Support Services in All Shapes and Sizes
"Because you never know when concerns will arise, we make our services available to any patient who has received treatment at the Cancer Center within the last two years."
~~Donna Murphy, L.M.S.W., director of the Patient Family Support Services Program and co-director of the Cancer Center's PsychOncology Program
Every patient copes with cancer diagnosis and treatment differently. The Cancer Center's Patient and Family Support Services Program meets all types of challenges. Patients can use our services and complementary therapies to take an active role in their treatment. This includes resources offered by the PsychOncology Clinic, Social Work and Spiritual Care staff. Additional creative therapies like art, music and guided imagery use tranquil activities to tap into the healing power of self-expression, which has been shown to lessen the emotional toll and side effects of cancer treatment.
"Our teams have worked with thousands of cancer patients and their care teams," says Murphy. "Although no two patients are alike, one thing we notice is that patients tend to tackle physical symptoms first. Struggling with emotional issues often comes later. We strive to meet each patient's priorities at the moment, whatever and whenever that might be.”
Patient and Family Support Services Program
What it is / How it Helps
How to Connect
|Art Therapy||Art classes provide an outlet for thoughts and feelings when words fail, to boost self-awareness and build positive coping skills. Helpful in pain management and stress reduction.||Call 734-232-2215 to self-refer.|
|Guided Imagery||One-on-one sessions with a social worker to use the imagination for relaxation and healing. Helpful in reducing stress, anxiety and side effects like pain and nausea.||Call 734-232-2215 to self-refer.|
|Families Facing Cancer Program||Counseling and activities focused on helping patients' children understand and cope with cancer-related issues.||Call 877-907-0859 to learn more.|
|Music Therapy||Visits from a therapist who uses music to help express a full range of emotions. Helpful in reducing pain, managing stress and improving sleep.||Call 734-232-2215 to self-refer.|
|Financial Counselor||One-on-one meetings to provide assistance with medical billing and insurance issues. Helpful in overcoming financial worries.||Call 877-326-9155 Monday – Friday,|
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
|PsychOncology Clinic||Counselors use tools like talk therapy, medication and education to help patients address depression and anxiety, which can disrupt mood, appetite, sleep or concentration.||Ask your doctor for a referral for a clinic appointment.|
|Social Work||Trained professionals problem-solve and connect patients with resources to address practical issues causing distraction or concern.||Call 734-232-2215 to self-refer.|
|Spiritual Care||Chaplains lend support to patients of any faith who are struggling with life's profound questions or need spiritual or religious connection.||Call 734-232-2215 or ask staff to page the on-call chaplain.|
Learn about Patient Support Services at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center:
Visit the Patient Support Services webpages
Learn about Integrative Oncology and Alternative Medicine
Get more information about spiritual counseling: Caring for Your Spirit
Imagining Wellness explains how guided imagery engages the senses to cope with cancer
Read about the PsychOncology Clinic: Health of the Whole
Go back to Thrive, Spring 2016