Patient & Family Support

Support for you and your family

Cancer is a rallying cry for family, friends and community. At St. Luke’s, we provide individuals and families dealing with cancer with an extensive network of resources for every step on the journey.

Social Services

St. Luke's Regional Cancer Center's psychosocial services team plays an integral role in supporting patients and families throughout the treatment process and beyond. Our social workers meet with each newly diagnosed patient on the day of their initial consultation to make them aware of all available support services. Providing you with any additional information you request, our social workers will be a constant presence to help connect you with all the resources you need.


Cancer Support Groups

We encourage patients and family members to check out the free cancer support groups sponsored by St. Luke’s and facilitated by team members of St. Luke’s Regional Cancer Center. Many former patients continue to participate in support groups long after treatment, reporting that they find it tremendously healing and personally satisfying to offer hope to newly diagnosed cancer patients.

Breast Cancer Support Group
For women diagnosed with breast cancer. Provides a safe environment for women to share their feelings and experiences. Opportunity to extend support to other women as well as receive support.

Kids Can Cope
For children between the ages of 8 and 16 who have a loved one diagnosed with cancer or a serious illness are encouraged to attend. Opportunity to meet with other young people and share feelings and experiences.

Cancer Care Support Group
For people diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones. Provides a safe environment for participants to share their feelings and experiences, and the opportunity to receive as well as provide support.

Skill Building for Relaxation
For patients and their families. Instructor offers strategies to help reduce physical and emotional stress, depressive symptoms and anxiety. Learn techniques that can be used any time, that focus on the mind/body connection.

Gentle Yoga
For all St. Luke’s patients (not just cancer patients) and their families. Instructor guides participants through slow, gentle movements and poses, with an emphasis on breathing and listening to the body. Includes time for relaxation and guided meditation.

Spring Forest Qigong
For patients and families. Instructor leads participants through a series of exercises based on five different movements that affect different aspects of the mind and body. Spring Forest Qigong is designed to promote a happier and healthier quality of life and a balanced body/mind approach.


Educational Resources

Our staff is always here to provide support and answer your questions. In addition, we have compiled a list of trusted sources to provide you with additional information about the various aspects of cancer treatment.

St. Luke's Cancer Survivorship Lecture Series:

Behind the Curtain: A Never-Before Seen Look at Cancer Survivorship presented by Dr. Basem Goueli

Enhancing Quality of Life After Treatment: Part 1 and Part 2

Hope and Healing


Here are links to valuable educational resources:

American Cancer Society® National Cancer Institute
CaringBridge National Hospice Palliative Care Organization
Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups U.S. National Institute of Health - Clinical Trials
Minnesota Cancer Resources

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