At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), we support your faith as part of our commitment to provide comprehensive, integrative cancer care.
If you have been diagnosed with cancer, we understand how difficult it may be to stay hopeful. But we also recognize that your faith in God may be a critical source of hope and strength, especially in the face of challenges and difficult moments. The Scripture is full of words of encouragement, but one verse that many patients find particularly meaningful is Jeremiah 29:11. It says:
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Each of our hospitals has a dedicated pastoral care team committed to encouraging you in your faith and helping you find strength and hope in God. From the moment you walk into one of our state-of-the-art cancer centers, a chaplain is available to participate in your care as a member of your extended care team, which is led by a medical oncologist and coordinated by a care manager. Your care team may also include other oncologists, nurses and supportive care clinicians, depending on your needs and treatment goals.
At CTCA®, our Patient-Empowered Care® model is designed to arm patients with the resources they need to fight cancer and stay strong throughout treatment. For many patients, that includes embracing the pastoral care team's commitment to provide prayer and spiritual support. Our pastoral care team is dedicated to walking with you through your personal journey as you face challenges that may impact your quality of life, counseling you on issues like sickness and healing, despair and hope, guilt and forgiveness, fear and peace, anger and acceptance, as well as eternity and mortality.
Our pastoral care team also offers assistance and support to family members and caregivers. Our chaplains lead worship services, Bible studies and times of prayer designed for you and your family. They also provide personal prayer and spiritual support consistent with your individual beliefs.
If you are more comfortable receiving spiritual support from clergy in your own faith community, our pastoral care team is happy to contact local clergy and help coordinate their visitation and supportive services. We will do everything we can to support your faith and help you through this journey. After you leave CTCA, we can continue to provide you and your family with prayer and spiritual support remotely by phone and the Internet, if you wish.
At CTCA, we are committed to treating your cancer, while also providing supportive care to help support your quality of life throughout treatment. That includes empowering you with spiritual support to help you have hope and encouragement during your journey.