BUILD A CANCER CARE TEAM

Who else can offer support

Know who else you can add to your team based on your care needs

Who Else Can Offer Cancer Support?

Support may come from other health care providers, from people close to you, and even from others in the cancer community. Your needs may change during the course of your treatment journey, and you may want to add people to your care team.

Use the list below to help decide who else can help support you.

Providers who help coordinate care and understand finances

These providers may be able to help with day-to-day parts of your care, such as scheduling appointments, finding support services, and answering questions about health insurance and costs.

  • Patient navigators can help you and your family before, during, and after treatment. They can connect you to support services, schedule your doctor visits and tests, and also help guide you to successfully complete your treatment
  • Oncology social workers can give emotional support, help you understand costs, and can refer you to helpful resources for your day-to-day needs such as childcare or transportation
  • Financial navigators may be able to help you understand the costs of your care
  • Home health aides are trained professionals who may be able to help you with personal and household chores

Specialists and counselors

These providers may be able to help if you have needs related to certain types of cancer diagnoses and treatment.

  • Plastic surgeons are surgeons with special training to rebuild or replace parts of the body that may have changed from cancer
  • Genetic counselors may help you understand how your genes and family history may play a part in your cancer
  • Fertility specialists explain how a cancer treatment may change your ability to have children and may give advice about preserving fertility
  • Palliative care specialists give care to help manage the symptoms and stress caused by cancer

Mental health providers

These types of providers may be able to help you manage the emotional side of cancer and give support throughout your journey.

  • Psychiatrists are doctors who prescribe medicine and give counseling for mental and emotional issues
  • Psychologists can provide counseling and may help you and your family deal with the mental and emotional challenges of cancer
  • Social workers can refer you to support groups and other helpful resources
  • Clergy or religious advisors can offer counseling for you and your family

Helpers with daily nutrition, activity, and movement

These providers may help with daily life activities your cancer or cancer treatment may affect.

  • Dietitians may be able to help create a specific meal plan based on your needs
  • Occupational therapists can create a plan to help you with your daily activities and may support you with any limitations caused by cancer
  • Physical therapists may be able to help you get back a range of motion that may have been changed by your cancer treatment

Family, friends, and community support

The support system you build at home can also help you during treatment. Ask your friends, family, and loved ones to help with daily needs or just be someone to talk to.

To get connected with others who are going through or have gone through cancer, try these online resources or organizations in your community: