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Taking cancer care further

Treatment of your cancer involves more than just medical care. Whether you are seeking counseling, need help understanding your treatments, or if you need help with nutrition during your journey, the experts at Novant Health Derrick L. Davis Cancer Center are here for you and your family. Our goal is to help you be as comfortable as possible in a physical, emotional and spiritual sense as you treat and recover from your illness.

To learn more about our support services, please call Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center toll-free:

1-866-611-3722

The Cancer Care Coalition of Winston-Salem

As an active member of the Cancer Care Coalition of Winston-Salem, we team up with other members of the community to help you and your family maintain and enhance your quality of life during and after diagnosis and treatment.

We understand that the diagnosis of cancer can seem overwhelming. That's why we have compiled the Cancer Care Guide that provides a list of community resources, national resources and general information to help you. Learn as much as you can so that you can make informed decisions about your care.

Linda and A. Tab Williams Education and Resource Center

Knowledge is an essential component to help inform and empower you during your cancer journey. At the Linda and A. Tab Williams Education and Resource Center, we provide you and your family with a large selection of publications and information on various types of cancer and treatments. Resources cover important topics such as:

  • Understanding cancer and treatment options
  • Nutritional support
  • Support groups
  • Clinical trials and research
  • Genetic counseling and testing

Pastoral care

We understand the spiritual needs you may have during your illness, and we recognize the importance of holistic care. That's why we provide pastoral care on both an inpatient and outpatient basis to help you and your family during this difficult time. Some of the pastoral care services we offer include:

  • Individual and group prayer
  • Pastoral comfort and support
  • Assistance with development of advanced directives and/or living wills
  • Counseling by a faith representative of your choice
  • Weekly worship services
  • Telephone consultations with your family members
  • Grief and bereavement counseling and referral
  • Communication and follow-up with your local pastor or church

Support groups

Sometimes it helps to share information and hear stories from other patients that understand your struggles firsthand. The support groups we offer are designed to instill hope and offer encouragement and support for you and your loved ones. All groups are free and are open to anyone. Some of the groups we offer include:

Look Good, Feel Good - This national public-service program helps women who are undergoing cancer treatment by teaching them coping skills for dealing with appearance-related side effects that occur in some treatments.

Feel Good Friday - On the first Friday of every month, the Novant Health Derrick L. Davis Cancer Center provides manicures, massages and other relaxing and pampering activities for cancer patients.

Pink Broomstick Support Program - Cancer Services, Inc.'s Pink Broomstick® Support Program is a community, referral based program that provides meaningful, rehabilitative support to newly diagnosed patients with breast cancer. Novant Health Cancer Center partners with Cancer Services, Inc. so that each one of our patients receives their Pink Broomstick kit pre-surgery. The kit contains resources, agency information, an exercise DVD, a pink broomstick and a lovely pink polka dot comfort pillow used for recovery.

In addition to the Pink Broomstick kit, patients are offered telephone peer support from trained volunteers who are also breast cancer survivors. Volunteers help explain rehabilitative exercises, address concerns the patient may have and to lend a listening ear. After surgery, a member of the Cancer Services Patient Advocate Team is available to help the survivor find answers, meet other survivors and regain control.

The Pink Broomstick Support Program also offers a monthly wellness group that meets at Cancer Services on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 12 noon or on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. The Pink Broomstick group enables survivors to share experiences and gain insightful knowledge from professionals. Wellness groups give patients and caregivers the opportunity to meet other people dealing with similar situations and offers ways of coping with illness. The sharing is informal and the support is strengthening.

Many patients are referred to this program by their surgeon; however, a referral is not required. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about this program, please contact Cancer Services, Inc. at 336-760-9983.

Caregivers Support Group - This support group is an information- and resource-sharing support group for families, caregivers and cancer survivors.

We also provide support groups designed to help with specific types of cancer, including: breast, lung colorectal, gynecological, prostate, leukemia and lymphoma.

Lymphedema Rehabilitation Clinic  - Forsyth Medical Center has specially trained therapists for those who have lymphedema or are at risk for it following surgery or treatment. The clinic is also available at Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center. To schedule an appointment call 336-227-2250 or toll-free 1-888-844-0080

Cardio-oncology Heart Care for Cancer Patients - Cancer survival rates have increased in recent years due primarily to new and improved chemotherapy and radiation treatment.  While these treatments save lives, they can also damage your heart – especially if you already have heart disease or are among those at risk.

Learn more about prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart and vascular conditions or call 336-718-1639 for more information.

To learn more about our support services, please call Forsyth Medical Center toll-free at 1-866-611-3722.