Comprehensive cancer support with wellness and survivorship
The cancer support program at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HCA Midwest Health is a resource to meet the needs of patients and their caregivers. Cancer support includes cancer wellness services offered during a patient’s treatment and cancer survivorship services as they live through and beyond cancer. The program provides education, resources and connection to help patients and caregivers live their highest quality of life after a cancer diagnosis.
We understand the importance of the caregiver role and offer a resource for caregivers with ideas and strategies for health and wellness.
Our cancer wellness program is staffed by wellness coordinators who will meet in person or via telephone with you and your caregiver to guide you through strategies and resources to:
- Improve your energy and strength with individualized functional exercise guidance.
- Help your balance and reduce your risk of falls.
- Connect you to key resources such as cancer rehabilitation.
- Provide nutrition tips and connect you with our clinical dietitians for individual support.
- Help stress, and emotional well-being and create connection.
- Share community and virtual resources when you are looking for specific guidance such as yoga, surgery recovery, palliative care and support resources.
To get connected with a cancer wellness team member or learn more about our program, please call (816) 276‑3213 or email us.
Our goal is to help you be proactively involved in your care by focusing on these strategies that you can implement into your daily life no matter where you are in your cancer experience. Our services are free to Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HCA Midwest Health patients.
Multidisciplinary cancer team
In addition to advanced treatments and expert providers as part of your cancer care, your team will also include multidisciplinary professionals to help with physical, nutritional and emotional needs and nurse navigators to guide you through your treatment.
Cancer wellness has three primary pillars. We offer cancer support and services in each area to provide the resources cancer patients need.
- Functional Exercise
- Cancer Rehabilitation
- Referrals to community fitness partners.
- Oncology Dietitians
- Healthy Eating Resources
- Weight Management Program *fee based service
- Social Workers *not offered in all locations
- Patient education tip sheets and resource lists.
- Wellness Education
Cancer and treatments have significant side effects that can affect how you feel, move and function. Cancer rehabilitation focuses on individualized approaches to your side effects with a goal of optimizing your physical functioning - even if it looks different than it did before cancer. A skilled therapist may utilize exercise, hands on treatment, and other specialized tools to help improve how you function and feel in regards to many side effects such as: pain, stiffness, imbalance, difficulty walking, dizziness, weakness, fatigue, difficulty swallowing and/or speaking, swelling, chemo brain and more. Some of the specialized rehab therapies we offer include: Lymphedema therapy, Occupational therapy, Pelvic floor therapy, Physical therapy, Speech therapy.
Functional exercise is using a combination of aerobic, strength and balance exercises targeting movements that are beneficial in everyday life. These are movements that will help you to get out of bed or a chair and complete activities such as yard work as well as build lean muscle and aerobic conditioning. It is one of the most effective ways to fight cancer-related fatigue, gain back muscle mass that happens during treatment or after surgery and improve overall well-being.
One of the key roles of the wellness coordinator is to complete an assessment and provide recommendations for a personalized exercise plan to meet you where you are. We can help you to exercise at home, in a community fitness setting or guide you to when cancer rehabilitation is the right place for you to start.
We offer a variety of free classes on wellness, including exercise and movement, nutrition, emotional well-being, weight management and survivorship. Whether you've recently been diagnosed or are living with advanced cancer, our classes and resources are designed to support all patients and their caregivers.
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HCA Midwest Health is the only cancer support program in Kansas City to offer a lung prehab program for those newly diagnosed with lung cancer. Talk with your healthcare provider for a referral to cancer rehabilitation, to access our patient lung prehab educational packet and for assistance to implement a program specific for you. View our video playlist for basic exercises to support you during this time.
Body composition can be impacted after a diagnosis of cancer due to treatment side effects including medications, lifestyle changes or hormone changes as well as the natural aging process. We understand that having a healthy weight and body composition is important for your health, overall well-being and physical function.
We have developed a 12-week weight loss program that takes into account the impact of cancer on your weight. It has been developed specifically to help you learn how to make lifestyle changes to improve your overall weight as well as body composition. Connect with a member of the wellness team for more details. This program has an additional cost.
Nutrition can play an important role in your cancer treatment and recovery as well as achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Nutrition is an important part of maintaining your energy and helps to minimize many side effects such as fatigue and nausea.
Our registered dietitians provide comprehensive cancer services for patients during their cancer treatment and through their survivorship through in person visits or phone consultations.
Cancer survivorship program
While anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer is considered to be a cancer survivor, we recognize that each individual may need something different after their cancer diagnosis. Our survivorship program is here for you when you are ready for it.
We have a complete survivorship guide, virtual classes such as our Survivorship 101 overview and stories of hope and connection to support someone with cancer. Learn more about the cancer support resources and how to access them through a member of our cancer wellness team or on our cancer survivorship page.
In addition to the resources our hospitals provide, there are also many other opportunities to find the cancer support and education you need. Resources we recommend include:
- American Cancer Society
- Cancer Action in Kansas City
- Gilda's Club Kansas City
- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society/Light the Night Walk®
- Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
- Sarah Cannon blog
- Triage Cancer
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HCA Midwest Health is accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) as a quality program. This means our hospitals exceed the quality care standards set out by the CoC and consistently provide excellence in patient-centered care.
About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
HCA Midwest Health is part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare. Our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally trusted care with the support of a globally recognized network.
Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially trained nurses are available 24/7, and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (816) 448-7737 or visit askSARAHnow.