Fighting cancer goes beyond the physical treatments. That’s why we offer a full range of support services and resources to focus on your body, mind and spirit.
You’re never alone in your cancer journey. Find emotional support and learn more about your diagnosis with support groups and classes.
We offer free cancer resources to you and your family, and are open to everyone. Cancer Resource Centers offer access to online resources as well as a lending library of books, tapes, journals and other references for reliable, current health information and education. Our Cancer Resource Centers are located in Burien at St. Anne Cancer Center, Silverdale at St. Michael Cancer Center and Tacoma at St. Joseph Medical Center.
We provide services to meet the day-to-day needs of those with cancer, including:
Medicine and medical supplies:
Chaplains in our Spiritual Care department serve 24 hours a day, seven days a week, comforting and providing emotional and spiritual support to those who are coping with grief or loss. Our chaplains minister on a nonsectarian basis to those whose churches may be far away or who don’t have a church affiliation.
We work closely with Catholic parishes and priests in our area to supply sacraments including anointing of the sick, communion, confession, along with blessings and prayers for those who wish to receive Catholic services.
You may request spiritual support services through the Spiritual Care Department by calling 253-426-6735.
For those who are unable to pay the full cost of care, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health offers financial assistance. We work individually with patients to help establish an appropriate payment plan based on the amount due and their financial status. Learn about our financial assistance.
Caregivers are often loved ones who provide physical and emotional care without pay. At Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, we support caregivers so they are able to care for their loved ones with cancer.
The National Cancer Institute provides a booklet that lists ways for friends or family members to take care of themselves while caring for someone with cancer. You can download the booklet, “When Someone You Love Is Being Treated for Cancer” in PDF, Kindle or ePUB formats. Visit www.cancer.gov or call 800-4-CANCER (422-6237).
This nonprofit organization provides emotional support to spouses and partners of people who are chronically ill or disabled, through support groups across the country. Visit www.wellspouse.org or call 800-838-0879.
A cancer diagnosis and prolonged treatment and recovery can have a profound impact on a person’s life. Being suddenly confronted with such a challenging disease may disrupt one’s emotional balance. A person may experience feelings of uncertainty, question their self-image and experience loss of meaning in life and challenges in relationships with friends and family.
That’s why we offer oncology social work services to help patients and their loved ones. These services are available at no additional cost, as they are considered part of your interdisciplinary support. Our social workers specialize in oncology and are licensed independent clinical social workers (LICSWs). Our social workers can help with:
To contact social work services, call 206-223-6954.
Learn more about our integrated medicine services that combine Western medicine with the centuries-old wisdom of natural therapies.
Outpatient services include home health, cancer rehabilitation, palliative care, hospice, pain management and more. Learn more about outpatient services.