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Center for Patient and Family Services

Support Services Team

Patients and families who cope with cancer face many challenges. We believe that the more our patients know about their cancer and its treatment, the more equipped they are to actively participate in their care. The Center for Patient and Family Services offers a variety of resources to assist patients and families during this time.

Social Work

Phone: 202-243-2274

Oncology Social Work provides for the psychological, social, emotional and practical needs of cancer patients and their families. A social worker can teach you how to manage the stress and changes that may come with cancer. In addition, social worker-led support group meetings are available. Click here for a calendar of events and support programs.

Contact an oncology social worker to:

  • Learn how to talk about cancer with family members, children, friends, employers and your health care team
  • Help you manage feelings of anxiety, fear, sadness, anger, worry or depression that can be associated with a cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • Help you become familiar with the hospital environment Learn the best ways to talk with your health care team
  • Learn new ways of coping with stress
  • Help organize your family life around cancer treatment
  • Connect you with services which may help you during and after cancer treatment, such as resource and transportation services and education about home care, hospice and palliative care  

Patient Navigation

Phone: 202-243-2320

Our patient navigators, often referred to by our patients as a “cancer coach” provide support, resources and care coordination from diagnosis to returning to life after cancer treatment. Patients will feel more prepared to handle what may lie ahead with the partnership of a navigator.

Contact a patient navigator to:

  • Coordinate your care and schedule medical appointments
  • Facilitate financial aid where applicable
  • Connect you to health care education and support resources
  • Help you navigate the healthcare system Learn about side effects, treatment options, etc.
  • Identify and overcome any barriers to healthcare
  • Assist you during the transition to post-treatment, including any needed follow up care
  • Help you deal with physical symptoms and complications

Cancer Survivorship

Phone: 202-243-2320

At the Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital, we believe that survivorship begins on the day of cancer diagnosis. Our health care providers work with newly diagnosed patients to ensure that their life goals remain on track when possible. We no longer want cancer patients just to survive – we want them to thrive. Beyond treating and managing patients’ cancer, we offer many resources and services to help patients and co-survivors cope with the issues at hand, whether they are treatment decision-making, self-care management, psychological and relationship concerns, treatment side effects, financial issues or impact on employment. We are committed to developing innovative ways to further improve life during and after cancer treatment. 

Cancer Survivorship Clinic

The Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital has developed a cancer survivorship clinic that provides care to all adult patients who have completed cancer treatment at Sibley. We offer care for survivors of any cancer diagnosis.

A highly trained nurse practitioner at our adult survivorship clinic can help you manage your ongoing healthcare needs after cancer treatment. At your survivorship appointment, we will review your cancer treatment records and general quality of life, discuss long-term and late effects of cancer treatment, and guide you in living a healthy lifestyle. Most importantly, we will provide you with a treatment summary document and comprehensive recommendations outlining follow-up, surveillance, and screening needs. Our goal is to offer helpful information related to your past treatment and future care, to ensure all of your health needs are met. For more information about our cancer survivorship clinic, please call: 202-243-2320.

Palliative Care

The Sibley Memorial Hospital Palliative Care Program consists of two options.

  • Inpatient consults: Available for patients in the hospital and their families. Ask your doctor or nurse to speak with a palliative care professional. For more information, call 202-400-1897.
  • Outpatient Oncology Palliative Care and Symptom Consultation Clinic: The Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital offers palliative care services in the outpatient setting. The clinic offers comprehensive management of physical, psychological and spiritual needs of cancer patients and their families, focused on improving quality of life. Patients and caregivers are encouraged to speak with their oncologists regarding the benefits of palliative care. For more information, call 202-537-4765.

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. This type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a cancer diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the patient’s family and is appropriate at any age and at any stage of a serious illness. It can be provided together with curative treatment.

Palliative care benefits include:

  • Expert treatment of your pain and other symptoms (such as poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, constipation)
  • Clear communication
  • Dedicated time with you and your family to consider treatment preferences and navigating the health care system
  • Assistance with coordinating your care with all your health care providers
  • Guidance in considering difficult decisions and understanding complex information
  • Emotional and spiritual support for you and your family

Nutrition Counseling

Phone: 202-537-4742

During an individual nutrition consult, the oncology dietitian will provide an assessment of your diet, provide suggestions and strategies to help manage side effects, better tolerate treatment and meet your specific dietary needs and goals.

In addition, the dietitian will help to decipher and answer questions about the large amount of conflicting nutrition information that is available via Internet, magazines and other sources. Consults are also available after a patient has completed treatment. Sibley recognizes that a cancer diagnosis may create physical, emotional and psychosocial changes leaving survivors feeling vulnerable. Nutrition counseling can help you deal with these issues by incorporating positive changes in diet and lifestyle.

Spiritual Support

Phone: 202-537-4084

Spiritual Support is another service offered at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley. Whether you are newly diagnosed or in remission, we understand that you may struggle to understand why this has happened to you, feelings of guilt, anger, grief, or isolation from your faith community. We promote the spiritual care of persons as an essential dimension of the total care and services provided by Sibley. Our dedicated chaplains provide spiritual support to people of all faith traditions and are readily available for spiritual counsel, prayer, emotional support or a nonjudgmental presence while you work through any worries or concerns that may arise during your cancer care.

The chapel is located on the first floor of Building C - next to the main elevators. The chapel is open 24 hours-a-day for prayer, meditation and solace. Community worship service is offered in the chapel in the Spring and Summer months on Sundays at 11 a.m. for all faith groups. Roman Catholic Mass is held on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m.

To make an appointment with a chaplain, please call the Department of Chaplaincy Services.