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The Cancer Resource Center: Meeting the Needs of Our Patients and the Community

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The Cancer Resource Center: Meeting the Needs of Our Patients and the Community
The Cancer Resource Center at St. Luke's Hospital welcomes anyone whose life has been impacted by cancer. Experienced clinical staff is available to listen and help in finding answers to your questions and decisions about care. Below is an overview of our services.

On-staff oncology nurse:
  • Education about cancer, treatments and managing side effects in all phases of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.
  • Collaboration with doctors and other healthcare professionals to provide care specific to your diagnosis and needs.
  • Coordination of referrals to St. Luke's Cancer Rehabilitation Program, an outpatient, multi-disciplinary approach to minimizing or eliminating the physical and emotional symptoms of cancer or treatment.
A licensed clinical social worker on-site:
  • Psychosocial counseling to patients with cancer and their loved ones as they face the impact of cancer-related challenges throughout diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.
  • Support in problem-solving and strengthening coping skills.
  • Guidance regarding ongoing care needs and options to support those needs.
  • Advance directive counseling.
  • End of life planning and supportive counseling.
  • Assistance in communicating with healthcare team members.
  • Information and referral to hospital and community resources.
Nutritional counseling:
  • Registered dietitians provide information and practical strategies to meet the specific nutritional needs of patients with cancer.
  • Nutritional history and assessment for dietary counseling and nutrition education.
Pastoral care:
  • Chaplains are available to discuss religious and spiritual needs during cancer treatment and survivorship.
  • Support patients with cancer and their loved ones with referrals to religious and spiritual resources in the community.
  • Provide tours of the Center for Cancer Care to newly-diagnosed patients and family.
  • Assist patients in selecting wigs (gently-used), turbans and caps.
  • Support a healing environment by attending to the comfort needs of patients and companions through the lending library (music, movies, DVD players, books and articles).
  • Look Good...Feel Better: an ACS-sponsored program for women in active treatment that teaches beauty techniques for appearance-related side effects.
  • Focus Support Group for Survivors of Breast Cancer
  • Weekly yoga classes at St. Luke's in partnership with the Cancer Support Community
  • Educational programs throughout the year specific to patients with cancer and their loved ones.
  • Resource Center Agency Days: Meet with representatives from area agencies to learn about the services offered to persons with cancer and their loved ones.
  • Cancer Resource Center Presents: each month, a topic of interest to patients with a diagnosis of cancer and/or their loved ones will be highlighted in the Cancer Resource Center. Reading material, professional consultation and resource information will be available.
Contact the Cancer Resource Center at 314-205-6055 for information about any of these services.

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