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.
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
As the Sarcoma Clinical Nurse Navigator, Lori provides:
- Emotional support and guidance for the newly diagnosed sarcoma patient
- 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,
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.
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.