Cancer is a disease that affects not only one’s body but also has effects on one’s emotions, spirit, family, finances and lifestyle. With that in mind, our team at Strecker Cancer Center works with other departments to get our patients back to living their best life. Below is a list of support departments that patients may be in contact with.
Oncology Patient Navigation Program
A diagnosis of cancer can be a very stressful and emotional time for a person. The diagnosis can impact many areas of a person’s life from medical to family dynamics to financial. At times, a cancer patient may not know who to contact to get questions answered or where to begin or what to expect. The Oncology Patient Navigation Program at the Strecker Cancer Center of Marietta Memorial Hospital can help patients with their questions and direct them to needed services. For more information about the program or to speak with a nurse navigator, please call (740) 376-5000 or the direct phone numbers as listed below:
Toni Ligas, BHSA, RN, (740) 568-5461
Tricia Becker, RN, OCN, (740) 376-5012
Melissa Spiker, BFA, RN, (740) 423-3602
Social workers assist cancer patients with psychosocial needs which may include emotional issues such as anxiety or depression, family relationships, changes in lifestyle, employment/financial stressors, linkage with available local resources, etc. To contact a Strecker Cancer Center social worker, please call:
Jane Skeen, LSW
(740) 568 -5632
Cortney Beymer, LSW
Patient Financial Advocate:
A diagnosis of cancer can often create financial burdens on patients and their families. Memorial Health System offers trained financial counselors (patient financial advocates) work with our cancer patients to understand their bills, identify if financial assistance is available or to help set up payment arrangements.
If you would like to speak to a patient financial advocate, please call (740) 568-5263. You can also click here to find out more about our financial assistance.
Resource Library/Wig Boutique
In collaboration with the American Cancer Society, the Strecker Cancer Center offers patients a free resource center of books available on a wide range of cancer topics: cancer specific site information, nutrition and cookbooks, how to talk with children on cancer, grieving, emotional topics, etc. In addition, there is computer access should patients wish to search the internet for cancer topics.
Wigs are offered free of charge to patients undergoing cancer treatment. These wigs are made possible by the generous donations of our local community and the American Cancer Society. Also available are a limited supply of free breast prosthesis and hats.
These services are available Monday thru Friday during Strecker open hours. For more information, just ask a Strecker staff person, stop in or call (740) 376-5000.
Oncology Rehab Program/Lymphedema Management
We provide comprehensive rehabilitation programs of the highest quality to improve functional and cognitive outcomes for cancer patients. For more information, please contact the Outpatient Therapy Services Program at (740) 374-1422.
Cancer Support Groups
The Cancer Support Groups meet monthly at both the Marietta and Belpre campuses. All patients, family members and caregivers are welcomed to participate at any time during their cancer journey: at diagnosis, during treatment and survivorship.
- Strecker Marietta: Meets the last Wednesday of every month.
Contact Jane Skeen, LSW, at (740) 568-5632
- Strecker Belpre: Meets the first Wednesday of every month.
Contact Cortney Beymer, LSW, at (740) 401-0257
- Quarterly Cancer Support and Educational Support Group: Please contact a social worker above for more details.
Look Good Feel Better
This American Cancer Society sponsored quarterly program meets at both the Marietta and Belpre campuses. A licensed cosmetologist teaches patients undergoing cancer treatment beauty techniques and skincare/make-up applications to ease the appearance-related side effects. Participants receive free products and personalized instruction. For more information and to register, please call 1-800-227-2345, option #5.
Listening to music can be relaxing, soothing and enjoyable and for cancer patients it can be a way to cope with some of the symptoms of the disease as well as the side effects of their treatment. Music therapy can give patients coping skills and stress relief. Strecker Cancer Center offers a certified music therapist on site one day per week at each of the cancer center treatment locations.
Cancer Nutrition Services
Learn more about our oncology dietitian and the nutrition services we offer by visiting our Cancer Nutrition Services page.