Behavioral Oncology Services

When you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, it can seem as if your world has been turned upside down.  Making decisions about treatment and undergoing treatment can be overwhelming.  Cancer treatment often leads to physical changes and challenges that can interfere with your day-to-day life.  Furthermore, it can lead to changes in your emotional, social, and psychological health. Finding cancer treatment that addresses the broad impact the disease has on all aspects of your life can be one of the most important things you do.

The goal of Behavioral Oncology is to help you successfully manage your cancer and the changes it brings to your life.  By addressing these needs, we believe you will achieve the best outcome from your cancer treatment.  Our Behavioral Oncology services are provided by health care professionals who have specialized training and experience in the field of oncology and in working with individuals with cancer and their families.

Behavioral Oncology specialists work alongside your oncologist and nurse to support you through your cancer treatment and beyond. You are encouraged to see one of our Behavioral Oncology specialists at the start of chemotherapy to discuss how to best preserve your physical and emotional well-being.  Some of the common challenges that people face during cancer treatment are:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Cancer related fatigue
  • Sleep problems
  • Uncontrollable worry
  • Adjustment difficulties
  • Family concerns

The approaches used by our Behavioral Oncology specialists are well-supported by scientific research and may include counseling, medication, education, or skill training.  When a medication is indicated, your Behavioral Oncology specialist will work with your medical oncologist to ensure that all prescribed medications are safe and compatible with your cancer treatment.

Behavioral Oncology services are available to all CHCWM patients and their family members. You can meet with one of our Behavioral Oncology providers alone or with family members present.

Behavioral Oncology services at Cancer and Hematology Centers of Western Michigan are professional services that are typically covered by insurance, either as part of your cancer care or as a separate behavioral health benefit.  Most patients have only a co-pay for these visits. If interested, a billing specialist will assist you in determining your coverage for our Behavioral Oncology services.

Please talk with your oncologist or nurse to schedule a Behavioral Oncology appointment or click here to reach scheduling directly.