Specialty and Support Services

Cancer treatment involves powerful medications and therapies that can come with side effects. To alleviate side effects, promote healing, relieve stress, increase energy, and improve overall health, we encourage you to consider our affiliated specialty and support services.

Nutritional Counseling: Design a healthful diet and manage treatment side effects. Ask your nurse to schedule an appointment with a registered dietitian at Sturdy Memorial Hospital.

Integrative Therapies: Used in conjunction with other medical or therapeutic treatments. These include acupuncture, therapeutic massage, yoga, reflexology, and exercise as well as spiritual care and social work. For more information, please call 857-307-3700 and ask to speak to one of the nurses.

Education and Support Programs: Cancer support groups are offered on a monthly basis at Sturdy Memorial Hospital. The American Cancer Society holds Look Good, Feel Better” programs at our Center, and Sturdy also offers exercise and movement programs for cancer patients.

Survivorship and Rehabilitation: Sturdy Memorial Hospital offers the STAR Program® (Survivorship Training And Rehabilitation). This hospital-wide multidisciplinary program supports patients living with cancer or in remission, and involves services such as physical therapy; occupational therapy, including lymphedema treatments; speech therapy; nutrition; mental health counseling; wellness, pulmonary, and cardiac rehabilitation programs; and social services. Call the Nurse Navigator at 508-236-7010 for more information.

Genetic Counseling and High-Risk Screening: If appropriate, you may undergo genetic counseling and testing to determine if a hereditary predisposition for a particular type of cancer can be identified. All patients that utilize the genetic counseling program, regardless of whether or not they undergo genetic testing, receive a risk assessment summary as well as screening and prevention recommendations to manage their cancer risk. For more information, call Brigham and Women’s Division of Genetics at 617-525-8111 or speak with your radiation oncologist.

Pain and Palliative Care: Our staff can help manage the symptoms associated with your treatment, provide emotional support during treatment, facilitate communication with family members, and provide guidance when making difficult treatment decisions. Additional support is also available through the comprehensive Pain and Palliative Care Program at the Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center and at Sturdy Memorial Hospital’s Palliative Care Program.