Social Support & Education

Our oncology social workers are specialists in the area of illness-related problems and are available for individual/family consultation and inpatient counseling. Social workers can help coordinate care, facilitate post-hospital care and help connect patients and families to community resources.

The Cancer Center partners with a wide range of support groups, community education classes, nutrition counseling, massage therapy, pain management, and physical and occupational therapy to help our patients now and in the future. Support groups include: general cancer, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma.

Our Partners in Offering Support

Cancer CAREpoint

Located in the Silicon Valley, Cancer CAREpoint is dedicated to transforming support for cancer patients, families and caregivers through personalized, one-on-one counseling, assistance, resources and education. Click the link to find out more.

Look Good Feel Better

Cancer can rob a woman of her energy, appetite and strength. But it doesn’t have to rob her of her looks. Look Good Feel Better is a nonmedical, brand-neutral public service program that teaches beauty techniques to male and female cancer patients. Click the link to find out more.

American Cancer Society

For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to help people stay well, help people get well, find cures and fight back against cancer. Get the latest news from the front lines by clicking the link.

Inpatient Oncology Unit Provides Many Amenities

The Good Samaritan Hospital inpatient oncology unit features the latest in care and service amenities for patients and visitors – all designed to enhance healing and comfort. Our unit features:

  • Multidisciplinary approach to care
  • Dedicated unit for oncology patients
  • 18 private rooms on the 5th floor
  • Sleep area for a family member in every patient room
  • All rooms wired for telemetry monitoring
  • Aesthetically pleasing environment with a quiet, secluded feeling that offers warmth and comfort to patients and visitors
  • Experienced staff knowledgeable in the latest treatments, techniques and patient amenities
  • Volunteers on-site, as needed, to assist patients and their families throughout their hospital stay
  • Healing arts services: massage and reiki, a Japanese technique that aids healing through relaxation and stress reduction, provided by specially trained volunteers
  • Chemotherapy administered by registered nurses with specialized training
  • Clinical pharmacists specially trained in chemotherapy
  • Nine oncology-certified nurses and an advanced oncology clinical nurse specialist
  • A Cancer Resource Center providing information on diagnosis and treatment for patients and their families
  • Wi-Fi connectivity in all rooms

Inpatient Rehabilitation Program

The Inpatient Rehabilitation Program, which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for adult inpatient rehab, provides comprehensive interdisciplinary therapeutic programs that significantly improve patient function after a serious illness.

The acute rehab program, with 15 private care rooms located at the Mission Oaks campus, includes a team of physiatrists, internal medical physicians, and occupational, physical, speech and rehabilitation nurses.

Palliative Care

The Palliative Care Program’s accomplishments are remarkable for championing compassionate patient-centered management. Our social workers; nurses; case managers; and respiratory, speech, physical and occupational therapists collaboratively coordinate patient care toward specific goals. Adjunctive services include: Healing Arts of the Good Samaritan Auxiliary, “No One Dies Alone” volunteer vigil services and spiritual support.

Home Care and Hospice

A wide range of home care services are provided to cancer patients through various community home care and hospice agencies. Social workers and discharge planners work closely together to assist patients and their families in arranging home nursing; physical, occupational and speech therapy; home health aide assistance; social services; home medical equipment; and other specialized services such as home intravenous therapy and hospice.