The Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center offers several support services to help guide patients and their families throughout their cancer treatment.
- Cancer Navigation Program: RN, Financial, Social Resources, Breast
- Licensed Counseling
- Clinical Research Trials
- Genetic Counseling Referral
- Nursing Quality Council
- Support Groups
- Pastoral Care Department
- Medical Library
- Rehabilitation Services
- Cancer Conference/Tumor Board
- Nutrition Counseling
- Volunteer Services
- Palliative Care
Pastoral Care Services
In order to provide holistic care that addresses our physical bodies, minds, emotions, and spirits, the Cancer Center offers both spiritual support and licensed professional counseling to patients and their families while the patient is in active treatment. Individuals may request consultation with and support from the chaplain at any time. There is no charge for this service. The professional chaplain is board certified through the Association of Professional Chaplains, and is trained to work with people of any faith, or of no faith.
This service, provided free of charge, is made possible through cooperation with the Appalachian Regional Behavioral Health Department. For more information or to schedule an appointment for either of these confidential services, please contact Melanie Childers.
The Social Worker meets with each patient starting treatment to identify barriers to treatment. She can address transportation issues as well as financial concerns not related to insurance. She is also the person to see for needs regarding Nutritional Supplements, Advance Directives and the Resource Center. The Resource Center has books and literature available for check out and a Wig Boutique that offers wigs, hats, bras, turbans, scarves and prosthetics at no charge.
Laura Shroyer, RDN, LDN
(828) 262-4158 (Watauga)
(828) 737-7434 (Avery)
Research has shown that good nutrition helps patients stay stronger and respond better to cancer treatment. The Cancer Center offers evidence-based nutrition information from a licensed, registered dietitian throughout the course of treatment to assist with nutrition related issues such as weight loss, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, altered taste and other diet concerns. The dietitian also provides education on current nutrition recommendations, use of nutritional supplements and diet guidelines for after cancer treatment. The dietitian visits the cancer center regularly and is available by appointment to provide nutrition consultations. This is a free service that is available to current as well as past patients of the Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center. For more information, or to set up an appointment, please contact Laura Shroyer, RDN, LDN.
Assistance is available to patients who are in need of help to pay their accounts. Assistance is based on the guarantor’s financial status. In order to determine this, the patient must complete a Financial Assistance Application. You may be eligible for assistance through government programs such as Medicaid, Purchase of Medical Care, Crime Victims Compensation, Vocational Rehabilitation, or other community programs. The Financial Navigator helps patient apply for assistance programs, and acts as the liaison with the ARHS Patient Accounts Department in the Business Office.
Paul Young, RN serves as the Cancer Center nurse navigator. He has worked for Appalachian Regional Healthcare System for 40 years. He has an integral role in preparing the new patient visit, provides chemotherapy education to patients starting chemotherapy, provides radiation education to those starting radiation, and orchestrates coverage of medications that might otherwise be very costly to our patients. He is the liaison between the patient and provider with any patient medical needs and helps to navigate the patients’ journey here at the Cancer Center.