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Supportive Care services are available for patients and families diagnosed with cancer, going through treatment and after treatment for cancer.

The Supportive Care team includes Social Work, Dietician, and Spiritual and Religious Services. Based on your needs, you may meet one or more members of the Supportive Care team.

Social Work provides counselling for:

  • Adjusting to a cancer diagnosis
  • Depression, anxiety, emotional and social issues
  • Financial assistance, work issues
  • Medication coverage
  • Family and Caregiver support
  • Crisis intervention
  • Talking to your family and friends about your cancer
  • Helping young children understand what is happening
  • Individual, couple and family counselling
  • Accessing available community and government resources
  • Managing day-to-day activities
  • Loss/Grief issues

Dietitian is available to:

  • Answer questions about cancer and nutrition
  • Suggest ways to keep a good nutritional status with your cancer and cancer treatment
  • Support coping with weight loss or changes in your appetite

Spiritual Care can provide:

  • Religious and spiritual support and counselling
  • Assistance for families with compassionate care decisions
  • Crisis intervention
  • Help when you are feeling worried or sad
  • Support for grief, death and dying

The Spiritual Centre, a place for rest, quiet reflection, prayer and/or mediation. It is located on the Main Floor (Level 1) of the Niagara Health – St. Catharines Site just past the cafeteria and Auxiliary Gift Shop on the left.


A referral to Supportive Care can be made through your oncologist, primary nurse or radiation therapist. You can also call to make an appointment with Social Work or Spiritual Care.

Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Niagara Health System