Support Services

Beyond support groups and educational programs, a variety of services are offered at the Siteman Cancer Center to help patients and families cope with cancer and its effects – emotional, physical and financial. A list of services available on our main campus can be found below.

Counseling Services
As a part of the multidisciplinary care provided at Siteman, psychologists offer counseling to cancer patients and their families. Initial consultations are used to identify individual needs and relevant resources. Crisis management, grief counseling, family counseling and referrals to support or education groups are provided as needed. In addition, our psychiatry service is available to manage co-existing psychiatric illnesses that may affect cancer patients. For more information, click here or call 314-747-5587.

Spiritual Care
Chaplains are available around the clock to provide spiritual care and counseling for patients and their loved ones. They offer support, prayer and access to local religious groups and sacraments. Two chapels are located on the Barnes-Jewish Hospital campus. Religious services – including Catholic masses, interdenominational prayer services, Muslim Juma prayer services and Jewish Sabbath services – are offered on a weekly basis and on special religious occasions. For more information or to request a visit with a chaplain, call 314-362-5200.

Social Workers
Social workers are available to help patients and families cope with the challenges and problems caused by cancer. They provide assistance with such issues as lodging and transportation, rehabilitation and hospice care, and advance directives. They also identify community resources related to housing, employment, legal issues and financial concerns. For more information or to reach a social worker, call 314-362-5574.

Financial Counseling
A financial specialist is available answer questions about insurance coverage and identify financial resources for expenses related to cancer treatment and care. For more information, call 314-454-8064 or e-mail Rosalind Roberts at rar6062@bjc.org.

Nutritional Counseling
Sometimes patients undergoing cancer treatment have side effects that affect how they are able to eat. Licensed, registered dietitians at Siteman are available to provide general nutritional counseling during treatment and recovery; assessment of nutritional needs; techniques for coping with the side effects of cancer treatment; information about nutritional supplements, complementary nutritional therapy, prevention of weight loss and the role of diet and nutrition in reducing cancer risk. To contact a dietitian, call 314-454-7619.

Pain Management
Cancer patients who experience severe pain can seek treatment at the Pain Management Center in the Center for Advanced Medicine. The center's multidisciplinary team includes anesthesiologists, a psychologist, physical therapists and nurses specially trained in pain management. For more information, click here or call 314-362-8820.

Palliative Care
Palliative care services are available to patients who are facing advanced illness and their families. These services are provided by a multidisciplinary team that includes a physician, advanced-practice nurse, social worker and chaplain. The team offers coping strategies and support; help managing symptoms such as pain, nausea, fatigue and anxiety; and assistance with end-of-life issues, when needed. To learn more, click here.

Clinical Genetics Assessment
About 5 percent to 10 percent of all cancers are hereditary. Geneticists and genetic counselors at Siteman help people who have a family history of a particular type of cancer assess their cancer risk. To learn more about this service and whether you should consider risk assessment, click here or call 314-454-6093.