Services
  • Care Coordination – Cancer care coordinators support and guide you through your course of treatment by coordinating information and care with your team of physicians and allied health professionals. Your cancer care coordinator serves as your educator and advocate.  He or she will work with you to make sure you understand your individual cancer diagnosis and treatment options.  They will also provide direct support and access to resources such as chaplains, family counselors, support groups, end-of-life care, cosmetic services, psychological services, cancer rehabilitation services, and therapists. Your cancer care coordinator knows that the more you understand your diagnosis and treatment plan, the better prepared and less anxious you will be.  He or she ensures this by providing you and your family with education and psychological support.  They will listen to your concerns; coordinate physician appointments and follow-up care; assist in managing paperwork; and help you sort through all of the necessary information you receive during your cancer care.
  • Chemotherapy – We try to make treatment more comfortable for patients receiving chemotherapy by providing open and semi-private rooms that include recliners, TVs, DVD  player, wireless internet and snacks if desired. Our registered nurses provide education about the chemotherapy medications being administered, and closely monitor and care for patients during treatment. Chemotherapy and infusion therapy services are also available to patients who are receiving care from a physician not affiliated with Willmar Regional Cancer Center.
  • Survivorship – Survivorship can be defined in a couple of different ways: having no disease after the completion of treatment or the process of living with, through, and beyond cancer. The Institute of Medicine and the Commission on Cancer have suggested all cancer centers provide Survivorship Care Plans to all patients who have been treated for their cancer, with a curative intent, in order to help patients through the transition phase after cancer treatment is done. Part of the goal of a survivorship visit is to help connect survivors with medical professionals who are experienced in counseling people through life transitions and working through the emotions that can accompany these.
  • Outreach – Litchfield, Montevideo, Redwood Falls & Marshall
  • Radiation – Radiation therapy damages cells by destroying the genetic material that controls how cells grow and divide. While both healthy and cancerous cells are damaged by radiation therapy, the goal of radiation therapy is to destroy as few normal, healthy cells as possible. Willmar Regional Cancer Center uses state-of-the-art linear accelerator, advanced imaging approaches, and high-speed computer-based systems – to deliver powerful doses of radiation directly to the tumor with incredible precision. Our radiation team works together to offer the highest level of safety during every step of your treatment.
  • Diagnosis & Imaging – Imaging tests are an important part of the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. Imaging tests can be used for cancer screening to detect early signs of cancer when a person does not have any other signs or symptoms of cancer, finding tumors that may be a cause of certain symptoms, aid in determining whether a tumor is likely to be cancerous (malignant) or non-cancerous (benign), determining if a cancer has spread to other body parts, cancer treatment planning; to provide detailed images of exactly where the radiation therapy beams should be placed for treatment of a cancer, surgical treatment planning, for tumors that need to be removed, Imaging tests are used to provide an exact location of the tumor prior to determining if it can be removed, monitor the success of cancer treatment by creating images of a tumor to see if it has gotten smaller, stayed the same size, or has grown and/or follow up once your cancer treatment has been completed. A follow up test can help to conclude if the cancer has been treated appropriately and is not reoccurring.
  • Lab & Pathology – Willmar Regional Cancer Center utilizes the services of Rice Laboratory and Minnesota Pathologists Chartered, both located on site at Rice Memorial Hospital. Together, they provide reference testing services for clinical, cytological and surgical pathology specimens for WRCC patients.
  • Cancer Rehabilitation – Cancer rehabilitation is an integral part of your cancer treatments to make you  feel better and improve your quality of life before, during, and after your diagnosis. Cancer rehabilitation is not just for people with breast cancer or lymphedema. The aim is to treat the many side effects or co-morbidities that are present with cancer diagnosis. Our specially trained cancer rehabilitation staff includes physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists.
  • Nutrition – A Registered Dietician is an important member of your Care Team and will work with you to maintain your weight and stay healthy throughout your treatment. Talk to your dietician about complementary nutrition therapies, dietary supplements, and guidance on how to integrate them into your care plan, if appropriate.
  • Genetic Counseling – If you or a close relative has had cancer, you may be concerned about your own or your family’s risk for getting cancer. You may also wonder what can be done to reduce your risk of cancer. Genetic counseling can help answer your questions. A genetic counselor is a nationally certified health care provider. He or she can interpret complex family histories, and can help you make an informed decision about test results.
