Oncology Support Services
At UnityPoint Health we make a point to treat not only the cancer, but the entire person. Support services include our oncology nurse navigation team, free support groups for patients and family members, programs offered by the Hult Center for Healthy Living, and resources available through the American Cancer Society. Patients are also able to access Supportive Oncology Patient Handouts for information addressing common concerns and issues affecting cancer patients, their loved ones and caregivers.
Support Groups Offered at No Cost
- Blood Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Caregiver Support
- Colorectal Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Ostomy Support
- Prostate Cancer
- Kids Konnected
For more information, call (309) 672-5785.
Freedom From Smoking - Nicotine Cessation
The American Lung Association's Freedom From Smoking program approaches the difficulties of quitting with a sensitive, supportive style. The small group setting allows for the personal attention that is needed for success. There are seven weekly interactive sessions featuring discussion and skill practice.
Learn more, or register for the Freedom From Smoking program.
Hult Center for Healthy Living
The Hult Center for Healthy Living's oncology support programs offer a variety of wellness services to empower anyone at any stage of their cancer journey and improve their quality of life. Thanks to the support of grants, donors, and our community, the Hult Center is able to provide services at little to no cost.
We understand during the journey that those with a cancer diagnosis may experience unpleasant side effects and face treatment regimens which can be challenging emotionally, mentally, and physically. Our program services and resources seek to help alleviate these by offering support and complementary care.
For more information or to view a schedule of classes, please call (309) 692-6650 or visit the Hult Center website.
Proper nutrition can help you tolerate treatment better, heal faster, and overall feel better. It is important to eat a well-balanced diet and address nutrition symptoms early to help prevent delays in your treatment plan that could have a long-term impact on your health.
A registered dietitian can help you create a nutrition plan tailored to your specific needs and preferences. Our dietitians can also provide you with samples of nutrition supplements, recipes, and other resources.
Diet and physical activity play an important role in breast cancer survivorship. This program will equip
you with the tools and skills you need to manage your weight with diet and lifestyle modification.
Counseling services can help patients better cope with a cancer diagnosis and the impact it has on all aspects of life. Our clinical counselor is available to meet with you individually to discuss cancer related issues. We also offer support groups that bring people with similar diagnoses together to share experiences, exchange information, and build a support network.
Massage is a therapeutic modality frequently used as complementary care in the clinical care setting. Oncology massage is the adaptation of massage techniques to safely nurture the body of someone affected by cancer or its treatments. All therapists at the Hult Center for Healthy Living have received this specialized training, meeting the national Society for Oncology Massage standards of practice.
Healthy living classes are an important way to help promote an overall balance of body, mind, and spirit. They can help to enhance the quality of life and health of those affected by cancer, contributing to the healing process. We provide a range of classes including aerobics, strength training, yoga, tai ji, and Pilates. Our classes are free to cancer survivors and their caregivers.
American Cancer Society Partnership Programs
The American Cancer Society offers a variety of programs and resources for cancer patients and survivors in our area. Find out what resources are currently available by visiting the American Cancer Society website.
Look Good Feel Better is a free program that teaches
beauty techniques to women in active treatment
to help them combat the appearance-related side
effects of cancer treatment. Trained Look Good Feel
Better volunteer beauty professionals teach women
how to cope with skin changes and hair loss using
cosmetic and skin care products donated by the cosmetic
industry. Women also learn ways to cope with hair loss
with the use of wigs, scarves and other accessories.
For more information, or to register for a patient
workshop, please call 1 (800) 227-2345.
Our Reach To Recovery volunteers are specially
trained to help people through their experience by
offering a measure of comfort and an opportunity for
emotional grounding and informed decision making. As
breast cancer survivors, our volunteers give patients and
family members an opportunity to express feelings, talk
about fears and concerns, and ask questions of someone
who has been there. Most importantly, Reach To Recovery
volunteers offer understanding, support, and hope
because they themselves have survived breast cancer.
Program volunteers do not provide medical advice.
Volunteers are trained to give support and up-to-date
information, including literature for spouses or
partners, children, friends, and other loved ones.
Volunteers can also review American Cancer Society
resources that may be able to help with a patient's
experience, concerns, and questions.
To get matched with a Reach To Recovery volunteer,
call us at 1 (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
Every day thousands of cancer patients need a ride to
treatment, but some may not have a way to get there.
The American Cancer Society Road To Recovery
program provides transportation to and from treatment
for people with cancer who do not have a ride or are
unable to drive themselves.
Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of
their cars so that patients can receive the life-saving
treatments they need. If you or your loved one needs
a ride to treatment, call the American Cancer Society
at 1 (800) 227-2345 to be volunteer matched, or search
online at www.cancer.org for programs in your area.
The American Cancer Society offers free, brand-new
wigs to cancer patients experiencing hair loss as a
result of treatment. This service is provided by
To schedule a time to look at wigs in Suite 100 of the Methodist Atrium, please
call 1 (800) 227-2345.
The American Cancer Society, in a cooperative effort
with hotels across the country, provides overnight
accommodations to cancer patients who must
travel for outpatient treatment and need assistance
The program is open to cancer patients of all ages,
including pediatric patients accompanied by a
parent, and patients traveling with children. All
accommodations are provided based on eligibility
requirements and are subject to availability and
to restrictions imposed by the participating hotels.
Requests for lodging are met on a first-come,
For more information or to request hotel lodging,
please contact the American Cancer Society at
1 (800) 227-2345.
Susan G. Komen Memorial
Susan G. Komen Memorial offers a variety of programs and services for breast cancer patients, survivors, and their families.
View Support Services Provided by Susan G. Komen Memorial