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Support Services

Facing cancer is a challenge. At AtlantiCare, our patients don’t have to face it alone. We offer a host of support services to help patients live well, even with cancer. These services include:

Gilda’s Club/Support Groups

This is a free cancer support community for men, women and children living with cancer, their families and friends. Gilda’s Club offers support groups, health and wellness workshops, cancer-specific lectures, and special events for members. Visit www.gildasclubsouthjersey.org for more information.

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Nutritional Services

AtlantiCare’s registered dieticians help ensure patients with cancer get the nourishment they need. This is especially important for patients who lose their appetites as a side effect of treatment, and to help all our patients build the necessary strength to tolerate treatments. For more information, call (609) 677-7700

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Palliative Care

Patients with serious illnesses may experience pain, discomfort and other symptoms that may diminish their ability to function normally. Palliative care addresses these symptoms, focusing on making the patient as comfortable as possible. It also focuses on the psychological, social and spiritual needs of patients and their families. more information »

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Hospice

Sometimes a patient decides to stop treatment or a cancer no longer responds to treatments. When this happens, a patient is often nearing the end of life. At AtlantiCare, Hospice helps keep patients comfortable and free from pain while providing emotional support to patients and their families.

The AtlantiCare Hospice program is committed to seeing our patients through the end-of-life journey comfortably, securely, and with dignity. Our program is designed to support patients as well as their families with compassionate care for anyone in the terminal stage of an illness.

For more information please call 609-407-2020or visit the AtlantiCare Hospice web site.

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Patient Education

This plays a key role in the treatment process. Your cancer care team answers all your questions and provides a wealth of information you need to learn about the disease, your treatments, expected side effects, and how to live with cancer.

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Social Workers

Our cancer-dedicated social workers help patients and families cope with the financial, emotional and lifestyle challenges that cancer brings. They help patients navigate complicated systems to obtain such services and resources as disability benefits, financial assistance for prescription drugs, home health care, and much more. They also provide supportive counseling to help patients and families cope with the anxiety and depression that often accompany a cancer diagnosis.

To speak with a dedicated cancer social worker, please call (609) 677-7724

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RNS Van Transportation

To ease the stress of getting to and from cancer treatment appointments, RNS offers a free mobile van service that transports patients from their homes to the Cancer Care Institute. Vans are equipped with wheelchair lifts. Each year, RNS transports about 6,000 patients and a companion, if space permits, from Atlantic County and parts of Cape May, Burlington and southern Ocean Counties.

To schedule a pickup, please call (609) 677-7700.

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