Our cancer patient navigator is here to give support to cancer patients. This includes providing information about their diagnosis and helping them keep up with appointments and treatments. The navigator will also assess the barriers a patient may encounter during treatment, such as transportation problems, financial issues, emotional support and education about their disease. Learn more here.
Nutrition health is an important factor for patients undergoing treatment for cancer. Cancer and its treatments can affect how the body is able to utilize nutrients, including changes in appetite. Eating a healthy diet during cancer treatments can help patients feel better, maintain strength and body weight, have a better tolerance of treatment side effects and recover faster. Nutrition Services is here to provide support to cancer patients and their families by providing nutrition assessments, education about nutrition and cancer, and developing nutritional plans.
The role of the social worker at Sovah Health - Danville involves collaborating with other community agencies to meet the needs of the patients, the community and the hospital. We refer insured newly diagnosed cancer patients to our Cancer Patient Navigator. The Navigator gives support to cancer patients, provides them with information about their diagnosis, and helps them keep up with their appointments and treatments.
The social worker meets with all self-pay patients to review all options for both the patient and the organization. If the patient has a Cancer diagnosis, eligibility requirements for all programs are determined and the patient is referred to our in house Med Assistance program and to the cancer patient navigator. This program assesses the patient to see if they qualify for disability, Medicaid. Also patients are advised of local and national programs for assistance.
All local Hospice agencies are available to provide onsite education to all patients who want information on hospice services. An in house Comfort Care Team has been implemented to meet with the patient and family to ensure they understand comfort care. Our physicians also refer our indigent patients for care and treatment to the University of Virginia hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Cancer and its treatment can cause debilitating side effects for patients, compromising their function and quality of life. Physical, occupational or speech therapy, depending on specific deficits therapy during and after cancer treatment can help speed functional recovery, boost immune response, reduce fatigue and reduce risk of complications in people of any age.
Patients undergoing cancer treatment may experience one or more of the following side effects:
- Decreased muscle strength
- Decreased bone density
- Peripheral neuropathy related to chemotherapy
- Lymphedema or swelling disorders
- Difficulty walking
- Difficulty sleeping
- Formation of scar tissue
- Postural changes
- Muscle imbalances
In conjunction with your medical team, the therapist works with patients and caregivers to maximize their physical abilities and comfort levels to ensure the most effective recovery.
Sovah Health - Danville provides the following pastoral care services to patients, family or staff, regardless of race, religion or gender:
- Confidentiality and respectful interaction
- Routine visits to inpatients with cancer
- Occasional visits to the Radiation Oncology Center with patients or family members
- Visits, as referred, to inpatient oncology patients with a new diagnosis
- Visits with patients and families during palliative care, comfort care, and the process of dying
These pastoral visits include one or more of the following:
- Informal spiritual assessments, empathetic listening, prayer, sacramental care (if requested), presence
- Education regarding advance directives, Medical Power of Attorney, end of life plans
- Connection with personal Pastor as requested
Home Health & Hospice
Sovah Home Health & Hospice patients receive care in the home. Sovah Hospice has provided compassionate, end-of-life care to hundreds of patients since opening in March 2012. Home environments include private residences, as well as, independent, assisted and nursing home facilities. The hospice team includes nursing, social work, chaplaincy, hospice aides, trained volunteers and physicians. Home hospice services provide pain control and symptom management to patients and support to their families. Medical equipment, supplies, medications and caregiver training are additional services provided in the hospice benefit. Learn more about our services here.
In affiliation with Sovah Health, survivorship and support programs are offered in the community by several organizations. Available support groups include:
American Cancer Society
1079 Spruce St., Suite C
Martinsville VA 24112
276-638-8944, option 3
- Wigs, scarves, miscellaneous equipment.
Danville Pittsylvania Cancer Association
223 Riverview Dr.
Cancer related prescriptions
Personal Care supplies related to cancer treatment
Transportation assistance to cancer related medical appointments
- Wigs, turbans, scarves
Coping Cancer Support Group: a support group for survivors and caregivers that meets last Tuesday of each month (1:00pm at Trinity United Methodist Church, Arnett Blvd. in Danville, 791-3227)
Sponsored by Mt. Hermon Baptist Church
4835 Franklin Turnpike
Danville, VA 24540
Piedmont Access to Health Services (PATHS)
705 Main Street
Danville, VA 24541
- Routine and urgent evaluations
- Oral cancer screenings
- Assistance with purchasing medications
The Bra Lady
1085 Piney Forest Rd.
- Bras and undergarments
- Mastectomy products
VCU Cancer Research and Resource Center
- Maintains educational and informational resource database
- Provides educational programs within community targeted at survivors
- Provides site specific information packets to physicians and public
- Living Well @ the Y: 2nd Tuesdays 12-1pm and other programs focused on healthy living
- Behavioral Health & Psychiatry
- Cancer Care
- Emergency Services
- Heart & Vascular
- Home Health & Hospice
- Rehabilitation Services & Physical Therapy
- Sleep Medicine
- Surgical Services
- Women's Services
- Wound Care