Supportive Care Services for Cancer

The goal of Supportive Care Services is to ensure that each cancer patient receives personal care for their physical, social, spiritual and emotional needs. Our physicians, nurses, social workers and dietitians work together to help you cope effectively with the stress of your cancer and its treatment. We offer you and your family and friends education and information on diets and supplements, as well as referrals to acupuncture services, exercise programs and community-based support groups. We also help you plan for your future, achieve your personal goals and help you navigate changes in your care.

Social Work Support

Cancer and cancer treatment is often accompanied by emotional concerns. Whether you are a patient, family member, friend or caregiver, talking to a professional can help you explore and manage your emotions and feel more in control of your treatment plan. To help address these concerns, our master's-prepared oncology clinical social workers provide support through short-term individual psychotherapy, caregiver support and a variety of cancer support groups and programs. We can also help with transportation services and offer a housing program.

Call 310-423-0638 for information.


Clinical Nutrition Services

Nutrition services at Cedars-Sinai are provided by board-certified registered dietitians. These specialists in oncology nutrition have earned additional certification by the Commission on Dietetic Registration to provide services to patients and their caregivers as an integral part of cancer care. Our primary goal is to help patients optimize their nutritional status to help them achieve their treatment goals while maintaining physical and emotional strength. Free nutritional consultations are available.

Call 310-423-1116 for information.


Supportive Care Medicine (Pain and Symptom Management)

Cancer pain and symptom management services are available to ensure that all patients with significant symptoms such as cancer pain and fatigue receive care to minimize these symptoms and help restore the best possible quality of life. We work closely with each patient’s primary oncologist to help manage these physical symptoms.

Call 310-423-0717 for information.


Psychiatry

Psychiatrists are available to help patients cope better with the stresses of their cancer and its treatment. When appropriate, a psychiatric consultation is available to assess whether medication may be useful in addressing symptoms such as depression and anxiety that commonly occur during cancer treatment. Contact us for a consultation with our oncology psychiatrists. We will ask your doctor for a referral.

Call 310-423-0638 for information.


Rehabilitation and Survivorship

We provide rehabilitation and survivorship services to help patients manage pain and other symptoms. Other services include addressing balance and gait issues, exercise evaluations and prescriptions, and functional evaluations for activities of daily life (such as preparing meals or managing money), mobility or assistive devices.

Call 310-423-2111 for information.


Spiritual Care

The Spiritual Care Department provides interfaith, spiritual and emotional support for patients, families and loved ones. At Cedars-Sinai, we understand that healing involves the whole person — body, mind, spirit and soul. For this reason, we offer spiritual care services to patients and their loved ones to help support you through your cancer journey.

Call 310-423-5550 for information.


Fertility Preservation

Many cancer treatments can permanently affect fertility. Fertility preservation techniques such as egg freezing or embryo freezing are most effective when used before cancer treatment begins. We offer counseling for hormone replacement therapy, contraception, ovarian reserve testing and preimplantation genetic diagnosis for single gene mutations (BRCA). Learn about your fertility options and other services provided by our Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center.

Call 310-423-9964 for information.


Finances and Insurance

Our financial services representatives are available to help you understand your insurance benefits and to answer other financial questions related to your treatment.

Call 310-423-1161 for information.


Group Offerings

Survivorship and Rehab

  • Cancer Exercise Recovery Program
  • Emerging from the Haze for chemobrain and cognitive issues
  • Growing Resiliency and Courage with Cancer (GRACE)
  • Gentle Yoga for Wellness
  • Qi Gong

Support Groups

  • Kidney Cancer Support Group
  • Sarcoma Support Group
  • NET Support Group

Kidney Cancer Support Group
Meets the second Monday of each month, 5-7 p.m. with some exceptions
Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion — various rooms (usually PEC #5 or #8)

Call 310-423-0638 for information

Look Good, Feel Better
Cedars-Sinai's Look Good, Feel Better Program is offered at the Saul and Joyce Brandman Breast Center in collaboration with the American Cancer Society throughout the year.

Call 310-423-0638 for information. Download the patient referral form (PDF).

Neuroendocrine Tumor Support Group
Meets the second Tueday of each month, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lower Level Conference Room AC 1100

Call 310-423-0638 for information.

Sarcoma Patient Support Group
Meets the third Wednesday of each month, 12-1:30 p.m.
Samuel Oschin Cancer Center
Mezzanine Conference Room
8700 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles

Call 310-423-1190 for information.

Find out about other events and support groups offered at the cancer institute.


Exercise Classes

Cedars-Sinai Physical Therapy
444 S. San Vicente Blvd Suite 701
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Cedars-Sinai/Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Center Gentle/Restorative Yoga

8700 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Evening classes
For reservations/information: 310-423-5162 or charlotte.bailey@cshs.org

Cedars-Sinai Saul & Joyce Brandman Breast Center/Yoga

310 N. San Vicente Blvd., Third floor
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Free yoga for patients and caregivers on the third Wednesday of every month
RSVP to leenbodies@prodigy.net

Cedars-Sinai/Tower Oncology/Yoga

9090 Wilshire Blvd., Third Floor (free parking)
For reservations and information: 310-205-5790 or cancersupportnetwork@toweroncology.com
Yoga open to all cancer patients

LACanSurvive for Tower Cancer Research Foundation

8767 Wilshire Blvd 4th Floor (free parking)
Variety of monthly classes, schedule varies
For information: 310-299-8473 or aidee@towercancer.org


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