Whether you are newly diagnosed with cancer, in the midst of treatment, or in remission, support is crucial to your well-being.
St. Francis 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 hope you need to continue on your journey by talking and sharing with others who are facing similar struggles with cancer.
There is no charge for attending any of the group meetings.
The Cansurmount Program is sponsored by the American Cancer Society with the cooperation of St. Francis. 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. Please call 308.398.3218 if you are interested in the Cansurmount Program.
Multiple Myeloma Support Group
This support group is for those diagnosed with multiple myeloma. This group provides support, education, and compassion for patients 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. Strolley Park Road, Grand Island. For more information, please contact Dr. Jim Omel at 308.381.0289.
Tobacco Cessation Classes
Even though tobacco is a powerful addiction, it is possible to quit. Studies show that people who try to quit using tobacco products almost always do better if they receive help from others. But support from family and friends might not be enough. When you are ready to quit, we are here to help you take the next step.
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 learn more or to sign up, call 308.398.5450.
A Time to Heal
A Time to Heal is a 12-week holistic rehabilitation program designed to help people regain their physical, emotional, and spiritual health after cancer treatment. Men and women who have completed surgery and chemotherapy and/or radiation for a first diagnosis of cancer are eligible. People with additional serious health issues may not be eligible. Each participant may bring a family member or friend to participate.
The St. Francis Cancer Treatment Center also offers A Time to Heal classes that are exclusively for breast cancer survivors.
People who participate in this program receive helpful information about healing, training in coping skills such as relaxation, and opportunities to ask questions and share insights with facilitators, expert faculty, and other survivors. As a result, they may feel better emotionally and physically.
The A Time to Heal program is lead locally by certified facilitators from St. Francis. Please call 308.398.5450 for upcoming class dates and times.
Look Good . . . Feel Better
Look Good . . . Feel Better is a program that helps those with cancer learn to handle the changes in their personal appearance following chemotherapy or radiation treatment. Those wanting to attend this class should complete an application form, which is available from their navigator or the patient and family support staff. 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.
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.
Cancer-Related Brain Fog
Some call it “chemo fog” or “chemo brain.” Some call it a nuisance, while others call it incapacitating. This mental fog following cancer diagnosis and/or treatment occurs in as much as 75 percent of patients. Those affected describe a loss of clarity that is both frustrating and life altering.
Based on theories of neuroplasticity, the techniques and strategies taught in this program are designed to help shape the brain to function at maximum capacity. These strategies teach people how to use education and self-awareness to maximize current cognitive performance. The program is taught in an informative, fun, and interactive way that can help you improve the way you think, feel, and function.
Participants meet for 1.5 hours a week for 8 weeks in a group setting. This program is offered at no charge thanks to the generosity of A Time to Heal and St. Francis. Please call 308.398.5450 for upcoming class dates and times.