As part of Erlanger's core mission to compassionately care for people, we offer a range of resources to support patients, family members, and caregivers in all parts of the cancer journey.
Oncology Nurse Navigators
Erlanger’s Oncology Nurse Navigators are here to guide and support our patients through cancer treatment. Viewing the healthcare system from the patient’s perspective, this integral member of our oncology care team:
- Understands all aspects of cancer care and the cancer care system
- Provides information about specific treatment(s); as well as, experiences that can be expected through the cancer journey
- Can direct patients and family to community resources that provide support during treatment and recovery
- Communicates with the entire healthcare team, collaborating on behalf of the patient to facilitate seamless, quality care
Cancer survivors are a rapidly growing population with individualized needs. Our patient-centered survivorship program addresses the important hallmarks of the cancer journey from the survivors’ perspective. Patients often feel lost after cancer treatment and our approach engages you early in the process to ensure a smooth transition toward follow-up, surveillance, and a “new normal.” We help you by offering:
- A patient-focused Survivorship Care Plan (SCP) that provides a summary of your care, follow-up recommendations, and resources
- Professional support to help you manage late and long-term affects as you transition following treatment.
- General health promotion and lifestyle education after treatment
Shirleen Chase, PhD, APRN - Survivorship Program Coordinator
Pediatric Cancer Survivorship Program
Erlanger’s oncology dietitian helps cancer patients and their caregivers develop a plan for healthy eating. By achieving good overall health, proper nutrition can help:
- Reduce cancer risk
- Help address nutritional difficulties experienced during the course of treatment
- Help patients stay healthy during treatment
- Minimize side effects and illness.
Erlanger’s oncology social workers are licensed professionals who counsel patients and family members impacted by cancer. Our social workers can:
- Provide emotional support through individual counseling
- Help patients find resources and financial assistance
- Offer assistance finding home care or transportation services
- Give guidance in applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
- Help patients better understand their diagnosis and treatment options
- Put patients in touch with local resources that offer support
Meet Your Oncology Social Worker (PDF)
Spiritual Guidance and Chaplaincy Services
Erlanger offers pastoral care services to address spiritual and emotional needs, regardless of religious tradition. This service is offered to all patients, family members, friends, and hospital visitors.
- Cancer support services
- Bereavement services
Erlanger Pastoral Care
Spiritual Care for the Cancer Journey (PDF)
Cancer Registry Team
Erlanger’s Cancer Registry team works to create an accurate database of cancer cases in our region. Physicians and researchers – local, regional, and international – use this database to:
- Evaluate patient outcomes and treatments
- Provide follow-up information
- Calculate survival rates
- Analyze referral patterns
- Allocate state and regional resources
- Report cancer incidence
- Evaluate treatment modalities
Katie Brown, RHIT, CTR
Courtney Womac, RHIT, CTR
Tiffany Whitt, RHIT, CTR
Lacey Winn, CMA
Cancer Support Group
General Cancer Support Group
Education, Support and Friendship for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer.
Meets every Thursday from 10AM to 11AM on CWW7 in the family area.
Call 423-778-5030 or 423-778-3253 for more information.
Breast Cancer Support
Community support groups meet monthly to provide support and information for women.
Call 423-778-8999 for more information.
An American Cancer Society program for prostate cancer patients and their loved ones, providing information, discussion and support.
Call 423-778-5708 for more information.
Lost Chord Club
Support and education for patients affected by laryngeal cancer.
Call 423-778-6846 for more information.
Look Good, Feel Better with the American Cancer Society 800-227-2345.
American Cancer Society
24-hour support and patient information
Look Good Feel Better
LookGoodFeelBetter.org is a service provided by the American Cancer Society
National Cancer Institute’s Information Service
Cancer Support Community
24-hour online/telephone support
U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
CancerCare (Smoking Cessation Services)
Mental Health Crisis Hotlines (24/7)
423-634-8995 or 423-499-2300