For three decades, Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) has served thousands of cancer patients in four centers across the U.S. In addition to the latest technologies and treatments, CTCA has always been deeply committed to integrative care, including nutrition, mind/body medicine and spiritual support.
We've learned a lot about the distinct needs of cancer patients, their family members and caregivers. And our cancer patients often tell us that, while their churches are clearly eager to help, church members aren't always sure what to say or do.
This can be awkward. For instance, well-meaning church members may bring cakes and cookies, when what the patient needs most is nutritional meals, help with errands, or simply someone to talk and pray with.
Through its lay ministry training, Our Journey of Hope® helps lay ministers understand what patients are going through and equips them with real, practical tools. They learn new ways to:
- Reach out to cancer patients in the community and bring them into the church.
- Support members of the church family who may encounter cancer, from diagnosis, throughout treatment and recovery.
- Build a cancer-care lay ministry, providing church members with a renewed sense of purpose and commitment.
- Educate the congregation about cancer prevention and detection, resulting in a healthier church community.