Cancer Services Support Groups

Life After

For those affected by cancer, the Life After support group addresses a wide range of topics with guest speakers, discussions and social time. Many of the topics specifically address concerns or educational needs. Support is shared among those who attend and many lasting friendships form within the group.

Patient Pride

At St. Rita’s, volunteers lead a program for hospitalized female patients facing difficult illnesses. Looking better can mean feeling better and this nurturing service has been created to meet the emotional and physical needs of hospitalized women. Patients receive a visit from a dedicated and trained volunteer who may provide a hand massage, make-up application, facial or just make time to listen. Patient Pride is offered as a complimentary service to St. Rita’s patients.

Patient Pride volunteers at the Cancer Resource Center act as hostesses in the lobby and reception area. Their main focus is to make the patient and visitors feel welcome. They visit with patients and caregivers, offer coffee and cookies and explain the resource library.

Voice of Experience

Voice of Experience is support group designed to match a recently diagnosed cancer patient or their caregiver with a cancer survivor or caregiver. The program attempts to match persons with similar circumstances, such as the type of disease, treatment or care giving situation. Once the match is made, participants can phone each other for support, encouragement and above all, hope.

Look Good…Feel Better

Look Good, Feel Better is a national program that is supported by the American Cancer Society, the National Cosmetology Association and the National Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association. A licensed cosmetologist leads this class teaching women how to cope with skin changes and hair loss during cancer treatments. Patients are instructed and assisted in using cosmetics, skin care products and hair management to enhance their well-being. Each patient receives a free make up kit.

Look Good, Feel Better programs are available in all 50 states and in over 20 countries worldwide.