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Spiritual Support

spiritual support
"While not everyone is an active part of a faith-based community, each patient, caregiver and employee has concerns that I can help them work through."

-Suzanne Leahy, MAR, Chaplain

Our department

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 interfaith 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 Western

The Pastoral Care Department at CTCA at Western Regional Medical Center consists of chaplains who reach across cultures, beliefs and religious backgrounds to address a broad spectrum of faiths.

“We work with many congregations and churches around the Phoenix area so that if we don’t have someone on staff that can cater to a person’s spiritual beliefs, we have someone else that can come in from the community," says chaplain Suzanne Leahy. "We want everyone to feel comfortable."

Spiritual assessment

Our chaplains may use an assessment tool called RCOPE, or Religious Coping. This tool shows your chaplain if you are undergoing a religious struggle. Your chaplain can then identify areas in which he or she can help set you on the road toward peace and joy.

“Spirituality often involves a deep connection or relationship with God which fosters a sense of peace and understanding," says Leahy. "We want to support this connection in every way we can during the patient’s stay at Western.”

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