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Physical Support

As you go through testing and treatments, our support services team works with your physicians and nurses to ensure your body stays as well and strong as possible. This can have a positive effect on your well-being before, during and after your treatment.

Fertility preservation

Before your treatment, our fertility preservation specialists can meet with you to discuss your needs and available options. Services include harvesting eggs or sperm, preserving them through freezing and transplanting them back into your body after treatment.

Genetic counseling

Understanding your risk factors for cancer allows you to make the most informed decisions about your healthcare. Genetic counseling can help determine your risk for different types of cancer. Genetic testing provides information about your risk factors for specific hereditary types of cancer, including breast, colon, ovarian, prostate and uterine.

Genetic counselors at The University of Kansas Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, are board-certified by the American Board of Genetic Certification. They follow the gold-standard guidelines set by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

To make a genetic counseling appointment, call 913-588-5568.

Cancer rehabilitation

One of our rehabilitation specialists will work with you and your caregivers to help you cope with the physical complications of your condition and treatments. They will help you maintain and improve your functional abilities, alleviate pain, minimize fatigue and improve your quality of life.

Our rehabilitation experts focus on evaluating and treating the neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and functional complications that some patients develop as a result of cancer and cancer treatments. Complications can include:

  • Acute and chronic pain
  • Amputation
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Gait disorders
  • Lymphedema
  • Muscle spasms
  • Neuropathy
  • Swallowing and chewing problems

Rehabilitation options include the use of assistive devices, orthotics, prosthetics, medications including joint and soft-tissue pain injections, mobility exercises and patient education.

To meet with a rehabilitation specialist, call 913-588-1227.

Exercise for the cancer patient

You cancer team can work with you to create a safe and appropriate exercise plan that focuses on functional movement. This type of plan can build muscle strength and ease side effects such as fatigue, anxiety and depression. To learn more, call 913-588-1227.

Learn more about the benefits of exercise for cancer patients and survivors.

Personal appearance services

Located inside the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Care Pavilion at our Westwood Campus, Missys’ Boutique is an accredited appearance center dedicated to helping cancer patients overcome appearance obstacles with dignity and style. The retail store also offers unique gifts sure to brighten anyone’s day!

Services include bra and wig fittings. Products include breast forms, postsurgery bras and camisoles, as well as a wide assortment of clothing and accessories.

Some prescribed items may be provided at no charge through our Patients in Need Fund for the uninsured and underinsured. Visit Missys’ Boutique for an application or call 913-945-5800.

A patient says thank you

An important healing partner during my breast cancer journey was Missys’ Boutique. The expertise of the professional staff is outstanding, and the shared experience I found at Missys’ Boutique created a healing foundation of well-being and trust. –Jami Parkison

Breast cancer survivor

Survivorship services

Surviving cancer begins the day of diagnosis and continues every day after. Survivorship services include:

  • Providing you with treatment summaries, care plans, ongoing care and follow-up appointment scheduling
  • Referring you to appropriate support services to address late effects of your condition, such as energy balance or cognitive concerns

Speak to your care team about these services and more.

Request your appointment today.

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

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