Facing a cancer diagnosis can be stressful and overwhelming. At Gibbs Cancer Center, we do more than treat your cancer. We get to know your unique circumstances and support you emotionally and psychologically as you cope with the many demands cancer places on your life.
Here are some of the valuable people and resources we connect you with to help smooth the way during this difficult time.
Clinical Navigators Who Coordinate Your Care
Our clinical navigators function as personal guides for each cancer patient at Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute, and they serve as a patient’s bridge to their entire cancer team. As a patient at Gibbs, you will be paired with a dedicated navigator who knows about your particular type of cancer, and who will guide you throughout your treatment journey.
Your navigator will:
- Listen to you
- Answer your questions
- Make appointments for you
- Present your concerns to the medical team
- Be an emotional support for you and your family
The navigator can also help you with hospital or community resources, such as how to find transportation to and from your treatments, or how to seek financial aid for treatment costs.
We want to use every resource available to help you heal and recover. We recognize that every cancer is different, and we provide several special options that can help you find the tools and therapies that work best for you.
Here is a sampling of what we offer:
Our integrative medicine services include massage therapy, which helps alleviate stress and pain and often can help you sleep better.
Many of our patients in the infusion area have benefited from the work of a healing touch practitioner who uses gentle touch to help relieve anxiety, depression, headaches, nausea and vomiting.
Brain Wave Optimization
A technique called brain wave optimization converts the electrical activity in your brain to musical notes. As you listen to the sounds, the experience promotes deep relaxation and guides your brain back to a healthier, more balanced state. Studies have shown this technology to be helpful with anxiety and depression.
That Special Look Boutique
A beautiful boutique for cancer patients and their families called That Special Look is located on the ground floor inside the Gibbs Cancer Center in Spartanburg. Merchandise includes jewelry, clothing, turbans, hats, wigs and breast prostheses. A certified breast prostheses fitter helps ladies with the special needs related to breast cancer in the privacy and comfort of a dedicated fitting room. They offer a large variety of beautiful bras in many colors, styles and fabrics.
Our dietitians are specially trained to work with cancer patients and can help you get the nutrition services you need during cancer treatment and beyond.
Oncology rehabilitation, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy and lymphedema care, can help you overcome some of the physical side effects of cancer and cancer treatment.
Returning to “normal” life once you’ve completed cancer treatment can have its challenges. Through our survivorship program, we want to maintain contact with you to ensure that you continue to recover physically and emotionally.