In addition to medical treatment, we provide physical and psychological support for patients and families throughout the patient's illness and recovery.
The Department of Clinical Social Work is staffed by clinical social workers with master's degrees who are licensed and trained to help patients and families cope with medical crises, and with the psychological and social issues related to their illness and hospitalization. Clinical social workers can also help facilitate communication with the medical team and guide families through difficult decisions.
The Interventional Pain Center at Rhode Island Hospital offers a wide variety of treatments for patients who are experiencing chronic or debilitating pain. The center offers a variety of strategies to mitigate cancer-related pain, including:
The Brain Tumor Support Group for patients and caregivers meets every second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Rhode Island Hospital, located on the first floor of the APC Building. For information about the group, please call 401-444-5519. Registration for the group is not required.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) has a resource room in the Comprehensive Cancer Center that is well stocked with ACS materials that detail many different disease states, support resources and healthy living tips. Patients and their families are encouraged to browse the wide collection of reading and audiovisual materials offered there.