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
Look Good, Feel Better
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:
- Individual, couple and family therapy
- Stress management
- Relaxation training
- Grief counseling
- Behavioral management of pain, nausea and vomiting
- Therapy groups
- Support groups
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.
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.
Honor a Friend or Family Member
Through the hard work of many, a local landscape crew transformed a special spot just outside of James Beck Cancer Center named Reflection point. This is a very special place where cancer patients and their family members can reflect on their cancer journey and the path that lies before them, as well as a place to remember a loved one who may have passed on.
This area takes into account the “sense of sight” of these individual, focusing their view across the pond toward the water fountain. The “sense of smell” is supported by fragrant flowering bushes an perennials. Thirdly, the “sense of taste” has been incorporated by adding strawberry plants and blueberry bushes. Lastly, the “sense of hearing” is emphasized by the sounds that a person may hear while enjoying Reflection Point. As someone sits on one of the dedicated benches, they hear the whispering of the switch grass and the clapping of trembling aspens. Visitors who visit this area or take a seat on a bench need not feel alone or vulnerable as the landscaper incorporated a feeling a shelter and comfort with the strategic placement of trees.
Here’s your chance to honor a loved one or special friend by purchasing a commemorative brick in their name. You choose what you’d like the brick to say. Perhaps it’s their name, a favorite quote, or a special date that you have shared with them. We’ll order and permanently place the brick into our pathway on the grounds of James Beck Cancer Center when the weather permits.
Memory Brick Order Form
Annual Celebration of Life Event
The James Beck Cancer Center offers an annual Celebration of Life event to honor people whose lives have been touched by cancer. This free celebration is held during the summer months on the grounds of Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander. It is a chance to honor cancer survivors for their strength and courage, recognize the contributions of their families, friends, and health care providers. The event promotes an awareness that knowledge, hope and inspiration can help beat cancer; and emphasizes that cancer survivors can live active, productive lives even though they may still face many challenges.
Check back for updates on our summer 2010 celebration details.