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Cancer Survivorship Program at St. John’s Health

Improve your life during and after cancer

St. John’s Health’s Cancer Survivorship Program offers a wide range of services to support cancer survivors and their caregivers through the challenges that can result from cancer and its treatments. From diagnosis through treatment and recovery, our highly skilled team of physical, mental, spiritual, and psychosocial health care providers are here to support you and your loved ones through your cancer journey.

Services include:

Acupuncture: Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for many symptoms and side effects associated with cancer and its treatments. These include pain, muscle tension, neuropathy, dry mouth, headache, hot flashes, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, lymphedema, stress, depression, anxiety, fatigued, insomnia, diarrhea, and constipation.

Massage: Oncology massage is a modified version of massage therapy that safely focuses on treating complications from cancer and its treatments. Amongst other benefits, this form of massage is known to promote relaxation, aid digestion, and reduce feelings of anxiety, pain, and nausea.

Healing Touch: Healing Touch works with your body’s natural energy to promote healing while providing a deep sense of relaxation. Healing Touch providers use their hands above and on the body to clear, energize, and balance the human and environmental energy field. This service can be given during infusion treatment or through the Wellness department at (307) 739-7399.

Physical and Occupational Therapy: Oncology-specific physical and occupational rehabilitations programs strive to reduce fatigue, improve physical function, decrease pain, restore a patient’s ability to participate in regular activities, and re-establish normal function of the body’s lymphatic drainage system to encourage healing and wellness.

Speech Therapy: “Chemo fog” or “chemo brain” is an adverse side effect of chemotherapy or radiation treatment where a patient may experiences short or long term difficulties with memory, concentration, and the act of completing routine tasks. Our oncology speech language pathologists work with patients to regain these cognitive functions as well as their abilities to speak and swallow.

Pilates: Rehabilitative Mat and Reformer Pilates is a low-impact form of exercise that promotes injury prevention and rehabilitation. Oncology specific Pilates uses a full-body, systematic approach to help individuals reintroduce and increase physical movement at any stage of their cancer journey. Pilates has been known to greatly improve an individual’s quality of life by helping them develop muscular strength and endurance, increased range of motion, and improved balance and motor coordination.

Yoga: Oncology yoga therapy provides evidence-based, mind-body techniques to improve an individual’s fatigue, pain, and other treatment related symptoms. Yoga therapists focus on the whole person, addressing not only their body, but also their emotional and mental well-being.

Mental Health Counseling: Counseling is provided by mental health providers who offer a safe, nonjudgmental space for cancer survivors and their caregivers to share and explore their emotional journeys. Counseling is an effective tool for managing anxiety and depression while learning healthy new coping mechanisms.

Wellness Coaching: Health and wellness coaches work with patients to help them achieve self-determined wellness goals by setting action plans and goals and using their personal strengths and insights.

Nutrition Services: Nutrition is an important part of cancer care, and our Registered Dietitians help patients maintain healthy weights during treatments, manage symptoms associated with illness and treatments, and encourage diets rich in foods containing strong cancer fighting elements.

Wig Boutique: The Wyoming Cancer Resource Center’s Wig Boutique offers free wigs in different colors and styles to those experiencing hair loss from chemotherapy. Also available at the boutique are free head coverings and knitted prosthetic breasts.

Eligibility

Those eligible to participate in this program include:

  • Cancer patients in active treatment who are being treated or followed by a St. John’s Health oncology provider
  • Post-treatment cancer survivors who are being followed for surveillance by a St. John’s Health oncology provider
  • One caregiver designated by a cancer patient or survivor participating in the program

Cost

Please note that the cost of these services is dependent on an individual’s health insurance coverage and ability to pay. Limited scholarships are available.

This program is made possible by generous donors via St. John’s Health Foundation.

For more information on this program and eligibility requirements, please contact our Cancer Survivorship Program Coordinator, Katelyn Webb, at (307) 739-7482.

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