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 – Ann Marie Williams, B.S.N., R.N., O.C.N.
Clinical Nurse Navigators are a unique asset at Hoag. As a Clinical Nurse Navigator for Hoag’s Head & Neck Cancer Program, Ann Marie 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, Ann Marie 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
- The Next Six Months – A survival and Food Guide after oral cancer treatment.
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.