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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.

Next Class: September 1st

Topic: Erectile Dysfunction

Instrucotr: Dr. Witte, MD

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

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

Cost: Free

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Upcoming Dates:

  • October 6th - Dr. Sally Williams will be discussing acupucture
  • November 3rd - Disccus new Gamma Knife at the Avera Cancer Institute
  • December 1st - Laurel Buwalda, ACI Chaplain, will be hosting a discussion

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 -

August 13th - BMT provider session (TBD)

September 10th - BMT reunion picnic, 5:30-7pm (picnic only)

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

Cost: Free

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Cancer Caregiver Support Group

This group is open to all of those who care for a loved one with any type of cancer diagnosis. This will be an opportunity for caregivers to both share their experiences and come together to offer support to one another.

Where: Prairie Center, Glass Conference Room - 1000 E. 23rd Street

When: Group meets 2nd Thursday of every month at 4:30pm

Cost: Free

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A Time to Heal for Breast Cancer

“A Time to Heal,” a 12-week holistic rehabilitation program designed to help 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: Recruiting for Fall 2015, begins September 8th

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

Cost: Free

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A Time to Heal for All Cancers

“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: Recruiting for Fall 2015, begins September 8th

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

Cost: Free

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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.