At the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, we treat your cancer — and care for you as a whole person. We offer a range of services to make your treatment and follow-up care as comfortable and successful as possible.
OHSU services and resources
Therapies and support services
- Animal-assisted therapy: If you're an inpatient on Marquam Hill, you can ask your care team to request a visit with a dog or cat from one of our volunteer animal-assisted therapy teams. Your providers will make sure a visit would be appropriate. Visits are not allowed for patients with compromised immune systems, for example.
- Fertility preservation
- Nutrition services: Our cancer dietitians can help you prepare for surgery, and manage side effects of cancer and cancer treatment.
- Palliative care: Our specialists offer support and can help you manage symptoms. You do not have to be terminally ill or give up life-prolonging treatment.
- Rehabilitation services: Physical therapists, speech therapists and occupational therapists can help you reach your full potential after cancer treatment.
- Women's sexual health: We offer the area's only program to support the sexual health of women affected by cancer.
Knight Cancer Institute resources
- Cancer registries: Our registries offer the opportunity to participate in research and learn about the latest advances.
- Classes and support groups
- Hats, wigs and headscarves: Our resource room is closed because of COVID-19, but you can call social work specialist Tina Johnson at 503-346-4279 or ask your care team for information.
- Life after cancer: We offer a range of survivorship services to help cancer patients transition to life after cancer.
- Patient Education Resource Center: Cancer patients and their loved ones can find information and other resources on the 10th floor of the Center for Health & Healing Building 2.
- Resources for bone marrow/stem cell transplant patients
OHSU campus services
- Concierge services: Friendly specialists can answer questions and help you find your way. The main concierge desk is in the ninth-floor lobby of OHSU Hospital. Hours are 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.
- Billing and insurance: See if your insurance covers care at OHSU, and find numbers for help with billing or cost estimates.
- Food and drink: Find places to eat and drink on our Marquam Hill and South Waterfront campuses.
- Gift shop: Visit our gift shop on the ninth floor of OHSU Hospital 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays.
- Language services: We have interpreters available 24/7. Sign language interpreters are also available.
- MyChart: Our secure online tool lets you manage appointments, get results, request prescription refills and communicate with your doctor.
- Patient Relations: Find help with questions and concerns.
- Pharmacies: We offer pharmacies on our campuses and in the community.
- Preparing for your visit: Find a welcome guide and other information to get ready for your hospital stay.
- Rood Family Pavilion: OHSU’s guest house offers accommodations to out-of-town patients.
- Social services: Our social workers can provide emotional support to you and your family, and help with needs such as lodging and transportation.
- Spiritual services: OHSU offers chaplain support in addition to sacred spaces for prayer and contemplation.
- News: Read our Cancer Translated blog, and find stories about cancer developments at OHSU News.
- Resources for children and families at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital
- Information For Patients and Visitors
Services in the community
- American Cancer Society in Oregon
- The American Cancer Society’s support page provides information on help with lodging, rides, looking good during cancer treatment, and other support services.
- CancerCare offers counseling, support groups (online, by telephone and in person), and links to workshops and other resources.
Support for caregivers and family members
- Caregivers and Family, American Cancer Society
- Support for Caregivers of Cancer Patients, National Cancer Institute
- "Caring for the Caregiver," National Cancer Institute booklet
- Help for Cancer Caregivers
- National Alliance for Caregiving
- Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer, American Cancer Society
- Support for Teens When a Family Member Has Cancer, National Cancer Institute
- "When Your Brother or Sister has Cancer: A Guide for Teens," National Cancer Institute booklet
- "When Your Parent Has Cancer: A Guide for Teens," National Cancer Institute booklet
Websites with cancer information
- National Cancer Institute
- American Cancer Society
- Cancer Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Triage Cancer
- Stupid Cancer, support for young adults with cancer
- NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
- Glossary: Definitions & Phonetic Pronunciations, American Cancer Society