  • Palliative Care
  • Research & Clinical Trials – Willmar Regional Cancer Center (through Rice Memorial Hospital) belongs to the Metro Minnesota Community Research Consortium (MMCORC) , a non-profit research program sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The CCOP network conducts clinical trials for cancer prevention, treatment, and control, which includes symptom management, toxicity reduction, supportive and palliative care, and quality of life research. Cancer clinical trials are the way we make progress against cancer. Physicians participating with the MMCORC have access to the newest advances in cancer research.
  • Telehealth – Benson, Granite Falls
Support
  • Look Good. Feel Better. –  A free program for women undergoing cancer treatment. Held nationwide, it’s a collaboration between the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the national Cosmetology Association. Each month, Willmar Regional Cancer Center holds a two-hour session that’s taught by professional cosmetologists who donate their time. Women going through cancer treatment learn about skin care, nail care, makeup, and new hair looks that include wigs, scarves, hats, and turbans. Each participant receives a new unused wig, as well as a free kit filled with beauty products donated to the American Cancer Society for the program.
  • New Do Salon – Willmar Regional Cancer Center has many wigs and head coverings available in our wig room. We will be happy to assist you in making a selection and ensuring a good fit. You can decide to try a whole new look, or resemble what your hair looked like before cancer treatment. The New Do Salon is located just off the main lobby of Willmar Regional Cancer Center. All wigs are new and provided free of charge, thanks to generous donations from Rice Health Foundation and our local community.
  • Psychosocial Support – Psychosocial support specialists (social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists) are available to help patients and their families cope with different emotional aspects of a cancer diagnosis. They collaborate with the patient’s care team to meet the psychosocial, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families.
  • Support Groups – Coffee & Cancer is a new support group that meets the third Monday of every month at LuLu Beans Coffee Shop from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. It is open to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, any stage, any age!
    Our Breast Cancer Peer Support Group meets the first Monday of every month at LuLu Beans Coffee shop from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. This group is open to women of any age who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
    Cancer education and support are an important part of the cancer treatment process. Knowing others who are dealing with cancer may help you cope with your own cancer-related experiences. These support groups are hosted by Willmar Regional Cancer Center as a way to help you and your loved ones understand and manage the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges of cancer.
  • Mental Health Services – A cancer diagnosis can cause a variety of mental health issues to rise to the surface, including anxiety and depression. Patients and family members are encouraged to share their fears and concerns with the Cancer Care Coordinator who can get you a referral for services, or provide you with resources to help you through this challenging time.
  • Language and Interpreter Services – Willmar Regional Cancer Center utilize interpretation services through Rice Memorial Hospital for patients/visitors who require interpreter assistance. Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in 21 different languages. If you require the services of a language interpreter (verbal or written communication), please ask a staff person to assist you.
  • Home Health – If you are using oxygen that has been prescribed by your physician, WRCC partners with Rice Home Medical for your home oxygen and other medical equipment needs. Visit their web site at RiceHomeMedical.com for more details. They also have four store locations in Willmar, Alexandria, Redwood Falls, and Madison. While receiving chemotherapy at Willmar Regional Cancer Center, oxygen services are available on-site during your treatment. Bellaforma by Marvelle’s (owned by Rice Home Medical), is a women’s health boutique that offers a warm and inviting environment for cancer patients. Certified women’s fitters can answer questions and assist with mastectomy forms, bras, camisoles, compression wear, shapewear, swimwear, hats, headware, and more. Visit BellaformaBoutique.com for more information.
  • Health Care Directives – More than ever before, people with cancer and their families are being asked to take part in decisions about end- of-life care. The information provided is designed to help patients and their families understand the medical, legal and personal choices they may face in the future. Speak with your Cancer Care Coordinator if you’d like more information on health care directives.
  • Chaplain – A full-time, non-denominational chaplain is available for patients and their families to provide spiritual counseling and support. The chaplain offers an opportunity to reflect on spiritual concerns and to gain strength from your beliefs. The chaplain is also a link to other members of the religious community. To contact the chaplain, please speak with any of our staff, or call (320) 231-4211.  If you are a patient or visitor at WRCC or Rice Memorial Hospital, you may ask your nurse to page the on-call chaplain at any time.
  • Chapel – An interfaith chapel, located on the first floor of Rice Memorial Hospital just to the west of the Trott Avenue entrance. It is open at all times for prayer, meditation and silent reflection. The chapel is available for patients, families and staff.
Services
  • Care Coordination – Cancer care coordinators support and guide you through your course of treatment by coordinating information and care with your team of physicians and allied health professionals. Your cancer care coordinator serves as your educator and advocate.  He or she will work with you to make sure you understand your individual cancer diagnosis and treatment options.  They will also provide direct support and access to resources such as chaplains, family counselors, support groups, end-of-life care, cosmetic services, psychological services, cancer rehabilitation services, and therapists. Your cancer care coordinator knows that the more you understand your diagnosis and treatment plan, the better prepared and less anxious you will be.  He or she ensures this by providing you and your family with education and psychological support.  They will listen to your concerns; coordinate physician appointments and follow-up care; assist in managing paperwork; and help you sort through all of the necessary information you receive during your cancer care.
  • Chemotherapy – We try to make treatment more comfortable for patients receiving chemotherapy by providing open and semi-private rooms that include recliners, TVs, DVD  player, wireless internet and snacks if desired. Our registered nurses provide education about the chemotherapy medications being administered, and closely monitor and care for patients during treatment. Chemotherapy and infusion therapy services are also available to patients who are receiving care from a physician not affiliated with Willmar Regional Cancer Center.
  • Survivorship – Survivorship can be defined in a couple of different ways: having no disease after the completion of treatment or the process of living with, through, and beyond cancer. The Institute of Medicine and the Commission on Cancer have suggested all cancer centers provide Survivorship Care Plans to all patients who have been treated for their cancer, with a curative intent, in order to help patients through the transition phase after cancer treatment is done. Part of the goal of a survivorship visit is to help connect survivors with medical professionals who are experienced in counseling people through life transitions and working through the emotions that can accompany these.
  • Outreach – Litchfield, Montevideo, Redwood Falls & Marshall
  • Radiation – Radiation therapy damages cells by destroying the genetic material that controls how cells grow and divide. While both healthy and cancerous cells are damaged by radiation therapy, the goal of radiation therapy is to destroy as few normal, healthy cells as possible. Willmar Regional Cancer Center uses state-of-the-art linear accelerator, advanced imaging approaches, and high-speed computer-based systems – to deliver powerful doses of radiation directly to the tumor with incredible precision. Our radiation team works together to offer the highest level of safety during every step of your treatment.
  • Diagnosis & Imaging – Imaging tests are an important part of the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. Imaging tests can be used for cancer screening to detect early signs of cancer when a person does not have any other signs or symptoms of cancer, finding tumors that may be a cause of certain symptoms, aid in determining whether a tumor is likely to be cancerous (malignant) or non-cancerous (benign), determining if a cancer has spread to other body parts, cancer treatment planning; to provide detailed images of exactly where the radiation therapy beams should be placed for treatment of a cancer, surgical treatment planning, for tumors that need to be removed, Imaging tests are used to provide an exact location of the tumor prior to determining if it can be removed, monitor the success of cancer treatment by creating images of a tumor to see if it has gotten smaller, stayed the same size, or has grown and/or follow up once your cancer treatment has been completed. A follow up test can help to conclude if the cancer has been treated appropriately and is not reoccurring.
  • Lab & Pathology – Willmar Regional Cancer Center utilizes the services of Rice Laboratory and Minnesota Pathologists Chartered, both located on site at Rice Memorial Hospital. Together, they provide reference testing services for clinical, cytological and surgical pathology specimens for WRCC patients.
  • Cancer Rehabilitation – Cancer rehabilitation is an integral part of your cancer treatments to make you  feel better and improve your quality of life before, during, and after your diagnosis. Cancer rehabilitation is not just for people with breast cancer or lymphedema. The aim is to treat the many side effects or co-morbidities that are present with cancer diagnosis. Our specially trained cancer rehabilitation staff includes physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists.
  • Nutrition – A Registered Dietician is an important member of your Care Team and will work with you to maintain your weight and stay healthy throughout your treatment. Talk to your dietician about complementary nutrition therapies, dietary supplements, and guidance on how to integrate them into your care plan, if appropriate.
  • Genetic Counseling – If you or a close relative has had cancer, you may be concerned about your own or your family’s risk for getting cancer. You may also wonder what can be done to reduce your risk of cancer. Genetic counseling can help answer your questions. A genetic counselor is a nationally certified health care provider. He or she can interpret complex family histories, and can help you make an informed decision about test results.
