Education and Support
Living with a serious disease is difficult. Cancer patients and those who care about them face many problems and challenges. Coping with these problems is often easier when people have helpful information and support services. Ridgeview offers cancer education and support groups (see list below), and Ridgeview’s Health Information Library provides information and Internet access. Ridgeview’s Social Services Department can suggest other resources that help with rehabilitation, emotional support, financial aid, transportation or home care. Services include:
Breast Cancer Support Group for Women
Meets monthly. No fee. No registration required.
Grief Support Group
Meets twice monthly. No fee. No registration required.
Look Good, Feel Better
This free service teaches cancer patients techniques to help enhance appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Education and Support Programs
When laboratory research shows that a new treatment method has promise, cancer patients can receive the treatment in carefully controlled trials. Often comparing a new treatment with the standard approach, these trials are designed to find out whether the new approach is safe and more effective. In addition to treatment trials, symptom management and cancer prevention trials may also be available. Clinical trial participation allows patients to receive the most advanced research protocols close to home.
For information, call Terry Hoelz, RN, at (952) 442-2191, ext. 5673.
Ridgeview Medical Center sponsors/participates in a number of cancer prevention and detection activities. These include:
Skin cancer screening
Skin cancer screening clinics are scheduled each spring. Adults and children are invited to attend this free screening.
Prostate cancer screening (FHM)
Prostate cancer screening clinics are scheduled each year at various sites in the Ridgeview service area. Men over the age of 50, or age 40 to 50 with a family history of prostate cancer, are encouraged to take advantage of this free service.
- Breast cancer screening/low-cost mammograms
- Breast cancer screening is offered at various clinics and at Ridgeview Medical Center each year. Through the Breast Cancer Detection Awareness Project, low-cost mammograms are provided October through December.
- For more information on breast cancer, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit their Web site.
- Sage Screening Program
- The Sage Screening Program is a cooperative effort between health professionals, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to encourage screening for breast and cervical cancer. Women who meet the income and age eligibility requirements of this program can receive free breast and cervical cancer screening, referral for follow-up and/or treatment for those who have an abnormal screening test, and help with finding financial resources for follow-up and treatment for those who have no insurance or not enough insurance to cover the cost.
For further information, call Carver County Public Health at (952) 442-4493 or the Minnesota Department of Health toll-free at 1-888-643-2584 or visit their Web site.