We recognize that coordinating all aspects of cancer care can be confusing and sometimes stressful. St. Anthony’s Medical Center has several support services available to patients and their families.
For patients with breast or lung cancer, St. Anthony’s offers trained cancer care navigators to help guide patients through the treatment pathway, from diagnosis through final treatment. Our navigators help educate patients on the various treatment options discussed by their physician, answers questions, and helps to identify any resources that may be needed. The navigator also helps to coordinate the various tests, consultations and treatment sessions that are needed for each patient. St. Anthony’s goal is to add more cancer care navigators for other types of cancer patients.
To reach our Breast Care Navigator, call Lisa Salvati, RN, MSN, at 314-587-0298 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. To reach our Lung Cancer Navigator, call Pamela Lynn, R.N., at 314-525-6095 or email her at email@example.com.
St. Anthony’s has a dedicated Family Resource Center for families of patients undergoing cancer treatment. We recognize that cancer treatment often requires long hours and days at the medical center, which can cause stress and interrupt typical family time. The Center has a small kitchenette to serve meals and a place to sit down as a family to have dinners. It also has comfortable seating to gather and watch television or read books or magazines.
This program, through the American Cancer Society, offers professional make-up and hair styling for women patients currently under treatment for cancer. In addition, St. Anthony’s offers free wigs and hats for patients who request them. These items are available in the Radiation Oncology area of the Cancer Institute.
Nutrition is an integral part of cancer treatment. At St. Anthony’s, registered, licensed dietitians are available two days per week to meet with cancer patients and family members for discussions of nutrition-related questions and concerns. Keeping cancer patients well-nourished can allow for better tolerance of treatments and improved outcomes. Those needing supplements to increase calorie and protein intake are provided with samples of various products. Through charitable organizations, our dietitians also are able to access supplements for patients who need them but are unable to afford the cost.
St. Anthony’s Medical Center has chaplains available 24-hours a day, seven days a week to support the spiritual care needs of all patients and their families. We also have a chapel located on the main floor of the hospital that is open for prayer and meditation. Catholic Masses and ecumenical prayer services are held every weekday. Read more about pastoral care services.
St. Anthony’s offers the services of a masters-level oncology social worker as part of the treatment process. The oncology social worker is trained in working with patients experiencing distress related to a cancer diagnosis. Distress is defined as an unpleasant emotional state that can affect the way a person feels, thinks, and acts. The oncology social worker can work with patients on a variety of issues to alleviate distress. Some potential areas of support are:
Covering the cost of cancer treatment is a common concern for patients. At St. Anthony’s, we never want cost to be a deterrent to receiving treatment. Through our financial counseling services, patients can be linked to numerous foundations and drug companies as well as our Patient Accounts department to explore options and get the assistance needed.
For patients experiencing pain, anxiety, depression, nausea or chronic fatigue that sometimes accompany cancer treatment, we have board-certified internal medicine specialists who have advanced certification in palliative medicine. Palliative care focuses on the relief of physical, emotional and spiritual distress. At St. Anthony’s, we have one of the few palliative programs in the region that is physician-directed. Also on the palliative care team are care managers (social workers) and chaplains.
St. Anthony’s has a long-standing reputation for offering premier medical care as well as emotional and spiritual support for those nearing the end of life. We provide compassionate hospice services either in a patient’s home or in “our home” at the Fern de Greeff Hospice House situated on our medical center campus. The 18-room de Greeff Hospice House is unique in that it is the only inpatient hospice facility in St. Louis to support terminally ill individuals.
Hospice In-Home Program
Hospice House — Fern de Greeff Hospice House