Your radiation therapy team works closely with support services to care for all your needs. Some of these services are listed below along with how they can help and support you throughout your treatment.
Please let us know if you feel any of the services below would benefit you.
The Cancer Society support people with cancer, their family/ whānau and friends.
A wide range of support services are available.
Services commonly used during radiation therapy include, but are not limited to:
For more information visit the Cancer Society website:
Offer spiritual support regardless of religious or cultural backgrounds.
More information on chaplains(external link)
Support patients and their family/whanau throughout the whole cancer journey. They are available to offer advice, information, symptom management and act as you link person for any concerns you may have.
Interpreters can be booked if you are unable to communicate using the English language.
Cancer, and the treatment of, can affect your ability to maintain weight. Dietitians are available to help manage your diet and appetite.
Palliative care is an approach to caring for people with cancer and their family that focuses on improving their quality of life; it is not just about care at the end of life.
The Palliative Care team at Waikato Hospital and Hospice Waikato(external link) work closely together to provide a variety of specialised care services.
Palliative care is commonly used during:
Some people experience changes in their physical functioning and ability to carry out day-to-day activities.
Physiotherapists and occupational therapists can help with expert advice and exercises to help you regain your mobility, or assist with specialised aids to help you better manage.
Staff at Waikato hospital support people wanting to quit smoking.
Our smoking cessation programme includes free nicotine replacement therapy.
If you are interesting in quitting smoking, talk to our staff or call Quitline.
More information and contacts
Social workers are available to provide a variety of supportive services to you and your family. They provide counselling to help cope with the diagnosis of cancer and subsequent treatment. They can arrange financial support and can put you in contact with other community services. Social workers also help people navigate the health care system and find support to manage day-to-day challenges of living with cancer.
Some cancers and treatments can affect your ability to communicate and swallow.
Speech language therapists are available to help patients facing these difficulties.
Our Kaitiaki service offers cultural support for Māori and their whānau in hospital.
They can also link patients and whānau to external support services.
Click to read their publication He Hikoi Hei Manaaki Tangata. A journey with cancer: a guide for Maori whanau [PDF, 1 MB]
More information on kaitiaki(external link)