Cancer Support Services at Trinitas Regional Medical Center

Symptom Management Services

Pain is often a concern for people diagnosed with cancer. Trinitas Comprehensive Cancer Center (TCCC) has a dedicated board-certified symptom management physician to treat cancer-related pain. In coordination with the referring physician, our team develops an individualized pain and symptom management plan to meet the specific needs of each patient.

In addition to the use of pharmacology to manage pain, the team combines behavioral and supportive techniques, when appropriate, to create a comprehensive approach that encourages patient collaboration through patient and family education.

The foremost goal of symptom management is to alleviate a patient's pain and suffering, and thereby enhance the quality of life for both the patient and his or her family.

For more information, contact the Cancer Symptom Management Service Department at (908) 994-8532.

Psychosocial Services

A diagnosis of cancer can result in a period of increased distress for patients and their families. Licensed social workers are available to assist patients and family members during the entire course of care at TCCC. Patients are encouraged to contact our highly-skilled social workers for short-term counseling, guidance and assistance with the decision-making process.

Our social workers are available to assist with:

  • Advance directives
  • Community resources
  • Individual and family counseling
  • Entitlement needs
  • Emotional needs
  • Home care needs
  • Symptom management
  • Support groups
  • Transportation

Support groups offer the opportunity for patients, family members and friends to share their concerns and ideas about cancer and its impact on their lives.

For more information, contact the Social Work Services Department at (908) 994-8535.

Nutritional Counseling Services

Our registered dietitians are dedicated to providing the highest standards of medical nutritional therapy and conduct individual counseling sessions on request. They are available to assist patients with:

  • Understanding nutrition and developing awareness of the role diet plays in your treatment.
  • Managing side effects of treatment which may change your appetite or ability to eat.
  • Making practical changes in your diet as required by your treatment.
  • Preventing undesired or unplanned weight loss or gain.
  • Screening for nutritional risk.
  • Creating comprehensive nutritional assessments.
  • Identifying alternate methods of nutritional intake.

For more information, contact the Nutrition Services Department at (908) 994-8736.

Patient Resource Services

This service is for patients and their families and friends, medical and support staff.

Its collection of resources include:

  • Videotapes
  • Research materials
  • Pamphlets
  • Books and magazines
  • Relaxation and music cassettes, DVD movies