Cancer LifeNet Support Services
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Cancer LifeNet: A Lifeline of Support
Sometimes the unknown is the biggest fear for people when they receive a cancer diagnosis.
Navigating the health care system while facing a life-threatening disease can be a major challenge. That's why the Cancer LifeNet program was developed. Formally launched in 2006, Cancer LifeNet is a free support system for anyone in Harford and Cecil counties with cancer, no matter where they seek treatment. Offering navigation and support, Cancer LifeNet helps people cope with the physical, financial, psychological and emotional aspects of having cancer.
Nurse navigators, social workers and other specialists work alongside people diagnosed with cancer to create a safe and nurturing environment and help them cope with each stage of their cancer journey. Specially trained and with years of experience, this incredible group of professionals really is a lifeline to many, caring not only for patients, but for their families as well.
Through support groups, educational programs or just being nearby to talk, listen and comfort, they are here to support them at diagnosis, during treatment and beyond. Cancer LifeNet programs are used by more than 1,500 people annually.
Cancer LifeNet offers these and other support services:
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Our Patient Financial Advocates can help you:
- assist you and your family with understanding out-of-pocket medical expenses and your insurance coverage
- identify and assist with applying to private assistance programs to help with managing these out of pocket costs
- helps you understand insurance benefits, and assist uninsured patients with applying for insurance or other assistance programs
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Our Oncology Nurse Navigators can:
- work with you and your health care providers to guide you through the health care system
- provide ongoing information and education to you and your family about your illness and treatments
- provide compassionate coordination of care to assure good communication with you and your various oncology providers
- provide survivorship care plans at end of active treatment and assists with transition into survivorship
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Our Oncology Social Workers can:
- provide counseling to individuals and families to help you and your loved ones find the inner strength to cope with the psychological impact of cancer
- identify community resources to assist with practical and essential needs such as transportation, food, and shelter
- lead support groups
- meet with you and your family to identify and communicate goals of care with your health care providers and family
- assist you with end-of-life care planning, home health care, and transition to hospice when needed
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At the Kaufman Cancer Center, our registered dietitian will help you plan a healthy diet that includes enough calories and appropriate proteins, fluids and nutrients.
The dietitian can work with you during treatment and make recommendations for the best diet, especially if you are experiencing:
- changes in weight (loss or gain)
- loss of appetite
- changes in taste
- nausea and vomiting
- diarrhea or constipation
- swallowing issues
Our registered dietitian can also:
- offer personally tailored nutrition advice and guidance to help you manage your unique nutritional needs during and after treatment
- assist with meal planning, recommend nutritional supplements, and identify strategies to assure you are able to eat, enjoy your food, and maintain a healthy weight