Helping Every Step of the Way: Our Highly Coordinated Approach to Cancer Care Benefits Our Patients
Getting treated for cancer can seem like being thrown into a marathon you haven't trained for. You may face a long road of diagnostics, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
You can rely on the medical expertise of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic's medical staff and our highly coordinated approach to cancer care. Our patients receive world-class diagnostic, treatment and support services in a caring and personal environment.
"I want to reassure our patients and family members that there are extensive resources available to help make their lives easier during their course of treatment," says Joan Wolochin, LMSW, a social worker at Kelsey-Seybold. "Each situation is unique. We can offer a wide range of support services and resources to address just about every situation."
Resources for the Journey
At Kelsey-Seybold, we believe the road to cancer recovery should be paved with resources for patients facing cancer. Below are just a few of the ways we can assist cancer patients and their families:
- Close collaboration with each patient's primary care and specialty physicians. At Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, your personal physician has access to specialists in virtually every medical field.
- Two convenient locations. Our patients can expect quality medical care from Kelsey-Seybold's Cancer Center at the Main Campus and Spring Medical and Diagnostic Center locations.
- Nationally recognized cancer treatment program. The Kelsey-Seybold Cancer Center is the nation’s first freestanding Cancer Program in the nation approved with multiple commendations by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.
- Individualized nursing, pharmacy and social work support for each patient. Your treatment team consists of highly qualified medical specialists in Hematology and Medical Oncology, along with oncology nurses, pharmacists and social workers.
- The reassurance of our "After-Hours Nurse Hotline" service. Cancer patients, particularly those going through chemotherapy, can have complicated side effects that need immediate, 24/7 assistance from trained medical personnel. Our "After-Hours" service at 713-442-0000 allows patients to talk with a registered nurse after regular business hours.
- Coping skills. Our social workers can lend an ear and offer helpful suggestions for coping with illness-related concerns, family relationships and related issues.
- Resources for finances, transportation, and disability benefits. Cancer can be a financial drain, but there are dozens of government programs and private foundations that can assist with things like medical co-pays, transportation vouchers for medical appointments and daily living expenses. Social Security may also offer disability benefits in some cases.
- Breast Cancer Support Group. This group meets monthly at Kelsey-Seybold's Main Campus. The Breast Cancer Support Group is designed to help women learn to live, understand and cope with a diagnosis of breast cancer. Group meetings are under the guidance of health care professionals and will provide an opportunity for women to share common experiences, problems and solutions in a supportive atmosphere. If you are interested in attending a meeting, please contact Joan Wolochin, LMSW, at 713-442-1036 or 713-442-1682. Light refreshments will be served.
- Other support services and resources. In addition to the monthly Breast Cancer Support Group sponsored by Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, there are hundreds of other support groups throughout the area. We can help link you and your family to a wide variety of community resources.
- Education. Through one-on-one contact between our clinical staff and our patients, we offer information for patients and their families about dealing with cancer.