Support & Resources​

Sarcoma is a difficult cancer to face alone and due to the fact that it is a rare cancer there are not many resources available in the general community. At Hoag, we offer a variety of support services led by a caring clinical and social work team.

Lori Berberet

Sarcoma Clinical Nurse Navigator – Lori Berberet, R.N., M.S.
Clinical Nurse Navigators are a unique asset at Hoag. As a Clinical Nurse Navigator for Hoag’s Sarcoma Program, Lori serves as a guide for patients, answering questions and providing support through each phase of treatment.

As the Sarcoma Clinical Nurse Navigator, Lori provides:

  • Emotional support and guidance for the newly diagnosed sarcoma patient and family
  • Education for patients and family members about sarcoma
  • Information about community resources and Hoag support services
  • Help in coordinating the patient’s multidisciplinary care plan
  • Assistance in navigating the healthcare system during and after treatment

New Patient Packet

Download and complete the New Patient Packet prior to your initial office visit at the Hoag Sarcoma Program Clinic. Please bring this completed paperwork to your appointment. With any questions, call 877-427-8208.

Oncology Support Services

Oncology Support Services offers a variety of classes to support and educate patients during and after cancer. These classes and workshops are all free of charge:

Sarcoma Support Group – The Sarcoma Support Group is an educational and supportive group for patients diagnosed with sarcoma. Family and friends are encouraged to attend. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month, from 12-1:30 p.m. in Hoag Cancer Center Conference Room B.

One-On-One Counseling with an oncology social worker

Fitter Image Exercise Programs, including yoga, pilates and energizing cardio and toning

Workshops for Well-Being, including free flow writing, meditation, reiki and creative art classes

Other Support Programs/Teams include:

Rehabilitation Specialists – While both in the hospital and after discharge, patients will be visited by rehabilitation specialists, experienced in the care and rehab of sarcoma patients.

CARES Program - For patients experiencing high pain or symptom burden during treatment, the Hoag CARES Team can help. Board-certified Palliative Care physicians, nurses and social workers are available to help manage physical and emotional symptoms alongside your sarcoma care team.

Cancer Dietitians - Special to Hoag Family Cancer Institute are two dedicated Registered Dietitians available to answer your nutritional questions and provide resources for a healthier diet before, during and after cancer treatment.

Hereditary Cancer Program - Hoag offers both genetic counseling and genetic testing for individuals concerned about hereditary cancer. Feel free to contact us to see if this service may be right for you or your family.

Pastoral Care - provides spiritual support & counseling services to patients, families, and the community.

Internet Resources:

Not all websites are credible. Here are a few websites recommended by the Musculoskeletal Tumor society if you were interested in:


For more information on the Hoag Sarcoma Program, or to contact the Hoag Sarcoma Program Clinic, please call 877-427-8208.