Support Services

Appearance Center

  • Hats, bows and scarves for head coverings due to hair loss from chemotherapy or radiation therapy 
  • Customized cancer wig fittings 
  • Wigs and partial hair pieces 
  • Private consultations with our licensed and experienced cosmetologist

Healthy Steps

An exercise program designed to improve overall wellness, range of motion, balance, strength, endurance and self image.

Musicians on Call

A library of special music used to promote the healing process for patients, families and caregivers during cancer treatment. PeaceHealth United General was selected as the first facility in Washington state to receive this special music library.

Nutritional Counseling

Nutrition is an important part of your cancer treatment and recovery. Nutritional guidelines for someone with cancer can be very different from the usual suggestions for healthy eating.

Our registered dietitians help patients maintain body weight, strength, fight infection and manage side effects during cancer treatment with personalized nutritional counseling.Nutrition During Cancer Treatment is a class that provides patients and their support persons with the information and tools to better manage side effects that may arise during cancer treatment.  The class meets the third Thursday of the month from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the main conference room. The class is facilitated by registered dieticians.

Learn more about:

  • The benefits of nutrition
  • Important nutrients
  • Appetite changes.
  • Nausea, vomiting and other digestive changes and how to manage these symptoms.
  • Fatigue.
  • Mouth dryness.
  • Nutrition tips for weakened immune systems.
  • A healthy diet and nutrition following treatment.
  • Resources to keep you healthy.

Your Best You

Your Best You offers free classes for patients receiving care to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Licensed cosmetologists assist patients with skin care, make-up application, wigs and headwear.

The Art Cart

The Art Cart is available to patients during wait and treatment times. Some items on the Art Cart include: 

  • Puzzles
  • Coloring pages
  • Stamping activities
  • Materials to make small glass wind chimes
  • Fraglet palettes (magnetic geometric and other artistic shapes that become creative unique designs)

​The Art Cart is funded by the Auxiliary. ​​

Education Library

Free, educational material is available to patients and family members, including brochures, CDs and DVDs.

Transportation Services

Patients receiving radiation therapy who live in Anacortes, Whidbey Island or in the San Juan Islands, have access to transportation through the cancer center. We are sorry, but we are unable to provide transportation services for patients receiving chemotherapy treatment.

Nurse Navigator Program - One Partner Through Your Journey

Our Nurse Navigator Program is designed to be a resource for those in the midst of a cancer diagnosis. Navigators provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to provide a more focused and comfortable journey through cancer treatment.

Following a cancer diagnosis, Navigators meet with patients and their loved ones to ensure they understand the diagnosis and the doctors' treatment recommendations. This allows our patients to make thoughtful and informed decisions about their health care. 

Our Nurse Navigator Program removes barriers, helping patients move through the health care system more quickly. Navigators are available to help coordinate appointments specific to each individual patient's needs. By encouraging prompt treatment following a cancer diagnosis, the Navigator Program increases patient success rates. 

To learn more, contact our Nurse Navigator:
Tina Hoxie, RN, Nurse Navigator
(360) 856-7795

Social Services - Support for Patients & Loved Ones

Social Services staff meet with patients to:

  • Clarify what to expect in adjusting to the complex journey of cancer treatment. 
  • Help with access to necessities such as transportation, financial assistance, disability and health care insurance, caregiver needs, career-related legal rights, and community resources and agencies.
  • Assist in finding resources for co-pays, clinical trials, medication, nutritional supplementation and specialized treatment.
  • Facilitate referrals for rehabilitation, home care, grief support, nutrition, pastoral/spiritual care, palliative and hospice care, and other community programs.
  • Offer on-site support services, promoting hope and survivorship for patients and loved ones, toward learning how to live with cancer. Visit our Support Groups and Support Services​ pages to learn more about services offered. 
  • Work closely with our doctors and nurses to help you and your loved ones cope with depression and anxiety related to cancer treatment.
  • Provide experienced, compassionate support and counseling for issues, including emotional distress, loss, coping with a new diagnosis, considering treatment decisions, and communication with treatment providers, family, and others. Counseling can also cover stress management techniques, learning new self-care and coping strategies, advance care planning, and living wills. We encourage you to include loved ones in counseling sessions if desired. 
  • Refer to licensed counselors in the community who are experienced in working with people who have cancer if more intensive or ongoing counseling is needed.
  • Offer a growing survivorship program, focused on optimal quality of life during and beyond cancer treatment. Whether you choose gentle yoga, peer counseling with someone who shares your diagnosis, or the hilarity of a no-talent-required creative art group, there is support to fit your concerns, your outlook, your personal style.

Survivorship - Life After Treatment

Patients who have completed treatment are truly survivors and can benefit from follow-up care for the rest of their lives, including: 

  • Periodic visits with testing, labs and diagnostics as necessary
  • Long-term surveillance for cancer recurrence
  • Ongoing management of known symptoms and risks, including: GVH (graft-vs.-host), cardiac toxicity, peripheral neuropathy, fatigue, psychosocial consequences, lymphedema and reproductive health
  • Health maintenance, wellness, screening and prevention

Exercise & Thrive

  • Designed to help cancer survivors regain strength, flexibility and endurance following cancer treatment. 
  • 12-week program, tailored to meet individual needs in a supervised environment.
  • Participants are required to be at least 90 days out of treatment, with no sign of cancer. 
  • Participants must be at least 21 years or older to participate. 
  • There is a cost to participate, but no one will be turned away regardless of ability to pay. 

Contact the Whatco​m Family YMCA​ for program dates and more information. 

Originally designed by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the YMCA of Greater Seattle, the local program is a partnership between Whatcom Family YMCA and our Cancer Center.