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

Cancer and the Holidays

Holidays are traditionally viewed as a time to celebrate. Many people enjoy reuniting with family and friends, giving and receiving gifts, and celebrating religious traditions during this time. However, sometimes people with cancer and their loved ones feel “out of step” from the rest of the world during the holidays. In fact, the holiday season can prompt new questions, such as: How do I take care of the holiday rush and myself at the same time? How can I celebrate when I have so many other things on my mind? What will my life be like next year? Sharing these concerns with the people you love and who love you can help you feel more connected.

Here are some additional tips for coping with cancer during the holidays:

Make plans to get together with friends, family or co-workers over the holidays. Trying to celebrate alone can be very difficult, so accept some invitations from others, or join an organized group activity through your local YMCA, YWCA, church or synagogue. Find the right balance between celebrating with family and friends and spending the time you may need on your own. Give yourself permission to pace your activities and to decline an invitation or two so that you have the energy to enjoy the gatherings that are most important to you.

Create a new holiday season tradition that makes the most of your energy. Change your usual holiday activities so you relieve yourself of some of the pressures of entertaining. Have a “pot luck,” with family members each bringing a dish for the meal, have someone else host the meal, or suggest eating out at a favorite restaurant.

Enjoy special moments. Try to focus on new traditions that have been established, rather than dwelling on how cancer has changed a holiday or special occasion.

Talk to your health care team about upcoming special events. They may be flexible about appointments in order to accommodate travel or other needs.

Be an innovative shopper or gift giver. Use mail order catalogues, shop over the telephone, or try online shopping this year. You can also make a gift of sharing your thoughts and feelings. Write a short note or make a phone call to let others know that you are thinking about them.

Express your feelings in ways that help you receive the support of the important people in your life.Tears can bring a sense of relief. Laughter can be relaxing. Sharing can be comforting. It is common to experience a mixture of anticipation, excitement and apprehension about the future. Let your feelings breathe, and talk them over with a loved one, friend or professional counselor.

Celebrate strengths you and your loved ones have developed. Many families who face the day-to-day challenges of cancer discover strengths and courage they didn’t know they had. Reflect on the strengths you have developed, and build on them during the holidays.

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