Supportive Care Programs

Our evidence-based comprehensive approach to cancer care optimizes quality of life and effectiveness of treatment for patients and survivors. We offer a wide variety of oncology support services including support groups, counseling, mind-body classes, exercise programs, library resources and education.

Most of the services and classes are free-of-charge and open to patients, survivors, family members and caregivers (some restrictions apply).

We are committed to helping those with cancer take an active role in achieving a calmer mind, a healthier body, a strengthened immune system, and a renewed capacity to cope. A wide range of activities, support groups, classes and complementary programs such as yoga, healing touch, painting, laughter, and writing comprise a system of supportive care that helps address multiple aspects of healing. These services are helping more patients than ever and are a vital aspect of successful cancer care. Patients often report that these programs help them to thrive, not just survive a cancer diagnosis.

The Ridley-Tree Cancer Center's Social Work Services team also provides patients with financial and logistical assistance, including transportation, home care resources, information and advocacy. The wide range of support offered by the Cancer Center means our patients can focus their energies on healing. 

Oncology Social Work Services staff helps qualified patients to access assistance programs through private foundations, free pharmaceutical programs, co-pay assistance programs, cancer-specific funds and other programs. For more than 30 years, these services have been available to any cancer patient in our community — regardless of where they receive their care.

For information about our Oncology Supportive Care Programs, please call (805) 879-5651; for Oncology Social Work Services, please call (805) 879-0669.