Support for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers is available through our cancer wellness and survivorship programs.
Cancer wellness in Kansas City
Our evidence-based cancer wellness program at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HCA Midwest Health is here to support you every step of your journey. Whether you want to reduce your risk of cancer, have been diagnosed, are in treatment or are a cancer survivor, we provide the expert care you need.
Cancer wellness helps patients and caregivers relieve fatigue, manage symptoms and enhance daily function. Our cancer support team can help you be proactively involved in your care and improve your quality of life.
To learn more about our program, please call (816) 276‑3213 to be connected to a member of our cancer support team.
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institutes at HCA Midwest Health are accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) as quality programs. This means our hospitals exceed the quality care standards set out by the CoC and consistently provide excellence in patient-centered care.
Comprehensive cancer support services
When you come to one of our hospitals for cancer care, you will receive advanced treatments from skilled providers and have access to a wide range of cancer support services. We strive to support you throughout your cancer journey by providing the emotional, medical and physical support you need.
Cancer wellness team
The cancer wellness staff works as part of a multidisciplinary cancer care team providing the complete care and support available for our patients and their caregivers. Our care team includes:
- Cancer patient navigators who guide you throughout your care
- Financial counselors to help you understand insurance benefits and use community resources for costs related to your cancer medications
- Registered dietitians to support eating changes related to treatments
- Social workers who work with you and your family to assess emotional and psycho-social needs
We understand that a diagnosis of cancer, as well as cancer treatments, can affect how your body feels and functions. That's why our cancer rehabilitation (rehab) program offers individualized rehab therapies to improve your physical function and well-being.
Some of the specialized rehab therapies we offer include:
- Lymphedema therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Pelvic floor therapy
- Physical therapy
- Speech therapy
Functional movement exercise
Exercise is one of the most effective ways to fight cancer-related fatigue. Our wellness program helps you learn strategies to improve your energy levels during or after treatment. Our cancer exercise specialists will give you exercise tips to use throughout the cancer journey that take into account your health history and goals.
Nutrition can play an important role in your cancer treatment and recovery. Good nutrition can help you:
- Achieve and maintain a healthy weight
- Heal and recover faster
- Minimize side effects from treatments, such as fatigue and nausea
- Prevent or correct nutritional deficiencies
Our registered dietitians provide comprehensive cancer services for patients during their cancer treatment and through their survivorship. Nutrition services we offer include:
- Customized nutrition planning based on your goals and needs
- Group education classes
- One-on-one nutrition counseling sessions
- Phone consultations
Lung cancer is the leading cause of all cancer-related deaths and smoking is the number one risk factor. The American Lung Association's Freedom From Smoking® program helps you develop a plan of action to quit smoking while providing support to help you stay smoke-free.
We understand this can be an extremely stressful time. Our program includes educational resources, classes and clinical guidance to help reduce the emotional stress you may be feeling.
We know cancer and the treatments you receive 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.
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.
In addition to the resources our hospitals provide, there are also many other opportunities to find the 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
What does it mean to be a cancer survivor? The most common definition of cancer survivorship starts at the time of diagnosis and continues through the balance of life. If you learned about your cancer diagnosis yesterday, you are in the middle of treatment, or you have been diagnosed with metastatic, incurable cancer, you are a survivor.
Put another way, a cancer survivor is anyone who has been diagnosed and is living with, through, and beyond cancer.
You are one in a million!
As a cancer survivor, you are actually one of nearly 17 million! That’s the number of cancer survivors in the United States. Even as part of this huge group, you are an individual. Your cancer was unique, your treatment was specifically designed, your body reacted in its own way, and your life as a survivor will be similarly tailored to you.
The Sarah Cannon Cancer Institutes are known for providing world-class cancer care close to home. As a Sarah Cannon patient, you know the difference that a genuine, caring relationship can make in coping with, treating, and surviving a cancer diagnosis. We, the oncology experts you’ve come to know and trust, are still here to help you through the next phase of life. With our dedicated education, support, and wellness programs, we will continue to encourage you to live your best life.
Hear from some of our cancer survivors
"I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer April of 2015. It was a huge shock for me since I did not know my family history I just didn’t think about it. I’m happy to say almost 6 years later that my life and outlook on life have changed dramatically. I was a quiet keep to myself kind of person. Now I say an affirmation everyday “I am alive, I will love the life I live and live the life I love".
— Nancy (breast cancer, 2015)
"The lesson I learned from cancer is summed up in the word “today”. That’s where I need to focus. Worrying about tomorrow isn’t going to make it any easier. I have today. I will embrace it, celebrate it, and live it".
— Gina (breast cancer, 2012)
"Cancer taught me to be more grateful and focus on the positive aspects of my life. After my diagnosis, I began looking for one random thing to be grateful for each day – antinausea meds, warm chocolate chip cookies, extra energy, daily naps and unexpected phone calls from friends. It’s a habit that helped me get through my chemoradiation treatments and one I continue today to remind myself how fortunate I am.".
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 chat online at askSARAHnow.