Cancer Support Services
New York Methodist Hospital provides a variety of support services. These services enhance the quality of care received by patients that are referred to them by their physicians. Patients may also choose to use the following support services without referral.
Our registered dietitians review the charts of all inpatients to make sure that they have diets compatible with their course of treatment and/or medications. Outpatients may also consult with a nutritionist to make sure that they meet their nutritional needs.
A variety of techniques decreases the intensity and frequency of pain and increases the patient's functional level. Assessment and follow-up can be done on an inpatient or outpatient basis. A palliative care program is also available for patients in the terminal stages of the disease.
Social workers who specialize in working with patients and families affected by cancer provide help and counseling in coping with the disease. They address practical issues such as insurance coverage and financial aid. Individual and group psychosocial counseling is also available at NYM. In addition, our social workers refer patients to the following:
- Community groups
- Agencies that offer support services
- Entitlement programs
As a hospital with a religious tradition, New York Methodist is proud of its history of excellent pastoral care. Patients are welcome to request spiritual counseling, prayer, or ritual observance from Chaplains representing all major religions. Chaplains are also available to offer counseling and support to family members.
Inpatient and outpatient support groups that focus on coping with cancer meet at the Hospital. Support groups that focus on the needs of family members and caregivers are also available. For your convenience, support group referrals are available through the Institute's main telephone number.
For more information, please call 718.780.3593.