  • Palliative Care
  • Research & Clinical Trials – Willmar Regional Cancer Center (through Rice Memorial Hospital) belongs to the Metro Minnesota Community Research Consortium (MMCORC) , a non-profit research program sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The CCOP network conducts clinical trials for cancer prevention, treatment, and control, which includes symptom management, toxicity reduction, supportive and palliative care, and quality of life research. Cancer clinical trials are the way we make progress against cancer. Physicians participating with the MMCORC have access to the newest advances in cancer research.
  • Telehealth – Benson, Granite Falls
Support
  • Look Good. Feel Better. –  A free program for women undergoing cancer treatment. Held nationwide, it’s a collaboration between the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the national Cosmetology Association. Each month, Willmar Regional Cancer Center holds a two-hour session that’s taught by professional cosmetologists who donate their time. Women going through cancer treatment learn about skin care, nail care, makeup, and new hair looks that include wigs, scarves, hats, and turbans. Each participant receives a new unused wig, as well as a free kit filled with beauty products donated to the American Cancer Society for the program.
  • New Do Salon – Willmar Regional Cancer Center has many wigs and head coverings available in our wig room. We will be happy to assist you in making a selection and ensuring a good fit. You can decide to try a whole new look, or resemble what your hair looked like before cancer treatment. The New Do Salon is located just off the main lobby of Willmar Regional Cancer Center. All wigs are new and provided free of charge, thanks to generous donations from Rice Health Foundation and our local community.
  • Psychosocial Support – Psychosocial support specialists (social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists) are available to help patients and their families cope with different emotional aspects of a cancer diagnosis. They collaborate with the patient’s care team to meet the psychosocial, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families.
  • Support Groups – Coffee & Cancer is a new support group that meets the third Monday of every month at LuLu Beans Coffee Shop from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. It is open to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, any stage, any age!
    Our Breast Cancer Peer Support Group meets the first Monday of every month at LuLu Beans Coffee shop from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. This group is open to women of any age who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
    Cancer education and support are an important part of the cancer treatment process. Knowing others who are dealing with cancer may help you cope with your own cancer-related experiences. These support groups are hosted by Willmar Regional Cancer Center as a way to help you and your loved ones understand and manage the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges of cancer.
  • Mental Health Services – A cancer diagnosis can cause a variety of mental health issues to rise to the surface, including anxiety and depression. Patients and family members are encouraged to share their fears and concerns with the Cancer Care Coordinator who can get you a referral for services, or provide you with resources to help you through this challenging time.
  • Language and Interpreter Services – Willmar Regional Cancer Center utilize interpretation services through Rice Memorial Hospital for patients/visitors who require interpreter assistance. Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in 21 different languages. If you require the services of a language interpreter (verbal or written communication), please ask a staff person to assist you.
  • Home Health – If you are using oxygen that has been prescribed by your physician, WRCC partners with Rice Home Medical for your home oxygen and other medical equipment needs. Visit their web site at RiceHomeMedical.com for more details. They also have four store locations in Willmar, Alexandria, Redwood Falls, and Madison. While receiving chemotherapy at Willmar Regional Cancer Center, oxygen services are available on-site during your treatment. Bellaforma by Marvelle’s (owned by Rice Home Medical), is a women’s health boutique that offers a warm and inviting environment for cancer patients. Certified women’s fitters can answer questions and assist with mastectomy forms, bras, camisoles, compression wear, shapewear, swimwear, hats, headware, and more. Visit BellaformaBoutique.com for more information.
  • Health Care Directives – More than ever before, people with cancer and their families are being asked to take part in decisions about end- of-life care. The information provided is designed to help patients and their families understand the medical, legal and personal choices they may face in the future. Speak with your Cancer Care Coordinator if you’d like more information on health care directives.
  • Chaplain – A full-time, non-denominational chaplain is available for patients and their families to provide spiritual counseling and support. The chaplain offers an opportunity to reflect on spiritual concerns and to gain strength from your beliefs. The chaplain is also a link to other members of the religious community. To contact the chaplain, please speak with any of our staff, or call (320) 231-4211.  If you are a patient or visitor at WRCC or Rice Memorial Hospital, you may ask your nurse to page the on-call chaplain at any time.
  • Chapel – An interfaith chapel, located on the first floor of Rice Memorial Hospital just to the west of the Trott Avenue entrance. It is open at all times for prayer, meditation and silent reflection. The chapel is available for patients, families and staff.