Cancer Support and Programs

Dr. Nelson providing empathy and care to patient deciding on cancer support options.

Mercy Health in Lima and West Central Ohio offers many cancer support resources for our patient and their families. This includes nurse navigators, volunteer programs, support groups and more.  

For more information about cancer services and programs call: 


Cancer Services offered to our patients: 

  • Nutrition
  • Palliative Care
  • Social Services 
  • Rehabilitation, Lymphedema Therapy and Physical Therapy 
  • Hospice - Inpatient and Outpatient 
  • Nurse Navigator: a nurse who continuously supports and educates you throughout your cancer diagnosis and into your long-term survivorship care. They also assist with coordination of appointments, medical tests and referrals. 
  • Pastoral Care: provides spiritual and emotional care for you and your family, pastoral counseling, access to community resources and provides compassionate relationships. 
  • Patient Assistance Program: help you understand medical bills and co-pays, assists with financing chemotherapy medications and identifies other financial aid resources and provides assistance with oncology related bills. 
  • Research: identifies eligible patients for current research studies, enrolls and follows patient throughout duration of research study. 

Support programs offered to our patients: 

Voice of Experience

Voice of Experience is a support group designed to match a recently diagnosed cancer patient or their caregiver with a cancer survivor or caregiver. The program attempts to match persons with similar circumstances, such as the type of disease, treatment or care giving situation. Once the match is made, participants can phone each other for support, encouragement and above all, hope.


Patient Pride

At Mercy Health - St. Rita’s, volunteers lead a program for hospitalized female patients facing difficult illnesses. Looking better can mean feeling better and this nurturing service has been created to meet the emotional and physical needs of hospitalized women. Patients receive a visit from a dedicated and trained volunteer who may provide a hand massage, make-up application, facial or just make time to listen. Patient Pride is offered as a complimentary service to St. Rita’s patients.

Life After

For those affected by cancer, the Life After support group addresses a wide range of topics with guest speakers, discussions and social time. Many of the topics specifically address concerns or educational needs. Support is shared among those who attend and many lasting friendships form within the group.

Look Good Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better is a national program that is supported by the American Cancer Society, the National Cosmetology Association and the National Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association. This program is meant help women learn how to cope with skin changes and hair loss during cancer treatments.