Support services

Support groups

It helps to know you're not alone. We encourage you and your family to gain support not only from our cancer experts but also from others going through similar experiences.

Search Classes & Events to learn about support groups in your area.

Social workers

The social workers at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute are an integrated part of the medical team. These professionals provide resources and services to patients and families experiencing a cancer diagnosis. Learn more about our social workers


Acupuncture is the insertion of very thin, sterile needles into specific points on your body. Part of an ancient medical system called Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture stimulates the bodies natural healing mechanisms and promotes well-being.

Medical nutrition therapy

Eating difficulties are often an unfortunate side-effect of cancer. A registered dietitian is available at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® to assist with nutritional assessments and strategic goal setting to help reduce symptoms, maintain weight and improve food intake. For more information call 612-863-9076.

The Cancer Resource Center

Located on the fourth floor of the Piper Building, the Cancer Resource Center offers a comfortable place to learn in a supportive environment. Professional staff members and volunteers can help you locate information and guide you through a large inventory of current information on cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment options and supportive services.

Cancer-related information is available in books, videos, audiocassettes, CDs, brochures, articles and through the internet. For more information, call 612-863-3150.

Palliative care service

Abbott Northwestern Hospital's palliative care service emphasizes improvement in quality of life for patients with complex needs at any stage of illness. It is available to patients and families experiencing the challenges of symptom management, chronic and advanced illness and difficult decision-making regarding care goals and treatment options. Consults can be requested by calling 612-863-4444, or by physician order.