Michael’s Mission and the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health have joined forces to create an exciting new approach to providing support to colorectal cancer patients and their families. The Patient and Family Support Program invites eligible patients, their loved ones and caregivers to participate in a program designed to help them cope with the emotional challenges of living with colorectal cancer.

A diagnosis of cancer and subsequent treatment can cause a myriad of symptoms, for the patient and his or her family: sleep disruption, fatigue, depression and pain. It is perfectly normal to experience a broad range of reactions, like:

  • Anxiety and stress
  • Anger and frustration
  • Fear and guilt
  • Sadness
  • Concern about loved ones

These feelings will vary from patient to patient, as well as for each family member. Being able to express and sort out the complicated feelings associated with a cancer diagnosis allows patients to focus on their treatment and feel less isolated.

In our current treatment model, patients and families are rarely encouraged to express and receive help in managing these issues.

This unique program provides patients with the opportunity to use the time they are receiving chemotherapy to also receive vital psychological support.

How The Program Works

Individual/Private Counseling For The Patient
The goal of The Patient and Family Support Program is to provide a safe place to share thoughts and feelings with an oncological social worker who is trained to help patients better manage psychological issues that arise during treatment. Eligible patients are invited to meet with a therapist in a private suite for a counseling session. This takes place while they simultaneously receive their chemotherapy over the course of a six-month period.

For additional information or to schedule an appointment, please contact: info@michaelsmission.org

Support Groups For The Family/Caregivers
Living with and caring for a loved one with cancer presents its own unique stresses and anxieties. Through the program, family members and caregivers are invited to a weekly support group that takes place during the patient’s chemotherapy session, at a convenient location. This facilitated group session will be a time for connecting and sharing with other going through similar experiences.

For additional information on our programs for Caregivers or to schedule an appointment, please contact: info@michaelsmission.org