The Bismarck Cancer Center (BCC) allows patients in our area to receive state-of-the-art cancer treatment and caring support while staying close to home and loved ones. We have a highly-skilled and compassionate team of radiation therapists, medical physicists, nurses and dosimetrists working with your radiation oncologist to care for you during your treatment.
Bismarck Cancer Center
Live Well Series to Begin



BISMARCK, ND: The Bismarck Cancer Center kicks of their “Live Well” series on January 8. This 12-week nutrition program focuses on empowering cancer survivors with the tools they need to live healthy, happy lives after they have completed treatment.

Throughout the program, local cancer survivors will attend individual and group education sessions with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) who is board certified in oncology nutrition. The RDN will educate survivors about healthy eating strategies, including tips on eating out, reading nutrition labels, and cooking and recipe modification. Individual sessions are designed to meet individual needs, help problem solve and goal set. Group sessions are to expand knowledge, to provide tools and to practice strategies discussed throughout the 12-weeks series. “Live Well” will also feature several guest speakers. These health-care professionals will cover tops such as emotional health, exercise, and supplement use.

Information provided in “Live Well” is proven to be effective methods in weight management and cancer survivorship. The program is intended for cancer survivors that have completed treatment at least three months ago and are looking to improve their health through nutrition and exercise. The deadline to register for “Live Well” is January 3rd, and the

program is offered at no cost through the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation. For more information or to register, please contact Amanda Ihmels at 701.222.6154 or

About the Bismarck Cancer Center: The Bismarck Cancer Center provides radiation therapy to approximately 500 patients per year and is a cooperative venture of Sanford

Bismarck and CHI St. Alexius Medical Center. The Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation provides financial support and assistance to ease the burden and stress cancer has on patients and their families. All donations stay local and help make a meaningful difference to patients by funding programs that assist the whole person—body, mind, and spirit. For more information about BCC or the Foundation, visit



Dr. Kyle Russo
Ask A Pro-December 2017

Ask a Pro with Dr. Kyle Russo, Bismarck Cancer Center

Q:  My husband was diagnosed recently with cancer.  What strategies have you found helpful for the caregiver that’s dealing with the emotional aspects of cancer?                                                        

A: Here are a few suggestions to help the caregiver:                                                          

Get information.  Make sure you’re involved with appointments to have our own questions answered.  Even if the patient thinks he or she can ‘handle’ the appointment alone, I encourage the caregiver to participate fully to lessen their own uncertainty.

Simplify.  Many of life’s roles can’t be abandoned, but when possible, cut back or delegate lesser responsibilities and set limits.

Be hopeful.  For the caregiver as for the patient, a spirit of hope and optimism is key.

Be choosy.  Find people who can provide real support without criticism or negativity.  Surround yourself with people who can bolster your confidence.

Take care of yourself.  For caregivers this can be the hardest thing.  Many times, the first thing to go is a regular self- care routine: exercise, hobbies, etc.  They feel guilty for not focusing solely on the patient.  But, that’s what you need the most- time to re-energize and recharge.  Restoring yourself is vital!

Sara Kelsch
Masks in the Moonlight


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Masks in the Moonlight Charity Ball to Benefit Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation

Bismarck, ND:  Daring acrobatic performances and seemingly boneless contortionists are just a few new performances that guests have to look forward to during the fifth annual Masks in the Moonlight Charity Ball. An evening of mystery, intrigue and most importantly fun will take place Saturday, February 10, at Sixteen03 Main Events.  The event will also feature a live and silent auction, dinner, dance and special entertainment. This night of magic will begin with a social at 5:00 p.m., followed by a seated dinner at 7 p.m.

Individual tickets are available for this event as well as table sponsorships and event sponsorships.  Standard masquerade masks will be provided to all guests. Exclusive, multicolored masks will be available for purchase prior to the event through the Bismarck Cancer Center or guests can also buy one-of-a-kind masks at the event.

All proceeds of this event will benefit the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation. The Foundation provides an amazing array of services to help patients during their cancer journeys. Through funding provided by businesses, private donations, grants and fundraising events, the Bismarck Cancer Center is able to offer an array of complementary services including transportation assistance, lodging assistance, emotional and spiritual counseling, support groups, dietary counseling, survivorship care plans, massage and physical therapies. Last year’s sold out event raised over $80,000 to directly help patients receiving care at the Bismarck Cancer Center.

Tickets start at $125 each or to learn how to become an event or table sponsor, by contacting the Bismarck Cancer Center at 701-222-6100 or go to