Spiritual Support at CTCA
Cancer can challenge you on many levels—physical, emotional and spiritual. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), we use an integrative approach to treat the whole person, not just the disease. Here, you have access to cancer experts who provide comprehensive, personalized cancer treatment. Yet, we also understand that your care should involve more than treatments alone.
At CTCA, we recognize that faith often helps carry people through difficult times. We also understand that spirituality is a very personal decision. Our Pastoral Care Department will work within your belief system to help you explore ways that spirituality can play a part in your healing.
When you first arrive at a CTCA hospital, you will have the opportunity to meet with a member of our pastoral care team. In the initial meeting, our chaplains will complete an individual spiritual assessment to learn about your religious preference, beliefs, and spiritual practices. Based upon your preferences and identified needs, we will incorporate spiritual support into your overall cancer treatment plan.
Whether or not you decide to seek spiritual support is completely up to you. Some patients are not interested in spiritual support at first and later decide to pursue it. Some do not pursue it at all because it does not suit their treatment needs.
Throughout your care, our chaplains are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for visitation, prayer, patient rights issues and counseling. Some of the spiritual programs and services we offer to you and your family include:
- New patient group orientation session
- Individual and group prayer
- Counseling by a faith representative of your choice
- Weekly interfaith worship and communion services
- Patient and caregiver classes that focus on healing, faith and life
- Family consultations
- Grief and bereavement counseling and referral
- Crisis intervention
Once you leave the hospital, our chaplains will continue to maintain contact with you over the phone to provide prayer and/or counsel (upon your request). In addition, CTCA offers a spiritual outreach program and website, called Our Journey of HopeSM. The program offers cancer patients and their family members a spiritually supportive community. The website includes weekly devotionals, monthly sermons, cancer survivor testimonials, prayer support, an opportunity to connect with other people battling cancer, and articles on the connection between faith and healing.
At CTCA, the pastoral care team is here to provide you with warmth, love and belonging. We will respect your beliefs and support you in your own spiritual direction. Our goal is to help nurture your spiritual well-being so that you may find peace, comfort and meaning at a time when you need it most.
I hope this information has helped you in some way. I will check in with you again next month. In the meantime, stay strong and hopeful.