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Classes and Support Groups

Through Avera Cancer Institute's Oncology Support Services, we provide expert medical care and support services that address your unique physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

Support groups are for family members as much as they are for those with cancer. Because loved ones may need help in dealing with disruptions, financial conflicts, difficult role changes and other stresses, Avera Cancer Institute is committed to help family members come to terms with the disease and the changes it brings about.

For further information about these or other offerings at the Avera Cancer Institute please call 605-322-3000 or 1-800-657-4377.

Avera Men's Cancer Support Group

Men (and women) whose lives and/or lifestyles have been touched by Cancer are invited to attend.

When: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

May 6: Colorectal Cancer - Discussion on detection and treatment

Where: Prairie Center - 1000 E. 23rd Street, Call 322-3000

Cost: Free

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BMT Connections Support Group

Group of individuals, and their caregivers, that have gone through or may be undergoing a transplant. Meets the second Thursday of each month at 4 p.m.

Upcoming speakers:

April 10: Pharmacist

May 8: Dermatologist

Where: Prairie Center - 1000 E. 23rd Street, 605-322-3000
Cost: Free


A Time to Heal for Breast Cancer

Among survivorship programs is “A Time to Heal,” a 12-week holistic rehabilitation program designed to help men and women regain physical, emotional, intellectual, psychological and spiritual health after undergoing cancer treatment. People who have completed this program say they have greater satisfaction in life and stronger feelings of well-being.  This program is funded grant from the Komen Foundation.

When: Now recruiting for FALL of 2014

Where: Prairie Center - 1000 E. 23rd Street, Call 322-3000 for details
Cost: Free


A Time to Heal for All Cancers

Among survivorship programs is “A Time to Heal,” a 12-week holistic rehabilitation program designed to help men and women regain physical, emotional, intellectual, psychological and spiritual health after undergoing cancer treatment. People who have completed this program say they have greater satisfaction in life and stronger feelings of well-being.

When: Now recruiting for FALL of 2014

Where: Prairie Center - 1000 E. 23rd Street, Call 322-3000 for details

Cost: Free


Look Good . . . Feel Better

This program offers makeup tips and helps women apply makeup and concealer, making them look and feel beautiful as they deal with the outward side effects of chemotherapy and radiation on hair and skin.

When: 2nd Tuesday 1:00 p.m. and 4th Wednesday 4:00 p.m

Registration required: Call American Cancer Society Navigator at 605-322-3235

Where: Prairie Center - 1000 E. 23rd Street
Cost: Free


CLIMB® - Children's Lives Include Moments of Bravery

Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery (CLIMB) is a special support program developed by The Children’s Treehouse Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to the emotional support of children who have parents with cancer. This program is unique to the region and only offered at Avera.

When:  Call today for more information!!  605-322-3000


Massages

Two options are available for massage by Licensed Massage Therapists

1. Tuesday: Noon-3:00pm massages are available for $65/hour and $45/30 minutes.

2. Wednesday: Noon-3:00pm massages are available for $65/hour and $45/30 minutes.

Appointments available by calling the Innerpath store at 605-322-8470 or 800-657-4377.


Other Support Group Resources

CancerCare is a national nonprofit organization that provides free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones, and the bereaved. CancerCare programs-including counseling and support groups, education, financial assistance and practical help-are provided by professional oncology social workers and are completely free of charge. Learn more.

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