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I Can Cope

This is a four-session educational program co-sponsored by the Good Samaritan Hospital Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society. Participants receive information on cancer, cancer treatment and managing treatment side effects. In addition to this, the emotional, physical and social aspects of cancer are explored. Each session is lead by health care professionals. I Can Cope is also offered through telehealth to rural sites upon request.

Sessions are offered one time each spring and fall. For more information contact Andee Stuehm at 865-7560 or 1-800-277-4306. To learn more about I Can Cope online or to take the course online, visit the American Cancer Society at http://www.cancer.org.

Cancer Survivors Day

National Cancer Survivors Day is an annual event held the first Sunday in June. This event is held to honor cancer survivors. A cancer survivor is defined as anyone living with a history of cancer-from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life. Contact the Cancer Center at 1-800-277-4306 or 865-7986 for more information. You may also visit the National Cancer Survivors Day website at http://www.ncsdf.org/. 

United Ostomy Group

This support group is composed of individuals who have intestinal or urinary stomas. The group meets the first Sunday of each month. Programs are designed for informational, social and psychosocial support. For more information contact the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses at 308-865-7048.

Reach to Recovery

Reach to Recovery is a one-to-one visitation program for women with breast cancer. Visits are made by women who have a history of breast cancer and have been trained through the American Cancer Society to offer support and help women meet the physical and cosmetic needs related to the disease and its treatment. For more information contact Marcia Stephens at the Good Samaritan Cancer Center at 308-865-7985 or the American Cancer Society at (308) 237-7481 or (877) 532-7099. To learn more about this program online, visit the American Cancer Society at http://www.cancer.org.

American Cancer Society

For information on patient services available contact the Buffalo County Division of the American Cancer Society (ACS) at (308) 237-1631. Information on these programs may also be viewed online on the ACS website at http://www.cancer.org. Services through the American Cancer Society include but are not limited to:

  • Road to Recovery
  • Nutritional Supplement Program 
  •  Wig Bank
  • Mileage Reimbursement

Breast Cancer Support Group

The Breast Cancer Support Group was formed to offer therapeutic support to women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. The group was designed to offer educational programs related to breast cancer and to provide a group to meet the emotional needs of the women. This group meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Cancer Center at Good Samaritan Hospital. For more information please contact Marcia Stephens RN, C, MSEd at 308-865-7883 or 1-800-277-4306.

Look Good / Feel Better

Look Good / Feel Better was founded in 1989 by The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association Foundation, a charitable organization supported by the cosmetic industry's trade association, in partnership with the American Cancer Society and the National Cosmetology Association. These three partners support the program through funding, training of volunteers and free educational materials and cosmetics. Look Good / Feel Better meets the third Monday of each month at 10 a.m. in the Conference Room at the Cancer Center. Registration is required. Please call 1-800-277-4306 or 865-7985 to register. To learn more about this program visit the American Cancer Society at http://www.cancer.org.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Good Samaritan Cancer Center collaborates with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to bring education and support programs to people with leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma. These informative and supportive programs are offered statewide through telehealth. Although the speakers may be in Omaha, patients have the opportunity to listen and interact with other participants in Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, Kearney, North Platte and Scottsbluff. Other rural hospitals may also participate when requested. Visit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's website at http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/hm_lls to find out about other programs and resources. Call 1-800-277-4306 or 308-865-7986 to inquire about availability of these programs in Kearney and the surrounding area. 

Community Programming and Screening Programs

The Cancer Center offers various community programming and screening programs throughout the year. Examples of these programs include: Colorectal Screening and Awareness Activities in March and Breast Cancer Awareness Programs in October. For more information call 1-800-277-4306 or 865-7199 and ask for Dana Welsh, RN or Marcia Stephens, RN.

Strong and Smart: Living Well with Cancer

Join us from the comfort of your own home or office. Listen to our experts via phone and view their presentations from your computer. Good Samaritan Hospital Cancer Center joins other Catholic Health Initiative cancer programs in offering one-hour seminars on a variety of cancer related topics.


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