Nursing and Support

Specialized Nursing 

At the core of the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center is a dedicated staff of nurses, therapists and other caregivers who provide a variety of inpatient and outpatient care, including case management, occupational and physical therapy, support groups, audiology, enterostomal therapy, speech therapy and continuing care.

Many of our nurses have specialized training in aspects of chemotherapy, emotional support for patients and families, end of life issues and hospice and other services.

Support for Patients and Families 

Fear of the unknown is the greatest obstacle the cancer survivor faces after initial diagnosis and start of treatment. Some answers can be found by meeting with other survivors. From sharing common problems comes finding common solutions.

The Saint Francis / Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center has several programs designed to assist cancer survivors and their families.

The many support groups at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center offer a safe place to talk, as well as to listen and learn from each other.

Support Groups at Saint Francis

  • The Patient and Family Cancer Support Group 
  • The Breast Cancer Support Group 
  • The Prostate Cancer Support Group 
  • The Leukemia Support Group 
  • Bereavement Support Groups are offered periodically 

Call 860-714-4366 for more information about these groups.

Additional Resources 

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center also offers several other educational and wellness resources for patients and families, including:

The Health Learning Center, 860-714-KNOW

A wide range of educational materials, from books and magazines to CD-ROM and Internet access. 114 Woodland St., Hartford

The Center for Health Enhancement, 860-714-4422 

Seminars, educational programs and wellness classes. 95 Woodland St., Hartford

National Cancer Institute, 1-800-4-CANCER 

Trained staff can give personalized information and provide specific facts on different types of cancer, treatment, rehabilitation and physician referral.

Y-ME (Breast Cancer), 1-800-221-2141 

Provides a 24-hour hotline, information support groups and a periodic newsletter on issues of interest to people with breast cancer.

American Cancer Society, 860-233-9691 

Reach to Recovery ­ Information and support for women with personal concerns about breast cancer, from someone who has been there herself.