Survivorship and Support

The term “cancer survivor” is now used to describe a person from the time of diagnosis through the remaining years of life. Survivors face many physical, psychological, social, spiritual and financial issues which must be addressed in order to assure a better quality of life.

More and more, physicians and cancer program staff members realize that the cancer experience doesn’t end once someone is “cured.” By dealing with the ongoing issues facing cancer patients and their families, the Mercy Cancer Center goes that step further to help patients not only survive, but also to thrive.

Mercy Cancer Center patients receive support from nurse navigators, social workers, dietitians and counselors with financial concerns, spiritual needs, eating habits for long-term health and more. Patients have access to free health club memberships. Mercy Cancer Center also offers a free weekly Cancer Education Series class and fellowship. 

Online Resources

  • American Cancer Society - Information and support for professionals as well as cancer patients and their families.

  • ASCO: People Living With Cancer - The patient information web site of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) provides oncologist-approved information on more than 50 types of cancer and their treatments, clinical trials, coping and side effects.

  • Clinical Trials - This is the National Cancer Center Institutes' web-based research program that makes phase III clinical trials available to all cooperative oncology research groups.

  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) - The Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) was established as one of the first cooperative groups to perform multi-center cancer clinical trials.

  • Katzmann Breast Center at Mercy - The Katzmann Breast Center offers breast health services including assessment, rapid diagnosis, education, counseling and treatment planning.

  • Mayo Clinic Cancer Center - Mayo Clinic Cancer Center provides research, education and patient care for health professionals, cancer patients and their families. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center oncologists treat virtually every type of cancer known from the most common to the rarest forms of disease.

  • Mercy Hospice - Mercy Hospice offers in-home care and support for patients and their families during the final stages of life-limiting illness. Care is also provided at Mercy Hospice – Johnston, a 12-bed facility offering a homelike setting as well as around-the-clock nursing and supportive care.

  • National Cancer Institute (NCI): PDQ Information - The National Cancer Institute provides information about coping with cancer, cancer care and treatment information.

  • North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG) - NCCTG consists of a network of cancer specialists at community clinics, hospitals and medical centers in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The research base for NCCTG is located at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

  • OncoLink - Provides info on different types of cancer, treatment options, coping resources and clinical trials.

  • US TOO - Us Too is a website dedicated to prostate cancer information, clinical trials, treatment options and advocacy.
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