Clinical and Support Services

Cancer and its treatment often affects every area of your life – which is why we’ve created one of the most comprehensive lists of support services available anywhere. From complementary therapies and nutrition counseling, to support groups and pain management, we offer the help and services you need through each stage of treatment and recovery.


Our Patient Advocate is a resource for patients and families when there are questions or concerns about finances and your treatment. Serving as a financial advocate, she can search for out-of-pocket assistance for treatment costs, help you understand your insurance benefits, and answer questions about your treatment bills. To reach our Patient Advocate, please call (714) 992-3000 ext. 7717.


If you are a family member or friend who is helping someone with the challenges of a cancer diagnosis, you are a caregiver. We offer a wide variety of resources to support you and help relieve the stress of caring for a loved one with cancer.

Family support groups can also be a great source of camaraderie and information. Click here for a list of groups and meeting dates and times.

We also offer the St. Jude Caregivers Resource Center, a unique community service designed specifically to help families cope with the physical, emotional and financial responsibilities of caregiving. Services include counseling, care planning, community resources, respite planning, classes and seminars, as well as expert advice. Please go to or call (714) 446-5030 to find out how they can help. Click here for helpful caregiver tips.

GENETIC COUNSELING: Cancer Risk Assessment and Prevention

We help individuals with a family history of cancer better understand and manage their cancer risk. Genetic testing and counseling shifts the focus from treatment, to cancer prevention and early detection.

Our certified genetic counselors offers individualized cancer risk assessment and prevention plans for those with a family history of cancer. While genetic testing is helpful for some families, for others, a thorough risk assessment provides enough information to make a plan for lowering their risk of cancer. To make an appointment with one of our genetic counselors, please call (714) 446-5630.

HEALING TOUCH: A Complimentary Therapy

A gentle, non-invasive therapy, Healing Touch is an energy-based approach to health and healing. It is not massage, but instead uses touch to clear, energize and balance the human energy system, specifically the energy field that surrounds the body. This biofield therapy can help diminish side effects of cancer treatment, as well as relax and balance the body before surgery or treatment. By promoting relaxation and reducing anxiety, Healing Touch can also increase your ability to cope and sense of well-being. This therapy is offered at no charge, as a gift to our patients. To make an appointment, please contact our oncology social workers at (714) 992-3000 ext. 2299 or ext. 2289.

HOSPICE CARE: Gaining Quality of Life

If your illness progresses, you and your family may want to consider hospice care, which can help you to improve your quality of life, manage symptoms, relieve pain, and cherish your time with loved ones. Our experienced hospice team - including registered nurses, social workers and chaplains-is committed to compassionately meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients and their families. Tailored to each patient’s wishes, the team’s focus is on comfort rather than on cure. Hospice care can be provided in a variety of settings including the hospital, at home or in a nursing facility. A physician referral is required. For more information about hospice, please call St. Joseph Home Health (714) 712-9559.

LYMPHEDEMA THERAPY: Expert Help and Support

Cancer treatment can cause swelling and a buildup of fluid in the soft tissues, often in the arms and legs, called lymphedema. Our experienced occupational therapists, certified in lymphedema therapy and massage, can help the body reabsorb accumulated fluid, and reduce swelling and discomfort.

Within the St. Jude Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center, we offer private treatment rooms solely dedicated to the comfort and optimal management of those with lymphedema. A physician referral is required; please call (714) 992-3000 ext. 4760 for an appointment.

Other resources for lymphedema patients:

Go With the Flow: this class offers both education and support to patients who have had lymph nodes removed or radiation to the axilla, groin or neck. For dates and times, please call (714) 992-3000 ext. 2985.

Healthy Steps: a unique exercise class designed specifically for individuals undergoing cancer treatment. Designed to reduce pain, improve energy, reduce the risk of lymphedema, and have fun, the class is led by certified lymphedema specialists. For dates and times, please call (714) 992-3000 ext. 2925.

NURSE NAVIGATORS: Education, Communication and Support

Being diagnosed with cancer can be overwhelming, as you are suddenly facing a daunting array of decisions, medical specialists, and unfamiliar language. But, here, you won’t face it alone. Specially trained oncology nurse practitioners are available to support you through every step of diagnosis and treatment.

During each phase of care, your nurse navigator will be there: providing education, improving communication with your medical team, and ensuring you get answers to your questions and concerns. Your nurse navigator is the person you can turn to for help, or just someone to talk to. From teaching you how to manage treatment side effects to helping coordinate services, your nurse navigator will be an essential part of your treatment team. To contact a nurse navigator, please call (714) 446-5847.

NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT: Help from an Expert

Good nutrition is important during cancer treatment, yet loss of appetite, nausea, changes in taste and other side effects, can affect your ability to get the nutrients you need. Our Registered Dietitian, who is board certified in oncology nutrition, can design a personalized plan to meet your specific needs and help you maximize your nutrition before, during and after treatment. Eating well can help you feel better, keep up your strength and energy, maintain your weight and your body’s store of nutrients, and better tolerate side effects. To make an appointment for this free service, please call (714) 446-5982.

ONCOLOGY SOCIAL WORKERS: Emotional and Practical Assistance

Our Oncology Social Workers can help you navigate the health care system and find support to manage the day-to-day challenges of living with cancer. Knowledgeable about the practical and psychosocial effects of cancer treatment and survivorship, our compassionate and highly trained social workers offer counseling for patients and families, as well as help with financial issues, transportation issues, and disability/insurance issues.

These experienced oncology social workers help you cope with the impact of illness on your life, work and relationships, while supporting your return to health. Whether it is finding solutions for your work or insurance issues, or helping you through feelings of anxiety and loss, our social workers are uniquely able to help care for you mind, body and spirit. To reach an oncology social worker, please call (714) 992-3000 ext. 2299 or ext. 2289.

PALLIATIVE CARE: Pain and Symptom Management

Our Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner can help you better manage symptoms, such as pain, nausea, fatigue and shortness of breath, improving your ability to tolerate treatment. Palliative care focuses on relieving your symptoms and increasing your quality of life, while helping you better understand your condition and choices for medical care.

Working with your doctors, our specially trained palliative care nurse practitioner can help relieve the physical and emotional burdens of cancer treatment. Available through outpatient and home visits, our palliative care program requires a physician referral. To better understand what palliative care can offer you, please talk to your doctor or call (714) 446-5591.


A common side effect of cancer and treatment is incontinence-and our Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation program can help. Our experienced physical therapists will create an individualized program of biofeedback, pelvic floor muscle strengthening, and abdominal stabilization, helping you to control incontinence and regain your quality of life. Particularly helpful for those who have undergone treatment for gynecological and prostate cancers, this program requires a referral from your physician. Call (714) 578-8720 ext. 2417 to make an appointment.

PROSTHETICS AND WIGS: Help Finding a New Look

Cancer treatment can create changes in your appearance. To help manage those changes, we offer a wide selection of specialty items onsite, from breast prostheses to high quality wigs. Fountain Orthotics & Prosthetics located on the first floor of the Medical Plaza, offers expert and compassionate assistance in helping patients maintain their confidence and self-image. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fountain Orthotics & Prosthetics offers mastectomy bras, compression garments, breast forms, and custom prosthetics, as well as attractive and affordable wigs. A certified fitter is available to help you find a look that works for you! For more information, please call (714) 871-9960.

Also available to help you enhance your appearance is our Expressions Kiosk which offers hats and scarves as well as inspirational items to support cancer survivorship. Located next to Fountain Orthotics & Prosthetics, the kiosk is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

REHABILITATION AND WELLNESS PROGRAM: Keeping and Building your Strength

Many patients have discovered a wide variety of benefits from exercising throughout treatment, including less fatigue, more energy, a greater sense of well-being, and reduced pain and other side effects. We offer physical and occupational therapists, specially trained in oncology rehabilitation, who can help you begin and complete a strengthening and cardiovascular program individualized to your specific needs. Part of our innovative Cancer Rehabilitation and Wellness Program, our services are covered by most insurance plans. If your insurance is not one of them, we offer financial assistance to make this program available to every cancer patient. A physician referral is required. Please call (714) 578-8753.

SHARED JOURNEY: Connecting With Someone Who's Been There

The comfort and support of someone who has already walked your journey can be particularly important. If you are a breast or prostate cancer patient, our Shared Journey program offers trained volunteers, who are also survivors, to support patients facing the challenges of cancer along their “shared journey.”

Spouses of those diagnosed with prostate cancer are also encouraged to participate; you will be matched with a volunteer who has experienced that journey. For more information, please call Oncology Services at (714) 446-5847.

SPIRITUAL CARE: Caring for the Whole Person

We offer spiritual support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to patients and families of all religious faiths. Services include visitation, spiritual and emotional support, pastoral counseling, crisis intervention, prayer, sacraments and bereavement support, as well as support in bioethical issues, including end-of-life care and decisions. Our certified chaplains will work closely with your clergy while you are at St. Jude Medical Center. Our chapel is on the X floor of the hospital and open to visitors 24/7. To reach our Spiritual Care team, please call (714) 992-3000 ext. 7777.

SUPPORT GROUPS: Encouragement and Friendship

Having the chance to talk to others who are also undergoing or just finishing cancer treatment, who understand what you are going through, can be invaluable. From our Ladies Night Cancer Support Group to HOPE for Patients & Caregivers, we offer a variety of support groups to help you and your family find encouragement, information and new friendships. Click here for a list of groups and meeting dates and times.

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