The WeCAN Cancer Support Group provides patients, families and caregivers a chance to share experiences and learn new ways of coping with the disease process. Cancer survivors, patients in active treatment or in hospice care are all weclome. The group meets the third Wednesday of each month from 5 pm to 6 pm (Central time) at IU Health La Porte Heart & Vascular Center, 901 Lincolnway, in the Conference Room, first floor.
The best defense against cancer is being informed and having a support network that can help you through the difficult times. Support groups help improve a patient’s, and their loved one’s, ability to deal with the uncertainties and challenges faced with the cancer experience. Topics include:
- How a family system copes with the diagnosis
- How children should be told about the disease process
- The role extended family and friends can play in the treatment process
The group promotes education by arranging for various speakers to present educational topics related to cancer support and treatment.
Our cancer support group is affiliated with the Mishawaka chapter of the American Cancer Society. It is led by an oncology-certified, licensed clinical social worker. WeCAN also draws from a spiritual perspective and is co-facilitated by the hospital chaplain. For more information, call 219.326.2311.
The IU Health La Porte Hospital Foundation Cancer Patient Fund helps to provide our cancer patients with needed medications and treatments; and the Center for Cancer Therapy Fund assists in advancing the Cancer Therapy through purchasing new equipment and furthering staff education in this field. Click here to make a donation.