Cancer Support Programs through Dorcy Cancer Center
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
- Advanced Breast Cancer Support Group is a nurturing group for women with advanced breast cancer. Women will have the opportunity to expand their coping skills, share emotions and experiences, and have an extra layer of support with others on this journey. Come join us every first and third Tuesday each month at 1:00 pm in the Dorcy Cancer Center. For more information or to RSVP please call Sierra Roberts, BSW 719-557-4236.
- A.B.C. (After Breast Cancer): Come and join us for a time of sharing, encouragement, education and support. This group is especially designed for women who have had breast cancer. A.B.C. meets every Thursday from 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm in the Healing Arts room in the Dorcy Cancer Center. Call 719-557-5510 for more information.
- CanCervive for all cancers: 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.
- Pink Ladies Embracing Today is a support group specially designed for pre-menopausal 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. This group meets every first and third Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm in the Dorcy Cancer Center Admin Conference Room. For questions or more information about this support group please contact Barbara Young at 719-557-4301.
- Southern Colorado Us TOO Chapter: 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.
- Support Group for Lung Cancer Patients is a place that is safe and comfortable, designed around the patients needs. Group will meet the 1st Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm in the Dorcy Cancer Center. Come and join us! RSVP by calling (719) 557-5989.
- S.P.O.H.N.C. (Support For People of Head and Neck Cancer) 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 meet the first Tuesday of every month at 5:00pm in the Healing Arts room in the Dorcy Cancer Center. Please RSVP by calling (719) 557-5851.
HOPES Program Services
- American Cancer Society Resource Center at DCC - Offers wigs, turbans, scarves, prosthesis and bras 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 719-557-3738 or the ACS at 1-800-ACS-2345.
- Cancer 101 – This Patient Orientation class occurs the second Thursday Every Month from 12 pm – 1:30 pm & 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. Come and meet the Dorcy Cancer Center team, learn about resources available in the cancer center, and get your questions answered. RSVP to 719-557-4548.
- Cancer Fit – Held every Tuesday & Thursday from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm. 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 program is $150 for a 6 month program. For more information, payment options, and/or to sign up, call 719-557-5851.
- Speakers Bureau—Cancer survivors have the opportunity to share their stories with newly diagnosed patients and the community. It is an opportunity for cancer survivors to share how the Dorcy Cancer Center has impacted their lives in positive way(s). Speakers will deliver imperative information for what the Dorcy Cancer Center has meant to them first hand and how the Dorcy Cancer Center team is able to support and provide care to people in the community. For more information, questions, or if you would like to have a speaker present with your agency or group please call, 719-557-4548.
- Cancer Resource Library-If you would like information related to cancer topics the Dorcy Cancer Center has a Cancer Resource Library. Within the library you can find cancer related information, free Wi-FI, access to a computer, and access the CANCERHELP Institute interactive cancer information computer and printer. The Library also has fiction and non-fiction books that can be checked out.
HOPES Healing Arts - Bridging the Gap between Traditional Medicine & Holistic Health
Healing Arts classes are designed to provide exposure to a wide range of techniques and tools that can reduce stress and allow the patient or caregiver to experience therapies that will be helpful not only during the cancer experience but in the days to come. Our goal is to improve the cancer treatment experience. Complementary therapies are not meant to replace traditional treatments of surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy but to be used in conjunction with standard treatment.
Classes offered may include meditation, tai chi, low-impact aerobics, journaling and more. Classes are held in the Healing Arts Room on the upper level of the Dorcy Cancer Center. For patients undergoing treatment at the Dorcy Cancer Center, our Healing Arts program takes into account the whole person, body, mind, and spirit.
For a complete listing of current classes, to be added to our mailing list for updated class information, or to register for a class, call (719)557-3738 or visit www.stmarycorwin.org/calendar.
For more information on the support groups offered at the Dorcy Cancer Center, call 719-557-3738.