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Treating the whole cancer patient

For breast cancer patients, comprehensive care at The University of Kansas Cancer Center goes beyond medical needs to treat the whole person. Addressing issues from rollercoaster emotions to changes in body image, Missys’ Boutique and Turning Point: The Center for Hope and Healing, deliver an array of services to help cancer survivors.

Missys’ Boutique: Changing the look of cancer 

Missys LogoLocated in the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Care Pavilion, Missys’ Boutique helps patients and survivors cope with the physical and emotional obstacles to recovery. The center includes retail space, a salon area and a private fitting room. In this comfortable setting, clients can receive products and services created just for them. 

Manager Judy Newell is a certified mastectomy fitter and a licensed cosmetologist who helps patients and survivors regain dignity, build their self-confidence and reclaim their self-image. 

“The women who come here leave feeling more confident about their cancer journey,” she said. “And that’s my goal.”

Breast cancer survivor Patricia Bunting is one of those women. “I felt like a new woman and walked out with a big smile!” she said, after a special fitting for breast prosthetics. Bunting qualified for special assistance from the Missys’ Boutique Patients in Need Fund, which helps women who are uninsured or underinsured. 

For National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Missys’ Boutique features a variety of merchandise supporting the fight. The boutique is named in memory of two wives and mothers from Kansas who were in their 30s when they lost battles with breast cancer. 

Learn more. Appointments are required for all fittings. To schedule, call 913-588-3671.

Turning Point: Enhancing lives  

Turning PointThrough skill-based educational programs and innovative services, Turning Point: The Center for Hope and Healing, inspires and empowers people to take charge of their illness and live life to the fullest. The organization supports those living with serious or chronic physical illness and their loved ones. 

Cancer-specific support programs

Some of Turning Point’s programs are designed for cancer patients and cover a broad range of topics.

  • How to manage emotions during treatment
  • “Kitchen therapy” to improve nutrition
  • Wellness strategies following treatment 
  • Monthly wellness series for survivors
  • Weekly wellness and relaxation group
  • Weekly support group for those with advanced or metastatic cancer

Two new breast cancer-related programs will debut this fall. 

  • Soup to Nuts features panels of breast cancer specialists following a patient’s journey from the first mammogram through recovery: November 7 and November 14
  • The Many Faces of Breast Cancer focuses on education and strategies for those living with metastatic breast cancer and their loved ones: December 2
Learn more or call 913-383-8700.