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Our patients benefit from a network of cancer care services throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
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Cancer support groups
It helps to know you are not alone. United Hospital sponsors a variety of support groups for cancer patients and family members that provide a caring and supportive environment in which they can share and discuss their feelings with other people in similar situations.
Social workers and clinicians gather at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute on the Abbott Northwestern campus in Minneapolis to offer education and support to patients and families affected by brain tumors. The sessions are held on the second Thursday of each month from approximately 5:30 to 8 p.m. A light meal is served at 5:30 p.m. Call Kathy Gilliland at 612-863-3732 or Margaret Callan at 612-863-1618 for more information.
Support groups designed specifically for women who have undergone breast cancer surgery. The group meets the first Tuesday of the month in the Breast Center Conference Room at United Hospital from 4-5:30 p.m. Call 651-241-8375 for more information.
Support for men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Meets the first Thursday of the month in the Miller Room in the John Nasseff Medical Center on the United Hospital campus from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Call 651-241-8328 for more information.
American Cancer Society services
For information about the American Cancer Society, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit cancer.org.
Ali Cain, the American Cancer Society navigator at United Hospital, offers free, timely, understandable information about cancer. She can refer patients and families to programs and services offered by the American Cancer Society and other organizations. To contact Cain, please call 651-241-6408.
For families caring for cancer patients at home, the American Cancer Society provides access to preselected basic durable medical equipment, including hospital beds, bath and shower devices, standard wheelchairs, commodes, walkers and canes.
I Can Cope
Learn about cancer and how to cope with the challenges a cancer diagnosis brings through this American Cancer Society series, which meets at United Hospital.
The Cancer Survivor Wellness Program is a series of classes is for people whose lives have been affected by cancer. You will have the opportunity to learn new ways to enhance and support your health throughout your cancer treatment and beyond.
Through this service, women in active cancer treatment learn techniques to restore their self-image and cope with appearance-related side effects. Certified volunteer cosmetologists conduct group sessions or one-on-one salon visits to provide tips on makeup, skin and nail care and head coverings.
Reach to Recovery
This program provides information or rehabilitative and support services to breast cancer patients. Co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society and United Hospital Volunteer Services, the program also offers transportation to and from treatment by volunteer drivers.