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Thank you for subscribing to "Cancer Care," an Avera eNewsletter that provides you with useful information about cancer care and prevention. To learn more about our services and community events, or to find a physician, visit

To your health,

The Avera staff


More and more people are surviving cancer than ever before. But some patients report feeling lost in the transition between life as a patient and life as a survivor. Based on this need, some Avera facilities offer services specifically for cancer survivors.

At Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, S.D., cancer survivor numbers have increased in the past several years. The hospital has a survivorship care program to assist cancer survivors. Many cancer patients use the  support services to make the transition from seeing health care providers every day during treatment to once every several months afterward.

Avera Queen of Peace Cancer Center in Mitchell, S.D., has created an online resource for cancer survivors, especially rural patients who may not be able to easily access Avera facilities in person. The site includes information on treatment, nutrition, support groups, patients' experiences and more.

At Avera St. Luke's Hospital in Aberdeen, S.D., cancer services include continuing care and support services, including "Awaken," an exercise class to help motivate cancer survivors. Additionally, Avera St. Luke's Cancer Registry has collected, interpreted and reported data about cancer patients in the area since 1974 to provide follow-up on all cancer patients diagnosed and/or treated at the hospital.

Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., also offers a cancer survivorship program.

Ask your health care provider about what cancer survivorship services are available in your area. The American Cancer Society Navigator Program also is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (800) 227-2345. Navigators provide extensive cancer information, connect you with local and national resources and much more.

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A cancer survivor describes a person from the moment he or she is diagnosed throughout the rest of their lives. The 24th annual National Cancer Survivors Day is Sunday, June 5, 2011. Celebrate the day by doing something special for a cancer survivor in your life. The following are suggestions from cancer survivors who've used the services at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, S.D.

Be a good listener. Hear what a survivor has to say about his or her feelings. Avoid giving advice or judging the person. Simply give the person your entire attention.

Talk about your life. Cancer survivors often want to talk about regular life events. Don't avoid talking about cancer if the person wants to, but talk about subjects you'd normally bring up with friends, such as books, movies and your family.

Cook. Some cancer survivors appreciate when people cook for them, especially during treatments. Ask the person about what foods he or she prefers as cancer treatments can affect the senses of taste and smell.

Offer to help with house and yard work. Mowing the lawn, doing the laundry and going grocery shopping can be a huge help for people who are going through cancer treatment.

Send a card. It's a simple but meaningful gesture that shows the recipient is on your mind.

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"Cancer Care" is one in a series of Avera eNewsletters that gives readers valuable information about health and wellness at Avera facilities. It is not intended to replace personal medical advice, which should be obtained directly from a physician.