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Community support and screenings
Screenings, education for the public and ongoing support for those diagnosed with cancer continue to be an integral part of the Center for Cancer Care at St. Luke's. The physicians and staff of St. Luke's Center for Cancer Care participate in a variety of activities that benefit cancer education, research and treatment.

Highlights of the past year include:
  • The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of West County
  • Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure
  • The Second Annual Lung Cancer Connection 5 K Run/Walk
The Center for Cancer Care continues to provide support and education through various programs. The FOCUS breast cancer support group meets monthly providing education and support to women with breast cancer and their families. The Center participates in the following American Cancer Society patient programs: Reach to Recovery, pairing volunteers who have recovered from breast cancer with patients who are newly diagnosed and facing treatment, and Look Good, Feel Better, offered through St. Luke's Social Services Department. The Center also sponsors a weekly Yoga for Cancer Patients class in cooperation with The Wellness Community of Greater St. Louis, now known as the Cancer Support Community.

In April, St. Luke's Cancer Resource Center hosted several educational luncheon programs for both employees and the public that brought attention to Cancer Awareness Month. St. Luke's physicians and professional staff spoke on several topics including:
  • Sleeplessness and Fatigue During and After Cancer Treatment
  • Chemotherapy 101
  • Together Facing Lung Cancer
  • Updates in Breast Cancer Imaging and Detection
  • Eating Healthy: Grillin' and Chillin'
Community Outreach and the Speakers Bureau provided information on cancer awareness, prevention and support at 22 different community locations. They included "lunch and learn" programs, tabling displays and individual education at screening events. Topics ranged from overall cancer prevention and awareness, disease-specific information on breast, prostate, lung, colon and skin cancers, healthier lifestyles (including nutrition and exercise) and support through treatment.

St. Luke's Community Outreach Passport to Wellness Program provided 225 PSA blood tests to screen for prostate cancer and 425 pulmonary function screenings to screen for abnormal lung function. These screenings were a part of six local corporate wellness programs and our annual Day of Dance event. St. Luke's also participated in the annual American Academy of Dermatology Melanoma/Skin Cancer Screening Program. Four dermatologists, two registered nurses and two volunteers provided the free screenings. There were a total of sixty-six patients screened and detected more than sixty suspicious lesions, including eight basal cell carcinomas.

St. Luke's is also an active member of the Cancer Agencies Network of Greater St. Louis, a unique collaboration of prominent cancer support agencies focusing on providing services to cancer patients in the metropolitan area. The organization's annual Cancer Wellness Fair reached out to 300 cancer survivors and family members from the Greater St. Louis area.

Social workers provide St. Luke's Hospital cancer patients and their families supportive counseling, discharge planning, end of life support and planning, resources and referrals. In addition, social workers oversee the Bridging the Gap Fund available to eligible breast cancer patients at St. Luke's Hospital who lack adequate resources. The department also manages the Life and Hope Fund to assist cancer patients at St. Luke's Hospital who lack adequate resources for prescriptions, supplies, equipment and transportation.

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