For faith-based individuals, spiritual support can 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. 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 can integrate spiritual care into your treatment in a variety of ways:
- 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
- Telephone consultations
- Support with end-of-life issues and decisions
- Baptisms, weddings and funerals
Chaplains can also visit with you before surgery to provide prayer and counsel. Caregivers and family members may also talk with them at any time. In addition, other clinicians, including physicians and nurses, often pray with patients as part of the care they provide.
After completing your treatment, spiritual support services are still available by phone and through our spiritual outreach program, Our Journey of Hope®.
The pastoral care team at Southwestern
Led by Director of Pastoral Care Rev. Michael Langham, the Pastoral Care Department at CTCA at Southwestern Regional Medical Center (Southwestern) consists of chaplains who reach across cultures, beliefs and religious backgrounds to address a broad spectrum of faiths.
"We are here to help patients grow on whatever spiritual foundation they bring when they come to us," says Rev. Langham. “In the 15 years that I have been here, I have ministered to individuals from over 60 different faith affiliations,” he adds.
Spiritual support offerings
Southwestern's pastoral care team offers a Covers of Love Program, in which we give a homemade blanket or quilt to our treating patients the first time they attend a mid-week worship service. These blankets are made and sent to us by volunteers from all over the country. Some blankets have cards or notes attached to them, with messages of hope and inspiration.
On Thursday nights, the Pastoral Care Department holds an hour-long song service called “Singspiration,” in which volunteers from area churches come and minister through music.