Let us support you with your physical and emotional needs.
Cancer can bring about significant challenges in many aspects of your life. Often times, many of these challenges take a back seat to your physical health. At MMH, we believe addressing all of these challenges is vital to your care and recovery. That's why we offer programs and support to address your emotional, social, spiritual and economic needs.
Patient Support - Meet our Social Worker
Kari Ann Rennekamp has been a social worker at our cancer center since its opening in 2005. A cancer survivor herself, she understands the toll a cancer diagnosis can have on a person. She can assist with financial issues, transportation needs, workshops, emotional support and more. As a social worker, she can also help with the following:
- When you feel worried, alone or angry
- When you want to talk to someone who understands
- When you need to take a leave from your employer
- When you find there is no joy in your life
- When your partner is struggling with your illness
- When you need help at home
- When you need help talking to your children
- When you don't understand your insurance
For many patients, our support group and workshops provide the perfect opportunity to talk to others who may be having similar experiences. If you're interested in attending our local support group, it's held the second Wednesday of every month and is offered for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer, including family and caregivers. Our workshops provide more targeted content as follows:
- INSPIRE Workshop - Designed to uplift and encourage those fighting cancer
- NURTURE Workshop - Designed to provide cancer patients with tips for self care
- CARE Workshop - Designed to provide education and support for caregivers
To learn more about our support group and workshops, visit our Community section online. To contact Kari Ann, call 812.933.3741.
Patient Care Navigation - Meet our Nurse Navigators
To assist our patients and caregivers through the treatment process, MMH offers a patient care navigation program. Our navigators are all certified oncology nurses who provide emotional support, education and guidance to patients and their families during their cancer journey. Their job is to be your primary point of contact, advocate for you, identify barriers in your care and make sure you feel informed.
As our patient, you can expect our nurse navigators to:
- Help you understand your diagnosis
- Explain procedures, treatments and side effects
- Assist with questions to ask your doctors
- Coordinate appointments
Klair Biltz, RN
Tammy Buehner, RN
Julie Huffmeyer, RN
Nancy Meyer, RN
Comfort Touch - Meet our Massage Therapist
Comfort touch massage is a nurturing style of acupressure which gives special consideration to the physical and emotional needs of patients. This gentler form of massage is designed to help patients with relaxation and pain relief. For many patients, receiving a massage calms them and brings a sense of peace. Others have found it allows them to better handle anxiety, nausea and fatigue. Massage can also increase a patient's immune response and help support the healing process.
Our massage therapist, Carla Stenger, has worked at our cancer center for more than 10 years. An integral part of our cancer team, she has specific training in both oncology massage and comfort touch. Carla understands everyone's needs are different. Some patients enjoy receiving massages during treatments while others prefer to be left alone. Patients interested in receiving a massage can schedule a session by calling 812.933.3779.
Other Support Services
Many cancer patients face the challenge of getting to and from their treatment appointments. MMH's Health Rides program provides free transportation so patients can focus on getting well, instead of getting a ride. Learn more.
Rehab can benefit patients who experience problems after treatment, including fatigue, unsteadiness, pain, muscle weakness, lymphedema, difficulty swallowing, numbness and cognitive changes. Learn more.
Cancer Center Boutique
Located within our cancer center, our boutique offers a variety of products and services designed to help women manage the physical appearance changes brought on by cancer and its treatment. Learn more.
Nutrition is key to a healthy life for everyone, but especially if you are undergoing cancer treatment. Eating well before, during and after your cancer treatment can affect how you feel, and more importantly, how your body responds to treatment. Our dietitians can provide an eating plan specific to you and your stage in your cancer journey. Benefits of nutrition counseling include reaching appropriate weight goals, improving treatment outcomes, decreasing or eliminating treatment-related side effects and promoting a healthy lifestyle after cancer.
Life after a cancer diagnosis is different for everyone. We can help prepare you for what to expect in the future. As part of our survivorship program, you'll meet with a dietitian and a member of our nursing team. We'll cover everything from your follow-up treatment plan and healthy eating to cancer prevention and warning signs of recurrence. We'll also address emotional issues such as anxiety, depression, body image, relationships and returning to work. Our goal is always to support you through your cancer journey and provide you with the tools to help you live your healthiest life.
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