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Emotional and Spiritual Support

In addition to coping with practical matters and physical needs, many people with cancer also must manage their emotional and spiritual well-being.

As many as 60% of cancer patients in the U.S. experience emotional health issues during treatment.


Our licensed psychologists will help you adjust to changes that accompany a cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. These compassionate experts provide therapy to address the anxiety, disappointment and frustration that affect you and your family and other caregivers.

Services include:

  • Individual and family therapy
  • Crisis intervention
  • Cognitive assessments

To speak with a psychologist, talk to a member of your care team or call 913-588-1227.

Support groups and wellness programs

The University of Kansas Cancer Center hosts several support groups for those whose lives are touched by specific types of cancer. In groups like these, you are able to share your experiences with people who are facing the same issues. Members of our cancer care team who lead these groups also offer educational information about your disease, treatments and side effects. Find a support group and meeting details.

Turning Point

Turning Point offers a variety of cancer-related wellness programs and classes throughout the community. Turning Point helps people with chronic illnesses and their family members live their lives to the fullest.

When you visit Turning Point for the very first time, expect a warm, welcoming, friendly yet professional atmosphere. During your visit, our staff will look through our calendar with you, assist with class suggestions and recommend programs that address individual concerns and needs.

We hope that after your first visit, you'll leave with a renewed sense of encouragement and hope.

Services focus on helping you and your family better manage the illness process, reduce symptoms and increase coping skills. Topics include:

  • Emotional and physical support, such as resilience and meditation
  • Nutrition, including cooking classes and eating healthy on a budget
  • Practical matters, such as legal issues and advance directives
  • Body movement, including yoga, Pilates and Tai chi

Thanks to generous donors, programs are offered free of charge. To register or learn more, call 913-574-0900 or visit

Turning Point gave me a place to go, something positive to concentrate on and the tools to live with uncertainty. They helped me balance my new world. –Denise DiPiazzo

Breast cancer survivor

Palliative care

Our palliative care team comprises physicians, nurses and social workers. Palliative care services, funded by the Allen and Gloria Block Family Foundation, provide psychological and spiritual care to patients and families. To learn more, talk with your healthcare provider.

Spiritual support

Our spiritual care team is available to every patient, family and visitor. All team members are ordained ministers and offer prayer, pastoral counseling and worship services.

To speak with a spiritual care team member, ask your care team or call 913-588-5000 and ask for the chaplain to be paged.

Counselor meeting with patient.

Emotional support for patients and family

When cancer patients receive psychological care, they recover more quickly, experience improved quality of life and have fewer readmissions.

Learn more

Request your appointment today.

To make an appointment at The University of Kansas Cancer Center, call 913-588-1227.

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