When patients are diagnosed with cancer, they feel uncertain about their future. There are so many tests, medications, and procedures they have never experienced. Getting tests and treatments close to home, in familiar surroundings can lessen that uncertainty. And, that can allow room in their heart for hope about the future.
At Daviess Community, oncologist, Dr. Thomas Waits and our team of trained oncology nurses are big on giving our patients hope. They are here by their side every step of the way with powerful cancer-fighting drugs along with innovative medications that reduce side effects like nausea, infection, and fatigue.
For more information or an appointment, call 254-8855.
Cancer Patient Navigator
What is a Cancer Patient Navigator?
A Cancer Patient Navigator acts as a personal guide educator, liaison and advocate for the newly diagnosed cancer patient and their family. The navigator works with patients and families to help them at many points along the health care continuum. This may include education on the specific disease, insurance questions, finding physicians, explaining the treatment and care options available, and much more. The navigator is the consistent caregiver through the cancer journey and is a source of information and support for the patient and family.
To contact our Cancer Patient Navigator, Sharon Mead, RN,
please call 812.254.2760 ext. 1426
Support Groups for Patients and Families:
Families Facing Cancer
|Families Facing Cancer...
||... is a support group for You;
... someone in your family; or
... someone very close to you
...who is faced with cancer.
meets once a month. There is no charge to attend or to be involved.
The group is informal and strives to help families:
- Find new solutions
- Obtain relief and understanding
- Gather strength
Concerns may be openly shared and ideas for coping exchanged. Some topics covered include:
- Sharing the Diagnosis
- Sharing Feelings
- Coping with the Family
- Living Each Day
- Financial Needs
- Pain Control
- Access to Home Care, Hospice, etc.
A Medical Social Worker and Oncology Nurses facilitate the group. Guest speakers are also be invited to attend.
Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. in Daviess Community Hospital’s Education Center Room 2. Everyone is welcome and refreshments are served.
If you have questions or would like to register for the group, please phone 254-8892.
DCH Specialty and Oncology Services