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 patients who have a deep connection to faith and spirituality, spiritual support may be a fundamental part of treatment at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA).
Getting in touch with your spirituality may help you better cope with the psychological and emotional effects of cancer. The spiritual support team strives to provide patient-centered services for our patients and their family members, no matter their faith background. If you are considering including spiritual support as part of your care plan, 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 to integrate spiritual care into your cancer journey, we offer a variety of services:
- Individual and group prayer
- Counseling with a minister or other faith representative
- Weekly worship and communion services and Bible studies at participating hospital locations
- Communication between our pastoral care team and a family’s spiritual advisors at home, upon request
- Individual and group opportunities for spiritual support
- Telephone consultations
- Support in arranging advanced care planning and making care decisions, including assistance in scheduling ceremonies, sacraments and spiritually significant observances
Chaplains are also available for prayer before surgery and to meet with caregivers and family members at any time. In addition, other clinicians, including physicians and nurses, often pray with patients as part of the care they provide.
After you have completed your treatment, our spiritual support services are available to you any time you choose, even after you have returned home.