Phone: 315 464-HOPE (4673)
The Upstate Cancer Center is committed to the psychological well-being of patients and family members. When faced with a cancer diagnosis patients can feel overwhelmed and frightened. As part of our spectrum of multi-disciplinary cancer care within Upstate we offer psychosocial oncology services to our patients throughout the process of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.
The mission of our Psychosocial Oncology Program is to provide quality and comprehensive care to promote the health and well-being of cancer patients at Upstate Cancer Center, the community, and region. Our vision is to raise the standard of psychosocial cancer care across the Cancer Center and be a resource to the community through clinical service, education, and research.
A cancer diagnosis can disrupt many areas of life for a patient and their loved ones. We are here during this challenging time to support you through your experience with decisions and treatment to help provide a more informed and empowered position.
What is Psychosocial Oncology?
What to Expect
The Psychosocial Oncology Program includes a psychologist and a psychology graduate clinician from Syracuse University. Typically, we will schedule an appointment for an initial evaluation. This appointment will be different from other sessions in that we will ask you questions about what you are currently experiencing and discuss treatment goals for therapy. This visit can last up to 50 minutes. At the end of this session, we will discuss a treatment plan and any possible referrals that may provide additional support. Follow-up sessions typically are 30-50 minute sessions, meeting for an average of 6-8 sessions every 2-4 weeks. These appointments are billed through your medical insurance. We offer individual, family, and couples therapy options, with group therapy coming soon.
We are currently conducting telehealth appointments via video or telephone.
Examples of Available Support for Patients
- Managing stress
- Dealing with uncertainty
- Coping with worry, fear, sadness, and anger
- Quality of life concerns
- Relaxation techniques
- Feeling anxious about treatment/procedures
- Fear of recurrence
- Memory concerns, cognitive changes
- Improving sleep and fatigue
- Managing pain
- Managing side effects from cancer and treatment
- Relationship difficulties
- Substance use concerns
- Sexual health, body image, and intimacy
- Referral for medication management
- End-of-life concerns