• Patient & Family Support Services

  • It is amazing what the impact of one simple word - cancer - can have on your life and the lives of your loved ones. Battling cancer requires an abundance of positive attitude, expanded knowledge, a desire and will to heal, and a willingness to let others help. The Dorcy Cancer Center offers a wide array of programs and services for patients and their families. 

    Cancer Support Groups
    From diagnosis through survivorship, the cancer journey is very stressful for patients and their families. Patients, partners and other family members can all suffer from depression, anxiety and stress. There are common factors that impact a family's distress level. 

    Cancer does changes lives - from the time of diagnosis, throughout treatment and then later throughout life.  It tests the resilience of everyone involved. Battling cancer requires an abundance of positive attitude, expanded knowledge, a desire and will to heal, and a willingness to let others help. 

    The Dorcy Cancer Center at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center believes in the importance of healing the whole person in mind, body and spirit. The mind-body connection is especially important during cancer treatment. Therefore, we offer a wide range of Healing Arts classes, support groups and services designed to enhance quality of life, increase self-awareness, and help prevent and manage a broad range of physical and emotional symptoms. 

    HOPES Support Groups
    The Dorcy Cancer Center at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center believes in the importance of healing the whole person in mind, body and spirit. The mind-body connection is especially important during cancer treatment. Therefore, we offer a wide range of Healing Arts classes, support groups and services designed to enhance quality of life, increase self-awareness, and help prevent and manage a broad range of physical and emotional symptoms. 

    Our H.O.P.E.S. (helping oncology patients through education and support) program aims to offer supportive resources that focus on the whole person (mind, body and spirit) while providing an educational component. HOPES programs compliment other services that are provided within our cancer center.  Some benefits of the HOPES program include peer support, coping skills, exploring the arts, exercise, laughter, and more. 

  • When a loved one is faced with a serious illness, it can be challenging to know how to support them and how to take care of yourself at the same time. Caregivers join together in this group to support each other. Facilitated by Ami Gorsky, MSW.

    Please call 719-296-6000 for more information and to RSVP. This group only meets if there have been RSVPs so please call today if you want to attend.

    This support group is for women who are breast cancer survivors! Whether newly diagnosed, still going through treatment, or years out of treatment this group aims to offer peer support, share experiences, listen and welcome new members at any stage in their diagnosis.

    Pink Ladies Embracing Today meet the3rd Wednesday of every month from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Please call Barbara Young 719-557-4301with questions and to RSVP.

    If you or someone you know has been touched by cancer, this group is for you. CanCervive meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 1:30 pm in the Dorcy Cancer Center. Education, support, and coping strategies will be addressed in a caring, supportive and confidential environment. The group facilitator is a Master's prepared psychiatric nurse with over 20 years of experience.

    Call 719-557-5423 for more information.

    Men you are not alone, you now have a specific prostate cancer support group. Us Too meets the second Tuesday of every month in the Dorcy Cancer Center from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm. Bring your spouse or friend, refreshments and snacks are provided.  

    Call 719-557-5889 to RSVP or for more information.

    Head and neck cancer patients present with symptoms unlike any other cancer. It is important to have a safe place where people can connect and share similar experiences they are facing. By joining this group, you will be able to connect with peers who share similar experiences, build connectedness, and have a support system. This group meets the first Tuesday of every other month at 5:00 p.m. in the Healing Arts room in the Dorcy Cancer Center.  

    Please RSVP by calling (719) 557-5851.

  • HOPES Program Services and Classes

  • Offers wigs, turbans, and scarves free of charge. Other services include educational materials, Look Good Feel Better program, Road to Recovery, and more!

    For more information on these services, call 719-557-4944 or the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345.

    When treatment ends and the teams of doctors, nurses, technicians and others who have encouraged and supported the patient along the way are suddenly gone, the woman undergoing treatment may now find herself felling emotionally and physically tired and alone in the next phase of her journey.  Connecting with others who have had the same or similar experience can create a supportive environment.  Each year, the Dorcy Cancer Center offers their Annual Breast Cancer retreat where women can build a connectedness and explore emotional, social, spiritual, and informational topics.

    Held every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Each person will have a uniquely tailored, individualized exercise program to assist them in their cancer recovery. This program will be held in the Health Promotions Center and the cost for the 6 month program is $20 per month.

    For more information, payment options, and/or to sign up, call 719-557-5851.

