Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Patient Support Services

Support Group

The Cancer Center hosts a monthly support group for cancer survivors, caregivers, patients, their families and friends. Cancer education is provided and speakers include cancer and medical experts as well as various community representatives. The group meets the first Thursday of each month at noon in the Cancer Center Community Room, The Reconstrutcion of a Survivor support group is funded by Susan B. Komen Grant.

Look Good Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better Licensed cosmetologists, trained by the ACS, teach cancer patients how to care for their skin, apply make–up and how to style wigs or head coverings as they deal with the effects of radiation and chemotherapy.

Reach to Recovery

In partnership with the ACS, this program is a medically directed, free patient visitation program for all breast cancer patients. The visitations are conducted by volunteers who are themselves breast cancer survivors, therefore uniquely qualified to help patients cope with the physical, emotional and cosmetic needs related to the disease.

Road to Recovery

Through a partnership with the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Cancer Center offers patient transportation for chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Lymphedema Program

  • Lymphedema is a condition whereby the body´s natural lymph fluid builds up in certain areas of the body such as the arms and lower legs. This usually results from the lymph system being compromised in some way. Breast cancer is a common reason for lymphedema in the arms but there are many other causes.
  • Lymphedema can be a long–term condition which causes aches and pains and immobility as well as being unsightly. The condition of the skin may be a problem and it can break down, leaving the patient at risk of infection. At its worst, it may be difficult to fit stockings, shoes and sleeves over limbs affected by lymphedema. However, it can be treated.
  • SJMH offers Lymphedema Management by a team of Physical and Occupational Therapists. This program is a four–part process that includes manual lymph drainage, intermittent compression therapy, multilayered bandaging and patient and family education.

Patient Navigator

Patient Navigator Patient navigation is a support service in which a trained staff member guides patients through the cancer care system. Patient Navigators act as the support hub for all aspects of the patient´s movement through the health care continuum. The Navigator´s role is to promote smooth and timely continuity of care from diagnosis and through all related activities/services.

Wound Care

Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital offers a Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Program that works with patients and specially trained physicians to monitor, manage, and treat chronic, non–healing wounds. We understand how difficult it is to live with pain from a wound that will not heal. Non–healing wounds can affect anyone and prevent you from leading an active life. Research and new technologies are changing the way we treat chronic wounds. More options are available today than ever before such as bio–engineered skin substitutes, specialized dressings and the latest compression wraps. The Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Program offers state–of–the–art technologies and advanced wound care techniques to effectively treat non–healing wounds.

Ostomy

Certified Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse (CWOCN) places a major role in the positive adaptation of an ostomy patient. CWOCN provides preoperative education of the patient/family and marking of the ostomy site. During the hospital stay, support and education are provided by the CWOCN to address ADL and common concerns as well as sexuality. Following the hospital stay, CWOCN is available for routine monitoring and complications facilitating a new body image. CWOCN serves as the Baytown Group Coordinator for the community support group, "Ostomy Association of the Houston Area – Baytown Group" which meets monthly at the hospital. This group provides education and social support to ostomates in the community and East Harris County.

Additional Hospital Services

Social workers and hospital chaplains are available to help ease the stress and anxiety caused by illness. Registered dieticians assist by providing a nutritional assessment with the goal of meeting the needs of the individual patient to achieve optimal nutritional benefit.

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