Supportive Care Services

Your care at the Lahey Health Cancer Institute (LHCI) involves much more than treatment of your cancer itself. We provide comprehensive care that includes both cancer treatments and supportive therapies, delivered simultaneously by a collaborative team of clinicians.

Patient Navigators at Your Side

Our patient navigators are highly experienced in helping to match you and your family with the supportive care services that would best benefit you. They can connect you with the resources you need – physical, emotional, financial – in keeping with our goal of caring for you as a whole person during your cancer treatment.

Integrative Therapy Rehabilitation Therapy Additional Support Services Palliative Care

Integrative Therapy Services

To support the all-inclusive needs of our cancer patients, Lahey Health offers integrative therapy services, also known as a complementary therapy. These services include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Pet therapy

Integrative therapies have been shown to improve mental well-being, reduce fatigue and nausea associated with treatment, speed healing from surgery, and more.

Rehabilitation Therapy Services

Our rehabilitation services, to help you get back to your usual activities after cancer treatment, include:

  • Exercise therapy
  • Lymphedema program
  • Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language pathology
  • YMCA Pink Program, a special exercise program for women with breast cancer, based on their activity levels

Additional Cancer Support Services

Our range of cancer support services at LHCI also includes:

  • Adjustment-to-illness counseling from a psycho-oncologist who specializes in the needs of people being treated for cancer
  • Financial counselors
  • Social services for special assistance for various daily living needs
  • Prosthetic services
  • Wound care
  • Nutrition services
  • Home care program
  • Pain clinic
  • Palliative care program
  • Sexuality counseling
  • Hospice (end-of-life) care
  • Cancer survivorship program for ongoing support after your cancer treatment is finished

A Word About Palliative Care

Palliative care is not the same as hospice. Palliative care is about extending your life and mitigating your symptoms, even if your cancer is a type that cannot yet be cured.

Many people with incurable cancer can live a happy and productive life for extensive periods of time. Cancer that may not be curable today could be conquered tomorrow. The goal of our palliative care is to control your symptoms and maximize the quality of your life for as long as possible, in accordance with your own personal goals and wishes.

SURVIVORSHIP EVALUATION AT LAHEY

All Lahey Health-affiliated facilities participate in Survivorship Evaluation at Lahey (SEAL), a comprehensive cancer care program that proactively engages patients at the start of their treatment plan and on an ongoing basis throughout their survivorship. The SEAL program assesses how well patients are functioning and refers them to certain rehabilitation programs to improve their outcomes and satisfaction with treatment.