When the Best Cancer Care Matters . . .
Receiving a cancer diagnosis is, without exception, a very difficult time for both individuals and their families. Whether patients are dealing with breast, lung, prostate, or other cancer diagnoses, St. Anthony’s comprehensive cancer care means that you have access to top-notch oncology specialists, advanced treatment options, leading edge technology and a full range of resources to care for you and your family both medically and emotionally.
St. Anthony’s cancer services offer radiation therapy and chemotherapy patients the convenience of having consultation and treatment coordination in one location. The treatment area at St. Anthony is designed for patients, to ease their anxiety and offer a familiar, comfortable setting. In addition to radiation therapy and chemotherapy, additional cancer services including surgery oncology treatment and support resources help patients and their families as they journey through the fight against cancer.
Medical Oncology (Chemotherapy)
You are never alone in your fight against cancer at St. Anthony. A team of nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, mental health, social services, education professionals and the hospital chaplain are all available to provide support and meet the changing needs of patients and their families throughout cancer treatment and therapy. Call 712-794-5244 for information.
• Registered Dietitians work with each patient who begins chemotherapy or radiation therapy at St. Anthony. The patient’s weight is tracked and dietitians are available for any concerns that may arise throughout treatment. Consultation with a dietitian can help patients who experience unintentional weight gain or loss, loss of appetite, nausea/vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, altered tastes, dry mouth, or difficulty swallowing while undergoing treatment. Dietitians also work with patients to plan for coping with both the good days and bad days of treatment.
• Social Workers offer support to any patient who is in chemo or radiation therapy, and their family members by arranging for home health services, Lifeline, Meals on Wheels, providing adaptive equipment for the home, offering contacts for community resources, connecting with cancer support programs, or assisting with assisted or skilled care placement.
• Mental Health professionals are available by appointment to meet with patients who are undergoing cancer treatment to talk through worries, anxieties, or concerns that may be a result of the cancer diagnosis. Therapy may include other family members, or a referral for medication to help with depression or anxiety. The mental health therapist can also assist the patient or family in locating a support group.
• Education for cancer patients and their families is available by contacting St. Anthony Education Services. Offerings include referrals for resources to learn more and connections to groups and individuals for support.
• Chaplain-. Patients and families are the focus of the hospital chaplain who offers spiritual and emotional support throughout the course of diagnosis, treatment, and at any time during illness. The chaplain will also contact spiritual leaders and clergy of any faith upon request by patients and families. The Pastoral Care Staff is available 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, or by contacting the hospital operator.