When you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, it can seem as if your world has been turned upside down. Cancer just doesn’t affect a particular part of your body, it impacts your whole family, your mood and the way you see yourself. Metro Health understands the many facets of cancer which is why our comprehensive care includes psychological services.
Our fully licensed psychologist will work alongside your oncologist and nurse to support you through your cancer treatment and beyond. Dr. Pamela White has special training in pain and stress management, coping mechanisms and ways to manage day-to-day stress while living with cancer. We are proud to have her as part of our care team and support how helpful these services can be.
You are encouraged to see Dr. White at any point throughout your care. We highly encourage you to see her at the start of the chemotherapy to discuss how to best preserve your physical and emotional well-being. Some of the common challenges that people face during cancer treatment are:
- Depression and anxiety
- Cancer related fatigue
- Sleep problems
- Uncontrollable worry
- Adjustment difficulties
- Family concerns
- Additional Stressor
Psychology services are available to all patients and their family members. You can meet with our psychologist alone, with family members present, or with others on a similar journey in one of our quarterly group sessions that cover stress, coping with cancer and relaxation. Sessions are from 9 – 10 a.m. on Fridays. They are offered in 4-week blocks on a quarterly basis on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Fridays of the month. You don’t have to be a Metro Health patient to participate in our group sessions. Seating is limited, so please register at the front desk or call (616) 252-8100.
Group sessions are free, and many insurance plans cover individual and family sessions. Financial assistance is also available.