Cancer Support Services
The OSF Saint Anthony Center for Cancer Care provides patient navigators for those who have been diagnosed with breast, head, neck, prostate, lung and colon cancers. Navigators help patients through the difficult and sometimes confusing cancer journey by offering information, education and support.
The patient navigator program that is specifically designed for breast cancer patients is called Bridges and is offered as a free service to all women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. The patient navigator for the Bridges program is a health care professional who uses her expert knowledge of the breast cancer experience to guide patients through the various phases of the treatment process.
The patient navigator is available for four sessions either by phone or in a face-to-face meeting in a private room, where concerns can be addressed in a confidential manner. During these times together, the patient navigator ensures that the patient has appropriate and accurate information to make treatment decisions based on his or her needs and beliefs.
Topics for discussion might include:
- Understanding the diagnosis and medical terminology
- Tips on communicating with physicians
- Managing treatment schedules
- Coping with treatment side-effects
- Finding balance in your life
- Insurance concerns
- Nutrition advice
- Complementary/alternative therapies
- Support groups
- Image enhancement programs
- Clinical/research trials available
- Importance of exercise
- Transportation programs
OSF Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center
At OSF Healing Pathways, we are a community of caregivers committed to helping cancer patients, survivors and their families live better during, and after, cancer treatment. We provide a welcoming environment to participate in programs and classes, utilize needed resources or drop in for friendship and support. Our services are free for all our guests, not only patients of OSF HealthCare. We empower you, whether you are a cancer patient or a survivor, by providing resources and support to help cope with the disease and improve your overall quality of life.
Now located on the 1st floor in the Center for Cancer Care, OSF Healing Pathways is committed to serving people with the greatest care and love when they need it most. Through education, inspiration and complementary therapies, we encourage you to discover your own healing pathways. Consider us your partner in your journey to wellness and healing. With us, you will find comfort, support and relaxation among a community of people who are facing many of the same challenges that cancer brings to your life.
For more information or to register for a program, please call (815) 977-4123.
Woman to Woman Breast Cancer Support Group
The Woman to Woman Breast Cancer Support Group meets from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month in the Center for Cancer Care Library.
The meetings offer peer support and education for women experiencing breast cancer. This informal group brings together women who share a common bond and provides emotional and spiritual support for them. Speakers and topics of discussion are chosen by members of the group and often address challenges and concerns unique to breast cancer.
For more information, contact the Breast Health Navigator at (815) 227-2629.