Support for Patients/Family

You are invited to share with others in a monthly support group led by health care professionals. Most people experience similar problems and feelings while undergoing treatment. It is helpful to know you are not alone.

Special Services Offered:
Cancer Support Groups
Psychosocial Support Services
Palliative Services
Look Good, Feel Better
Nutritional Guidance
Spirituality Support
Social Work
Lymphedema Specialist
Breast Prosthetics
Wigs, turbans and hats

I Can Cope
I Can Cope is a cancer education program for people who are suffering from cancer or have been touched by the disease in some way (spouse, family, or other supporting person). Participants will learn to meet challenges, make choices, and develop a better understanding of cancer and its effects. This is a free program composed of educational sessions taught by health care professionals. The sessions are held at various times throughout the year. For dates and times, please call 715. 361-4714 I Can Cope is a program of the American Cancer Society.

Psychosocial Support Services
When diagnosed with cancer, you are not only faced with a significant physical disease requiring treatment, but also a disease that is emotionally draining for you and your family. You may experience depression, anxiety, fears of discomfort or pain from medical procedures, or react to changes in physical appearance. Others react to loss of control, independence and productivity and the financial burdens of treatment. Supportive counseling is available to you and your family to assist in coping and working through the impact that cancer may have on your life. Available services include:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Individual, couple and family therapy
  • Stress management
  • Relaxation training
  • Grief counseling
  • Behavioral management of pain, nausea and vomiting
  • Therapy groups
  • Support groups

Palliative Services
As a patient, your healing process is often affected by your ability to cope with illness. We are available to listen and reflect with you regarding your needs, feelings and personal faith.

Look Good, Feel Better
Volunteer cosmetologists help patients enhance their appearance while undergoing cancer treatment. They demonstrate how women can use makeup, wigs, turbans and other accessories to look like themselves again. The program can give a woman with cancer a much-needed boost during their cancer treatment. The sessions are held at various times throughout the year. For dates and times, please call 715-361-4714 or 715-361-2140. The Look Good, Feel Better is a program of the American Cancer Society.

Patient Advocate
The patient advocate assistance office is located on the main floor of the Ministry Medical Group clinic in Rhinelander. The information desk will direct you to our patient care advocate. Our patient advocate will assist you with insurance benefits, eligibility and obtaining prior authorizations. They furnish fee estimates and assist with billing concerns and payment arrangement. Also, they provide assistance to patients who are underinsured or uninsured and assist those with financial needs. The Patient Advocate phone number is 715.361.4787.

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