Enabling Mental Health Support for Cancer Patients

Mental health matters in cancer care. In an effort to better meet the needs of cancer patients and their families, proceeds from The Foundation’s inaugural Illuminight fundraising event will enable the addition of a mental health program at Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre.

A nurse is using her stethoscope on a patient in a hospital bed.

A patient at Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

“Mental health is such an important part of cancer care because cancer affects the whole person – physically, emotionally and socially,” says Georgia Georgiou, Director of the Integrated Cancer Treatment Services Program. “Taking care of a patient’s mental health is as important as taking care of their physical health.”

Vital spaces

The redevelopment of clinical spaces to ensure the appropriate therapeutic environment for these services is vital to the program’s operation. A variety of spaces will be developed to support private and family counselling, as well as group therapy.

“Mental health is such an important part of cancer care.”

“Having in-house access to psychosocial experts will allow us to better address the full scope and severity of our patients’ mental health needs during such a difficult time in their lives,” says Georgia.