Emotional Support

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At Moffitt Cancer Center, we understand that being diagnosed with cancer can be an overwhelming experience. That is why we are committed to treating the full range of our patients' needs, whether they seek physical, spiritual or emotional support. To fulfill this goal, we offer a wide selection of support services to our patients and their loved ones coping with cancer and to the community.

Families First

Families First is a special program to help parents and their children as they adjust to the changes that occur within the family when a parent has cancer. The program provides:

  • Guidance on how to convey information about cancer and its treatment to children
  • TLC backpacks for children and parents
  • Recommended readings
  • Specialty programs providing peer support and promoting family fun and togetherness.
    To speak to someone about this program, call 813-745-8407.

Clinical Social Work & Counseling

A diagnosis of cancer and the challenges of a treatment regimen can understandably lead to distress for the individual with cancer as well as family members and friends. Clinical social workers are available within every program to assess each person and family's situation and recommend effective ways of managing stress and other emotional and practical consequences of the illness. Social workers can also assist with practical issues such as transportation, lodging, financial concerns and other common problems. Contact the Social Work Office at 813-745-8407 for information or to request assistance.

Psychiatric and Psychological Services

Psychiatrists and clinical psychologists are available to provide psychiatric assessment, treatment and psychotherapy. Contact the Supportive Care Medicine Program at 813-745-4630 to make an appointment.

Support Groups

Professionally led support groups can help patients and families cope with cancer, gain information about treatment and decrease feelings of being alone.

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