Spiritual support for pancreatic cancer
Some pancreatic cancer patients experience feelings of hopelessness, depression, guilt and/or anger after being diagnosed. Our chaplains are available to provide spiritual support for you and your family to help you better cope with the psychological and emotional effects of pancreatic cancer.
If you decide to meet with a chaplain, he or she will meet with you privately and/or with you and your family. 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.
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.
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®.