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Support & Rehabilitation

Cancer Care

Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute offers multidisciplinary care teams that plan your treatment in conjunction with your desires and needs. We understand you are not a diagnosis, but a person who has cancer. Your care team talks with each other to develop personalized treatment for your specific diagnosis.

Our Team

The Saint Luke’s Supportive Oncology and Rehabilitation Services team is dedicated to helping you not only with the physical difficulties you may experience, but with providing support for the complex reactions that accompany the diagnosis. We acknowledge that the distress of a life-altering illness is diverse and personal, and tailor interventions and support to you and your family’s needs. We can also provide interpreters for non-English speakers.

Our Supportive Oncology and Rehabilitation Services team include:

  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Genetic counselors
  • Patient navigators
  • Spiritual health professionals

Learn more about our Supportive Oncology and Rehabilitation Services team.

Our Services

We offer programs for patients and families, from support groups and exercise programs to educational sessions. Many of our services are complimentary for Saint Luke’s cancer patients.

Support groups

We are proud to partner with Gilda’s Club of Kansas City to offer a range of support groups for individuals with cancer and their loved ones. Gilda’s Club, an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community, is dedicated to providing comprehensive programs to enhance the mind, body, and spirit of people whose lives have been impacted by cancer.

Find a support group.

Rehabilitation 

If you are dealing with cancer and the effects of treatment, you might experience pain or problems with coordination, balance, strength, endurance, flexibility, or range of motion. These symptoms can affect your ability to manage ordinary tasks, your psychological well-being, and your quality of life.

Learn more about our Cancer Survivorship Program.

Nutrition

Nutrition counseling
Our registered dietitians have special expertise in the nutritional needs of cancer patients. They are available to discuss general nutritional counseling during treatment and recovery, assess treatment-related nutritional deficits, and use diet as a way to decrease risk of cancer recurrence or the development of new cancer. Our dietitians are also available to discuss nutritional supplements, complementary nutritional therapy, prevention of weight loss/gain, and the role of diet and nutrition.

To make an appointment with our dietitians, call 816-932-4576.

Nutrition for Cancer Survivorship
This 90-minute course focuses on the foundation of a diet for cancer prevention including:

  • How to sort through conflicting food messages and how to build a plate that supports healing and long-term health
  • How to navigate the grocery store and an ingredient list
  • The benefits of a plant-strong diet and practical ways to get more into your routine diet
  • Where to find reliable nutrition resources to support your ongoing lifestyle change

Find a Nutrition for Cancer Survivorship course.

Education

Dr. Jeffery Wieman Cancer Survivorship Series
Survivorship begins at diagnosis. We welcome anyone in active treatment and post-treatment to join us for the free educational series named in honor of Jeffery Wieman, M.D., retired medical director of Saint Luke's Cancer Institute. All cancer survivors and their families are invited to attend.

Save the date for upcoming events:

  • March 9, 2017
  • June 8, 2017
  • September 14, 2017
  • November 2, 2017

Gilda’s Club of Kansas City
Saint Luke’s is proud to partner with Gilda’s Club of Kansas City to offer a range of monthly educational programming.

Find a Gilda’s Club event. 

Products and Services

Look Good…Feel Better® classes
This is a nationwide program for women receiving chemotherapy, radiation, and other cancer treatment. In a free, two-hour workshop, caring volunteer professionals teach cancer patients beauty tips to help them feel better about themselves, just when they need it most. This program is free of charge for women in treatment.

Classes are offered monthly at different locations. 

Find a Look Good…Feel Better® class.

Image Renewal Center
The Image Renewal Center, a licensed salon and boutique at Saint Luke’s East Hospital, provides cancer patients and their families a positive, private place to find products and services that help you cope.

Learn more about the Image Renewal Center.

Physical Wellness

Survivor-cize classes

Exercise can relieve many symptoms that come along with cancer and treatment. Our Survivor-cize classes feature low-impact aerobic exercise, resistance training with functional movement in mind, balance stability exercises, and gentle yoga stretching.

Find a Survivor-cize class.

Yoga
Our restorative yoga class designed for cancer patients offers a way to release tension in muscles and allow the mind to relax and focus on healing. Yoga has been shown to help restore joint range of motion and lower fatigue and tension caused by chemotherapy and radiation.

Classes are free and no registration is required.

Find a restorative yoga class.

Massage therapy
Massage provides many benefits, including reduction in stress, anxiety, depression, pain, and fatigue. Massages are performed by licensed massage therapists in a private and relating environment. 

Appointments are required. Please call 816-932-4576.

Tobacco cessation program

The National Cancer Institute credits cigarette smoking with 87 percent of all lung cancer death and direct association with most cancers of the larynx, oral cavity, and pharynx, esophagus, and bladder. Quitting for good can give back years of your life.

What will it cost you? $75. Five days. One hour at a time. We offer smoking cessation programs throughout the year

Call 816-751-8327 to sign up. 

Other cancer resources

Learn more about other organizations and resources that may be beneficial for those impacted by cancer.