OHC Expands Its Supportive Care Program and Offers an Extra Layer of Support when Cancer Patients Need Additional Help.
The cancer experts at OHC understand that sometimes a cancer patient may need more in-depth support or assistance to address their physical, emotional and social needs. For these patients, OHC offers a new Supportive Care Program to help them manage their issues and maintain the best possible quality of life.
“When you’re living with a cancer diagnosis, you have a lot to deal with,” said OHC’s Kristina Liming, MSN, APRN, Lead Supportive Care Advanced Practice Provider. “Patients are trying to cope with physical challenges caused by the disease, such as nausea, fatigue and pain. They may be overwhelmed with personal concerns. They may struggle with spiritual conflicts or are confused by a mix of emotions. And their family and friends may also be dealing with these same challenges.”
For these patients, OHC created a Supportive Care team that offers additional training and expertise to help these patients. This program takes support to another level, with a deeper, comprehensive assessment of their treatment goals, symptom management, quality of life, and advanced directive preferences.
“Our supportive care team members help patients manage the problems that are making their situation more difficult. We connect them with a variety of cancer-specific organizations which offer individual and group support, spiritual counseling, and financial navigators to help minimize the stress of a cancer diagnosis. And we can include their family members so they understand your condition, can ask questions, and listen to your life goals,” Kristina said.
OHC offers this additional layer of support for cancer patients who are experiencing any of the following:
- Stage 4 cancer diagnosis
- Brain cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Uncontrolled pain
- Chair- or bed-ridden
- Advanced disease with a projected life expectancy of one year or less
- Social or emotional issues impacting the patient and, or the family
“At OHC, we want to make our cancer patients’ lives as easy and as stress-free as possible,” Kristina added. “When the situation becomes increasingly difficult, we are available to surround them with the information and resources that allows them to focus on what matters most to them.”