Our support programs and resources are designed to help patients and families before, during and after cancer treatment.
At Winship, we offer you support programs and services as part of our multidisciplinary team approach. These are designed to help you from your first treatment to beyond your last.
Social Work Services
We offer one-on-one consultation with our licensed oncology social workers to help you with concerns. Our social workers provide practical assistance, support, and individual, family and group counseling. In addition, they facilitate support and educational programs and provide referrals to community resources.
With the help of friends and former patients, we have developed support groups, including Peer Partners, that provide a unique opportunity for you to connect with other cancer patients and survivors. Through support groups, you can learn more about treatment options for your specific cancer type, find ways to improve your quality of life and make friends. You don't even have to be a patient at Emory to participate!
The Peer Partners Program is a special support group that matches cancer survivors and caregivers with cancer patients and caregivers dealing with a similar diagnosis of cancer, pre-cancerous condition or benign tumor. Peer Partners offer confidential, one-to-one support based on previous personal cancer experience.
Happy Tails, Animal-Assisted Activities
Several times a month, patients have the opportunity to interact with Happy Tails dogs who make the rounds with their owners to patient waiting areas at Winship. Animal-assisted activities have been shown to lower blood pressure, stress and anxiety levels in patients. Visit the Monthly Support Group Calendar to find out when Happy Tails will be visiting Winship.
Information about Lodging and Transportation:
- Lodging is available at the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge for all cancer patients who live more than 50 miles from Emory and meet certain requirements. The Hospitality House is a facility that provides housing for family members of patients in the hospital. We can also recommend lodging at hotels, motels and apartments within five miles of Emory.
- Transportation is available to and from treatment through the American Cancer Society's Road To Recovery program.
Contact us to learn more about:
- Managing your symptoms, side effects or pain from treatment
- Managing your care and eliminating the obstacles to proper treatment
- Managing your emotions and feelings and those of your caregivers while in treatment and beyond
- Improving your well-being through spiritual care
- Improving your health through proper diet and nutrition
- Managing your fitness with exercise
- Managing the challenges of treatment
- Connecting with others who have experienced a similar cancer journey
- Life transitions that relate to new diagnosis, returning to work, disease recurrence and palliative care
- Locating support through groups or individual/family counseling referrals
- Issues regarding disability options
- Decision making/readiness for home care, assisted living, nursing home and hospice
- Financial issues
- Advance directives (living will and durable power of attorney for health care)
- Relaxation/stress reduction tapes and techniques