HealthEast Cancer Care takes pride in providing a complete circle of care. From diagnosis through treatment and beyond, you'll have access to a range of services and health professionals from across our care system.
Advance Care Planning
Your physician wants to know your wishes for care if you are too sick to speak for yourself. They recommend documenting your wishes for medical care based on your goals, values and beliefs in an Advance Medical Directive such as Honoring Choices Minnesota or the 5 Wishes. They further recommend that you identify a person/s who will speak for you if you are unable to speak for yourself. Certified facilitators will be available to assist you by phone conversation or to meet with you on the Woodwinds Campus.
For free assistance in completing a document that contains this important information, please call 651-232-0064.
Each year, HealthEast has an opportunity to participate in more than 100 Phase II and III trials covering everything from surgery to chemotherapy to cancer prevention. Each study is designed to answer scientific questions and find new and better ways to help patients. All proposed trials are reviewed to be sure they meet ethical and safety guidelines.
Potential participants meet with their doctors to discuss the risks, benefits, procedures and treatment plan of the clinic trial.
HealthEast provides counseling support services to both individuals who are living with cancer and their loved ones. Mary Hughes, MA, LP, LICSW, is an oncology psychotherapist who provides these services at HealthEast Cancer Care. Talk to your physician for a referral. Counseling is usually covered by insurance. For an appointment, call 651-232-7970.
Education and support
Educational programs and support groups bring patients and loved ones together in a supportive environment. A variety of support groups are held at various HealthEast locations.
Knowing your cancer risk can affect the way we approach cancer prevention, detection and treatment. The HealthEast Cancer Genetics Clinic (651-232-7970) offers genetic counseling and testing to those who are concerned about their inherited cancer risk.
HealthEast Home Care (651-232-2800) provides professional staff and services to care for you at home. Experienced nurses perform assessments, teaching and nursing procedures. They may collect lab specimens for testing or administer IV medication. Home Care works with your doctor and other caregivers to evaluate your progress and results.
HealthEast Hospice Care (651-232-3312) provides care and support for people facing a life-limiting illness. Emphasizing quality of life, we help manage symptoms and assist with end-of-life issues. Through Hospice, patients are able to make the most of remaining time with family and friends.
Hospice Care generally serves patients in their homes or at The Pillars, an 8-bed residential hospice home in Oakdale.
Lymphedema can develop when the lymph system is blocked and cannot drain fluid from the tissues. In those with cancer, it is sometimes caused by radiation or the removal of lymph nodes. HealthEast Vascular Center offers treatment options.
HealthEast oncology dietitians help patients adjust to nutrition-related changes when going through cancer treatment. Anyone who has concerns or questions about nutrition and their cancer treatment may benefit from nutrition counseling.
Osteoporosis is a common disease that thins and weakens bones. Some cancer treatments reduce hormone levels, increasing the risk for osteoporosis. HealthEast Osteoporosis Care (651-232-0656) offers a full range of services to evaluate bone density, maximize bone strength and minimize the risk of bone loss.
Pain management/Pain Care
Pain is often a major concern for cancer patients. Because each person’s pain is unique, individual pain management plans are carefully designed. We look to find the best pain controlling treatments so that patients can experience the best quality of life possible. Treatment through HealthEast Pain Care (651-232-5348) is also available.
With cancer comes decisions, planning and treatment side effects. Palliative Care can smooth the path when those become difficult. Our comprehensive Palliative Care team brings experience that can offer support. Assistance with advance care planning, quality of life discussions and an extra layer of help during the time of a complex, serious illness can make a real difference. The team works closely with your oncologist. To learn more about Palliative Care and how it can help you, talk to your oncologist or call HealthEast Cancer Care at 651-232-7970.
HealthEast has social workers on staff who are dedicated to helping Cancer Care patients. They assist patients and families connect with community resources such as support groups, transportation, meals and home care services. They may also assist with long range planning, advance directives, legal issues and insurance issues.
Chaplains are a caring presence at all HealthEast Cancer Care locations. They offer spiritual assessments to patients of all faith backgrounds. They gently encourage exploring personal beliefs as a way to help heal and gain strength. Chaplains also provide education and counseling and help patients weave spirituality into their healing and recovery.