Some degree of depression, anxiety or fear is normal when patients and families are coping with cancer. These feelings range in intensity from person to person and from one day to the next. You may find that counseling helps ease these feelings. An oncology social worker, support groups and spiritual support are available to help patients and families manage their distress. Regional Health Cancer Care Institute has a variety of other resources available to patients, their families and the community.
Our Patient Support Team is here to provide emotional support for you and your family. We work with your cancer providers to make sure you are as comfortable as possible at any stage of your cancer diagnosis by providing pain and symptom management services. We can also help you work through everyday stressors and burdens so you can focus on what is truly important to you.
We have a number of support groups and educational classes available for patients and family members. For more information, call (605) 755-2300.
Coping with Cancer Support Group
The Coping with Cancer Support Group is a chance for cancer patients and those affected by cancer to talk with others who have had similar experiences. It’s meant to be a supportive and confidential environment for people to talk about their experiences and bounce ideas off one another. This support group is facilitated by one of the Patient Support Team social workers or a nurse practitioner.
This class will introduce a variety of coping skills such as deep breathing and distraction techniques that will assist in managing anxiety due to a cancer diagnosis, cancer treatment or everyday stressors.
A major symptom of cancer and cancer treatment is fatigue. This class will go over techniques that can help lessen fatigue and gain/conserve energy. You will learn tactics to get better sleep, practical ways to schedule activities and other methods for fighting fatigue.
Children and Cancer: Navigating the Conversation
Explaining cancer to children can be one of the most difficult issues that arise during your cancer journey. If you or loved one are struggling to talk about cancer with children, please join Cancer Care Institute social workers for an educational class on talking to children about cancer. Social workers will discuss tips and ideas on how to help navigate this discussion for children of all ages.
Guided Imagery is the practice of using your imagination to focus on the positive and to relax your mind and body. Guided Imagery can come in many forms, such as someone reading a script, listening to a CD or watching a YouTube video. It can also include things such as deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation.
Comprehensive rehabilitation services are available by referral to help cancer patients obtain the best quality of life possible. Rehabilitation specialists work together with your physician to assess and manage specific physical symptoms related to cancer and cancer treatment.
These services include:
What People Are Saying
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All the staff at the Cancer Center are WONDERFUL. They are kind, considerate, upbeat, and friendly. Same is to be said for the doctors.
I felt very well cared for, and I would highly recommend your facility to anyone needing cancer care.