Support, Resources & Patient Stories

American Cancer Society Hope Lodge

Hope Lodge is a project of the American Cancer Society to provide no cost housing to cancer patients and their caregivers, which will help reduce the financial burdens of cancer treatment.

Ministry Home Care Services

Ministry Health Care provides a comprehensive package of hospice and home health care services. A blend of health care and social services are provided to patients of any age in their home to promote, maintain or restore health, or to minimize the effects of illness or disability.

Navigator Program

Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital and The American Cancer Society (ACS) support the Patient Navigator Program to assist patients in overcoming barriers they may encounter during their cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Ronald McDonald House

The Ronald McDonald House of Marshfield is a not-for-profit organization that welcomes families of seriously ill children, newborn through age 18, who are hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Children's Hospital or Marshfield Clinic.

Adult Support Groups

I Can Cope*

I Can Cope is a patient education program of the American Cancer Society about living with cancer. Experience has shown that individuals who know more about their disease can make informed decisions with their doctors and become partners in the treatment team. Living with cancer can be one of the hardest challenges anyone faces. I Can Cope helps you meet this challenge by clarifying cancer facts and myths.

There is no charge for this program. For more information and registration, please call 715.387.7890.

Look Good Feel Better*

Puts a little color back into the lives of those undergoing treatment by providing a free group makeover session with specially trained cosmetology professionals.

Adult Cancer Support Group

A group that assists individuals diagnosed with cancer in coping with the emotional impact and the stresses experienced in living with cancer.

Reach to Recovery*

Volunteers who provide support for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.

Healing Grief Circle

Individuals and families who recently have experienced the death of a loved one are invited to attend these meetings. The group provides the environment of a caring community, one in which members can find strength and support, share memories and feelings, learn to understand the usual grief patterns, and gain renewed enthusiasm for living.

Marshfield Group

Meets from 1 - 2:30 p.m., the second Tuesday of each month at the Ministry Home Care Hospice Office, 303 W. Upham St., Marshfield. For more information, call 715.387.7052.

Wisconsin Rapids Group

Meets meets from 6 - 7:30 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month, at Riverview Hospital. Meeting location may vary; ask at front desk. For more information, call 715.387.7052 or 715.387.1713.

Children Support Groups

Sharing Hope

A support group for families of children with cancer.

Dream Flight

A program which allows children with cancer to take a dream flight to a special place of their choice.

Candle Lighters*

A support group for children with cancer.

Rising Stars

A support group for teenagers and young adults who have cancer.

Hozhoni Weekend

A weekend camp for families of children diagnosed with cancer.


* These support groups are held in cooperation with the American Cancer Society.

Patient Stories

Multiple Myeloma: Promises of a Future

Jerry Hammon retired in December 1997. Within two weeks, he was diagnosed with cancer. Multiple myeloma, an incurable, progressive blood disease, was slowing eating away the bone in his spine. The pain was excruciating, the prognosis grim. Yet, today Jerry and his wife Sondra are finalizing plans for a family trip to Hawaii.

Wisconsin Rapids Man Benefits From Prostate Seed Implant

Most people don't want to hear their doctor say the word "cancer" even once in their lifetime, much less twice. For Carroll "Ray" Bush of Wisconsin Rapids cancer has been an all too familiar word.



These resources are compiled from a variety of sources and are not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your physician(s). The content provided here is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.

This page contains links to other web sites with information about cancer. We hope you find these sites helpful, but please remember we do not control or endorse the information presented on these Web sites, nor do these sites endorse the information contained here.


A link to the National Cancer Institute's online dictionary of cancer terms.
Imaginis, a breast health resource, provides a glossary of medical breast cancer terms.
A male-specific cancer glossary, available in several languages.


Cancer Related Internet Websites

American Academy of Pain Management

This nonprofit organization provides certificates to practitioners in the area of pain management. Professionals and consumers alike can search the AAPM database for relevant programs and sites.


American Cancer Society

This is the website of the ACS and is a good source for public education materials.


American Pain Society

APS is a multidisciplinary educational and scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of research and treatment for people in pain. This site provides information about the Society's publications, news updates, advocacy, and resources for the public.


American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology

ASTRO provides information for members and the public about radiation therapy. Patient education includes general information and disease specific information about breast and prostate cancer. There are also public newsgroups such as the vascular brachytherapy listserve and the Internet Radiation Oncology Journal Club.


Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR)

ACOR offers access to electronic mailing lists and a variety of unique websites. The mailing lists are designed to be public online support groups providing information to patients, caregivers, or anyone looking for information about cancer and related disorders. They offer both English and Spanish speaking lists.

