Thursday, April 6, 2017

Upcoming Midwest Cancer Alliance events

Midwest Cancer Alliance is designed to serve community members throughout the state of Kansas, and many events are held in or accessible to rural communities. Upcoming events include free cancer screenings, a smoking cessation program, cooking demonstrations, a cancer survivorship group, and more!

Masons Host Free Cancer Screenings Across Kansas 

The Kansas Masonic Foundation and local Masonic Lodges are partnering with health professionals from the University of Kansas Medical Center and staff from the Midwest Cancer Alliance to provide cancer screening services that include:

  • Free Skin Cancer Screenings
  • Free Prostate Cancer Screenings
  • Free Screen-to-Save Colon Cancer Screenings
  • Free Facial Sun Damage and Body Mass Index Assessments
  • Free Bone Density Tests
  • Mammography services, in some locations (a fee may apply)

According to Brooke Groneman, the outreach director for MCA, nearly 7,000 Kansas residents have attended the screenings since 2003. To see dates and locations, visit the Communities calendar. For more information, call 913-588-4719.

Camp Kesem

Camp Kesem-KU supports kids of cancer patients by providing a free, week-long summer camp experience and year-long peer support. Camp Kesem-KU is operated by 15-20 student coordinators and professional medical staff and serves 30+ children. 

Melanoma Monday

On Monday, May 1, 2017, Midwest Cancer Alliance and Outpacing Melanoma are hosting a free Melanoma Monday skin cancer screening 1-5 p.m. in the Medical Office Building at The University of Kansas Hospital.

The event is  open to the general public, but registration is required. To register, please contact Rebecca Keopke at 913-588-3908 or

Smoking Cessation

Thinking of kicking tobacco but finding it hard to do?

Midwest Cancer Alliance members in locations across Kansas are offering a free smoking cessation program this spring. In seven 1-hour sessions you’ll learn about:
  • Benefits of quitting
  • Strategies for cessation success
  • How to cope with triggers like stress and boredom
  • Medications that may be helpful

Kitchen Therapy

Cancer patients and others with chronic disease are invited to join Midwest Cancer Alliance for free cooking demonstrations and tips on ways to choose the healthiest ingredients, make food more appealing and spark appetites. 
On the 3rd Thursday of each month, from winter through fall, dietitians will prepare recipes, share nutrition advice and answer questions to help patients cook-up comfort at home. Classes take place in the Kansas City area and are presented ,via ITV, in Topeka and Garden City, Kansas. To register in the KC area call 913-945-7624. In Topeka call Stormont-Vail at 785-270-4978. In Garden City call St Catherine Hospital's Heartland Cancer Center 620-765-1443. 

Going Forward: Cancer Survivorship Connections

Going Forward is a free, 6-session support program provided over the phone for cancer survivors who have received their care at the following MCA-member locations: Olathe Health Systems, Salina Regional Health Center, Truman Medical Center, or St Francis Health. 

From the privacy of your home, survivors can connect to share questions and concerns and learn more about:
  • Being Active in Cancer Survivorship
  • Nutrition for the Cancer Survivor
  • Exercise for the Cancer Survivor
  • After-Effects of Treatment
  • Support Systems and Spirituality
  • Emotional Health of the Cancer Survivor

To learn more or register for any of these events, please visit the Communities calendar for more information.

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