Resources and Patient Education
As a patient at the Orlando Health Cancer Institute, you have access to a variety of resources and support services. These services help us give whole-person care and address all your needs — including physical, emotional and social. By caring for more than just your medical condition, our team hopes to enhance your quality of life as you receive treatment.
Cancer Support Community
For more than 30 years, the Cancer Support Community has been dedicated to providing support, education and hope to those impacted by cancer. Orlando Health provides this program for everyone affected by cancer in the Central Florida area.
The Cancer Support Community’s goals perfectly complement Orlando Health’s goals: To ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. The program addresses the social and emotional health of patients of all ages at any point in their cancer journey to ensure no one has to face cancer alone. It offers a network of personalized services and education at no charge to all affected by cancer.
Clifford E. Graese Community Health Library
You and your family have access to the Clifford E. Graese Community Health Library. This media center offers print and multimedia resources focusing on:
- Disease-specific information
- Symptom management
- Psychosocial support
- Coping with a cancer diagnosis
Finding facts about the disease and treatment options can be a stress reliever. Information gives a sense of control over your situation and equips you with the knowledge to ask appropriate questions. Then, you can coordinate with your healthcare team to make better informed treatment decisions. Health information materials, as well as popular paperbacks for leisure reading, can be checked out. Learn more.
Genetics plays a major role in 5% to 10% of all cancers, according to the National Cancer Institute. Our Cancer Genetics and High Risk Care Center at the Orlando Health Cancer Institute is dedicated to helping you and your family learn about your potential risk for a hereditary form of cancer, with possible genetic testing, so that you can make informed decisions about managing your health.
We provide genetic counseling to help individuals determine their risk for inheriting mutations that may cause certain types of hereditary cancer and take steps to manage those risks.
For information on sperm banking and egg harvesting, please visit the Center for Reproductive Medicine’s website at the link below.
Orlando Health is pleased to offer secure and flexible payment options for our patients. Our goal is to make this process as simple and convenient as possible.
Learn more about Orlando Health’s Patient Financial Resources.
We believe that conventional western medicine is the best approach to combatting cancer and other diseases, but adding services that treat the whole person can enhance healing and well-being. Our Integrative Medicine program engages you and your family to become active participants in improving your physical, emotional and social health.
At Orlando Health, we offer research-supported, evidence-based complementary approaches to symptom and stress management.
Some of the supplemental therapies and practices we offer include:
- Acupuncture. Practitioners stimulate specific points on the body, most often by inserting thin needles through the skin.
- Oncology massage therapy. This practice includes many different techniques to manually manipulate the soft tissues of the body.
- Meditation. Most meditation techniques, such as mindfulness meditation or transcendental meditation, involve ways in which a person learns to focus attention.
- Relaxation techniques. Breathing exercises, guided imagery and progressive muscle relaxation are designed to enhance the body's natural relaxation response.
- Tai chi and qi gong. These traditional Chinese medicine practices combine specific movements or postures, coordinated breathing and mental focus.
- Yoga. Used for health purposes, certain types of yoga typically combine physical postures or movement, breathing techniques, and meditation.
- Hypnotherapy. This type of therapy is used to reprogram the subconscious mind, which can be useful for behavior modification and controlling emotions.
We also offer activities that allow you to take a break from the daily pace of life in a soothing space. High Tea in the British tradition is served in elegant bone china cups each week. Another European custom is the labyrinth on the fourth floor of the Charles Lewis Pavilion that is modeled after the one at Chartres Cathedral near Paris, France. The labyrinth is an ancient healing tool used as a walking meditation or embodied prayer.
If you would like more information or a complete list of services, please contact the Integrative Medicine Department at (321) 841-5056.
Living Will and Advance Directives
Information from the Orlando Health website about advance directives can be found here.
Your medical records are available to you at any time through through the secure online patient portal, Orlando Health MyChart. You can also manage appointments, access test results, request prescription refills and pay bills—for yourself and your approved appointees.
You may also choose to contact the Medical Records office directly. Request your records online or in person. More information can be found here.
A cancer diagnosis can be an overwhelming experience. That’s why we provide you with a personal nurse navigator who stays with you through your entire cancer journey.
Our nurse navigators help guide you by working to assist with entry into the cancer care system and identifying any barriers that may exist. They establish and maintain communication between patients, families, physicians and the healthcare system.
The licensed registered dietitians at the Cancer Institute work with your care team to support your nutrition needs before, during and after treatment. Services provided include:
- Personalized meal planning
- Education on how to eat healthy for cancer prevention
- Instruction on how to use vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements in cancer care
- Management of side effects related to cancer treatment
- Temporary tube feeding for nutritional support during treatment
- Follow-up care for continued healthy living after treatment
Palliative Care and Hospice
Our palliative care team is focused on addressing the comfort needs of patients with terminal illnesses. At the Orlando Health Cancer Institute, there are two palliative care specialists with whom you can meet at any time to discuss pain, diet, nutrition and any in-home resources you may need to ensure your comfort and safety.
Orlando Health also offers an inpatient hospice unit that is staffed and overseen by Cornerstone Hospice. More information about this special unit can be found at CornerstoneHospice.org.
Patient and Family Counseling
The Patient and Family Counseling Department provides educational programs, support groups and counseling to assist you and your family in the journey through illness. All of our counselors are state licensed and masters-prepared with many years’ experience in providing support and counseling from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond.