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 A family member or friend has cancer Change​​​


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Cancer is a disease that affects the entire family. We believe supporting and treating the whole family is critical to a patient's health and success.

We provide resources for families and friends dealing with cancer including support groups, education and help with advanced directives.

After a family member or friend tells you they have cancer, many things begin to rush through your mind. Caring for a family member with cancer can be challenging. We have many resources for family members and friends of loved ones to help you through this difficult time.

Support services

Social services and behavioral health support

Social services and behavioral health provide counseling and other services that can reduce stress during this time.

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Common questions

We have created a list of frequently asked questions to help you during this time.

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Support groups for kids 

We offer support groups for children and teenagers with family members who have cancer. These support groups are called CHAT and CLIMB.
Learn more about CLIMB here.

Register for CLIMB (Eau Claire) ​here​.​


When someone is diagnosed with cancer, they often choose someone to come with them to their appointments and help them through their cancer journey. As a caregiver, you may be entrusted with the person’s medical history, financial information and other important documents.

Release of information

A release of information allows you to access their medical information and appointments.

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Advance care planning

We provide advance care planning education and assistance through our Community Resources department or oncology social worker.

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5 things caregivers for serious health concerns should know

When a loved one is diagnosed​​ with a serious health concern, their world may be suddenly turned upside down. They often rely on a family member or friend – a caregiver, to help them manage parts of their daily lives. Read more

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Cancer support groups offer experience and education​​