Cancer Center is One-Stop for Treatment, Support

High-tech tools for treatment are nice, but medical experts know cancer care goes beyond that.

Keith Olsson, oncology services director for Cotton-O'Neil Clinics, says there are programs and services cancer patients need after their active treatment. He says the new Cotton-O'Neil Cancer Center was designed with those needs in mind. It includes a library staffed full-time by a volunteer and complete with information books and pamphlets and internet access. Olsson says nformation is important for patients and their families. He says doctors know they'll spend a lot of time researching their disease, so they wanted to provide a facility to do that and help guide them through the process.

The center also space for support groups to meet and to access services of organizations like the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the American Cancer Society.

Jennifer Taylor of the American Cancer Society says she knows many times someone going through cancer treatment isn't going to want to spend a lot of time running around and doing errands. She says by having information available at the same place someone is getting treatment, they know what ACS has.

One unique ACS program has a special place in the Cancer Center. An "Appearance Shop" will host "Look Good, Feel Better" sessions at least once a month, and also offers a place to get advice on wigs and other appearance issues. Taylor says, especially for women, the little things that can be done to help them put on lipstick and feel better to face the day can impact their emotional well-being and how they respond to treatment.

Olsson says the whole idea is convenience, giving patients one place to go for a multitude of services.

Several free education programs will also be offered at the Cancer Center. Some upcoming events include:

"Exploring Myeloma: An overview for patients and caregivers"
10 to 11 am
February 16th

"What is Hospice?"
10 to 11 am
March 16

"Pet Therapy"
10 to 11 am
April 20

For information or registration, call Christy Thomas at 1-800-779-2417

631 SW Commerce Pl. Topeka, Kansas 66615 phone: 785-272-6397 fax: 785-272-1363 email:
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