Supportive Care Program
The supportive care program at the Cancer Centre was established to help
patients and their families deal with the impact of illness. We are aware
of how people are affected by the physical, emotional, psychological and
social issues that accompany a diagnosis of cancer.
The supportive care program provides an opportunity for patients and their
families to explore emotional, social and nutritional concerns about cancer,
and to assist them in obtaining appropriate help.
The programís staff includes dieticians, social workers and a consulting psychiatrist.
A dietician is available to assist you in meeting your nutritional requirements before,
during and after treatment.
The dietician will conduct a nutritional assessment and set up realistic nutrition goals
with you. Eating is one of the best ways to maintain your overall body health and build
up energy, strength and stamina needed at this time.
Staff are available to help individuals and families deal with the emotional, psychological,
social and day-to-day impact of cancer. You and your family may have a wide range of feelings
such as shock, fear, anger, hopelessness and loneliness. As well there may be questions and
concerns about employment, finances, drug benefits, accommodation, home care and transportation.
Services are provided on an individual, family and group basis.
If you are in need of supportive care services you, your family or any member of your health care
team can make a referral to our Social Workers. Psychiatric services are only available through a
referral by your Doctor at the Centre; please discuss this with your oncologist.
Spiritual & Religious Care
Kingston General Hospital has a staff of five Chaplains/Spiritual Care workers. Chaplains assist
patients and their families cope with the spiritual and emotional aspects associated when receiving
a difficult diagnosis, serious illness and hospitalization. The Department provides worship,
sacraments and pastoral care. Chaplains provide an important link with community based faith groups,
act as advocates for patients and families and can assist people to reflect on ethical and moral issues.
The Department supports the multiplicity of faith seeking to offer care that fits the individual and