Living With Cancer

Living with Cancer

St. Luke's offers a variety of cancer support services for cancer survivors. These services give support to patients living with cancer and their families.

Cancer Support Services Offered by St. Luke's

Education – Before and after breast cancer surgery, education includes individual counseling and referrals to community agencies.

Private breast prosthetic fittings – Certified fitters breast forms and bras.

Support groups – These groups provide support for breast cancer and prostate cancer survivors and those who are going through active treatment.

Family support groups – These groups provide support for adults diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, myeloma and myelodysplatic syndromes.

Coordination of cancer-related services – This includes follow-up care with referring agencies.

Crisis intervention and emotional support for cancer patients.

Counseling – This service is for family and friends of cancer patients.

Home health, hospice and nursing home referrals.

Issue Assistance – Issues include advanced directives, legal and financial concerns, conferences with health teams and more.

For more information about St. Luke's Cancer Support Services, call 484-503-4673.

Rehabilitation

St. Luke's Cancer Rehabilitation Program

484-503-4673

The Cancer Rehabilitation Program allows patients to take part in their care and recovery, while improving their overall health. Coordinated by the St. Luke's Cancer Support Services staff, the program begins before surgery. However, patients may join the program at any point in their treatment and recovery.

The Cancer Rehabilitation Program includes...
  • Pre-treatment education for patients undergoing cancer surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.
  • Special care for patients with pain and swelling in an arm or leg due to lymph node removal surgery.
  • Individualized exercise and stretching programs as part of cancer rehabilitation in the St. Luke's Health & Fitness Center.
  • Breast prosthetic fitting for women who undergo mastectomy for breast cancer.
  • Pain management services are available to each cancer patient at St. Luke's.

Home Health

St. Luke’s Home Health

484-526-1100 or 1-800-211-4788

St. Luke’s Home Health cares for and teaches patients and family members the steps needed to help recover from surgery or to manage illness. Patients benefit by receiving care in the comfort of their own homes and being involved in their own care. Home Health is provided by skilled nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, medical social workers and home health aides. Counties served include Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Monroe, Northampton and Upper Bucks.

Hospice

St. Luke’s Hospice

484-526-1100 or 1-800-211-4788 (toll-free)
New Patient Intake: 484-526-281

Hospice’s interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, aides and volunteers serve individuals in our community by seamlessly offering compassionate, holistic care through their journey of living. The goal of Hospice lies in the belief that each person has the right to live their best life with dignity, as pain-free as possible and meeting their goals of care. In most cases, this care is provided in the patient’s own home or in a nursing facility they call home. Sometimes, short-term acute care is provided at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Bethlehem.

Palliative Care

St. Luke’s Palliative Care

484-526-3648

St. Luke's Palliative Care team focuses on improving quality of life. It is appropriate at any stage of illness and may be provided at the same time as curative treatment. Palliative care services are provided by a specially trained team of doctors, advanced practitioners, nurses and social workers who work together to assess a patient’s physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs, providing care for both the patient and the family.