    The Dorcy Cancer Center at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center recognizes the importance of taking a holistic approach to health and healing. Our commitment to treating the whole person, mind, body and spirit, is evident through the comprehensive set of integrative therapy services offered to cancer patients and their families. Integrative Therapy interventions have been shown to help patients reduce their levels of stress and fear regarding their diagnosis or treatment. There is also a growing body of evidence to support that integrative therapy services decrease a patient’s discomfort from disease-related symptoms, reduce side effects from their treatment, help them to more effectively manage their pain, shorten recovery time, strengthen their immune system and provide an overall improvement in the patient’s quality of life. To learn more about integrative therapy and the classes available to you at the Dorcy Cancer Center please call 719-557-4548 to schedule an appointment with the integrative therapy navigator.
    In participation with National Cancer Survivors Day, each year in June, the Dorcy Cancer Center hosts an annual celebration of life. This special event is meant to honor those who have survived, inspire encourage those recently diagnosed, provide support for families, and an outreach to the community. The Dorcy Cancer Center joins with thousands gather across the globe to honor cancer survivors and to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be fruitful, rewarding, and even inspiring. It is also a day to draw attention to the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship in order to promote more resources, research, and survivor-friendly legislation to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.

  • Additional Resources for Patients & Families
    At the Dorcy Cancer Center, we offer a full range of support services to assist our patients and their families. The resources below may be helpful to you.
  • Discount hotel rates are available for out of town cancer patients. Please talk with our patient care coordinator for more information by calling 719-557-5989.
    Our cancer center presents a variety of educational programs to further educate patients and others about specific aspects of cancer and treatment options. A nurse educator is available to guide you through learning about a particular issue of cancer by calling 719-557-5215.
    Patients who have had an ostomy may benefit from evaluation by an enterostomal therapist, a nurse with special training in managing ostomies. This can be arranged through the cancer center by calling 719-557-5931.
    We work closely with home health agencies to provide in-home care for our patients who might benefit from that care.
    Hospice Services provide end-of-life care for many patients and families.  Refer to the Cancer Resource Directory for more information.
    Lymphedema, or swelling of the arm, may be treated by physical therapy, massage, nutrition and the use of an elastic sleeve. It can be evaluated and treated by a specially trained physical therapist.  This can be arranged through the Dorcy Cancer Center by calling 719-557-5851.
    Sorting through cancer treatment options and experiencing emotional highs and lows can become overwhelming. Our oncology counselor is available to help you and your family manage these issues. For more information, call 719-557-5423.
    Our patient care coordinator assists patients with resources available in the community. She will work with you, your physician and support services to ensure seamless coordination of care throughout your outpatient radiation therapy treatment. To speak to our patient care coordinator, call at 719-557-5989.
    New approaches to pain management are constantly emerging. The pain team at the Dorcy Cancer Center will work to minimize the extent and duration of any pain related to your cancer. For more information, call 719-557-3666.
    Palliative care is the comprehensive management of your physical, psychological, social, spiritual and existential needs. It is not hospice, but rather provides symptom management and support for patients and families as they face a serious illness. For more information, call 719-557-4236.
    Our goal is to assist cancer patients with whatever physical and occupational therapy is necessary to speed your recovery. You may need to strengthen muscles, recover dexterity and manipulation, or learn to accommodate a prosthetic device. An appointment can be arranged by calling 719-557-5417.
    Our spiritual care team is always available to you or your family members and caregivers as you begin and continue your cancer journey.  For spiritual counseling, call 719-557-5029.

    The Cancer Resource Library is a community resource dedicated to helping cancer patients, their families and their supporters gain a better understanding of the issues surrounding the disease.  The library is dedicated to improve cancer care in our community through providing a better understanding of cancer by patients, families and the community.  We understand that a cancer diagnosis is more than a medical issue.  You may deal with emotional, social, financial, practical and spiritual issue and we can help. The library is located on the first floor of the Dorcy Cancer Center. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  Additional hours are available by appointment only.  For more information, call 719-557-3738.

    We welcome visitors to find the latest information and support available including:

    • General cancer information
    • Treatment options
    • Caregiver support
    • Pain management
    • Complementary therapies
    • Nutrition
    • Prevention and early detection
    • Clinical trials
    • Coping
    • Survivorship


    Not only do visitors have access to a large variety of books, but also to:

    • St. Mary-Corwin support groups and class calendars
    • Updated information online
    • Interactive touch screen Cancer Help computer
    • Audio-visual materials such as videos and DVDs.
    • Printed information from accredited institutions such as the National Cancer Institute, the Lance Armstrong
    • Foundation and the American Cancer Society is available.  


    Cancer Center staff members or volunteers are available to help research information.

    Please ask about the services provided:

    • Integrative Therapy program
    • Cancer survivorship classes
    • Monthly educational displays
    • Cancer survivorship clinical trials

    The Cancer Resource Library at the Dorcy Cancer Center assists St.Mary-Corwin Medical Center in our everyday commitment to offer the best cancer care to outpatients and to provide hope for generations to come.

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