Counseling Services For Cancer Patients | John Stoddard Cancer Center

UnityPoint Clinic - Express

180 Jordan Creek Parkway, Suite 120
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

02 Patients
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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Altoona

2720 8th St. SW
Altoona, Iowa 50009

04 Patients
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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ingersoll

2103 Ingersoll Ave., Ste. 2
Des Moines, Iowa 50312

03 Patients
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Urgent Care - Ankeny

3625 N. Ankeny Blvd.
Suite E
Ankeny, Iowa 50023

07 Patients
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Urgent Care - Lakeview

6000 University Avenue
Suite 101
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

06 Patients
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Urgent Care - Merle Hay

4020 Merle Hay Road
Suite 100
Des Moines, Iowa 50310

01 Patients
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Urgent Care - Southglen

6520 SE 14th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50320

01 Patients
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Urgent Care - Urbandale

2901 86th Street
Urbandale, Iowa 50322

04 Patients
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UnityPoint Health - John Stoddard Cancer Center

Psychology and Counseling Services

The staff at the John Stoddard Cancer Center, a service of UnityPoint Health - Des Moines, realizes that proper treatment of cancer not only includes addressing the physical symptoms but the psychological ones as well. "What's On Your Mind?" is designed with this thought in mind.

Provided at no charge by the John Stoddard Cancer Center, this program provides psychological services to patients at a time when it is needed most. Individual and group counseling sessions are available. For group sessions, each patient will undergo a brief individual screening prior to joining to determine appropriateness for group therapy.

Each session begins with a discussion of the problems faced in the previous session. The group's facilitator then discusses, analyzes and works through these issues with the group. Handouts on psychological strategies for handling these problems, as well as a bibliography of additional resources are also provided. Individual and group counseling topics that may be addressed include:

  • The grief process. Will my life ever be the same? Where am I in the grief process?
  • What about my family? What should I tell them? What do I need from them? Where are they in the grief process?
  • What about my emotions? How do anxiety, depression, and personality affect my treatment, compliance, and outcome? Is there anything to help my mood?
  • What about the future? What should I do when I don't know what the future holds?
  • Am I helping or hindering my therapy? Is there more I should be doing? Are there things I should stop doing?
  • Other topics are addressed as needed.