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Support Services

Listen as Donna Murphy, LMSW, director of the Patient and Family Support Services Program, talks about the importance of these psychosocial services for patients, their families and caregivers.   Support Services for Cancer Patients and Caregivers transcript

Helping You and Your Family Adjust to Life with Cancer

Providing the right support for cancer patients and their families starts with treating them like part of our own family. That's the commitment of the Patient & Family Support Services Program at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center.

Cancer afflicts not only the body, but the whole person and the whole family. That's why the Patient & Family Support Services (PFSS) Program is fully integrated into each patient's multidisciplinary treatment plan. A patient's support team includes not only the finest doctors and nurses, but specialists in psychiatry, social work, art therapy, nutrition, finance, and other areas.

In everything we do, our goal is to reduce the burden of cancer. That burden can take many forms throughout diagnosis and treatment. From helping new patients find their way to clinic appointments, to managing the physical side effects of chemotherapy, to assisting families in locating affordable lodging during extended stays, reducing cancer's burden is all about identifying possible sources of distress for patients and families and developing strategies to address them.

Support is available throughout the course of your treatment. Just click on one of the following links to learn how we can help you and your family: