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