Care for the whole person, not just the cancer
Cancer Wellness helps patients and caregivers:
- Manage symptoms
- Improve quality of life
- Be proactive and involved in their care
The comprehensive, evidence-based wellness program at the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HCA Midwest Health is here to support you every step of the way. Whether you are wanting to reduce your risk of cancer, have been diagnosed, are in treatment or survivorship, we have the expert care you need.
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Your care team
The cancer wellness staff works as part of a multidisciplinary cancer care team providing the most comprehensive care and support available for our patients and their caregivers. This team includes cancer patient navigators who guide the patients throughout their care, social workers who work with patients and families to assess emotional and psycho-social needs, registered dieticians to support eating changes related to treatments, and financial counselors to help patients understand insurance benefits and utilize community resources for costs related to their cancer medications.
We offer a variety of free classes on wellness including movement, nutrition, emotional well-being and yoga. Whether you've recently been diagnosed or are living with advanced cancer, our classes and resources are designed to support all patients. Check out our latest class schedule!
Learn strategies and find resources to help you or your loved ones to improve how you feel, reduce side effects and improve quality of life after a cancer diagnosis.
Our Breast Cancer Wellness Program is designed to take care of you and your loved ones, not just your cancer. Breast Cancer Wellness includes classes and education, nutrition support, rehab and exercise programs, art therapy and more. View our full brochure.
The Head and Neck Cancer Education Guide is designed to empower you throughout your cancer treatment journey. Please use it as a reference and workbook to educate yourself and your support team.
Our cancer-focused rehabilitation team understands how a diagnosis of cancer as well as surgery and treatments side effects change how your body feels and moves. Our team of physical, occupational, lymphedema, pelvic floor and speech therapists will help you improve your physical functioning and well-being through individual support.
Our cancer rehabilitation team collaborates with the clinical care team to help patients stay strong; minimize side effects with a focus on quality of life. Call your oncology office to ask for an appointment. Most therapy is covered by insurance.
Learn what movements are appropriate for you to reduce fatigue and maintain function. Exercise is one of the most effective ways to fight cancer related fatigue. Exercise combats muscle loss and improves emotional well-being and sleep quality. We understand that everyone has individual goals. Gain insight from our certified cancer exercise specialist on exercise tips during and after treatment that take into account your cancer history, personal history and goals. Get Energized: Fatigue is the number one side effect reported by individuals with cancer. Our wellness program will help you with strategies to improve your energy during or after treatment. Be Encouraged: Engage in our services for support, confidence or hope for things you can improve after a cancer diagnosis.
Our cancer dietitian is available for patients and their care team to learn more about the importance of nutrition after a cancer diagnosis. Individual nutritional support is available for no charge at any point in treatment or survivorship. Call your oncology office to ask for an appointment.
We offer several options for patients including:
- Individual in person nutrition counseling sessions
- Phone consultations
- Group education classes
- Customized nutrition planning based on your goals & needs
Nutrition has a role in many areas of a cancer diagnosis including:
- Minimize side effects from treatments such as fatigue and nausea
- Achieve and maintain a healthy weight
- Prevent or correct nutritional deficiencies
- More energy and strength
- Heal and recover faster
It’s never too late to quit. Stopping the use of any form of tobacco significantly improves your health and the health benefits of quitting smoking today will surprise you. Did you know that you actually begin to feel the benefits of quitting smoking within as little as 20 minutes?
The American Lung Association offers the Freedom From Smoking® program. This program helps you develop a plan of action that leads to your quit day. You’ll also get the support you need to remain smoke-free for life!
We understand this is an extremely stressful time. Our program includes educational resources, classes and clinical guidance to help reduce the emotional stress you may be feeling.
According to NCCN Guidelines, anyone diagnosed with cancer is a survivor for the remainder of their life. We focus on survivorship and living well with cancer from day 1. After treatment, you may worry about what's next. Our program includes medical and wellness summary that guides you through what to expect and next steps. View our Survivorship Handbook
We know that cancer and its treatments may affect your body weight and composition. Our wellness team has a 12-week program developed specifically to help you get your weight back to a healthier place. If you are interested in learning more about our weight management resources, contact us or check out the upcoming wellness classes.