More Americans are surviving cancer than ever before due to advancements in cancer treatment and research. To help survivors lead healthy, active and fulfilling lives, the Center has survivorship programs that address social, emotional and spiritual needs for the rapidly increasing number of cancer survivors.
Studies show that newly diagnosed cancer patients rate their quality of care higher and report fewer problems if they receive support from a patient navigator. This is why Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, in conjunction with its hospital partners, offers navigation services for every patient from diagnosis through treatment and survivorship. In addition to easing concerns, answering questions, coordinating care and assisting patients and their families with informed decision-making, patient navigators also schedule consultations with other patient support services. Patient navigation services are made possible by the generosity of the community.
Contact a patient navigator today.
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Baton Rouge: (225) 215-1126
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Covington: (985) 875-2234
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Houma: (985) 850-6309
Massage involves gentle manipulation, rubbing, and kneading of the muscles and soft tissue. Massage for cancer patients is used to decrease stress, anxiety, depression, pain and fatigue. Program is free to our patients.
Outpatient Infusion Areas
Mindfulness meditation is the practice of using our breath to help focus our attention. Mindfulness meditation can help reduce stress, enhance immune function and lower blood pressure. Individual and group instruction on how to practice mindfulness meditations, both sitting and walking, is available
People with cancer who engage in creative arts experience less depression and anxiety than those who do not, according to a review of research trials conducted over 23 years. This is the backbone of the Mind-Body Medicine approach, which uses art, meditation, massage and other proven techniques to bring about healing results.
To view our Healing Arts exhibit throughout the Cancer Center click here.
Cancer Services: A local and independent nonprofit, Cancer Services serves the tangible needs of people living with cancer in Greater Baton Rouge. The agency helps meet the financial, educational and emotional needs that arise during the cancer journey. All services are free of charge.
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Covington is pleased to offer a calming, stress-relieving yoga class taught by registered yoga teacher, Anna Villeret.
Join Anna to stretch and strengthen your body; develop core strength, alignment, and balance; practice breathing techniques and build flexibility.
The class will include mindful meditation promoting inner peace, heightened attention, focus and calmness.
Open to all and free of charge
First and third Thursday of every month, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Covington – 1203 S. Tyler Street, Covington
Call Maeghan Jacob at (985) 875-5325 for meeting dates, location and more information.
Support for women who are struggling with the impact of their cancer treatment on their appearance and self-esteem by providing mastectomy products such as breast forms and bras as well as wigs and wig fittings in a supportive private setting with trained staff and volunteers.
The Image Recovery room offers wigs, hats, turbans and scarves to patients receiving cancer treatment at no charge in a private fitting area. Make an appointment to come and see our selection or to obtain a listing of additional wig resources. If you have items you no longer need, please consider donating them to the center. Items should be clean and in good condition. If you need a listing of local or online resources for wigs and head coverings, call Maeghan Jacob at (985) 875-5325 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is crucial for cancer survivors and caregivers to find social support to help manage the many emotions that accompany a cancer diagnosis, treatments and survivorship. Talking can help so much! This support group offers a place to express ones fears and hopes, and gain strength from others who understand the challenges and opportunities of living with cancer. The focus of the group is on sharing experiences and discovering new ways to experience quality of life after a cancer diagnosis.
My BC Team is a FREE social network for women facing breast cancer. Instead of utilizing a networking structure that promotes anonymity, MyBCTeam provides a safe environment for women to get to know one another and make real, lasting connections. These connections create the foundation of their individual “breast cancer team,” women and providers they personally connect with and recommend.
Local pet therapy groups visit patients and visitors at the Cancer Center on a regular basis. The goal is to promote health and a sense of well-being through positive interactions between people and animals. All pet therapy teams have completed behavior evaluations and training, and animals have up-to-date vaccinations.
A cancer diagnosis and treatment often evokes unexpected emotions and feelings. By attending this cancer support group, you have the opportunity to share your unique experiences, or just listen to others. Our Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Kate Walker, will lead the group discussion and light refreshments will be provided. Together, we can help each other to make the journey a little easier. Together, we are stronger.
Can’t get to a meeting? Treatment and travel can hinder participation in meetings or you may need more support than a once a month meeting. Cancer Care, a nonprofit organization, offers numerous telephone or online support groups. All groups are free of charge and are led by an oncology social worker.
THRIVE offers an array of free services for survivors and caregivers with the goal of helping you live a full and meaningful life during and after treatment. This integrative program aims to treat the physical, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of survivorship, combining research-based complimentary therapies with traditional cancer care. We seek to provide options that are respectful of your personal needs and preferences, allowing your values to guide the support services you receive.
These services are provide to Ascension patients thanks to the generous support of the Gonzales Area Foundation. Learn more about our partnership with GAF here.
Outdoor walk to improve health, increase energy and connect with others affected by cancer.
For all cancer patients and their families.
An adult cancer camp (no outside camping) that allows participants to enjoy various fun activities with other campers.
Held annually in October.
For more information, call Toni Armstrong at (985) 860-3215.