Cancer Resource Center

The effects of cancer are different for every patient and caregiver, and a diagnosis can bring on mixed emotions and overwhelming information. The Cancer Resource Center is a free and convenient way for area cancer patients and their caregivers to access resources that may assist them on their journey with cancer. One simple phone call will connect patients with WMC health professionals who will guide them to resources meeting each individual need. We are the connection. We can help.

Winneshiek Medical Center staff works to improve quality of life for patients needing specialized care, and much of that specialized care can be found close to home. The WMC Same Day Services department has compassionate staff who provide treatment for cancer and chronic illnesses and are certified by the Oncology Nursing Society. WMC also provides spiritual and bereavement support, social workers, nutritional counseling, home health and hospice care and benefit from partnerships with the American Cancer Society and Iowa Cancer Consortium.

Contact the Cancer Resource Center to find out how we can help you. Call 563-387-3046 to learn more.


WMC Cancer Resources

The Winneshiek Medical Center Cancer Resource Center strives to help you meet your physical, social, emotional or spiritual needs. These services are available locally – in Decorah – close to home.

Spiritual Support – Winneshiek Medical Center has a solid relationship with the area Ministerial Association. We support your choice to bring your spiritual practices as part of your treatment and healing.

Bereavement Support – Cancer and loss brings on a series of complex emotions. We understand that everyone’s experience is different and our bereavement program is designed to help work through pain and other aspects of grief with the support of others.

Social Worker – The Winneshiek Medical Center social worker provides psychosocial and emotional support to you and your family. Our social worker also can connect you to:

  • Transportation options
  • Financial assistance
  • Home Care/Hospice
  • Insurance information
  • Support groups
  • Power of Attorney for Health Care/Advanced Directives
  • Other Winneshiek Medical Center cancer resources

Registered Dietitian – The registered dietitian at Winneshiek Medical Center will help you design a nutrition plan to meet your needs, plus:

  • Assess your nutritional status
  • Develop a plan to meet your nutrition needs during/after treatment
  • Help to reduce side effects of treatment through counseling and support
  • Provide information about nutrition for cancer prevention
  • Provide educational materials on nutrition and cancer

Oncologists – Outreach oncologists from Mayo Clinic Health System- Franciscan Healthcare and Gundersen Lutheran provide care at Winneshiek Medical Center.

American Cancer Society Connections – Staff at Winneshiek Medical Center can connect you to an American Cancer Society (ACS) Navigator. An ACS Navigator can provide the following:

  • Connection to the American Cancer Society and community-based programs
  • Access to medical equipment
  • Transportation
  • Wigs, hats, turbans and prostheses
  • Links to financial resources

Iowa Cancer Consortium Member – The Iowa Cancer Consortium is dedicated to working to reduce the burden of cancer in our state. They provide education on prevention, detection and treating cancer, care for survivors and clinical research. As a member of the Consortium, Winneshiek Medical Center can connect you with these resources.

Home Health and Palliative Care – Home Health is a simple term that involves a wide range of health and social services that are delivered in your home by a variety of health care providers.  The Home Health team at Winneshiek Medical Center works to make sure that the patient and caregivers have the resources they need in order to manage their medical and other health needs at home. Palliative care is focused on relief of the pain, stress and other debilitation symptoms. At Winneshiek Medical Center, a key benefit of palliative care is that is customized treatment to meet the individual needs of each patient.

Hospice – The Winneshiek Medical Center Hospice team provides a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes. Hospice is provided to anyone, regardless of your ability to pay.

Volunteers – Volunteers can play an important role in your cancer care.  Through their caring presence and support, they offer:

  • Reassuring and listening presence during treatment and home visits
  • Professional Reiki
  • Program support and more


Knitted Knockers

Handmade by volunteer knitters, Knitted Knockers are special, soft, lightweight breast prostheses that are very comfortable for women who have undergone mastectomies, lumpectomies, radiation, and/or are undergoing breast reconstruction. They are washable, adjustable, and fit inside a regular bra. The knockers can even be made from acrylic for swimmers.  WMC distributes Knitted Knockers through our Same Day Services department.
Visit the Knitted Knockers web site

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