Miami Cancer Institute’s Psychosocial Oncology team works together to help patients and caregivers cope with the mental health side effects of a cancer diagnosis and its treatment. The team is made up of psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers and chaplains who can help manage cancer-related psychological conditions.
Which psychological conditions do you treat?
Cancer treatment can come with more than just physical side effects – it can also affect your mental health and the mental health of your caregiver. Our Psychosocial Oncology team can help you with:
- Body image problems
- Patient fatigue
- Caregiver fatigue
- Claustrophobia related to scans or radiation treatment
- Cognitive problems resulting from treatment, also called “chemo brain”
- Fear of cancer recurrence
- Spiritual or existential crisis
What psychosocial services or treatments do you provide?
Miami Cancer Institute’s Psychosocial Oncology team provides a variety of services and treatment options for cancer-related psychological conditions. Our services include:
- Brain fitness lab – This lab helps our team diagnose and manage cancer-related cognitive dysfunction, or “chemo brain.”
- Counseling and therapy – These services are available to patients and caregivers and can help address anxiety, depression, fear of cancer recurrence and insomnia.
- Medical treatment – We can help find the right medicines to treat anxiety, depression, fatigue and insomnia.
- Mind-body therapies – These treatments can include meditation, mindfulness training, deep breathing techniques, muscle relaxation exercises, movement classes (yoga and tai chi) and exercise classes.
- Pastoral counseling – Our chaplains, representing several religious faiths, have received special training to provide emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families.
- Social work services – Our social workers can provide emotional support for patients and caregivers, assistance with advanced directives, resources for community services and help with workplace and school support.
- Stress management – We provide Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) workshops for eligible patients.
The Psychosocial Oncology team can also help patients and caregivers find a support group that fits their individual needs. Our on-site support groups include:
- Caregiver Support Group
- Caring Souls
- Hematology and Blood Disorders Support Group
- Life Interrupted: Let’s Talk about Navigating the Big C (survivorship)
- Patient Support Group
- Young Women’s Breast Cancer Support Group
We also provide an off-site cancer support group at Mariners Hospital and online support groups for patients with neurological cancers.