Cancer Support

We’ll Help You Find Your Way

Cancer changes lives. As you move through therapy or transition back to work and home, you’ll likely need support along the way. We are committed to helping you through the process and making sure you have access to the resources you need to enhance your life throughout your time as a cancer patient.

Psychosocial Support

Psychosocial support specialists (social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists) are available to help patients and their families cope with different emotional aspects of a cancer diagnosis. They collaborate with the patient’s care team to meet the psychosocial, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families.

Cancer Support and Education Groups

Cancer education and support are an important part of the cancer treatment process. Knowing others who are dealing with cancer may help you cope with your own cancer-related experiences. Carris Health Cancer Center has programs to help you and your loved ones understand and manage the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges of cancer.

Cancer Support Group – The cancer support group is open to anyone who have been diagnosed with cancer, any stage, any age. Our support group focuses on building connections and friendships. This group will be facilitated by two of our Care Coordinators, Rachel and Juliana, along with husband and wife, David and Christa Rivers a cancer survivor and his support system. Knowing everybody has at least one thing in common to tie you together -cancer- can make it easier to open up, share, cry, and laugh. Our facilitators will make sure nobody is forced to share more than they are comfortable with. We meet the 4th Monday of every month from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Willmar Fire Station Training Room, 515 2nd St. SW Willmar. No registration required. Questions? Please contact Rachel at 320-231-4479 or Juliana at 320-231-4421.

Breast Cancer Support Group – The breast cancer support group is open to women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, any stage, any age. This group is facilitated by Lisa McBrian, RN and Care Coordinator at the Cancer Center. We meet the 1st Monday of every month from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Garden Court Conference Room at Rice Memorial Hospital 301 Becker Ave SW Willmar. No registration is required. Questions? Please contact Lisa at 320-231-4483 or lisa.mcbrian@carrishealth.com.

Emotional and Spiritual Support

A cancer diagnosis can cause a variety of mental health issues to rise to the surface, including anxiety and depression. Patients and family members are encouraged to share their fears and concerns with the cancer care coordinator, who can make a referral for services. A full-time, non-denominational chaplain is also available for patients and their families for spiritual counseling and support.

New Do Salon

The “New Do Salon,” located off the Carris Health Cancer Center main lobby, provides wigs and head coverings free of charge through generous donations that community members and organizations have raised for the Cancer Care Fund. You can decide to try a whole new look or emulate what your hair looked like before cancer treatment.

Look Good, Feel Better

Look Good, Feel Better® is a free program for women undergoing cancer treatment. Each month, professional cosmetologists provide tips about skin care, nail care, makeup and new hair looks that include wigs, scarves, hats and turbans. Each participant receives a new unused wig, as well as a free kit filled with beauty products donated from the Cancer Care Fund.

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