The diagnosis of a serious illness is a major life-changing event. Upon hearing the diagnosis, a patient, as well as loved ones, may be thrown into a whirlwind of emotions ranging from fear or anger to denial and overwhelming sadness. It is difficult enough to deal with the physical challenges of illness and treatment, but the emotional impact can be an even greater burden. Patients and loved ones need to be able to share these feelings. Our specially trained Social Workers and Pastoral Care team members are here to listen and support you and your family. Support groups are also available to offer a confidential atmosphere where patients and families can share their fears and concerns with others experiencing a similar situation.