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Support services

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. The Cancer Care Guide 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 Breast Cancer Group - Through this program, women who have had a mastectomy or lumpectomy are matched with an agency volunteer who has had the same surgery. The volunteer provides companionship, educational resources, a temporary prosthesis, rehabilitation exercise information, and emotional support.

  • 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.  Click here 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.