Support & Survivorship
ABOUT SUPPORT & SURVIVORSHIP
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.
SUPPORT & SURVIVORSHIP IN BATON ROUGE
The Cancer Center 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.
MINDFULNESS MEDITATION INSTRUCTION
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.
SurviveDat: SurviveDAT is dedicated to enhancing the health and wellness of young breast cancer survivors in Louisiana. The goal is to address the unique needs of these survivors through online resources that include an extensive list of community programs, support groups and services available locally and nationally. Monthly support group meetings and quarterly workshops cover topics like genetics, fertility, body image and more. Program is free to the public.
SUPPORT & SURVIVORSHIP IN COVINGTON & HAMMOND
The Boutique 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. The Center fits 50 to 60 patients per month with wigs and other head coverings. 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, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need a hug for your head? Get a Free headwrap or scarf from the Good Wishes program. If you are a experiencing loss or thinning of hair as a result of illness or treatment, Good Wishes will send a scarf in the pattern and color of your choosing free!
Private fittings by appointment.
SISTER SURVIVORS SUPPORT GROUP
This free support group is open to any female cancer survivor and is facilitated by Melinda Breaux, Licensed Professional Counselor and a cancer survivor. This support group is for any woman currently receiving treatment or who has completed treatment for any cancer diagnosis regardless of where the treatment was received. Talking about feelings, giving and receiving support, and sharing life’s joys and challenges with other survivors can be a lifeline during difficult times.
CANCER CONNECTION SUPPORT GROUP
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.
LOOK GOOD… FEEL BETTER
Look Good…Feel Better® was developed by the American Cancer Society for women undergoing radiation and chemotherapy. Spend an afternoon with certified professional cosmetologists as they demonstrate skin, nail and hair tips that can enhance your appearance and improve your self-image while undergoing cancer treatment. This program is free to participants. Complimentary cosmetics and skin care products are provided.
MINDFUL MEDITATION: AN ALLY IN YOUR CANCER RECOVERY
Learn to use the power of your mind to fight disease, find strengths, make the best of treatments and meet the challenges cancer can bring. Guided by Ellen LaRocca, the class will introduce various meditation, guided imagery and simple yoga techniques. Participants may start at any time. The class is open to individuals with a cancer diagnosis, their caregivers and the health professionals who care for them.
MY BC TEAM
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.
Yoga has proved to be beneficial in improving symptoms related to cancer or treatment and improved mood and sleep. Classes incorporate yoga techniques appropriate for anyone going through a cancer experience regardless of physical strength and abilities. Classes are facilitated by Wendy McKnee, certified yoga instructor and are held at St. Tammany Parish Hospital Outpatient Pavilion. Participation may start at any time, based on space and availability.
Every Friday, 10 – 11 a.m.
Women’s Pavilion, Conference Room
There is no charge for the classes; registration and a medical release are required. Call (985) 789-0793 to register or for more information.
CANCER SUPPORT GROUP – HAMMOND AREA
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.
First Wednesday of each month, 3 p.m.
Madisonville Room at St. Tammany Parish Hospital
SUPPORT GROUPS TO MEET YOUR NEEDS
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.
SURVIVEDAT – NORTHSHORE CHAPTER
The goal is to address the unique needs of these survivors through online resources that include an extensive list of community programs, support groups and services available locally and nationally. Monthly support group meetings and quarterly workshops cover topics like genetics, fertility, body image and more.
TAI CHI: HEALING IN MOTION
The art of Tai Chi will help you learn to use the power of movement to fight disease, boost your immune system, find strengths, make the best of treatments and meet the challenges a significant illness brings. Guided by Erlinda R. Nye, yoga and tai chi instructor, the class will help regain wellness. Participants may start at any time. The free class is open to individuals with a cancer diagnosis, their caregivers and the health professionals who care for them.
- Session 1: Jan. 6 – Feb. 17 (No Class Feb. 24)
- Session 2: March 2 – April 13 (No Class April 20)
- Session 3: April 27 – June 8 (No Class June 15)
- Session 4: June 22 – Aug. 17 (No Class July 20, 27 or Aug. 24)
- Session 5: Aug. 31 – Oct. 12 (No Class Oct. 19)
- Session 6: Oct. 26 – Dec. 14 (No Class Nov. 23)
The Life Beyond Cancer Foundation (LBCF)
Dedicated to easing the physical, spiritual, emotional and financial hardships of living with, and beyond, cancer.
SUPPORT & SURVIVORSHIP IN GONZALES
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.
SUPPORT & SURVIVORSHIP IN HOUMA
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.
MANAGING STRESS AND DISTRESS
A cancer diagnosis can often lead to many mixed emotions, including distress. Click here for three tips to minimize distress and learn skills to cope with the diagnosis and treatment.