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C.A.R.S. Support Group

C.A.R.S.   Colon, Anal, Rectal Support group

Bringing together individuals who are going through the diagnosis, treatment and life after colon/anal/rectal cancer, in a safe and welcoming environment.           
The group will focus on education, followed by sharing time and support for patients, caregivers and family members. Please feel free to come to the whole meeting, the education time or the support time.

Meeting Time

Third Thursday of the month 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Light snack and beverages will be provided

Free Parking

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Past Topics

Integrative Medicine: Living Well with Cancer - Robyn Swenson, PhD, LP

Hereditary Colorectal Cancer - Barb Kunz, MS, CGC, Genetic Counselor

Nutrition and Cancer - Heidi Ganzer, RD, LD, CSO, Registered Dietician

Exploring Ways to Come to Holistic Health - Amy Rodquist-Kodet, MA


Minnesota Oncology                                                                

Southdale Medical Center

6545 France Avenue South, Suite 210

Edina, MN 55435 









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    For more information, please contact one of the group facilitators

    Kim Ness, RN, CNS @ 952-928-2907
    Kathryn Frodermann, MS, PA-C @ 651-312-1700

    Frequently Asked Questions 

    Q.  Is the group only for patients who are actively undergoing chemotherapy?

    A.  No. Anyone who has been diagnosed with colon, anal, rectal cancer may attend. Friends and family members of those diagnosed with cancer may attend as well.

    Q.  I only had surgery for my cancer. May I attend the support group?

    A.  Yes. Please come to our group.

    Q.  I am not a patient at Colon and Rectal Surgery Associates or Minnesota Oncology.  May I attend the support group?

    A.  Yes. Regardless of where you are receiving treatment, if you are impacted by colon, anal, or rectal cancer, we would love for you to attend the support group.

    Q.  I do not have cancer, but I am affected by colon/rectal/anal cancer.  May I attend the group?

    A.  Yes.  Anyone who has been impacted by colon/anal/rectal cancer may come to the support group.

    Q.  What Are Some Advantages to Being in a Support Group?

    • Provides a connection in an experience that can feel isolating
    • Provides support in hard times
    • Provides information and coping skills
    • Makes people feel less helpless about themselves and others because they are able to help others
    • Offers tips that only cancer survivors can provide
    • Allows powerful emotions to be shared

      (Adapted from the American Cancer Society)

    Colon & Rectal Surgery Associates