatment, you and/or your loved ones may decide to use any of the following spiritual support services:
- Individual and group prayer
- Counseling by a faith representative of your choice
- Weekly interfaith worship services
- Classes that focus on healing, faith and life
- Forgiveness education
- Prayer and counsel before and/or after treatments
- Caregiving classes/support
- Assistance with developing advanced directives and/or living wills
- Telephone consultations with patients/family members
If you undergo a stem cell transplant, chaplains can also visit with you and your loved ones beforehand to provide prayer and counsel. Your caregiver and family members may also talk with them.
Continuous Support for Leukemia Patients
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.
Spiritual support services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout your leukemia treatment. After leaving CTCA, spiritual support is still available by phone and through our spiritual outreach program, Our Journey of Hope®.
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