Comprehensive cancer support
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.
Cancer support team
Our program is unique in that our nurse navigators, wellness coordinators, financial counselors, social workers, survivorship coordinators, genetics counselors, dietitians and cancer rehab staff are an integrated part of the care team. They work with patients individually from the day of diagnosis and provide ongoing support throughout treatment and beyond. Our team can address many side effects, such as fatigue, depression or weight changes and assist in reducing the severity or impact through education and resources.
A constant point of contact to help coordinate care, answer questions and remove barriers.
Provides information about how inherited conditions might affect you or your family. After collecting your personal and family history, our genetics counselors guide you through the process and help you understand if genetic testing will be impactful to you or a family member.
A hospital-based resource to guide through insurance benefits and potential financial liability for cancer care. These individuals are the patient’s point of contact for financial assistance questions and resources for those with insurance needs.
Helps patients and caregivers be proactively involved in their care by focusing on strategies to improve physical and emotional well-being. Our patient-focused wellness coordinators directly work with patients to provide personalized wellness and exercise guidance.
Our cancer-focused nutrition experts guide patients through eating strategies to remain nourished during and after treatment. They can answer questions on specific nutrients or diets, so they feel empowered in what they should do.
Meet with patients and families to assess needs, provide emotional support and help people access home health and practical assistance, including wigs, transportation, organizational support and community resources.
Helps patients understand their treatment path, recover from treatments or surgeries and guide them to live their highest quality of life after a cancer diagnosis.
Focuses on optimizing physical function by helping reduce cancer-related side effects, including fatigue, weakness, imbalance, lymphedema, pelvic floor changes and voice/swallowing concerns.
*Services may not be available onsite at all facilities. Talk with a cancer support team member for other available resources.
The Cancer Wellness program provides tools and resources to support overall well-being. A key goal is to provide a personalized functional exercise plan to meet you where you are. Functional exercise will help maintain your activities of daily living. It also helps fight fatigue and enhance the quality of life. Our wellness coordinators meet in person or via telephone with the patient and caregiver. We help you exercise at home, in the community or connect you with cancer rehabilitation. Wellness can provide community and virtual resources for specific guidance. These may include 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.
Nutrition is essential in keeping yourself healthy during and after cancer treatment. Think of the foods you eat as tools you can use to help lessen treatment-related side effects and promote healing. A healthy eating plan is also helpful for maintaining your weight in cancer survivorship.
Our registered dietitians provide counseling and advice based on your individual nutrition needs. For your convenience, we offer both in-person and phone consultations.
Cancer rehabilitation is a personalized approach helping you improve the physical and functional side effects you may experience after cancer. Cancer can impact how you move and feel about movement and your ability to do desired activities.
A cancer rehabilitation therapist may utilize exercise, hands-on treatment, and other specialized tools to help improve strength, function, fatigue, and many side effects such as pain, stiffness, imbalance, difficulty walking, swelling, chemo brain, and more. We offer many specialized rehab therapies, including Physical, Occupational, Speech-Language Pathology, Lymphedema, and Pelvic Floor.
Rehabilitation before surgery or treatment, known as pre-rehabilitation, has been shown to improve outcomes so we encourage you to start as early as possible.
Our Cancer Wellness YouTube channel has videos discussing exercise, nutrition, and symptom management. These resources help 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.
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.
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.
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