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. From complementary therapies and nutrition
counseling, to support groups and symptom management, we offer the help
and services you need through each stage of treatment and recovery.
We help patients and families with a 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 counselor offers individualized cancer risk assessment and prevention
plans for those with a family history of cancer. Talk to your doctor if
you think you should be tested or to see a genetic counselor. A physician
referral is required. To make an appointment, please call (714) 446-5630.
Hospice offers compassionate end-of-life care to patients with advanced
cancer. Hospice care focuses on quality of life and meeting the physical,
emotional, and spiritual needs of patients and their families. The emphasis
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.
One possible side effect of cancer and its 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. To make
an appointment, please call (714) 578-8720 ext. 2417.
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. To make an appointment, please call (714) 992-3000 ext. 4760.
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 navigators 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.
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, please call (714) 446-5982.
Our palliative care services include expert treatment of symptoms, such
as pain, nausea, fatigue and shortness of breath, successfully 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 call (714) 446-5591 or talk to your doctor.
PROSTHETICS AND WIGS
Cancer treatment can create changes in your appearance. To help manage
those changes, we offer a wide selection of specialty items, from breast
prostheses to high quality wigs. Fountain Orthotics, located on the first
floor of the St. Jude 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 offers mastectomy bras,
compression garments, breast forms, and custom orthotics, as well as attractive
and affordable wigs and hairpieces. A certified fitter is available to
help you find a look that works for you!
For more information, please call (714) 871-9960.
Conveniently located nearby is our Expressions Kiosk, which offers hats,
scarves and inspirational items to support cancer survivorship. The kiosk
is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
AND WELLNESS PROGRAM
At St. Jude, our unique Cancer Rehabilitation and Wellness Program offers
patients the physical and emotional support they need to regain their
quality of life after treatment is over. The first program of its kind
in the state, our team of oncology rehabilitation experts includes physical
therapists, psychologists, pain specialists, speech therapists and occupational
therapists, offering highly effective, individualized care. Certified
by STAR (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation), the program combines
the newest evidence-based cancer rehabilitation practices with an innovative
list of services that covers the spectrum of symptoms, from incontinence
to pain. The result is patients recover their energy, well-being and quality
of life more completely and more quickly, whether they are still living
with cancer, in remission or cured. A physician referral is required.
Please call (714) 578-8753.
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 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 provide practical assistance,
while helping you strengthen your coping skills and supporting your return
to health. Whether finding solutions for your work or insurance issues,
or helping you through feelings of anxiety and loss, our social workers
can play an important role on your treatment team and are uniquely able
to help care for you mind, body and spirit. To reach an oncology social
worker, please call (714) 992-3000, exts. 2299 or 2289.
We offer spiritual support 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. To reach our Spiritual Care
team, please call (714) 992-3000 ext. 7777.