Cancer/Oncology

Guiding you on your journey.
Cancer/Oncology

Help Along The Way

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, including:

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.

Cancer Care Support Groups

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.

Dec
13

CARITAS (Come and Receive Insight, Trust and Support)

Patients and families in need of communication and support after a cancer diagnosis are invited to join CARITAS (Come and Receive Insight, Trust and...

Dec
14

Prostate Cancer Support Group

You are invited to our monthly meeting for prostate cancer education and support. Come for an evening of learning, talking and sharing about facing a...

Dec
16

Cancer Support Group

Our Cancer Support Group can help individuals and family members better cope with the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges associated with cancer....

Dec
18

Brain Tumor Support Group

The Brain Tumor Support Group is an informal group discussion, to provide a safe, caring environment for support, education, and a source of hope and...

Dec
19

Affirming Life (Stage IV Cancer Group)

Many cancer survivors live in fear of hearing, "your cancer has come back." Affirming Life (Stage IV Cancer group) is home base for these women. They meet...

Dec
20

CARITAS (Come and Receive Insight, Trust and Support)

Patients and families in need of communication and support after a cancer diagnosis are invited to join CARITAS (Come and Receive Insight, Trust and...

Dec
20

Breast Cancer Support Group

The Breast Cancer Support Group is for any woman diagnosed with breast cancer, regardless of the type, surgery or treatment. The objective is to offer...

Dec
26

Affirming Life (Stage IV Cancer Group)

Many cancer survivors live in fear of hearing, "your cancer has come back." Affirming Life (Stage IV Cancer group) is home base for these women. They meet...

Dec
27

CARITAS (Come and Receive Insight, Trust and Support)

Patients and families in need of communication and support after a cancer diagnosis are invited to join CARITAS (Come and Receive Insight, Trust and...

Jan
02

Affirming Life (Stage IV Cancer Group)

Many cancer survivors live in fear of hearing, "your cancer has come back." Affirming Life (Stage IV Cancer group) is home base for these women. They meet...

Clinical trials

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.

Counseling (Therapy)

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.

Nutrition Care

Good nutrition is an important part of taking care of yourself. This is especially true if you are undergoing treatment for cancer. 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.

When you are starting treatment, now is a good time to establish a routine for nutrition. This will help minimize side effects you may encounter as treatment progresses. Try to do the following:

  • Start or continue taking a multivitamin and mineral supplement
  • Emphasize fluids (non-caffeinated is best)
  • Eat small frequent meals. 4 to 5 small meals will work better with your treatment schedule and (recommended) nap during the day.
  • Snacks should contain protein from the meat or dairy group
  • Add yogurt to breakfast or as a snack to help offset gastrointestinal upset

Many people welcome the idea of losing a few extra pounds. But during cancer treatment, rapid weight loss is a result of under-nutrition while your body is under the stress of radiation or chemotherapy. The weight lost is typically muscle weight because the body is using up protein stores. This results in a loss of strength and endurance. Staying hydrated is also important. If you get behind on fluids, dehydration can progress to:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Potential drop in blood pressure
  • Dizziness

It is important to keep up with fluids especially on days when you don’t feel like eating much. To talk over your nutrition needs and concerns, you may want to meet with a dietitian. At HealthEast Cancer Care, we have dietitians on staff who focus on the unique needs of patients undergoing treatment. Call us to make an appointment at 651-232-7970.

Social Services

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.

Spiritual Care

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.