Pancreatic Cancer Spiritual Support Services
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Spiritual Support for Pancreatic Cancer Patients
Some pancreatic cancer patients experience feelings of hopelessness, depression, guilt and/or anger after being diagnosed. The Pastoral Care Department at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) provides spiritual support for you and your family to help you find strength, courage and hope during your pancreatic cancer journey.
Spirituality can include an awareness of something greater than the individual self and beliefs about the meaning of life. Spirituality can be a source of peace, purpose, support and connectedness to others. Likewise, spiritual wellness may help you better cope with the psychological and emotional effects of pancreatic cancer.
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 pancreatic cancer 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, our pastoral care team will incorporate a variety of spiritual support services into your overall pancreatic cancer treatment plan.
Our chaplains will work within your belief system to help you explore ways that spirituality can play a part in your healing. Throughout your pancreatic cancer treatment, our chaplains are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for visitation, counsel, prayer, patient rights issues and grief and bereavement counseling.
Specifically, the pastoral care team at CTCA provides the following spiritual support services for pancreatic cancer patients and their families:
- Individual and group prayer
- Weekly interfaith worship and communion services
- Patient and caregiver classes that focus on healing, faith and life
- Assistance with developing advanced directives and/or living wills
- Telephone consultations with patients/family members
- Counseling by a faith representative of your choice
Upon your request, once you leave the hospital our chaplains will continue to maintain contact with you over the phone to provide prayer and/or counsel. In addition, CTCA provides support through our spiritual outreach program and website, Our Journey of Hope®.
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