Social and emotional support are critical components of complete cancer care. Recognizing this fact, the Greenville Hospital System announced the partnership between the Center for Integrative Oncology and Survivorship, and the Cancer Support Community (CSC) ? one of the largest worldwide providers of social and emotional support for cancer patients and their caregivers.

“Research shows that social and emotional support is as important as medical care in the face of a cancer diagnosis,” said Dr. Larry Gluck, medical director of GHS’ Cancer Center. “Cancer Support Community is a leader in psychosocial oncology, and we will integrate their evidence-based programs and services into our cancer care delivery model to ensure our patients get the best medical and psychosocial care available.”

Greenville Hospital System is the first hospital in the nation to integrate CSC’s programs and services into the hospital setting and one of the first hospitals to implement CSC’s CancerSupportSource ? a distress screening program that integrates screening, referral and follow up care through a streamlined, web-based program. The online screening takes less than 10 minutes, and when complete, provides information about a patient’s current level of distress and available support programs and services.

Patient-centered standards
Beginning in 2015, all cancer patients will be screened for distress per new patient-centered standards set by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. “Routine screening for distress and early intervention has demonstrated improved patient outcomes across many studies,” noted Kim Thiboldeaux, president and CEO of Cancer Support Community.

For more information:
– Samson, K. Strong social and emotional support improves early breast cancer outcomes. Oncology Times UK. August 2011 (8)8,p8
Emotional Support – Cancer Support Community

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