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Caring for Mind, Body, Spirit

Coborn Cancer Center 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, we 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.

Care Coordinators

One aspect of our holistic approach to care is our 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.

Meet the Care Coordinators

Angie HaanAngie Haan, RN, MSN, Breast Cancer Care Coordinator Tara HinnenkampTara Hinnenkamp, RN, BSN, Breast Cancer Care Coordinator
Erin MerdanErin Merdan, RN, BSN, Gastrointestinal, Head and Neck Cancer Care Coordinator Deb PerkinsDeb Perkins, RN, BSN, Gastrointestinal, Head and Neck Cancer Care Coordinator
Traci ZennerTraci Zenner, RN, BSN, Lung and Brain/Central Nervous System Cancer Care Coordinator

Enhancement Program

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 CentraCare Health Plaza. If you are receiving care through CentraCare Health and are interested in a consultation, please call 320-229-4900 to schedule an appointment.

Integrative Therapies

Integrative therapies are therapeutic treatments that support health and healing by promoting balance in body, mind and spirit. They are safe for all ages and work in harmony with standard medical care. Integrative therapies are used to:

  • Reduce muscle and joint pain
  • Lessen headaches
  • Decrease nausea and vomiting
  • Increase comfort during end-of-life care
  • Help you cope with illness
  • Improve sleep
  • Reduce anxiety and stress

We offer aromatherapy, acupuncture, acupressure, massage, Healing Touch and Animal-Assisted Therapy. Integrative therapies are offered to all Coborn Cancer Center patients at no additional charge. Contact your nurse or provider to request any of these services.

Massage Therapy

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

Managing Physical Side Effects

With advances in cancer treatment and survival, today’s cancer patient may face secondary side-effects. Staff with specialized training can effectively treat a variety of health conditions.

  • Lymphedema
  • Limited motion
  • Balance or gait problems
  • Neuropathy
  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Cognitive and memory challenges
  • Swallowing difficulty
  • Weakness/de-conditioning
  • Urinary incontinence

Rehabilitation Services help restore and improve your quality of life. Call your provider for a referral.

Sexual Health: Our sexuality counselor and educator offers comprehensive evaluations, diagnosis and treatment for men, women and partners with special focus on the impact of illness and chronic conditions on sexuality.

Mentor Programs / Patient and Caregiver Support

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.

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

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

Reach to Recovery

The fight against breast cancer is never easy. But it is easier when you have friends in your corner who have been through the same struggle. Contact the American Cancer Society to participate in its Reach to Recovery® program. A volunteer breast cancer survivor will meet with you to provide support. She can also tell you what to expect along the way. To get matched with a Reach to Recovery volunteer, call 1-800-227-2345.

Other patient mentor programs:

Online cancer support groups:

Caring Bridge

CaringBridge transforms your personal connections into support when you need it most. By creating a free CaringBridge website, people in a time of need can share updates, photos and videos, connecting with friends and family who care and want to help

Multidisciplinary Cancer Clinic

The multidisciplinary cancer clinic (MCC) is designed to minimize the time between diagnosis and treatment. During a single-visit in a comforting environment our patients meet with our team of experts and together select a high-quality, unified treatment plan. Patients receive personalized cancer treatment by a team of physicians and health care professionals who are experts in their specialties. A multidisciplinary approach means our patient get the best treatment possible; treatment tailored to them. Learn more about the program.

Nutrition Counseling

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
    • nausea
    • vomiting
    • diarrhea
    • constipation

Oncology Rehabilitation

Oncology rehabilitation describes a wide range of therapies designed to help you build strength and endurance, regain independence, reduce stress and maintain the energy you need to participate in daily activities that are important to you.

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 under-insured
  • 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.

Resource Library

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 information is available on our Resources for Cancer Patients page and our Young Adults with Cancer page.

Spiritual Care

Coborn Cancer Center has a chaplain on site various days of the week to meet patient’s spiritual needs. The chaplain is available upon patient request for an in-person visit or by phone call. The chaplain also participates in Palliative Care consultations by request.

Continued Healing of the Spirit

First Wednesday Monthly from 5:00-6:00 p.m. at Coborn Cancer Center

Life after cancer is not the same as simply going back to the way things were before receiving a cancer diagnosis, because life has changed, often in profound ways. It may not be possible to immediately return to what was assumed to be one’s normal life without taking the necessary time to recover and readjust based on the experience.

For all those who have made this journey, we invite you to be a part of a caring and supportive group to enhance spiritual well-being. Here you can discover unexpected strength, courage, compassion, and spiritual growth, healing, and personal insight, through reflection and group discussion. Share your story as you are comfortable, or gain strength and understanding by hearing the stories of others and learning new spiritual practices.

For more information, contact John Jankowski, Chaplain at 320-251-2700 ext. 54621.

Stephen Ministry

Sometimes life may seem more than you can handle alone. A Stephen Minister can listen and help you get through confusion, stress or loneliness. Stephen Ministry is a free service sponsored by St. Cloud Hospital Spiritual Care. Call Spiritual Care 320-251-2700, ext. 54621 or ask your nurse to make a referral.

Survivorship Clinic

If you have completed cancer treatment, take this opportunity to schedule a cancer survivorship visit. Your Cancer Survivorship Visit will provide you with vital information to help you successfully transition from active treatment to survivorship. Cancer survivors often face physical, emotional, social, and financial challenges as a result of their diagnosis and treatment.

Cancer Survivorship Visits include discussion about:

  • Your survivorship plan of care
  • Follow up care information based on your cancer stage, pathology and treatments received
  • Managing possible physical, emotional, sexual and social effects
  • Referrals for possible services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, behavioral health care, or palliative care
  • Education on concerning signs and symptoms and when to speak up
  • Strategies to stay healthy
  • Support services available

We strive to enhance health and quality of life before, during and after cancer treatment.

Survivorship plan of care

An individualized survivorship care plan is presented to you during your survivorship visit. If you want more information, you can use your plan at these sites:

The LIVESTRONG Care Plan is a survivorship care plan individualized based on answers provided in a brief questionnaire. The plan is meant for you to review and discuss with your health care team, both oncology and primary care.

JOURNEY FORWARD is a program for survivors and their providers to work as a team after active treatment comes to an end. This plan offers many ways to guide survivors through their next steps and offers tools and resources to assist you on the journey forward.

If you have any questions, please ask our nurses at 320-229-4989.

Visual Imagery & Music

Research has shown that your physical health is greatly influenced by your emotional state of mind. In an effort to enhance 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 imagery 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.

Contact Us

General Information
320-229-4900

Nurse Advisor
320-229-4989

New Patient Referrals
320-229-4902, ext. 70698

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