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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Group: Mindfulness-based techniques and interventions will be used to help group members cope with the stress and anxiety inherent in the treatment and recovery process of illnesses. This group is open to St.Luke's patients and to the family, friends, and caregivers of patients.
- 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.
- 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.
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:
Here are links to valuable educational resources: