Cancer Support Services
Whether you’re a cancer patient or a loved one, it’s not easy to go through the diagnosis and treatment of cancer – and no one should have to do it alone. Rely on the Avera Cancer Institute’s variety of support services to remove as many worries as possible, so you can focus on getting better.
Comprehensive Support for Your Well-Being
When you’re part of the Avera family, you become our top priority, which means the care of your whole person – body, mind and spirit – comes first. Your options range from integrative medicine services and extensive rehabilitation to financial counseling and spiritual care.
Advocates to Help You Navigate Cancer Care
Whether you’re an Avera patient, or the family member or friend of an Avera patient, choose the Navigation Center for free information, support and comfort 24/7/365.
Call the Avera Cancer Institute Navigation Center at 888-422-1410 for:
- Information regarding your diagnosis, treatment, side effects, caregiving, survivorship and more
- Emotional support including coping strategies and connections to counselors, cancer support groups and online support communities
- Assistance with finding insurance specialists and financial resources
- Recommendations for local transportation and lodging
- Access to care providers, medical services and cancer prevention services
If you receive a diagnosis of breast, genitourinary (including prostate), gastrointestinal or lung cancer, enjoy free access to our specialized Cancer Patient Navigators at Avera Cancer Institute Sioux Falls. They’ll walk with you through each step of treatment to answer questions, help with emotional concerns, and assist with coordinating care, as well as access to providers, related services and support.
Arts in Healing Classes
Find a creative way to express feelings, explore talents and experience a pleasant distraction during cancer treatment through one of Avera’s Arts in Healing classes. You’ll enjoy participating in projects such as painting and crafting led by our resident artist.
Music therapy at Avera Cancer Institute sparks conversation, evokes warm memories, promotes relaxation, teaches coping skills and helps you experience hope and connection to others.
Cancer Social Work Services
People handle a cancer diagnosis in very personal and individual ways. You and your family may carry emotional burdens, or need a connection to vital resources such as transportation or lodging. Ask your care team about getting connected to social work services at your Avera Cancer Institute location.
Innerpath Store and Wig Salon
When you feel good about your appearance during cancer treatment, you can gain a new sense of confidence. As part of the Avera Cancer Institute family, you can receive a free wig provided by funds raised at the Avera Race Against Breast Cancer. You’re also encouraged to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Look Good, Feel Better program and learn more about taking care of yourself during treatment.
Cancer Support Groups and Classes
Discover a safe place to honestly share fears and hopes throughout your cancer journey. The power of peer-to-peer support helps you realize you’re not alone. View a list of free cancer support groups and classes.
Bereavement Services and Resources
If you’ve lost a loved one to cancer, get help working through the grief process through the Avera Cancer Institute’s compassionate bereavement services. Learn more about spiritual care at Avera.
Although you may not find all services at every location, when you become part of Avera’s comprehensive approach to continuous care, you’ll enjoy easy referral to a wide range of cancer specialists located throughout our extensive health care network. And you’ll receive close monitoring and regular follow-up care in your home community.