They also provide links to other websites and breast cancer resources.


Blood & Marrow Transplant Network

This provides consumer information about bone marrow, stem cell, and hematopoietic progenitor cell transplant. Books can be ordered and patients can be linked with someone who has gone through a transplant.


Cancer Information Service (CIS)

CIS provides consumer information about the major cancers and side effect management.


A service of the National Cancer Institute, CancerNet has information about types of cancer, treatment options, clinical trials, screening, coping, and prevention. Some of the more popular brochures published by the NCI are available to read or download. There are links to PDQ (Physician Data Query) and literature search engines.


Cancer News on the Net
Dedicated to bringing patients and their families the latest news and information on cancer diagnosis, treatment and prevention.


Cancer Care, Inc.
A national non-profit organization that provides free professional support services to anyone affected by cancer. Offers an online community forum for discussion, as well as a comprehensive list of free articles for download or print.


Cancer Resources

This online guide to cancer-related information, services, and organizations is an insiders guide developed by survivors, caregivers, professionals, and volunteers.


The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS)

The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) is a nationwide network of independent organizations and individuals working in the area of cancer support and information. The website is a guide to the cancer resources of NCCS, such as survivorship programs, public health policy issues, and media alerts.



Healthfinder provides consumer information about hot topics, prevention, and population specific (infants, families, etc.) information. Links to libraries, medical dictionaries, online journals, and the latest health related news items are available. The site is a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


International Myeloma Foundation

The website provides information on treatment of myeloma, amyloidosis, and related malignancies and complications. Some of this information can be obtained via "Webcasts" - online audio/video seminars. There is information about supportive care and an Internet discussion group. This site can be accessed via ACOR or Oncolink.


Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (formerly Leukemia Society of America)

The Society provides educational materials and publications to the consumer, free of charge. The most popular publications can be read on-line, downloaded, or ordered by mail. Information about other society resources is available on-line.


Lymphoma Research Foundation of America

This site provides information about lymphoma clinical trials, legislation, support programs for patients and healthcare professionals. Patient and professional education is available through the website, including online seminars. The bookstore has a list of recommend reading that can be purchased through


Marshfield Clinic Cancer Care

The clinic site provides cancer related information and links to other websites. Access to information about the cancer specialists at Marshfield Clinic is also available.


Mayo Clinic Health Oasis

The purpose of this website is to educate the public about a wide variety of health-related issues. There is a special section on cancer. Mayo Clinic physicians, scientists, and educators oversee the site.


Merck Manual

Merck Manual has a searchable database of full text information.


National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Many of the publications that are produced by the NIH are available on-line and can be downloaded free of charge.


Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM)

The OAM Web site provides information about the National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine including strategic plan, annual report, and employment opportunities. Links to online databases for Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) are available. It is also a clearinghouse to disseminate information to the public, media, and healthcare professionals to promote CAM research awareness and education.



The University of Pennsylvania offers this site. It provides peer-reviewed consumer education materials on most cancers and treatment. It is designed to make it easy for the general public to navigate through the pages to obtain the information that they want. Information is available from introductory to in-depth levels. The information is updated daily.
The patient information site of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), designed to help patients and families make informed health-care decisions. Information on more than 85 types of cancers, coping, side effects, message boards, patient support organizations, and more.



This pharmaceutical company's website provides access to articles, fact sheets, and related Web sites for conditions treated with prescription products marketed by them.


Scientific American

Scientific American provides some of its feature articles online.


The National Children's Cancer Society

This is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide direct financial support. The website provides information for application for financial support, volunteer, and support from others experiencing pediatric cancers. Links to other sites, such as Kids Cope, National Marrow Donor Program, Starbright Foundation, and Patient Advocacy Foundation, are also available.


Recommended Reading

A Cancer Survivor's Almanac by Barbara Hoffman, JD, editor. John Wiley & Sons, 1998.

After Cancer: A Guide to Your New Life by Wendy S. Harpham. Harper Paperbacks, 1995.

Everyone's Guide To Cancer Therapy, 4th Edition by Malin Dollinger, Margaret Tempero, Ernest Rosenbaum, Sean Mulvihill. Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2002.

The ABCs of Prostate Cancer : The Book That Could Save Your Life by Joseph Oesterling. J.W. Edwards, Inc., 1997.

What to Eat if You Have Cancer: A Guide to Adding Nutritional Therapy to Your Treatment Plan. by Maureen Keane, Daniella Chace, John A. Lung. NTC/Contemporary Publishing, 1996.

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