Spiritual support for lung cancer
Sometimes, a lung cancer diagnosis makes you question your faith. Some lung 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.
Our Pastoral Care Department is available to provide a variety of spiritual support services for you and your family throughout your lung cancer treatment and recovery.
Throughout your treatment for lung cancer, spiritual support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The pastoral care team will 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.
What is spiritual support?
For faith-based individuals, spiritual support may be an important part of treatment at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA).
Nurturing your faith may help you better cope with the spiritual and emotional challenges associated with 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 may integrate spiritual care into your treatment in a variety of ways, such as through:
- 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
- Prerecorded ministry
- Covers of Love, a homemade blanket or quilt given to our treating patients the first time they attend a mid-week worship service
- 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.
After completing your treatment, spiritual support services are still available by phone and through our spiritual outreach program, Our Journey of Hope®.