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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. Support and education is provided through various programs. The FOCUS breast cancer support group meets monthly and provides education and support to women with breast cancer and their families. The Center participates in the following American Cancer Society patient programs: The Reach to Recovery program which pairs volunteers who have recovered from breast cancer with patients who are newly diagnosed and facing treatment and "Look Good, Feel Better" which is offered through St. Luke's Social Services Department. The Center also sponsors a weekly Yoga for Cancer Patients class in cooperation with the Cancer Support Community (formerly known as The Wellness Community).

St. Luke's physicians and staff also provided care and treatment to women with breast cancer referred by Gateway to Hope, a local non-for-profit organization that arranges care for uninsured and underinsured individuals with breast cancer.

In April, St. Luke's Cancer Resource Center hosted several lunch and learn 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. They included:
  • Prostate Cancer - When to Test and When to Treat
  • Caring for the Caregiver
  • Long Term Effects of Cancer Treatments
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Colorectal Cancer: Preventable, Treatable, Beatable
Through the Community Outreach Department, Spirit of Women programs and the Speakers Bureau, information was provided on cancer awareness, prevention and support at 27 different community locations. Venues included lunch and learn programs, large community events, 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 that included nutrition and exercise and support through treatment. The St. Luke's Spirit of Women program sent out over 2,000 membership packets to women that included the women and men's health tip cards with information about important screenings needed for cancer detection. Other cancer prevention programs included:
  • Guidelines for the Girls
  • Are You Baffled by Cancer?
  • What's My Risk? Breast Advantage Risk Assessment
  • Feeling Overexposed? The Scoop on Airport Scanners
  • What's New in Oncology
  • Wellness College
  • The Hoopla about Pelvic Health
St. Luke's Passport to Wellness program administered 162 PSA blood tests to screen for prostate cancer. Screenings were part of four local corporate wellness programs. St. Luke's also participated in the annual American Academy of Dermatology Melanoma/Skin Cancer Screening Program on the first Saturday of May. Five dermatologists, two registered nurses and two volunteers provided the free screenings. There were a total of 85 patients screened with more than 50 suspicious lesions detected, including three basal cell carcinomas. During the year, physicians and staff participate in a variety of activities that benefit cancer education, research and treatment. Highlights this year included:
  • The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of West County
  • Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure
  • The Third Annual Lung Cancer Connection 5 K Run/Walk
  • The American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
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 through its website, resource guide and special programs. The organization's annual Cancer Wellness Fair reached out to and welcomed almost 300 cancer survivors and family members from the Greater St. Louis area.

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