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Support Groups

Whether you are newly diagnosed with cancer, in the midst of treatment or in remission, support is crucial to your well-being.

Saint Francis Medical Center facilitates several groups and services that provide spiritual and emotional support, encouragement and education about cancer treatment. It also provides resources to help those living with cancer and their families cope with illness.

Find the help and the hope you need to continue on your journey by talking and sharing with others who are facing similar struggles with cancer.

Cansurmount

The Cansurmount Program is sponsored by the American Cancer Society with the cooperation of Saint Francis Medical Center. It is a support group designed to help individuals with cancer and their families learn to live each day with hope and gain strength to look toward the future. The Cansurmount program meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the Telehealth Conference Room, 2nd Floor of the Memorial Health Center, 2116 West Faidley Avenue.

Breast Cancer Support Group

This program helps women with breast cancer develop coping strategies. The goal of the group is to provide support to each individual, recognizing the personal, emotional and spiritual needs that are unique to women. This group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in Conference Room 4, Saint Francis Medical Center, 2620 West Faidley Avenue.

From Surviving to Thriving 

This is a support group designed to help those dealing with life after completing cancer treatment. Surviving cancer is a life experience that needs to be shared and understood. From Surviving to Thriving is designed to provide cancer survivors with opportunities for increased support and education. Those attending will also learn about the resources available to improve quality of life. All cancer survivors are encouraged to attend this support group. From Surviving to Thriving meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. in the Telehealth Conference Room, 2nd Floor of the Memorial Health Center, 2116 West Faidley Avenue.

Metastatic Cancer Support Group

This support group is for people diagnosed with metastatic cancer. Participants receive education and support from staff and each other related to experiences unique to them. This group meets the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the Telehealth Conference Room, 2nd floor of the Memorial Health Center, 2116 West Faidley Avenue.

Multiple Myeloma Support Group

This support group is for those diagnosed with multiple myeloma. This group provides support, education and caring for those diagnosed and their family members. Group members meet the third Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. in the basement of Home Federal Bank, 3311 W. Stolley Park Road, in Grand Island. For information, please contact Dr. Jim Omel, 308.381.0289.

Look Good...Feel Better  

Look Good...Feel Better is a program to help those with cancer learn how to handle the personal appearance changes that may result from chemotherapy or radiation treatment. Those wanting to attend the class should complete an application form, which is available from their navigator or the patient and family counselor. This group is a public service program developed by the American Cancer Society and the National Cosmetology Association. This support group meets monthly in Conference Room A, lower level of the Memorial Health Center, 2116 West Faidley Avenue.

Wig Bank 

The American Cancer Society’s Wig Bank receives donated wigs that are cleaned and sanitized.  Patients with cancer can receive a free wig along with a fitting and style for a minimal charge. For more information, call the area office of the American Cancer Society at 308.237.1631 or 877.532.7099.

Healing Spirit Newsletter  

This newsletter provides interesting, up-to-date information on various topics relevant to anyone whose life has been touched by cancer. It also provides detailed information and announcements about upcoming educational opportunities and community events. If you would like to receive this quarterly newsletter, please call Erin at 308.398.6787.

Tobacco Cessation Classes

The American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking® classes are available to anyone in the community interested in quitting tobacco products. Meeting with a small group ensures personal attention from the facilitator and provides support from others who are in the same situation. To sign up or learn more, call Ann Tvrdy or Connie Hameloth at the Cancer Treatment Center, 308-398-5450.

About the Groups

There is no charge for attending any of the group meetings. For more information on any of these groups, call the Cancer Rehab Coordinator at the Saint Francis Medical Center Cancer Treatment Center at 308.398.5450 or 800.998.2119.