Caring for the Whole You
Call 650-498-6000 to speak with us about how we can support you and your family members through Cancer Care Services. We offer a variety of programs that support physical, mental, and emotional healing and well-being for patients and caregivers.
Some programs require referral and are covered by insurance. Some are complimentary.
Deciding whether and how much to share with your children is personal. Call Cancer Care Services at 650-498-6000 to learn about the support available for your family members. We can help you decide on an approach for involving your family that is right for you. In addition to our services here at Stanford, you may find help at: www.cancerreallysucks.org
An advance health care directive, also called a medical directive or living will, is a legal document you can complete. It specifies the kind of care and treatments you want (or don’t want) if you become seriously ill and can’t make such decisions yourself.
In California, an advance health care directive allows you to designate an agent (someone you trust) to make health care decisions on your behalf. You can also list your health care instructions. You can ask your doctor, nurse, social worker, or other health care provider for more information.
At Stanford, advance health care directive forms are available in the hospital units and at the clinics. You can also call our Spiritual Care Service at 650-723-5101 to get a form or discuss a directive with one of our spiritual care counselors.
Our Cancer Survivorship Program helps you adjust to and manage life after treatment for cancer. You’ll speak with advance practice providers (APPs), survivorship experts who specialize in working with people with cancer and their families.
Our social workers can help you plan ways to manage your job during cancer care. Call Cancer Care Services at 650-498-6000 to speak with us about your work-related concerns. We can help you with completing disability paperwork, finding financial assistance, and taking a leave of absence from your job during treatment.
You can support a loved one receiving care in many ways. You can help with day-to-day activities such as going with them to doctor visits or preparing food, for example. You can also coordinate care and services by phone or email.
For coping, often the best support you can provide is helping your loved one work through feelings. Talk with your loved one, listen, or just be present.
Although you may feel inclined to put your own feelings and needs aside, it’s important to take care of yourself too. Call Cancer Care Services at 650-498-6000 to speak with someone about seeking support for your loved one and yourself.
Remember that you are not alone—you can find support among other caregivers. We offer workshops, support groups, and other programs for people who have cancer and their caregivers. Talk with your care team or call Cancer Care Services at 650-498-6000 for more details about our cancer supportive care programs at Palo Alto and South Bay.
- Cancer Center, Palo Alto: First floor near the café, 650-736-1960
Meet with one of our financial counselors to determine the best approach to paying for your health care. Call 650-498-2900 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Our financial counselors work with you to:
- Understand your health insurance coverage and benefits
- Estimate your out-of-pocket costs for your care at Stanford Medicine Cancer Center
- Connect you with as many resources as possible to help pay for your care
- Answer your questions about billing and financial assistance
- Help you complete financial applications
- Find places to stay near Stanford Medicine Cancer Center