Nutrition health is an important factor for patients undergoing treatment for cancer. Cancer and its treatments can affect how the body is able to utilize nutrients, including changes in appetite. Eating a healthy diet during cancer treatments can help patients feel better, maintain strength and body weight, have a better tolerance of treatment side effects and recover faster. Nutrition Services is here to provide support to cancer patients and their families by providing nutrition assessments, education about nutrition and cancer, and developing nutritional plans.
The role of the social worker at Danville Regional Medical Center involves collaborating with other community agencies to meet the needs of the patients, the community and the hospital. We refer
insured newly diagnosed Cancer patients to our Cancer Patient Navigator. The Navigator gives support to cancer patients, provides them with information about their diagnosis, and helps them keep up with their appointments and treatments.
The social worker meets with all self-pay patients to review all options for both the patient and the organization. If the patient has a Cancer diagnosis, eligibility requirements for all programs are determined and the patient is referred to our in house Med Assistance program. This program assesses the patient to see if they qualify for disability, Medicaid. Also patients are advised of local programs available for assistance which include food stamps. Piedmont Assess to Health services, and the Cancer Resource Center. The local Cancer Resource Center provides information about local available transportation to treatment appointments, as well as information about local support group sessions for coping with the disease. The Cancer Resource Center also has information packets specific to different types of cancer and information on assistance programs for identifying financial assistance organizations. Piedmont Assess to Health Services (PATHS) provides routine and urgent evaluations, oral cancer screenings and assistance with purchasing needed medicine.
All local Hospice agencies are available to provide onsite education to all patients who want information on hospice services. An in house Comfort Care Team has been implemented to meet with the patient and family to ensure they understand comfort care. Our physicians also refer our indigent patients for care and treatment to the University of Virginia hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Cancer and its treatment can cause debilitating side effects for patients, compromising their function and quality of life. Physical, occupational or speech therapy, depending on specific deficits therapy during and after cancer treatment can help speed functional recovery, boost immune response, reduce fatigue and reduce risk of complications in people of any age.
Patients undergoing cancer treatment may experience one or more of the following side effects:
- Decreased muscle strength
- Decreased bone density
- Peripheral neuropathy related to chemotherapy
- Lymphedema or swelling disorders
- Difficulty walking
- Difficulty sleeping
- Formation of scar tissue
- Postural changes
- Muscle imbalances
In conjunction with your medical team, the therapist works with patients and caregivers to maximize their physical abilities and comfort levels to ensure the most effective recovery.
Danville Regional Medical Center provides the following pastoral care services to patients, family or staff, regardless of race, religion or gender:
- Confidentiality and respectful interaction
- Routine visits to inpatients with cancer
- Occasional visits to the Radiation Oncology Center with patients or family members
- Visits, as referred, to inpatient oncology patients with a new diagnosis
- Visits with patients and families during palliative care, comfort care, and the process of dying
These pastoral visits include one or more of the following:
- Informal spiritual assessments, empathetic listening, prayer, sacramental care (if requested), presence
- Education regarding advance directives, Medical Power of Attorney, end of life plans
- Connection with personal Pastor as requested
Home Health & Hospice
Legacy Hospice of the Piedmont has provided compassionate, end-of-life care to hundreds of patients since opening in March 2012. Legacy Hospice of the Piedmont patients receive care in the home. Home environments include private residences, as well as, independent, assisted and nursing home facilities. The hospice team includes nursing, social work, chaplaincy, hospice aides, trained volunteers and physicians. Home hospice services provide pain control and symptom management to patients and support to their families. Medical equipment, supplies, medications and caregiver training are additional services provided in the hospice benefit.
Patient Education & Support
In affiliation with DRMC, survivorship and support programs are offered in the community by several organizations. Available support groups include:
Cancer Research and Resource Center of Southern Virginia/Danville
- Maintains educational and informational resource database
- Provides educational programs within community targeted at survivors
- Provides site specific information packets to physicians and public
Ballou Park Senior Citizens Center
West Main St
- A series of educational lunch and learns offered by the Cancer Research and Resource Center of Southern Virginia. Call for times and dates.
Danville Cancer Association
223 Riverview Dr.
- Wigs, scarves, miscellaneous equipment
- Prescription assistance
- Transportation assistance
- Coping: a support group for survivors and caregivers that meets last Tuesday of each month (1:00pm at Trinity United Methodist Church, Arnett Blvd. in Danville, 791-3227)
American Cancer Society
1079 Spruce St., Suite C
Martinsville VA 24112
276-638-8944, option 3
- Wigs, scarves, miscellaneous equipment
- Road to Recovery (888-227-6333) – Volunteer drivers transport patients to and from cancer treatment appointments. NO FINANCIAL REIMBURSEMENT for driver or patient. Call 4 days prior to appointment day and provide address with zip code of pick up and drop off site, time of appointment and expected time of completion.
- Reach to Recovery – physician referral to program for women immediately post mastectomy; breast cancer patients can also "self refer" to this peer to peer program; Deb Graham (Southside Surgical) will set up with volunteer prior to surgery.
- Look Good Feel Better – call 276-638-8944, option 3 to register for events.
The Bra Lady
1085 Piney Forest Rd.
- Bras and undergarments
- Mastectomy products
Sponsored by Mt Hermon Baptist Church
4835 Franklin Turnpike
Website: Cancer Companions
Church: 724-07118 / Karen: 429-1932 / Denise: 250-0219
A faith-based, nine-week bible study for survivors and caregivers. Nationally syndicated with trained facilitators designed to answer questions about faith in the cancer journey. Runs twice a year – please call for dates and times.
Down This Road of Mine
Sponsored by White Oak Worship Center
8465 US Hwy 29
434-770-9053 (Sandra Jennings)
Support ministry for the newly diagnosed, in treatment or long-term survivors. Call for times and dates.
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