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2 years ago Baton Rouge

Treatment is Over; What’s Next?

When Tommy Deloach was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2014 he had one goal: to get better. But as his treatment ended, Tommy found he had more healing left to do. It was then his doctor recommended After the Bell, a free survivorship clinic at Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center designed to treat the physical, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of life after a patient rings the special bell signifying the end of treatment.

After the Bell Survivorship Clinic is the only known survivorship program of its type in the nation. It offers patients free, weekly small-group sessions designed to reduce stress, boost the immune system and inspire a sense of overall well-being. Sessions include activities such as mindful living techniques, health and wellness coaching, yoga, nutrition and art.

“At first it didn’t seem like something I would typically be interested in,” said Tommy. “Every other time I would have said no, but I saw this as an opportunity to make a positive change in my life – I said yes.”

The program offers patients a place to foster healing and cope with change. Tommy credited the clinic with giving him the tools he needed to take steps toward a healthier life by providing nutritional counseling following his gastric surgeries as well as yoga and mindful meditation to strengthen his body and mind.

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The program offers patients a place to foster healing and cope with change. Tommy credited the clinic with giving him the tools he needed to take steps toward a healthier life by providing nutritional counseling following his gastric surgeries as well as yoga and mindful meditation to strengthen his body and mind.

Everything this program has offered… I’m using it. I’m benefiting. After the Bell is a great asset to patients. I can’t say that enough.”

The After the Bell Survivorship Clinic begins a new session Aug. 8 through Sept. 15. To sign up or for more information, call (225) 215-0182 or email lgaddy@marybird.com.

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3 years ago Baton Rouge

Elizabeth Franklin, Stomach Cancer Survivor

After visiting several well-known healthcare facilities in various states and getting the same feedback from all of them, Elizabeth Franklin was told that a cancerous tumor in her stomach was inoperable. She felt helpless and scared and thought she would have to live with a tumor that could one day take her life.

However, her outlook quickly changed when her gastroenterologist referred her to John Lyons, MD, a surgical oncologist at the Cancer Center. After a CT scan, Dr. Lyons told Elizabeth that he was confident he could immediately and safely remove her tumor.

Dr. Lyons also determined that the surgery could be performed robotically, which produces smaller scars, less pain and a shorter recovery period. And ironically, at the same time all of this was happening, Elizabeth had just started working at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center as a social worker on the oncology unit.

“I received the same answer from other healthcare facilities all over the country: my tumor was inoperable,” said Elizabeth. “But Dr. Lyons understood my disease in a way others didn’t; he possessed expertise that others didn’t. He saved my life, so now as a social worker I can help other people fighting cancer.”

Elizabeth says that now she never misses and opportunity to let people know that they don’t have to go far to get world-class care. And she can be confident in letting patients know they chose the right place to receive cancer treatment.