Some degree of depression, anxiety, or fear is normal when patients and families are coping with cancer. These feelings range in intensity from person to person and from one day to the next. You may find that counseling helps ease these feelings. An oncology social worker is available to help patients and families manage their distress. Support groups are also available and are another option that you may find helpful. In addition, the hospital chaplain is available for spiritual support.
Regional Cancer Care Institute has a variety of resources available to patients, their families, and the community.
Patient Support Team
The Patient Support Team is a group of professionals trained to relieve pain and other symptoms you are experiencing and improve your quality of life throughout your experience at Regional Cancer Care Institute. We work with your oncologist, or cancer physician, to make sure you are as comfortable as possible, at any stage of your cancer diagnosis. We can also help you with working through everyday stressors and burdens, so you can focus on what is truly important to you.
The Patient Support Team is here to provide pain and symptom management, open discussion about treatment choices, coordination of your care, and emotional support for you and your family.
Cancer Support Group
Meetings are held Wednesdays
(excluding holidays and closures for inclement weather)
3 to 4 p.m., Regional Cancer Care Institute Conference Room
Group is open to patients and family members whose lives have been affected by cancer.
First Wednesday - Support Group
Remaining Wednesdays - Interactive Education, including:
Healing Arts, Journaling, Nutrition, Advanced Directives & More.
For more information, call (605) 755-2300.
Patient Navigator Program
The Patient Navigator program is a collaborative program between the American Cancer Society and the John T. Vucurevich Cancer Care Institute. Patient Navigators help patients, families, and caregivers navigate the many systems needed during the cancer journey.
Trained Patient Navigators link those dealing with cancer to needed programs and resources by providing literature on various topics of interest to cancer patients, referring patients to information and support programs, and identifying resources for financial assistance, medication needs, home health care, insurance questions, and transportation.
Look Good...Feel Better
The Look Good…Feel Better program is a community-based, free, national service that teaches female cancer patients beauty techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Patients can attend group workshops or an individual salon consultation with volunteer beauty professionals. Look Good…Feel Better is a collaboration between the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the National Cosmetology Association (NCA).
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Home Care is appropriate whenever a patient prefers to stay at home but needs ongoing care that cannot easily or effectively be provided solely by family and friends. Rapid City Regional Hospital’s offer home care services through Home+. Home care promotes healing in the comfort of the patient’s home while providing a comprehensive range of high-quality services and professional care.
Comprehensive rehabilitation services are available to help cancer patients obtain the best quality of life possible. Rehabilitation specialists work together with your physician to assess and manage specific physical symptoms related to cancer and cancer treatment.
These services include:
Cancer Resource Library
The Cancer Care Institute’s Resource Library provides our patients and community with information on cancer control, cancer treatment, site-specific cancer, cancer support, and advanced disease.
Audiotapes, videotapes, and public internet access are also available. The resource library is located in the Cancer Care Institute’s lobby and waiting area and can be accessed Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.