We at the UMC Southwest Cancer Center know that promoting mental and emotional well-being is just as important as promoting physical. For this reason, all patients and their families have access to our integrated psychosocial support program. This allows patients and/or their families an opportunity to receive additional care from our team of psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers.

Through this program we can help you to navigate through the following processes:

  • Coping with a diagnosis and the many emotions you may be experiencing as a result of your illness
  • Access information to better understand your diagnosis
  • Provide a supportive community for patients, family members and care givers
  • Consider decisions about treatment options as you think about work, family, and other aspects of your life
  • Communicating with your children, family, friends or co-workers
  • Understanding the ways cancer may affect your body image, intimacy and fertility
  • Living a full life with a diagnosis and through treatment
  • Planning for your care with the use of advanced directives
  • Social workers can assist with navigation to community programs that offer some financial assistance

We can provide the following individual and group behavioral health services to patients and their families:

  • Brief, problem-focused counseling for individuals, couples, and family members
  • Managing anxiety, depression and stress
  • Relaxation and mindfulness training
  • Smoking cessation interventions
  • Social and educational support groups
  • Coping with loss and grief counseling
  • Treatment adherence (sticking to it)
  • Assistance with communicating effectively with family or staff

Patients and/or their families can choose to receive this care in their clinic visits, separate individual appointments, and in our social support groups. These services are available for individuals, couples, families and children of patients.




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