Supportive Care

Our extensive cancer care extends beyond diagnosis and treatment to help patients get the support they need for body, mind, and spirit on their cancer journey. Here’s what we offer your patients.

Our cancer team at Premier Health wants you to have an active part in your own cancer care. We offer you many services to aid emotional, physical, and spiritual healing for you – and support for your loved ones. 

Our hope is that these additional resources will make your journey more comfortable and manageable, throughout diagnosis, treatment, and beyond.

Cancer Rehabilitation

Cancer and its treatment can sometimes take a toll on your ability to regain normal physical function. Premier Health offers you oncology rehabilitation, including physical therapy and occupational therapy, to regain your strength, endurance, and mobility. We also provide lymphedema therapy if you develop lymphedema, a swelling caused by damage to your body’s lymphatic system. The swelling most frequently affects the head, neck, limbs, breast, and trunk, and therapy can assist with lymph drainage.

Our Healthy Steps program at Atrium Medical Center will help you restore range of motion, enhance physical and emotional balance, and reduce swelling from lymphedema. The classes are free, set to music and designed for sitting or standing. To enroll, call (513) 934-5657(513) 934-5657.

Classes, Programs, And Events

Learning more about cancer or sharing your experience with others can be positive steps to empower yourself as you move through cancer diagnosis, treatment, and beyond. Check our program and calendar listings to find a support group, event, or seminar that interests you.

Exercise Therapy

You can participate in a range of exercise programs across our Premier Health locations designed specially for people living with cancer. Classes include warm water exercise through Miami Valley Hospital South,strength and conditioning classes, Tai Chi, yoga, and a movement program set to music for people with cancer or lymphedema. Many of these activities can help improve sleep, reduce stress, and improve your overall quality of life.

Expressions Of Hope Boutiques

If you’ve experienced a lumpectomy or mastectomy, our knowledgeable staff at the Expressions of Hope Boutique knows how to help. We specialize in restoring your confidence and femininity with innovative breast forms and partial shapers. Most major health plans are accepted, and financial assistance is available if you qualify.

Facilities for Patients and Loved Ones

The cancer treatment journey can be challenging for patients and families. Premier Health's cancer treatment facilities offer peaceful, soothing spaces that encourage healing. Try suggestions from our cancer care team for relaxing in our cancer treatment facilities before and during treatment.

Financial Support

Our customer service representatives and financial counselors are available with counseling and support, especially if you are uninsured, underinsured, or you’ve had a recent financial hardship such as a job loss. We offer services that include helping you create a payment plan, exploring options for financial assistance, and connecting you with local clinics that meet a variety of medical needs.

Genetic Counseling And Testing

A cancer diagnosis often raises questions about cancer types that can be inherited. With genetic testing and counseling, we can help determine if your cancer is hereditary and if there is risk of other family members being diagnosed. Results can assist your physicians in developing an ongoing care plan for all involved. Read more about genetic counseling and testing for breast cancer.

Hospice And Palliative Care

Palliative care focuses on managing pain, anxiety, and other symptoms – rather than providing a cure – so you can enjoy life more fully. You can receive palliative care throughout your cancer treatment and even when you stop receiving treatment. Our palliative care team can also help family members cope with caregiving responsibilities and provide support and resources for financial, legal, insurance, and end-of-life concerns.

Hospice care generally is reserved for the last six months of life – to improve the quality of your time with family and friends once curative treatment stops. Choosing hospice doesn’t mean that you or your family is giving up hope. Instead, hospice care focuses on you as a whole person, helping you take steps to live as comfortably and as fully as possible.

In-Home Cancer Care

If the demands of your cancer are greater than you and your loved ones can manage alone, our home health service can provide additional help and resources. We can help with symptom management, emotional support, identifying community services, and more.

Nutrition Counseling

Healthy eating is vital to your recovery from cancer. Premier Health licensed clinical dietitians are specialists who will help you develop meal plans that fit your lifestyle. They’ll also help you find the best solutions to common side effects of treatment like loss of appetite, taste differences, and nausea. Learn how dietitians can help you during your cancer journey.

Oncology Nurse Navigators And Patient Navigator

Cancer care can be complex and, at times, overwhelming. Oncology nurse navigators are nurses specially trained in oncology care who help you navigate through cancer treatment and beyond. Our oncology nurse navigators are knowledgeable about the best practices in cancer care and contribute to a multidisciplinary approach to fighting cancer. They and an American Cancer Society patient navigator can also link you to resources available to cancer patients and their families.

Oncology Social Services

You’ll also be supported by our team of licensed social workers who can connect you with counselors, financial counseling and support, legal assistance, and other resources.

Spiritual Care Services

A cancer diagnosis can test your spiritual beliefs and cause stress for you and your loved ones. Premier Health pastoral care chaplains are members of the cancer health care team. Available 24/7, they’re specially trained to support you regardless of your faith. Chaplains routinely visit our infusion rooms to provide spiritual care to patients during treatment. Learn more about how spiritual care can benefit those with cancer.

Support Groups

Being with others who share a similar illness may provide you with comfort and encouragement. At Premier Health, we offer several support groupsincluding a general Cancer Care Support Group, Sharing Our Strength breast cancer support group, Ostomy Support Group, Look Good, Feel Better…For Women, and Healthy Steps movement class for people dealing with cancer or lymphedema.

Survivorship Support

Survivorship begins with your diagnosis and continues as you live through and beyond cancer. One of the hardest things after you finish treatment is not knowing what happens next. We at Premier Health believe it is important to help you on this next part of your journey. You may receive what’s called a Survivorship Care Plan from your provider or one of our Oncology Nurse Navigators. This care plan is created specifically for you; it provides a record of your treatment, potential short-term and long-term effects, guidelines for follow-up and future testing, and symptoms you should report to your doctor. This care plan can be shared with other providers on your care team and your close family members. 

Wig Boutique

Our Wig Boutique at Atrium Medical Center offers free wigs, hats, scarves, and turbans to anyone who has cancer. The American Cancer Society partners with us to provide free wigs, and we also accept donations from the community. Our helpful staff can assist you with selections and wig fittings. To make an appointment, call (513) 974-5669 (513) 974-5669.

Contact Us

Premier Health offers an extensive network of experienced cancer specialists, close to home, who welcome your referrals. Find a cancer specialist best suited to your patient’s unique needs.

Our cancer specialists have access to nationally recognized cancer care protocols and best practices, since Premier Health is a certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center.