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Psychosocial support

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Psychosocial support refers to actions and care practitioners who address the psychological and social needs of you and your family. Here are some psychosocial supports available through PYNK.

Nurse navigator

The PYNK nurse navigator is an excellent source of psychosocial support as part of her role, and works collaboratively with other team members highlighted below.

Social work

PYNK patients have access to a social worker for assistance with both practical (financial, insurance, transportation etc.) and emotional concerns. Our social worker has experience working with young patients with breast cancer and their families, and can help you to navigate the many challenges that accompany a diagnosis of breast cancer as a young person.

Psychology

As part of the Odette Cancer Centre, our PYNK patients and their partners or family have access to OHIP funded psychology service for support and counsel.

Psychiatry

Psychiatrists are medical doctors trained to diagnose psychiatric conditions and prescribe medication. The psychiatrists available through our patient and family support program have significant experience with cancer related distress.

Dietitian

If needed patients can also access evidence-based information and counsel regarding nutrition through referral to a registered dietitian.

Support groups

The PYNK program offers two support groups which are currently virtual offerings through the Zoom platform. These groups are recurring and offered on the second Friday of each month.

  • In the Pynk: a support group for young people diagnosed with breast cancer (stages I-III)
  • Young and Metastatic: a peer support group for young people diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer

Child life specialist

On occasion, our nurse navigator will refer patients to a child life specialist to help children cope with their family’s new reality.