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We understand that everyone's cancer experience is unique. Our experts use the latest technology, innovative treatments and research to meet the needs of each patient and family.
Patient and family services
For more about our cancer support services, call 763-236-5607.
A program of:
Cancer resource desk
The resource library at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute offers patients and their families a comfortable, supportive environment where they can learn more about their disease, treatment options and support services.
Volunteers can help guide you through a variety of information about cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and supportive services.
Information/resources – cancer related information and resources available on a variety of topics and local services:
Appointments – one-on-one appointments with area professionals to discuss individual cancers or questions regarding cancer care:
Therapies for stress reduction/relaxation – integrated therapy sessions with local volunteer professionals promoting stress reduction and relaxation:
Support groups and education classes for patients and families include group meetings and classes on cancer-related topics led by trained facilitators and educators.
We work with the Penny George™ Institute for Health and Healing – Unity Hospital to provide integrative health services and support for cancer patients. Integrative therapy options available at Unity Hospital include:
Call 763-236-5607 to learn more about integrative therapy options. We also offer integrative medicine classes and programs for cancer patients and their families.
Health care directives
A health care directive is a document that relays your health care wishes when you are unable to do so yourself. It can detail your goals, values, fears, hopes and dreams as they related to your life and health care decisions.
On the fourth Monday of each month, Virginia Piper Cancer Institute offers a class to help you learn more about health care directives, including which one is right for you, when you should create one and what happens if you do not have a health care directive. Call 763-236-5607 to register.
Hospice services provide holistic care to patients facing a limited life expectancy. The emphasis of the program is on comfort while allowing patients to remain in the familiar surroundings and comfort of their own home.
Wigs and head coverings
Newly diagnosed patients may experience a whirlwind of fears and apprehensions about cancer treatment and its side effects. Hair loss is one such common source of anxiety. Your health care professional will let you know if you can expect to lose your hair during cancer treatment. Patients who receive their cancer care on the Unity Hospital campus are welcome to choose one wig and multiple head coverings from our wig room free of charge.
Picture Us is a service that offers patients a professional digital family portrait, free of charge, before potential hair loss occurs or during cancer treatment.
CaringBridge provides free, secure personalized Web pages designed to notify family and friends of news and information about loved ones.
Nothing can replace the true presence of family and friends during life-changing events. But sometimes distance, time and finances limit the ability to provide in-person support. CaringBridge allows friends and family to be there for their loved one, even when it is not physically possible.
Anyone can use this service by going to caringbridge.org and following the simple directions.
To protect your privacy, CaringBridge Web pages are not available through Internet search engines.
Neighbors Caring for Neighbors
This program offers community businesses the opportunity to support our neighbors with cancer. It expands our services by referring visitors to community businesses committed to volunteering allotted times to cancer patients.
For more about Neighbors Caring for Neighbors, call the cancer support services coordinator at 763-236-5607.