Support for Patients

Support for Cancer Patients: Healing More Than The Body

The battle against cancer involves more than the body; the mind, emotions and spirit are affected as well. As a Christian healing ministry, Baptist provides cancer patients and their families with the physical, spiritual and emotional resources they need to face the demands of coping with a serious illness. For details about any of these services, call the Navigator at 601-974-6238.

Cancer Rehab

Cancer Rehab is a free, supervised program offered to cancer patients at Baptist. Our Healthplex staff oversees the program and creates an individualized exercise program for participants. Patients in the program will also be offered other services, such as nutritional counseling, as well.

Why have Cancer rehab? Regular exercise is an important part of the recovery process. By improving your stamina, muscle tone and muscle strength, you not only will feel better physically, but also emotionally. Exercise can help counteract problems such as stiff joints, breathing problems, poor appetite and psychological lows. Research shows exercise is associated with better overall outcomes. Seeing improvement in yourself can be a real boost, particularly when you are adjusting to the stresses of returning to a normal lifestyle.

When is Cancer rehab offered? Sessions are offered at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in the Healthplex. Sessions vary in length from thirty minutes to one hour depending on the skill and fitness level of the participant. Call 601-948-6262 for more information.

Benefits of Exerercise for a Cancer Patient

  • May be a helpful way to channel stress
  • Promotes good circulation and encourages normal functioning of your body
  • Helps combat depression and promote feelings of well-being
  • Helps prevent muscle atrophy from prolonged bed rest

Case Management

A case manager is available to help patients and their families with issues related to Medicaid, Medicare, SSI, Disability and Vocational Rehabilitation. Contact 601-968-1135. 

Creative Arts Program

Baptist offers all patients the opportunity to participate in a creative arts programs. These programs are designed to help cancer patients communicate their feelings, tell their stories and assist and enhance the healing process while reducing the stress and anxiety often associated with their disease. All programs are free, but space is limited and registration is required.

Art Therapy

This series of art workshops is designed to help cancer patients express their feelings and experience themselves as unique and creative individuals. Participants do not have to be artists or have any art experience. The instructor is a licensed art therapist and all supplies are provided. Art Therapy meets in the Activity Room on the second floor of the Hederman Cancer Center. Call 601-948-6262 for a current schedule.

Lymphedema Management Program

To assist patients with lymphedema, a not-uncommon side effect of some cancer treatments, Baptist offers a two-phase treatment program administered by a physical therapist certified in lymphedema management. The program involves gentle massage to reduce fluid build-up in affected areas, followed by the application of bandages to maintain a gentle pressure that keeps fluid from re-accumulating. Call the Navigator at 601-974-6238 for program details. 

Mental Health Services

Supportive counseling is available by an Oncology Counselor to help cancer patients and their families develop coping strategies for managing the emotional aspects of cancer treatment. Strategies may include helping family members learn how they can support the cancer patient, and helping cancer patients learn how to effectively communicate their needs. Call the Navigator at 601-974-6238 for program details. 

Nutritional Support

A registered dietitian is available in the Hederman Cancer Center designated solely for cancer patients to provide one-on-one counseling to develop nutritional strategies to complement cancer treatment. 

Pain Management

Pain management services are available to help patients at any point of treatment. 

Pastoral Care

Our chaplains are available to assist patients and families with the fear and emotional stress surrounding a cancer diagnosis. There is a chaplain on call around-the-clock to assist patients in the hospital. Chaplains make daily rounds on the cancer unit. Chaplains are also available in the Hederman Cancer Center.

Pharmacy Services

A registered pharmacist offers patient education and serves patients' chemotherapy needs from a satellite pharmacy located adjacent to the Outpatient Infusion clinic on the second floor of the Hederman Cancer Center. 

Resource Library

The Cancer Resource Library is available for cancer patients, family members and members of the community to find information on cancer diagnosis, treatment and screenings. Resource materials and Internet access open up a world of information for fact-finding and research. The Resource Library is located within the Hederman Cancer Cetner. 

The Serenity Garden

Located directly outside the Hederman Cancer Center, the Serenity Garden offers a private, secluded area where cancer patients and their families can enjoy peace and quiet, fresh air and a place to "escape." The Serenity Garden features winding pathways and comfortable seating near a water fountain where they can relax to the sounds of trickling water.

Specialized Nursing

Included on staff at Baptist are a number of oncology certified nurses. Specially trained in the care of cancer patients, they are a valuable resource for cancer patients and their families. They are on hand to answer questions and to help patients understand more about cancer and treatments. Enterostomal nurses are here to assist patients with particular needs related to ostomies.

Support Groups, Educational Programs

"The Positive Ones" breast cancer support group and "Walking Forward" gynecologic cancer support group are available for patients and their families. The groups meet periodically in the Hederman Cancer Center. Facilitated by professionals on staff at Baptist Cancer Services, support groups focus on helping patients learn coping skills by sharing information in a caring environment.

Baptist Cancer Services also provides many programs for patients and their families. Educational programs are offered on a regular basis on a variety of topics including "Nutrition for Cancer Patients," "Managing Fatigue," "Sleep Interventions," and many more topics. Additionally, we offer a number of podcasts on a variety of cancer topics.

Programs are also offered in conjunction with the American Cancer Society, including "Look Good Feel Better," a seminar that provides free cosmetics and instructions to women currently undergoing cancer treatment. The American Cancer Society also offers an interactive class, "I Can Cope," for those who are unable to attend classes in person. Click here to learn more about their online program.

Other educational programs are offered in partnership with the American Cancer Society and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Please call the Navigator at 601-974-6238 if you would like to receive a Baptist Cancer Services monthly calendar of events.

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