Support & Resources
At Hoag, we offer a variety of support services led by a caring clinical
and social work team.
Head & Neck Cancer Clinical Nurse Navigator – Rhonda Hjelm, M.S.N.,
Clinical Nurse Navigators are a unique asset at Hoag. As a Clinical Nurse
Navigator for Hoag’s Head & Neck Cancer Program, Rhonda serves
as a guide for patients, answering questions, providing education, identifying
social resources to overcome any barriers to care and providing support
through each phase of treatment and recovery.
As the Head & Neck Cancer Clinical Nurse Navigator, Rhonda provides:
- Emotional support and guidance for the newly diagnosed Head and Neck cancer
patient and their family
- Education for patients and family members about Head and Neck cancers
- 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
Cancer Support Services
Cancer 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:
- Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Support Group is an educational and supportive
group for patients. Family and friends are also encouraged to attend.
The group meets the second Monday of each month, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in
the Patty & George Hoag Cancer Center, Conference Room A.
- 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:
Speech Language Pathologist – Unique to Hoag’s Head & Neck Cancer Program are Speech
Language Pathologists who provide a comprehensive approach to evaluate
and treat speech, voice and swallowing disorders.
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 cancer care team.
Oncology Dietitians - Hoag Family Cancer Institute provides two dedicated Registered Dietitians
who are available to advise patients on nutrition 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.
Pastoral Care - provides spiritual support & counseling services to patients, families,
and the community.