Cancer Support Groups
Lunch and Learn
Support group for cancer patients and families. Meets at noon rotating between the CHI Health campuses. This support group combines group discussion, education and socialization with other cancer patients and families.
Breast Cancer Support Group
Support group for women who have breast cancer and their significant others. This group meets quarterly on the 4th Monday of the month in January, April, July and October. This support group combines group discussion, education, socialization and networking with other breast cancer patients.
Prostate Cancer Support Group
Support group for men who have prostate cancer and their significant others. This group meets monthly on the 1st Tuesday of the month. This support group combines education, group discussion, socialization and networking with other prostate cancer patients.
Colorectal Cancer Support Group
Support group for individuals with colon and rectal cancer and their families. This group is a combined effort of the American Cancer Society (ACS), CHI Health, Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center and The Nebraska Medical Center. This support group is offered monthly at the ACS and combines education, group discussion and networking with other colon and rectal cancer patients.
Brain Tumor Support Group
Support group for patients with brain tumors or brain metastases and their family members. This support group meets monthly on the third Tuesday of the month. This support group combines education, group discussion, socialization and networking with other patients with brain tumors and brain metastases.
Sarcoma/GIST Support Group
Support Group for patients with sarcoma and GIST. This support group is a combined effort of CHI Health and Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center and meets 5 times a year on the 2nd Thursday of the month. This support group combines education, group discussion, socialization and networking with other patients with sarcoma and GIST.
Cancer Related Fatigue Support Group
Support group for cancer patients who have cancer related fatigue along with their family members. This support group meets monthly at noon. This support group combines education, group discussion, socialization and networking for patients with cancer related fatigue issues.
Just for Kids Support Group
Support group for children ages 5 to 12 whose parent or significant other has cancer. This group meets twice a month between September through May on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. This support group combines activity and fellowship in helping children cope with a parent or significant others diagnosis.
Look Good, Feel Better Program
This program offers personalized instruction from a licensed cosmetologist for cancer patients coping with appearance changes from treatments. This program is a combined effort with the American Cancer Society and CHI Health. This program is offered every other month rotating between the CHI Health campuses.
Surviving Bereavement Program
This program is for adults who experienced the death of a significant person in their lives. This program is offered as a four-week series, three times a year in September, January and May. The cost of this program is $20.00 per person for the series. The program provides education about grief and offers caring support for coping with all types of death. This program meets on the Immanuel campus.
Healing with Art Program
This art therapy program is offered for cancer patients and their families dealing with the stress of a cancer diagnosis. This program utilizes creativity as a means of relieving the stress of living with cancer. This program rotates between the CHI Health Campuses. For more information contact, Rissy Smith at 402-572-2072.
Pet Therapy Program
This program is offered to cancer patients, families and staff to help in relaxation when experiencing and caring for someone with cancer. Therapeutic Dogs, Inc (TDI) Certified Therapy dogs are available for visitation on a weekly basis on Wednesday afternoon rotating between the Bergan Mercy and Lakeside campuses. Volunteers who own the dogs accompany them on the visits. For more information contact, Rissy Smith at 402-572-2072.
Cancer Survivorship Program
This program is an educational, recreational and social program that meets on a monthly basis. Programs are held at local community venues that offer cancer survivors both education and recreation opportunities. The program is open to cancer survivors treated through the CHI Health system along with one guest. The program is free of charge.
Cast to Recovery Retreat
This retreat is offered annually for twelve women with breast cancer who have been treated within the CHI Health system. The retreat combines the principles of fly fishing, group discussion, spiritual connection and relaxation in dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis. The retreat is offered at St Benedict’s Retreat Center in Schuyler, NE. For more information, contact Linda Dempsey at 402-572-2933.