Breast Cancer Support
Houston Methodist offers our patients not only outstanding medical care but also a range of emotional and social support services that can play an important part in the healing and treatment process.
Breast Care Navigator
What Does a Breast Care Navigator Do?
The simple answer is they do whatever they can to reduce your stress and provide emotional support and guidance throughout your journey to survivorship — so you can focus on healing.
In other words, they will be your care partner throughout your treatment — holding your hand, providing words of encouragement, taking care of details and answering questions. They are the person you can turn to when you need assistance, advocacy or even just someone to listen.
Your Breast Care Navigator’s job is to help you in the following ways:
- Understand the continuum of care, beginning with discussions of your examination findings and your different procedure options
- Make appropriate decisions by ensuring you are educated and fully understand each of your options
- Feel empowered in your care through participation in support groups
In addition, they can facilitate your various appointments with the breast care team, as well as coordinate other health appointment needs that may arise during your care. And they will attend the weekly patient care review sessions, in which our multidisciplinary breast care team discusses your personalized treatment plan, so that they know exactly how your care is proceeding and what steps may be next.
You do not have to go through treatment feeling alone or uncertain. We can help.
Social Services, Spiritual Services and Family Support for Breast Cancer Patients
Houston Methodist provides a range of social work services for patients needing assistance with finances, home health or visiting nurse services, nursing home referrals and hospice services.
Houston Methodist provides 24-hour chaplain services for patients and their families. In addition to one-on-one chaplaincy, all our locations offer a chapel for prayer and meditation.
A cancer diagnosis can be almost as difficult for the family and friends of cancer patients as it is for the patients themselves. All Houston Methodist locations offer various support groups and access to support for patients with cancer and their families.
To learn more about any of these services, speak with your breast care navigator or your doctor.
Community Support Services
CanCare, Inc. of Houston
CanCare is a program offered in partnership with the American Cancer Society. This interfaith cancer support network offers free, one-on-one, long-term emotional support for cancer patients and their families. This support comes from trained volunteers who have experienced and survived a cancer diagnosis, or who have been a caregiver to someone who has survived cancer.
This is a great support program, in which cancer survivors of more than 50 different kinds of cancers volunteer to be matched up with a patient who is currently undergoing cancer treatment. Volunteers and patients are matched based on their type of cancer as well as age and gender.
For more information, call 713.461.0028 or 1.888.461.0028 or visit www.cancare.org.
Look Good, Feel Better
Houston Methodist is a proud host of Look Good, Feel Better (LGFB), a free program offered in partnership with the American Cancer Society, which teaches beauty techniques to women undergoing cancer treatment. This program aims to help these patients combat the appearance-related side effects of radiation and chemotherapy and begin to recover both physically and emotionally. Each two-hour, hands-on workshop includes a 12-step skin care/makeup application lesson, demonstration of options for dealing with hair loss and nail care techniques.
Each group is facilitated by LGFB-certified cosmetologists and aided by general volunteers. Patients use and take home complimentary cosmetic kits in their appropriate skin tones, along with helpful instruction booklets. Professional advice on wigs, scarves and accessories is also provided. For more information, call the Cancer Center at 281.242.CURE (2873) or the American Cancer Society at 1.800.227.2345 or visit www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org.
The Rose — Joan Gordon Center
This organization sponsors support groups for women with breast cancer or risk of recurrence or metastasis. It also offers an African-American group, a young survivors group, and a Spanish-language group. For more information, call 713.665.2729 or visit www.the-rose.org.
Susan G. Komen
This organization focuses on saving lives and ending breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find cures. Susan G. Komen is the world's largest and most progressive grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists. Contact the Houston chapter at 713.783.9180 or visit www.komen.org.