University of Minnesota Cancer Care clinics are committed to serving your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Chaplains are key members of the healthcare team, offering spiritual and emotional support to patients and families of all backgrounds and beliefs. Chaplains are available to accompany you as you deal with the challenges of illness and treatment.
Chaplains can offer support when:
Hear from our chaplains
"When people receive a cancer diagnosis, they often feel overwhelmed. By listening to their stories, I validate their feelings and normalize their experiences. By helping them to identify the significant people in their circle of support, I remind them that they are not alone on this journey. By offering healing and spiritual resources, such as prayer, I help patients and families find hope and courage."
– Jerry Vandrovec, Maple Grove Cancer Center
"I meet patients and families in the cancer center and provide compassionate listening, reflective conversation, and emotional support during their journey with cancer. Some people have just received a new cancer diagnosis, and others are approaching the end of their treatment, but wherever they are on that spectrum, I can provide a healing presence."
– Patty Lee, Southdale Cancer Clinic
"When I visit with patients, one of my goals is to listen well. Sometimes we talk about their questions or explore the challenges cancer brings to their families. Other times we talk about where they find joy and hope in the midst of their treatment. Whatever is on their mind, I want each patient to feel genuinely supported as they journey through their treatment."
– Mark Coughlin, Lakes Cancer Clinic