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NMMC Cancer Support Services

 

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Cancer Patient Navigators

The patient navigator acts as a patient advocate for newly-diagnosed cancer patients. The primary function of the navigator is to serve as a clinical liaison for cancer patients. The navigator will assist the patient in accessing referrals and resources that meet his or her individual needs, and will follow a patient through the continuum of care and treatment to help assure the patient's needs are being met. The navigator works with all members of the cancer team to coordinate care.

 

Genetic Counseling Services

Genes can predict whether a patient will get certain types of cancer. To more effectively treat cancer patients, NMMC Cancer Care offers a genetic services consultant for:

  • Patients who have been diagnosed with a genetically-linked cancer (especially breast or colon cancer). The results of the testing may help doctors and patients decide what type of treatment to provide.
  • Family members of breast or colon cancer patients when there is a strong trend of genetically-linked cancers in the family. If a family member is found to be at an increased risk for cancer, more aggressive screening and prevention options are available.

A referral is required. Qualifying patients will meet with the consultant to review family medical history, discuss the role of genetics in cancer and perform a risk assessment. If the assessment determines the patient is a candidate for testing, a simple blood or saliva test will be performed.

 

At NMMC Cancer Care, these services are provided by Angie Taylor, FNP-BC, a board-certified nurse practitioner who has been working in oncology for more than 10 years. She is certified in genetics through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. These services are covered by many insurances, but check with your insurance company to be sure. For more information on genetic services at NMMC, call (662) 377-7022.

 

Tumor Conferences

Fighting cancer takes a team of health care providers—surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, medical and radiation oncologists, nurses, technicians and more. NMMC holds weekly cancer conferences,
including dedicated breast and lung cancer conferences, where each new cancer diagnosis is reviewed by a multidisciplinary group of physicians and other health care professionals. Everyone comes to the table with their own perspective and ideas, and works together to make sure the patient is getting the best care possible. The team communicates about every patient so that the treatment plan is individualized and takes into account all the clinical viewpoints.


Barbershop Talk

A collaborative community program between NMMC 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.


Home Health

NMMC Home Health 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.


NMMC also offers Inpatient Hospice – a specialized 10-bed unit at NMMC. This unit provides end-of-life care for patients who cannot be cared for at home.

 

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 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 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 Cindy Hale, affiliate executive 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, call (662) 377-4903.



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 click here for a schedule or more information: www.nmhs.net/mobile_mammo.php

 

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 NMMC Cancer Care 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 NMMC. 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 is available to assist cancer patients with spiritual needs. For more information, call (662) 377-3439 or click here.

 

Joyce B. Atwell Resource Center

NMMC Radiation Oncology, located at 990 S. Madison St., 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 facility 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

A 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.