Children's Hospital Colorado
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A cancer diagnosis is never easy. Feelings of sadness, anxiety, anger and despair are difficult but normal reactions when a child is diagnosed with a serious illness. Effective coping and emotional adjustment is often dependent on access to psychosocial support that is tailored to address the challenges most often encountered by patients and their families. At Children’s Hospital Colorado, we offer a comprehensive cancer wellness program for patients and families who are receiving treatment through our Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

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About the Wellness Program

The Wellness Program in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of professionals who identify and address all the psychosocial needs of our patients and families. Members of the Wellness Team include:

  • Psychologists who provide psychosocial evaluation and a range of psychotherapeutic services and interventions
  • Social workers who provide information about the oncology treatment process, help families identify strengths and vulnerabilities, and facilitate an environment for open dialogue
  • Child life specialists who coach children on behavioral techniques to help them manage hospital-related fear and anxiety, and who also assist with reintroduction to school
  • A chaplain or pastoral care for families who request religious and spiritual support
  • An art therapist who facilitates a creative environment that allows children to freely express their emotions
  • A learning specialist who provides educational support and activities for children if they need to stay in our inpatient unit
  • Family navigators who identify a family’s needs and secures those resources from local, state or national agencies

Why choose us for wellness care

Our Program’s diverse team of professionals works to:

  • Ensure families have access to resources and support that will help them cope with a pediatric cancer diagnosis
  • Educate families about normal and healthy emotional reactions
  • Identify ways to ease emotional pain
  • Provide psychosocial support to address behavioral and psychiatric issues that may develop as a result of the diagnosis

Who we treat at the Wellness Program

The Wellness Program helps families navigate the challenging and stressful experience of having a child diagnosed with pediatric cancer or a blood disorder.

Learn more about our other resources for families and our pediatric cancer survivor programs that focus on wellness for cancer survivors.

Contact the Wellness Program

For more information on the Children’s Colorado Wellness Program in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, call 720-777-6688.

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