Since our volunteer work in the hospital and oncology treatment centers has been suspended due to COVID-19, our hospital contacts, nurse navigators, social workers and oncology nurses are using our healthcare referral form to refer patients and caregivers so that we can continue supporting their institutions and the patients they serve. Now more than ever, it’s important for us to continue to ensure a stable, trusted and effective infrastructure for mental health needs for cancer patients and caregivers. During these rapidly changing times, cancer treatment and the needs of our patients and caregivers have not stopped, and those needs will only continue to increase as they now face another unknown with COVID-19. Our health care systems rely on our trained volunteers to ensure that their patients are receiving the best possible mental health care, while they are on the front lines of a global pandemic.
provide immediate, in-person services
Our volunteers regularly visit cancer patients in area hospitals and treatment centers to provide immediate, in-person services to patients and their caregivers currently undergoing medical treatment. Volunteers work in conjunction with medical staff to offer emotional support to patients, their families, and their caregivers.
“Ruth, a long-time CanCare Volunteer, was the first person I spoke with, even before the doctor. She sat with me listened to me cry and held my hand. She then shared with me that she overcame cancer –twice,” said Jennifer. Immediately, Jennifer’s outlook shifted. “Simply being in the presence of someone who had survived the disease I was facing calmed my anxiety. I was in a new mindset about my cancer diagnosis. It was pretty powerful.”
– Jennifer, Breast Cancer Survivor, CanCare Former Client, CanCare Support Volunteer
If your hospital or treatment center is interested in developing a CanCare visitation program, please call 713.461.0028 or email [email protected].
Healthcare Partners Receiving CanCare Visitation Support
“CanCare volunteers really care about the people they are supporting. Hospitals can do the physical healing, but you also need emotional and spiritual healing, and this is where CanCare comes in. I encourage cancer patients to seek support and know that they are not alone.”
– Sue Chiang, Houston Methodist Sugarland Hospital, Vice Chairman Board of Trustees
Refer your patient to CanCare’s One-On-One Support Program
If you are interested in connecting your client with a cancer survivor or caregiver to receive one-on-one, general emotional support by phone or email, please complete this form.