Specialties & Services

Patient Services

Lake Regional Cancer Center utilizes the latest technologies, skills and resources — with a personal touch. Compassionate doctors, nurses, clinicians, therapists, staff members and volunteers work together to offer a network of individuals to join you in your fight against cancer. The following services are available on site.

Cancer Screening Program

Early detection of cancer - finding it before it spreads - gives the best options for successful treatment.

Lake Regional's cancer screening program offers American Cancer Society recommended screenings, a clinical assessment of the results and education to lower the risk for cancer. Individuals who already have experienced cancer and its treatment can benefit from ongoing cancer screenings.

Learn more about the Lake Regional cancer screening program by clicking here.

Lymphedema Therapy

Radiation therapy or the removal of lymph nodes to treat cancer can damage the body’s lymphatic system. Sometimes, this damage results in lymphedema — the accumulation of lymph fluid and significant swelling in a limb or body part.

Because surgical removal or radiation of lymph nodes is done frequently in breast, uterine and prostate cancer treatments, lymphedema can occur after these procedures. Thankfully, with early intervention and proper treatment, lymphedema can be controlled, enabling patients to lead full lives.

Lake Regional has certified lymphatic therapists on staff who provide complete decongestive therapy to reduce pain and swelling. Call 573-302-2230 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Nutrition Services

LRCC recognizes that nutrition plays an important role in the care and healing of individuals diagnosed with cancer. To help patients meet nutritional needs and goals, expert registered, licensed dietitians partner with the LRCC health care team to support patients throughout their cancer treatment course and recovery. The center offers a variety of services to help you with special needs.

Palliative Care

LRCC provides palliative care services for patients who have been diagnosed with serious, progressive or life-altering illnesses. Caring and compassionate, our palliative care team works to support patients and their families as they cope with the physical, emotional, social and spiritual effects related to their disease process. 

The Palliative Care Team communicates with health care providers to ensure that every treatment plan is tailored to enhance quality of life and meet each patient’s goals and wishes throughout the disease process — helping every patient live life to its fullest.

Cancer Resource Navigator

Knowledgeable and caring, Lake Regional's Cancer Resource Navigator strives to ensure that each patient and family receives the needed resources and assistance to effectively cope with the effects of cancer. Assistance with financial needs is a large part of the Navigator's role because this can be a major stress for patients. By researching options for assistance, networking and advocacy, and by providing a thorough psychosocial assessment, the Resource Navigator is there to support you from diagnosis to survivorship. To learn more about the Resource Navigator, click here.

Cancer Resource Center

LRCC works closely with the American Cancer Society to provide a wide array of services for area cancer patients. Largely funded by community donations, the American Cancer Society offers many free benefits. Examples include wigs, hats, breast prostheses, nutritional supplements, travel assistance and support programs. Located conveniently in the Cancer center, the Resource Center is staffed by dedicated volunteers who have firsthand knowledge of what it means to face cancer.

Support Groups/Services

Lake Regional offers several support groups and services for area cancer patients. Information on services sponsored by Lake Regional are listed below. For information on other support groups hosted by Lake Regional, click here

Look Good...Feel Better

10 a.m., the last Wednesday of the month
Lake Regional Cancer Center Resource Room

Women currently undergoing cancer treatment are encouraged to attend this free session to help cope with appearance-related side effects. Click here for information on upcoming sessions, or call the Cancer Center at 573-302-2772.

HOPE for Women

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month
Lake Regional Cancer Center Resource Room


Area women who have been diagnosed with cancer who currently are undergoing or have finished treatment are invited to attend. Each meeting begins with a 20-minute educational session, followed by a support group meeting. The goal of HOPE for Women is to provide education and support for women who have been diagnosed with cancer. Facilitators are: Marilyn Kuffel, Melissa McCormick and Jan Warren, R.N. To view upcoming dates, click here. For more information, call 573-302-2741.

Cancer Support Group for Men

11:15 a.m., the third Wednesday of the month
Lake Regional Cancer Center Resource Room

This support group is for men with a cancer diagnosis who currently are undergoing treatment or are in recovery. This is a lunch and share meeting; $5 cafeteria vouchers are provided to participants. The group is led by Cancer Center Volunteer Charlie Franke. Call the Cancer Center at 573-302-2772 for more information.

Chews Life

11:15 a.m., the second Tuesday of the month
Lake Regional Cancer Center Resource Room

This class is offered to people with a cancer diagnosis who are currently undergoing cancer treatment or are in recovery. The class, hosted by Jordan Teeple, M.S., R.D., L.D., will address nutrition during and after cancer, managing side-effects and guidelines for preventing recurrence. We will offer cancer patients and one family member or caregiver each a $5 cafeteria voucher. Please arrive at 11:15 a.m. if you wish to use the voucher. Click here, or call 573-302-2741 for more information.

Lymphedema 101

11:30 a.m., the second Wednesday of the month
Lake Regional Cancer Center Resource Room


This is a one-hour course that will be offered for patients who may be at risk for the development of lymphedema related to surgery or cancer treatment. It will be presented by Denise Hagemann and Amberly Wiese and will review subjects such as: what is lymphedema, who is at risk, stages of lymphedema, monitoring techniques, prevention techniques, treatment options, when to see your doctor, and more. Lunch is provided. Participants can sign up by calling the Cancer Center at 302-2772.

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