With a growing number of U.S. cancer survivors facing life-altering effects after treatment, a comprehensive, coordinated approach to meeting post-treatment care is critical. The overall goal of the OSF Cancer Services Survivorship program is to provide specialized long-term follow-up care for cancer survivors, and, in the process, develop a critical resource of research in cancer survivorship. The program provides unique, comprehensive follow-up care for cancer survivors.
Improve Quality of Life for Survivors
The primary mission of the program is to provide care to cancer survivors of all ages and treatment modalities (conventional chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery) and to facilitate evaluation of health outcomes. This program helps enhance our understanding of the chronic health conditions of individuals faced with cancer and provides assistance in tailoring the follow-up needs of those at risk of these complications.
Cancer Support Community
Life takes on a whole new meaning when someone we know and love is diagnosed with cancer. In addition to the physical effects of the disease, cancer creates countless social and emotional effects that resonate throughout various aspects of life — and the lives of families, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances. Our program offers:
- Support - Licensed therapists trained in psycho-oncology lead therapeutic support groups for cancer patients, family members/caregivers, young adults (ages 18-39 years old), and youth whose parents are battling cancer. Combined, our seasoned therapists have over a century of experience in caring for the psychological well-being of people touched by cancer.
- Wellness - Based on the belief that mind/body connectedness improves physical outcomes, our wellness programs are aimed at strengthening one’s mind as well as their body.
- Education - Renowned oncologists and experts from across the country present relevant and important information to those touched by cancer. These education programs are designed to empower and arm people impacted by cancer with information to help them make appropriate decisions affecting their health, economic status, and family.
- Social Connectedness - Having someone who truly understands the fear and challenges of a cancer diagnosis is vital to strengthening and sustaining cancer patients on their cancer journey. As such, our Cancer Support Community provides opportunities for cancer patients and their caregivers to interact socially though book clubs, movie night, trivia night, and other activities. This ensures that no one faces cancer alone.
- Information, Assistance and Referral - A cancer diagnosis comes with many questions. People facing cancer are often challenged with finding answers to those questions about their treatment, their employment, and even their finances. Cancer Support Community answers these questions.
For more information, please contact our Cancer Support Community at (309) 308-0200.
The role of nutrition, along with a cancer diagnosis, supports positive symptom management and maintenance of immune health throughout treatment. Nutrition management at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center is site specific. Our dietitians can identify individual strategies to maintain good nutrition and meet your specific dietary needs during and after cancer therapy.
The registered dietitian will perform a complete evaluation to assess risk for malnutrition while providing nutrition recommendations to maintain lean body mass and digestive health. Interventions are modified throughout treatment to respond to your symptoms and specific needs. The dietitian will work with the oncologist and other cancer support clinicians to provide the best possible care and outcomes.
Psychosocial Care in Cancer Services
Our OSF Saint Francis oncology counselors are trained professionals that respond to the psychological and social stresses faced by people with cancer. Our counselors are here to support patients, their families, friends, and caregivers as they go through this stressful time in their lives; providing a variety of treatment options to assist patients both verbally and nonverbal in individual counseling.
Using a holistic (mind, body, and spirit) approach, our programs provide all those affected by cancer (patients, caregivers, families, and friends) opportunities to participate in support groups and a variety of classes and events. Many people have and will be touched by cancer in their lives. We are committed to meeting the individual needs of all those affected by cancer. No one needs to face cancer alone.