Helping Caregivers in the Battle Against Cancer
ProMedica Cancer Institute offers a range of services to cancer patients and survivors as well as for their friends and families. These services are designed around the philosophy that a supportive cancer medical team and supportive family network are the most effective ways to overcome cancer.
Many cancer patients today receive part of their care at home. Hospital stays are shorter, and more treatments don't require an overnight hospital stay or can be given outside of the hospital. People with cancer are living longer and many patients want to be cared for at home as much as possible. This care is often given by family caregivers. These caregivers may be spouses, partners, children, relatives, or friends.
The family caregiver works with the health care team and has an important role in improving the patient's health and quality of life. Today, family caregivers do many things that used to be done in the hospital or doctor's office by health care providers. Caregiving includes everyday tasks such as helping the patient with medicines, doctor visits, meals, schedules, and health insurance matters. It also includes giving emotional and spiritual support, such as helping the patient deal with feelings and making hard decisions.
CHAMPS (Choosing Hope and Moving Past Sadness)
CHAMPS (Choosing Hope and Moving Past Sadness) help children ages six and up and their parents/guardians cope with a loved one’s cancer. The program is offered in two formats: as a three-day summer day camp, or as evening sessions offered each month (March through December). The CHAMPS program offers children a chance to interact with peers, a safe place for self-expression and resources to alleviate their cancer fears. Call 1-877-291-1441 to register or for more information.
Prostate Cancer Support Group
ProMedica Cancer Institute and ProMedica St. Luke's Hospital offer a free support group and opportunity for men to talk openly about their concern for others who are facing prostate cancer. In addition, participants learn and discuss information about treatments, side effects and many other topics as they relate to prostate cancer. Spouses and caregivers are encouraged to attend as well. Meetings are free and confidential. Complimentary refreshments are available. The Prostate Cancer Support Group takes place every second Thursday of the month beginning at 1 p.m. at ProMedica St. Luke's Hospital, Classroom 1, 5901 Monclova Rd., Maumee. For more information, call Don at 419-861-3366 or Joe at 567-455-6347.
Look Good...Feel Better®
Look Good… Feel Better ® is a free American Cancer Society program that teaches beauty techniques to women actively undergoing cancer treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of radiation and chemotherapy. Each participant receives a free makeup kit worth $250. Call 800-227-2345 to register.
Nia classes are ongoing, individual sessions offered to breast cancer patients undergoing radiation. Using music, movement and personal expression, Nia classes address the body, mind, emotions, and spirit simultaneously. Call 1-877-291-1441 to schedule a personal session.
ProMedica Cancer Institute offers classes to help patients heal throughout the cancer experience. The Healing Care program offers classes such as tai chi, yoga, art classes, and individualized sessions to complement traditional treatments. Call 419-824-1878 for more information.