A Sneak-peek of what's inside the Cancer Resource Center

Within this beautiful building amazing work happens each and every day. Our breast cancer patients have access to some of the most comprehensive services available anywhere including diagnosis, treatment and support. The Cancer Resource Center provides patients and families with education and support to help them navigate through the cancer journey. The Resource Center is part of the Dr. Richard C. Ostenson Cencer Center.

The Resource Center offers the following services to anyone living with cancer, regardless of where they receive their care:

Breast Cancer Coordinator

Our friendly coordinator contacts all breast cancer patients referred by their physician as soon as a breast cancer diagnosis is made. She provides ongoing scheduling and other assistance from surgery to radiation and other treatments, as well as helps to interpret medical terminology, listens to concerns, answers questions and offers counsel.

Resource Coordinator

Helps patients and family members select the most useful materials and provides support and encouragement.

Resource Materials

Includes a lending library of books and free materials on breast cancer. One of the books available for patients is titled Eating Well Though Cancer by Holly Clegg & Geral Miletello, M.D. and provides recommendations and recipes for eating throughout the chemotherapy stages.

The book recommends that cancer patients have the following items on your shopping list for the day of Chemotherapy:

  • Bananas
  • Butter
  • Canned chicken broth
  • Cheese
  • Skinless boneless chicken
  • Cream of Wheat
  • Eggs
  • Grits
  • Instant puddings, gelatin
  • Pasta
  • Potatoes
  • Roasted Turkey
  • Rice
  • Toast, crackers or pretzels

Wig and Hat Program

Provides free hats, scarves, wigs and wig styling for patients.

Post Surgical Camisoles

All of our breast cancer patients receive a post surgical camisole (a sleeveless undergarment for women, normally extending to the waist). They are extremely comfortable and bring back that feminine feeling.

Holistic Care (Comfort Therapies) for Patients and Families -

Non-medical, non-invasive approaches to providing comfort that works side by side with conventional medical care. Comfort Therapies at the Cancer Resource Center include massage and reiki.

The Cancer Resource Center provides information on free support groups and classes listed below:

Puyallup Cancer Support Group -

For patients, care-givers, adult family members, and friends. Meeting includes an educational program, refreshments and a time of sharing.

Customized Exercise -

Designed for survivors, during treatment and beyond. Simple exercises with a stability ball, weights, bands and other methods, followed by gentle stretching.

Pilates -

Pilates is a step by step progression to strengthen core muscles. Each survivor exercises at his/her own level and are able to develop and train the body and mind to work together.

Lymphedema Networking Group -

Meet and share stories with other lymphedema patients. Also an opportunity gather information about lymphedema sleeves. This group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00pm in the Resource Center. Classes will cover the following areas: Compression garments/bandaging, introduction to Lymphedema, precautions/self-care, what to expect and how to prepare for treatment, traveling/summer activities

The Power of Nutrition Series -

An opportunity for patients and their families to learn about the benefits of good nutrition during and after cancer treatment.

Friend to Friend -

Matches newly diagnosed cancer patients and caregivers with cancer survivors of a similar diagnosis and treatment plan.

Look Good...Feel Better -

Teaches beauty techniques to women in active treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Registration is required; classes meet every other month on the third Monday at 1:00pm.

Weekly Coffee with the Chaplain -

Have the opportunity to talk with one of our Chaplains in a casual environment with coffee and pastries.

For more information on these programs and services please contact the Cancer Resource Center at 253-697-4899.

Breast Health Factoids

The Cancer Resource Center has 100 visitors on average each month who need information, wigs, hats, etc.

More than 140 free wigs were fitted for patients last year.