WUIS Health Desk: Support Group For Cancer Survivors

St. John’s has a new cancer support group. But this one’s different than most, it’s for those whose cancer has gone into remission. For the WUIS health Desk, Rachel Otwell spoke with Virginia Siempelkamp a central Illinois resident and student at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Siempelkamp is a cancer survivor, and explains that even though her surgery and treatment have been successfully completed, cancer still affects her on a daily basis. And she’s hoping to find others in the area who want to meet and share their stories in a supportive community:

More information about the St. John’s support group for cancer survivors is under the jump:

From a St. John’s press release:


SPRINGFIELD, IL –St. John’s Cancer Center has begun a support group for all adult patients who have completed treatment for cancer. The “Quality of Life After Cancer” support group meets on the first and third Thursdays each month from 4‐5 p.m. at St. John’s Cancer Center.

“We wanted to continue the supportive relationship our patients develop with staff and with other patients,” said Diana Weyenmeyer, RN, MA, OCN, Oncology Facilitator at St. John’s Cancer Center. “We noticed they would be finished with treatment and still needed guidance and support for maintaining their health and returning to ‘normal’ life.”

Co‐facilitators Virginia Siempelkamp (a cancer survivor) and Weyhemeyer lead the group, which discusses emotions associated with cancer, as well as life‐management issues survivors may face. “Life after cancer may be stressful, but we want cancer survivors to know they are not alone,” added Weyhenmeyer.

The St. John’s Cancer Center is located in St. John’s Pavilion (at the corner of 7th and Madison Streets in Springfield). The room location is 1A146. For more information about the Quality of Life support group, call 217‐544‐6464 ext. 45591. You can also learn more about cancer services at St. John’s by visiting www.stjohns.org.

— Support for WUIS’ Health Desk comes from Springfield Clinic.

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