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Patient Resources at Norton Children’s Cancer Institute

Inpatient Family Resources

Child Life and Expressive Therapies

A cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event at any age. For children who don’t understand what their diagnosis means, why they have to spend time in the hospital or why treatments are necessary, child life therapists are available to help children and their families understand and manage stress.

Expressive therapists incorporate play, art, music, puppetry, writing and drama as therapeutic interventions to help children, parents and siblings express themselves and cope with their cancer experiences. Music therapists address physical, psychological, cognitive and social functions through a variety of music-related activities. Benefits of music therapy include improved sleep and appetite, ease of pain and increased relaxation.

Playrooms offer “safe” places where no medical procedures are allowed. Children can visit playrooms, or toys from playrooms can be taken to patients who are unable to leave their rooms. Teens have access to video games, computers, arts and crafts, age-appropriate magazines and books, as well as child life therapists, who encourage communication and understand teens’ need for independence and privacy.

Hearts and Hands Care Team

The Hearts and Hands Care Team at Norton Children’s Hospital focuses on treating the pain, symptoms and stress of children and families facing complex or life-threatening medical conditions. This care is provided along with other treatments the child may be receiving to help the child remain comfortable during any stage of illness. The team promotes the best quality of life for hospitalized children and their families through education, advocacy, communication and palliative expertise.

The Hearts and Hands team is made up of clinical nurse managers, a nurse clinician, social service workers and pastoral care specialists. They collaborate with child life specialists, expressive art therapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, nutritionists and care providers as needed.

Pastoral care

When a child is hospitalized, it is often a very stressful time for the entire family. As valuable members of the Interdisciplinary Care Team, Norton Children’s Hospital chaplains offer comfort and support to families, caregivers and children to help during this time. Throughout your child’s hospital stay, please know that Norton Children’s Hospital chaplains are available to you and your loved ones to provide support.

Additional support services

Jarrett’s Joy Cart distributes toys, books and movies to patients in the Addison Jo Blair Cancer Care Center.
Caps for Kids is a program that provides hats and scarves autographed by celebrities, entertainers and athletes to help young cancer patients cope with hair loss during treatment.
Flashes of Hope provides professional volunteer photographers who visit the hospital once a month to create uplifting portraits of children fighting cancer. These portraits help children feel better about their changing appearance by celebrating it through photography.
Shield of Faith is a program by local police officers, who bring a wagon of toys and games to offer to patients once a week to help keep their spirits lifted.
Coping Cart is a mobile multimedia center that gives patients at Norton Children’s Hospital the opportunity to create videos to share their coping strategies with health or life issues. With families’ permission, these videos are posted on the CopingClub.com website to help other children and families who may feel alone in their experiences.

Special meals are provided to families with generous donations from Jarrett’s Joy Cart, Camp Quality and various other groups. We are able to offer dinners to families on the units to meet their nutritional needs while offering a chance to mingle with other families.

Groups and Activities

If your family has been affected by childhood cancer, Norton Children’s Cancer Institute offers many opportunities for support and to connect with other families.

Below are a few opportunities to connect with other families who have faced a childhood cancer diagnosis. Additional activities and events occur each month.

SibStars

Group for siblings ages 6 to 12 who have a brother or sister with a chronic illness. Siblings take part in therapeutic games, arts and crafts, and other activities together. Registration is required.

Fourth Wednesday of each month • 5 to 7 p.m.

Norton Children’s Hospital
231 E. Chestnut St.
Louisville, Kentucky

For more information and to register, call (502) 629-7542 or:

Teen Warriors

Group for teens ages 15 to 18 affected by cancer.

Weekly Music Therapy Jam Studio (no musical experience needed)
Offered Thursdays • 5 to 7 p.m.
Norton Cancer Institute Resource Center
Medical Towers South, Suite 161
676 S. Floyd St.
Louisville, Kentucky

For more information and to register, call (502) 629-1234, or:


Parents and Caregivers Support Dinner

A dinner and opportunity to share experiences with other parents and caregivers of children diagnosed with cancer. A different topic, speaker or interest is presented monthly. Free event, but registration is required.

Fourth Wednesday of each month • 5 to 7 p.m.
Norton Children’s Hospital
7 West (Valvano Room)
231 E. Chestnut St.
Louisville, Kentucky

Call (502) 629-1234 or:

7 West Warriors Facebook group

To receive the latest information on events and to connect with other families affected by childhood cancer, join this private Facebook community.

Thriving Thursdays: Art Therapy Studio

Join us each week to explore a new visual art medium, facilitated by a licensed art therapist. All ages are welcome, no experience is needed and all supplies are provided.

Young Adult Transition and Survivorship Resources

Adolescent and Young Adult Program

Norton Cancer Institute’s Adolescent and Young Adult Program offers a wide variety of services designed to support the entire family during and after cancer treatment.

Teens ages 15 to 18 and their families can receive support and educational resources, including art therapy, music therapy and support groups.

Young adults ages 18 to 39 who have had a childhood cancer diagnosis and are 2 years or more in remission have access to support resources along with a transition clinic focused on providing medical care that includes specialized follow-up for their unique health needs.

Life After Cancer

In the United States, approximately one person in 1,000 is a survivor of childhood cancer. Improvements in treatment have led to a growing number of people facing issues related to their cancer therapy. Over the years, pediatric cancer specialists have learned more about the late effects of cancer therapy and how to prevent, identify, and treat these problems. Our Life After Cancer program offers an individualized plan of monitoring based on the patient’s disease and past therapy. We conduct a multidisciplinary clinic that offers specialized assistance to address issues related to growth and development, neurocognitive problems, endocrine, reproductive, orthopedic, cardiac, pulmonary, as well as other medical challenges.
Periodic screenings are appropriate for survivors with no symptoms of disease. Survivors at risk for organ dysfunction are evaluated more extensively. Our clinic coordinates each patient’s needs with multiple subspecialty clinicians across many fields, ranging from endocrine to reproductive medical issues.
For more information or to have your child evaluated for our program, call (502) 588-3600.