Pratt Cancer Center Support Groups & Programs

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The Pratt Cancer Center in St. Louis offers many unique programs in supportive settings for cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones. Find a cancer support group and/or event in St. Louis that meets your needs.

Upcoming Events at the Pratt Center

Managing Side Effects of Cancer - Strategies for Coping

Thursday, October 26 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Mercy PT, Laura Hooper and Karen Banks, MEd, LPC, will provide education about common physical and emotional side effects of cancer treatment. Learn to prevent, recognize, and manage these side effects with medicine, mind, and body. Participants will gain the knowledge to advocate for themselves and make the right decisions for their care. This is an interactive session, so bring your questions Please register online.

Cooking Demo with Chef Eric and Dietitian Elizabeth Huseman – Virtual Online Event

Wednesday, November 3 from 11:00 a.m. – Noon. Come join our virtual cooking demo featuring high calorie-high protein, soft recipes for managing poor appetite, difficulty swallowing and fatigue through treatment. Recipes and grocery lists will be sent out prior so you can follow along in your own kitchen. Our registered dietitian will discuss the key ingredients in these recipes while Chef Eric prepares them. For questions about this event call, 314-251-6400 Please register online by October 25.

Managing Distress in Survivorship – Enhancing Emotional Wellbeing

Tuesday, November 16 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Do you know that distress is the most underreported and common side effect of cancer? Distress can manifest as depression, anxiety, worry, anger, or fear. Our cancer experience affects the way we think, feel, and act moving forward in life. We invite people impacted by cancer and their families to this workshop that discusses the feelings many cancers survivors experience during and after treatment. Learn how emotions affect our health and how to recognize when we need support. Please register online.

Cancer Support Groups in St. Louis

In partnership with Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis.

 

An educational and emotionally safe group, in collaboration with Mercy, for women newly-diagnosed and survivors, female family and friends.

 

Day:  Second Wednesday of the month
Time:  5:30 - 7 p.m.
Location:  David C. Pratt Cancer Center - Cancer Information Center, Suite 1440

Registration is required. Please call 314-251-6400 or 314-238-2000.

Mercy experts discuss the importance of nutrition and managing nutrition-related side effects through cancer treatment.

 

Day:  First Wednesday of the month
Time:  5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Registration is required. Please call 314-251-6400

If you have been diagnosed with cancer of the head and neck, we have a support group for you. Share experiences, get advice, and learn from each other and experts on a variety of topics. Please join us and feel free to bring a friend or partner.

 

Day:  Fourth Thursday of the month
Time:  5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Location:  David C. Pratt Cancer Center - Cancer Information Center, Suite 1440.

Registration is required. Questions - please call 314-251-6400

Join other thyroid cancer survivors to share experiences and get advice.

 

Day:  Third Saturday of each month
Time:  10 - 11:30 a.m.
Location:  David C. Pratt Cancer Center - First Floor Conference Room

Registration is required. For more information, e-mail StLouis-MO@thyca.org, or call 314-974-5804.

In partnership with Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis.

 

This group features speakers and follow-up discussions on important topics such as treatment options, quality of life, incontinence, intimacy concerns and fear of recurrence.

 

Day:  First Thursday of the month
Time:  6:30 - 8 p.m.
Location:  David C. Pratt Cancer Center - Cancer Information Center, Suite 1440
Registration is required. For more information, call 314-251-6400.

Meetings are run by a certified lymphedema therapist with Mercy Hospital St. Louis.

 

Location:  David C. Pratt Cancer Center - First Floor Conference Room
Registration is required. For more information, call 636-256-5200.

When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, those who surround him or her often find themselves in a most challenging role….the caregiver. The reality for those journeying with their loved one with cancer is the need to balance several roles as spouse, parent, child, sibling, on one hand, and caregiver on the other. Navigating the emotional, physical and spiritual toll caregiving can bring into a family’s life is an important piece of the puzzle for both the caregiver, as well as, for the patient.

 

The Caregiver Support Group, provided by Susan Stucco, MA-PHC, MA-C, Chaplain, will be held in person at the David C. Pratt Cancer Center on the first Tuesday of the month.

Spiritual Care for Cancer Patients

Our highly-trained chaplains provide spiritual care for cancer patients and immediate family members at no cost. Pastoral Services are available at 314-251-6470 or with Chaplain Susan Stucco at 314-330-3664.

Day / Time:  Available by appointment only.
Location:  Chaplain Susan Stucco offers appointments at the David C. Pratt Cancer Center.