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Spiritual Support


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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.

The pastoral care team at Western

The Pastoral Care Department at CTCA® at Western Regional Medical Center (Western) 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 who can cater to a person’s spiritual beliefs, we have someone else that can come in from the community," says Chaplain Jeffrey Paparone. "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 may then be able to identify areas in which he or she may help set you on the road toward peace and joy.

Spirituality often involves a deep connection or relationship with God that fosters a sense of peace and understanding. Our chaplains want to support this connection during your stay at Western.

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