We offer several programs that may complement the care you receive at the Lower Columbia Regional Cancer Center. Please call the number listed for more information.
Reach to Recovery:
This program, also developed by the American Cancer Society, provides individual services to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. The program uses carefully selected and trained volunteers who have fully adjusted to their own breast cancer surgery and treatment. A patient and volunteer may meet face to face or by telephone. Volunteers are able to provide support and up-to-date information, including literature for family members and information on types of permanent prostheses, when appropriate. For more information, please call (360) 414-2701.
Look Good….Feel Better:
Another American Cancer Society service program, Look Good….Feel Better is designed to help women undergoing cancer treatment cope with appearance-related side effects of treatment and regain sense of self-confidence and control in their lives. For more information, please call (360) 414-7968.
Wigs, Hats and Scarves:
Donated wigs, hats and scarves are available for patients experiencing temporary hair loss. Fittings are available by appointment and are provided in a confidential comfortable setting. For more information call (360) 414-7968.
"I Understand" Breast Cancer Support Group:
The goal of this group is to provide an atmosphere where women with breast cancer can meet with others who share their experience and gain information and support as they work to get well and stay well. The format provides a full-spectrum of information about breast cancer in an informal atmosphere of mutual support and sharing. The group meets monthly at the Women’s Health Pavilion on the 4th Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (360) 414-2707.
Spiritual Care and Bereavement Services:
St. John Spiritual Care Department provides spiritual support services to cancer patients and their families throughout the course of treatment. They also are available for individual bereavement counseling and provide bereavement group sessions several times a year. For more information, call (360) 414-7681.
Moving Thru Cancer Wellness Program:
This program, developed through cooperation between the Cancer Center and the Wellness Center focuses on rehabilitation for people who have been diagnosed with cancer. The goal of the program is to empower cancer patients to improve their quality of life at any stage of their treatment. It is an eight week program with participants meeting several times per week for exercise, nutritional counseling, education and peer support. Prior to participation, patients are assessed by a physical therapist, registered dietician and an exercise physiologist to determine functional abilities and wellness needs. For more information, please call (360) 414-2160.
Genetic screening is available for those who are considered at high risk for developing breast and ovarian cancer, colon cancer, or melanoma.
After a complete review of family and personal cancer history, patients receive education regarding their own risk and possible options that are available including genetic testing. Through complex blood testing, it may be determined a person has a gene defect or mutation that places them at a higher than normal risk for developing certain types of cancer.
High risk criteria includes:
- A family or personal history of breast, ovarian or colon cancer before the age of 50
- A family history of any men with breast cancer
- A personal history of a high number of colorectal polyps
- A personal or family history of melanoma, pancreatic cancer or multiple cancers in the same individual.
St. John Medical Center Ethicist and Ethics Committee are available to assist patients, families and providers in examining the ethical considerations with regard to treatment planning and decision-making. For more information, call (360) 414-7681.