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Support Services for Bone Cancer Patients and Their Families

Whether you need spiritual or family counseling or home or hospice care, many support groups are available to help you and your family deal with bone cancer.

By Dennis Thompson Jr.

Medically Reviewed by Niya Jones, MD, MPH

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Living with bone cancer can be even tougher than coping with many other cancers, since bone cancer often strikes children and adolescents. Young patients may become especially frightened and confused, while parents are frequently overcome with anguish about what's happening to their child. Fortunately, there are many organizations and services available, both locally and nationally, to help bone cancer patients and their families get through this difficult time. These services can be found online or through the hospital or cancer center where your loved one is being treated.

Bone Cancer Support Services

The provides support for people living with all types of cancers, including bone cancer. And groups such as the National Children's Cancer Society and the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation focus on childhood cancers and may be useful for families with a child who has bone cancer.

There are also many other types of services available to help bone cancer patients and their families deal with the emotional and physical challenges of bone cancer.

Bone Cancer: Emotional Support Services

Family counseling can encourage a family to talk about and process what is happening to them. Ideally, the hospital treating the bone cancer patient should have a psychotherapist available to help family members sort out their feelings. If this service isn't available, the (APOS) is a national group that assists patients, families, and caregivers in finding local therapy.

Another potential source of support is through spiritual counseling. Nearly every hospital in the United States has a chaplain on hand to provide emotional support for cancer patients and their families. Families can also look to their own religious institution for help in dealing with the spiritual struggles that come with a bone cancer diagnosis. And, many cities have cancer support networks through which one can find spiritual counseling, for example, the .

Hospitals also often have social workers on staff to help bone cancer patients and their families deal with their feelings and sort through what can be a confusing jumble of bureaucracy and medical jargon. If you can't find one who's helpful, the APOS, again, can serve as a valuable resource.

Bone Cancer: Physical Support Services

  • Home health care:People looking for home health care for a bone cancer patient should begin with their hospital or their health insurance company. Additionally, organizations like and the American Cancer Society can help refer people to home care companies. CancerCare can even provide some limited financial assistance to help with home care costs related to active bone cancer treatment.
  • Pain clinics:Pain management is especially important for bone cancer patients since both the disease and its treatment can cause discomfort. To find a pain specialist, talk to your doctor or hospital staff to see if they recommend a specific pain treatment center. The hospital's anesthesiology department may also able to refer you to a pain clinic. Groups such as the and the Alliance of State Pain Initiatives may be able to help guide you as well.
  • Hospice:Bone cancer patients who are in need of palliative care (care directed at making the patient comfortable but not treating the cancer) often benefit from hospice services. Hospice organizations provide comprehensive care to terminally ill patients. Your hospital can put you in touch with a local hospice group. or the Hospice Association of America may also be of help.

Though helping someone deal with bone cancer can be emotionally and physically demanding, you are not alone and there are many resources that can provide you and your loved one with much deserved guidance and support.






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