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Cancer Support

Our cancer support services help patients and families cope with the physical, psychological, social and spiritual issues that may accompany cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

Support Groups

Breast Cancer Support Group

Build social and emotional support with others diagnosed with breast cancer. Meets first Monday every month, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sponsored by Gilda’s Club at Abington. To sign up, contact 215-481-6700 or rebecca@gildasclubdelval.org.

Living with Cancer Support Group

Support for any cancer diagnosis, meets second and third Monday every month, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sponsored by Gilda’s Club at Abington. To sign up, contact rebecca@gildasclubdelval.org or call 215-481-6700.

Metastatic Cancer Support Group

Support for those with a metastatic diagnosis, meets last Monday every month, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sponsored by Gilda’s Club at Abington. To sign up, contact rebecca@gildasclubdelval.org or call 215-481-6700.

Prostate Cancer Support Group

Education, support and encouragement for men diagnosed with prostate cancer. Meets second Monday every month, 1 to 2 p.m. Sponsored by Gilda’s Club at Abington. To sign up, contact 215-481-6700 or rebecca@gildasclubdelval.org.

Support Programs

Cancer HelpLine

Call our Cancer HelpLine when you have questions about cancer diagnosis, treatment, finding a second opinion or more. Call 800-405-HELP (4357).

Cancer Rehabilitation Services

Physical therapy can improve flexibility and strength after surgery. Lymphedema program treats swelling related to lymph node damage or removal. Specially trained therapists offer manual lymph drainage and extremity bandaging. Cancer-related fatigue program with physical therapists and exercise physiologists helps restore energy, regain daily activities. Call 215-481-2160.

Community Cancer Education & Screening

We hold cancer screenings, workshops and support programs regularly throughout the year. Check our schedule of upcoming cancer-related classes, screenings and events.

Genetic Risk Assessment and Counseling

For patients and community members concerned about the prevalence of breast, ovarian, colorectal or uterine cancer in their families, our nurse genetic counselor can provide a free cancer genetic risk assessment. If genetic testing is recommended, insurance usually covers it. Contact 215-481-2715 or email Meredith Kohn.

Gilda’s Club at Abington

Free meeting place encourages men, women and children living with all types of cancer, and their family and friends, to join together for social and emotional support. Mondays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Abington Memorial Hospital, Widener Building, Garden Training Room, across from gift shop. Information: 215-481-6700 or Rebecca@gildasclubdelval.org.

Home Care

Patient’s medical team evaluates the need for home care. If appropriate, a referral will be made to the Home Care Department. For information, call 215-481-5801.

Hospice Care

Hospice understands the end of life journey and focuses on the person, quality of life and controlling disease symptoms. Services include home hospice care as well as inpatient, routine and respite care at the recently opened Abington Hospice at Warminster. Our team includes a medical director, nurses, therapists, home health aides, a chaplain, social workers and volunteers. For information on home hospice care, call 215-481-5800; for Abington Hospice at Warminster, call 215-441-6831.

Integrative Medicine

Sometimes called alternative, complementary or integrative medicine, includes acupuncture, massage therapy, pain management, Reiki and yoga. Available to inpatients and outpatients. Call Physician Referral Service at 215-481-MEDI or the Division of Rehabilitation Medicine at 215-481-6888.

Look Good…Feel Better

Program from American Cancer Society (ACS) to help women deal with appearance changes from treatment. To register, call ACS at 800-227-2345.

Nutrition Counseling

Eating healthy, nutritious foods maximizes quality of life before, during and after cancer treatment. Learn how to manage side effects of therapy while maintaining a healthy weight. Individual counseling by a registered dietician is available at no charge for patients and their family members. For information, call 215-481-2527.

Ostomy Services

Patients needing ostomy support and continence care find help through specialist teams at Abington Health’s Wound Healing Centers. Call 215-481-HEAL (4325).

Pain Management Team

The pain management team, part of the Department of Anesthesiology, uses the latest techniques to alleviate pain. Consultations can be provided during regular visits to the medical oncologist or by appointment at 855-235-7246. Consultation includes complete pain assessment and treatment recommendations.

Palliative Care Service

Patients receive support for their medical, emotional and spiritual needs through the Palliative Care Service team. Pain and other symptoms are managed, with discussions of treatment options, possible effects and patient wishes. Call 215-481-6839.

Reach to Recovery

For women or men facing breast cancer diagnosis, learn about needs related to treatments. Sponsored by American Cancer Society, program is led by trained volunteers who are breast cancer survivors. Call 215-481-3191.

Van Service

The hospital's van service is available, at a nominal charge, for patients needing transportation to radiation and chemotherapy treatments. To arrange a ride, call 215-481-4845.

Wig Bank

Wigs are available free to anyone who is experiencing hair loss. Recipients do not need to be patients of The Rosenfeld Cancer Center. Call 215-481-2579.

Support Professionals

Cancer Navigators

Our cancer navigators provide support and information to patients who are newly diagnosed or in active treatment. They answer questions, make appointments, help coordinate care and offer support throughout the treatment process. Visit Cancer Navigators for contact information by cancer type, or call 800-405-HELP.

Pastoral Care

Staff from Pastoral Care available 24-hours-a-day to help inpatients, outpatients and their families address spiritual and religious concerns related to diagnosis, treatment and hospitalization. Visits with own clergy person may be arranged. Call 215-481-2700.

Social Workers

Professional social workers provide counseling, emotional support, assistance in planning home care, referrals to assisted living communities and nursing homes, and help in finding financial assistance for demonstrated need. After a cancer diagnosis, patient and family counseling is available immediately, as well as anytime throughout treatment and recovery. Call 215-481-2579.


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Find a Physician or Cancer Navigator

800-405-HELP