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Cancer Center Support Services

Barbershop Talk

A collaborative community program between the NMMC Cancer Center and area barbers that targets the African-American male population and provides educational information on early screenings for prostate and colon cancers. For more information, call (662) 377-4077.

 

Guided Imagery

A relaxation session that can help combat some side effects associated with a cancer diagnosis and treatment by focusing on healthful changes in the body and mind. For more information, call (662) 377-4049.

Home Health

The NMMC Home Health Agency offers patients in a 17-county area a range of services, including skilled and specialty nursing and rehabilitation. Technology has developed to the point that almost any service available in the hospital can be delivered in the home setting with some modification. For more information, call (662) 377-2499, or click here.

Hospice

Hospice care is a specialized program to help manage pain and other symptoms associated with terminal illness. Chaplains, dietitians, social workers, nurses, therapists and volunteers are available to meet with patients and speak frankly about cancer and other life-limiting illness, share ideas and offer support. Services are available regardless of ability to pay. For more information, call 1-800-852-4910, or click here.

Komen North Mississippi Race for the Cure

Held each October, the annual 5K run and one-mile fun run is part of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure's National Race for the Cure Series, the largest series of 5K run/walks in the United States.

Up to 75 percent of the net proceeds from the North Mississippi Race are used to fund mammograms, breast cancer treatment and education for medically under-served women in 15 counties in northeast Mississippi. The remaining income goes to the national Susan G. Komen for the Cure's Grant Program to fund research.

Special recognition is given on Race day to breast cancer survivors. "We celebrate survivorship at all Komen Race for the Cure events because it offers an experience of encouragement and solidarity to all who live with breast cancer," said Paula Turner, Race director. "Survivor participation is a moving and vital component of Race day activities."

Breast cancer survivors with a paid registration will receive a complimentary pink cap and T-shirt in their registration packets and are invited to participate in a complimentary group photo of breast cancer survivors and to join their peers at a specially designated survivor tent.

For more information on Komen North Mississippi for the Cure, call (662) 377-4903.

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Massage Therapy

To further enhance the healing process, the Cancer Center offers free mini-massages for cancer patients.

Mobile Mammography

The mobile mammography unit travels to area communities and offers easy access to screening mammograms at hospitals, physicians' offices, businesses and industries throughout north Mississippi and northwest Alabama. This special community service encourages preventive breast health and early detection of breast cancer. When breast cancer is caught early, survival rate increases to 90 percent.

Call (662) 377-7984 or (662) 377-4910 for an appointment or more information. Visit www.nmhs.net/mobile_mammo.php for a schedule.

Nutrition

When fighting cancer, good nutrition becomes even more important. Working with physicians, nurses, patients and families, a registered dietitian develops goals for patients based on a comprehensive nutritional assessment.

Take a Swing at Cancer Benefit Golf Tournament

Each year, The Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi sponsors the annual Take a Swing at Cancer Benefit Golf Tournament.

Proceeds benefit the North Mississippi Medical Center Cancer Center Patient Assistance Fund, which provides up to $220,000 annually for needy patients and their families who qualify for assistance. The golf tournament is organized by community volunteers from across the region, as well as representatives from the Health Care Foundation and the NMMC Cancer Center. For more information on the Take a Swing at Cancer Benefit Golf Tournament, call (662) 377-2376 or 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375), or click here.

Palliative Care Program

Palliative care uses an interdisciplinary approach to provide the comprehensive care and management of the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs of patients of all ages, and their families with chronic debilitating or life-limiting illnesses.

For more information, call (662) 377-3810.

Pastoral Care

An NMMC Pastoral Care chaplain visits the Cancer Center to assist patients with spiritual needs. For more information, call (662) 377-3439 or click here.

Radiation Oncology Clinician

The radiation oncology clinician meets with the NMMC Cancer Center treatment team to discuss patients' treatment plans, and helps educate patients and family members.

Joyce B. Atwell Resource Center

The NMMC Cancer Center offers access to a cancer resource center, where patients and their family members can learn about cancer prevention, detection and treatment. The center houses a collection of information, including magazines, medical journals and reference books, self-help publication and periodicals on health and medicine as well as video and audio tapes. New information is added regularly. A computer and Internet access is available for patients and family members to do research on cancer, and the Cancer Center is a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Transportation Assistance

For those who qualify, transportation assistance is available to help patients get to their treatments. For more information, call (662) 377-4077.

Social Services

An oncology certified social worker helps patients and families handle the changes associated with a cancer diagnosis. Issues can include work-related stress, marriage and family disruptions, depression, anxiety, phobias, child and adolescent problems, well being and spiritual concerns. For more information, call (662) 377-4077.

Wellness Program

Available at NMMC Wellness Centers in Baldwyn, Iuka, Pontotoc, Tupelo and West Point, the Cancer Wellness Program is for people receiving treatment for all types and stages of cancer. The program combines specifically prescribed exercise with education and support to guide a person through recovery. For more information, call (662) 377-4141, or click here.