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Regional Health Cancer Care Institute Wins State Grant

Nov 08, 2019 09:59AM ● By MED Magazine
The Regional Health John T. Vucurevich Cancer Care Institute in Rapid City has received a grant of up to $30,000 from the South Dakota Department of Health to launch a survivorship program for the institute’s breast cancer patients.

Regional Health will work with the Department of Health Comprehensive Cancer Control Program to expand a variety of services for breast cancer patients after they complete their medical treatment.

“We’re excited to launch this program, and we’re grateful to the South Dakota Department of Health for making these funds available,” said Kristi Gylten, Director of the John T. Vucurevich Cancer Care Institute. “Cancer survivors need a variety of support services after their medical care is completed. That can include everything from smoking cessation and nutrition counseling to follow-up screenings and coordination with their primary care physician.”

Under the program, the Cancer Care Institute will expand its patient navigation services to support patients through the after-treatment process. In addition, the institute will put the survivors in touch with community-based programs that can help with psychosocial support, rehabilitation and chronic disease management. These services can improve the quality of life, boost self-confidence and inspire positive lifestyle changes.