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Published on March 01, 2016

Going the extra mile for cancer patients

No matter how gently the news is delivered, it can be overwhelming to learn you have cancer.

Joy HepkinsYou need a helping hand. And that’s just what Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital extends to anyone facing a cancer diagnosis.

That support starts with the first suspicion of cancer and continues through treatment and recovery. “We’re here to help at every step,” says Joy Hepkins, RN, BSN, OCN, oncology nurse navigator at Mercy Fitzgerald.

Joy reaches out to patients, helping them sort through the whole course of treatments and addressing any concern—large or small. And she’s available 24/7 to talk. But Joy’s help is only one example of the extra support our patients can count on. We also provide:

A cancer support team. This team works closely with Joy to meet patients’ special needs. That might mean arranging rides for chemo treatments or counseling about nutrition. Members of the team also include a social worker certified in cancer care.

Help with healing. Our rehabilitation therapists help people recover from cancer and its treatments. For example, a speech therapist may help a patient learn to swallow safely again.

Continuing care. Every patient receives a personalized survivorship plan for follow-up care and testing. Throughout this care, all the support mentioned is still available. “We don’t stop caring,” Joy emphasizes.

Get support

Learn more about our support services for cancer patients. Call 610.237.2648 to speak to our nurse navigator.

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