Through our Cancer Survivorship Network, CentraCare Health offers a new dimension of care that is designed to provide you with access to information and services that can enhance your quality of life.
Your life is changed by cancer, and what defines you will also change. As you move through therapy or transition back to work and home, the Survivorship Network will help you find the spiritual, psychological, social and physical resource connections you need. We are committed to offering you access to those resources that can effectively enhance your life throughout the cancer experience.
One aspect of our holistic approach to care is three disease-specific registered nurse care coordinators. Care coordinators assist patients with breast, lung and gastrointestinal cancers, and their families, through their cancer journey by providing assistance with appointments, procedures and treatment options.
As the link between the patient, their doctors and the rest of the care team, they ensure that patients have the education, support and resources needed to make informed choices.
Cancer therapies can have many effects on cancer patients with many experiencing a devastating hair loss. Fortunately, through the support of the CentraCare Health Foundation, we are able to provide individuals with the unique support they need.
The Enhancement Program provides cancer patients with a one-on-one consultation with a licensed cosmetologist. In the consultation, a patient can have an individualized fitting of a wig, sleeping hat, Cathy Cap, turban and an outdoor hat. Each patient can choose from over 500 wigs, and the cosmetologist teaches how to care for and maintain the wig. If needed, the wig is also cut and styled. This program is offered at no cost to patients.
The Enhancement Program is located in the Breast Center at the CentraCare Health Plaza. If you are receiving care through CentraCare Health and are interested in a consultation, please call Angela Hinson at 320-229-5199, ext. 70684. Appointments are available for Tuesday mornings.
Managing Side Effects
With advances in cancer treatment and survival, today’s cancer patient may face secondary side-effects. Therapists with specialized training can effectively treat a variety of health conditions.
- Limited motion
- Balance or gait problems
- Cognitive and memory challenges
- Swallowing difficulty
- Urinary incontinence
Rehabilitation Services help restore and improve your quality of life. Call your provider for a referral.
Massage therapy is referred to as a complementary therapy — not alternative therapy — because it is evidence-based. It may help you manage the short and long term side effects of treatment and can give you a sense of comfort. Comfort-oriented massage or touch can be helpful to people with cancer regardless of the severity of their condition.
Massage therapy offers benefits to cancer patients at nearly every stage of treatment and recovery. Among other benefits, massage may help:
- Decrease symptoms related to chemotherapy and radiation such as fatigue, nausea, diarrhea and loss of appetite
- Increase the effectiveness of other treatments such as pain medication, physical therapy or a medical procedure
- Increase circulation
- Provide pain relief
- Decrease anxiety and depression
- Increase range of motion
- Relieve muscle soreness
- Decrease swelling
Mentoring programs offer one-on-one, confidential support from someone who has successfully made the same journey you are about to begin – the journey toward recovery.
First Connection Peer Support Program
This is a peer-to-peer support program offered by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Learn more about the First Connection program
4th Angel Mentoring Program
The 4th Angel program offers support for both patients and caregivers. Anyone diagnosed with cancer or caring for someone with cancer is eligible to be matched with a mentor. 4th Angel is a program of the Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative. You may contact 4th Angel at 216-445-8734 or 800-440-4140, ext. 58734. Learn more about the Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative
Coborn Cancer Center offers one-on-one nutrition consultations with a registered dietitian to patients and their families. Our registered dietitian can assist patients with:
- Nutrition education and counseling
- Therapeutic diets
- Nutrition support such as enteral nutrition (tube feeding) or parenteral nutrition (IV nutrition therapy)
- Management of treatment-related side effects such as:
- poor appetite
Oncology Social Workers
Our oncology social worker can help you with:
- Resources to help you understand your diagnosis and treatments
- Social Security, disability benefits and insurance coverage
- Financial assistance programs
- Health care directives
- Advocating for your own needs
Our oncology social worker can help you access:
- Temporary housing during treatment
- Transportation to and from medical appointments
- Resources for concerns arising during treatment
- Counseling services for you and your family
- Support groups and online support services
- Necessary assistive equipment such as a cane or walker
- Affordable medical and prescription drug coverage if you are underinsured
- Application forms for financial aid
- Home care and hospice services
- Referrals for assistance at home
The social worker’s services are here at no additional cost to you or your family. Contact your nurse or provider and ask them to connect you with the social worker.
Visual & Music Therapy
Research has shown that your physical health is greatly influenced by your emotional state of mind. In an effort to affect our patients' emotional state of mind, we have strategically placed beautiful lighted imagery throughout the radiation department, and we offer our patients the option of listening to their choice of music during their treatments.
It is our hope that by incorporating both music and visual therapy into our patients' treatment regimen, we can enhance the body’s physical healing ability to allow for a better radiation therapy experience and ultimately a better outcome for our patients.
Located within the Coborn Cancer Center, the library is a place for patients and families to find the most up-to-date cancer information they need as they move through therapy and then transition back to their lives after treatment. Our goal is to keep cancer survivors and the community connected to the most current information related to cancer and its treatment as well as issues related to survivorship.
Our library computers feature “Oncology Interactive,” a computer program developed by more than 300 oncology professionals. The award-winning Oncology Interactive™ Education Series (OIES™) helps patients gain control through comprehensive cancer education. Internet connections to the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute and many other key cancer resources are also available.
Additional Web Resources
We provide the links below because we believe they are reputable, high-quality cancer information sites.
General Cancer Information
Survivorship & Support