Every cancer survivor is a cause for celebration. It's a victory of the individual over daunting odds and the culmination of determination, will and innovative cancer treatment.
But the challenges don't end there for cancer survivors. Oftentimes, cancer survivors have a new lifestyle to learn to live, including new dietary and exercise guidelines. Our caring staff works with cancer survivors to help them in their ongoing efforts to live well.
As difficult as the physical battles may be, there are also emotional challenges. That's why it's important for cancer survivors to seek support and love from family and friends, as well as fellow cancer survivors.
The Utah Valley Cancer Center provides many ways for cancer patients to stay involved, including:
- The American Fork Canyon Half Marathon & 5K: the most scenic race down beautiful American Fork Canyon, all race fees go to support the treatment of local cancer patients. There is a definite feeling of camaraderie among the race participants, all running for a cause.
- Women's Cancer Support Group: a support group for female cancer patients and survivors.
- First Tuesday of each month, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Utah Valley Cancer Center radiation lobby.
- Contact Heidi Fox, LCSW, at (801) 357-7575 for more information.
- Lifting Hearts Breast Cancer Support Group: meets the second Thursday of each month, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Fillmore/Spencer Law Office (3301 North University Ave, Provo, UT). www.liftinghearts.blogspot.com
- Cancer Resource Center: Get current information about cancer and sign up for local programs. Located in the Utah Valley Cancer Center. Gift items are also available. Open Mon-Fri: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (801) 493-4724 for more information.
- Look Good... Feel Better: Information and guidance to help women undergoing cancer treatment "look good and feel better". The two-hour classes are available in Provo and at American Fork Hospital. Skin tone is needed for makeup kit (light, medium, dark or very dark). Pre-registration is required to attend the class. Call (801) 493-4724. For Spanish-speaking classes, call (801) 851-7031.
- 2nd Tuesday of each month, 6 p.m., at the Central Utah Clinic, in Provo.
- 4th Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m., at American Fork Hospital
- Spanish class available January, May and September, at the Utah County Healthy Department
- Road to Recovery Transportation Service: Volunteer drivers provide transportation for cancer patients to and from their scheduled medical appointments. Drivers donate their time and the use of their personal vehicles. To request transportation or to become a driver, call (801) 227-2345.
- Gift Closet: Free wigs, hats, scarves, bras and some prosthetics for cancer patients. Made by appointment only. Call (801) 357-3767.
- Family Guest House: Located to the west of Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, the Family Guest House provides affordable, temporary housing for families who have a family member undergoing lengthy treatment at the hospital. Learn more about the Family Guest House.