Cancer Patient Support Programs
Singing River Cancer Center provides a full range of patient support services to help improve the quality of life of cancer patients in our community. Living with cancer is one of the greatest challenges a person can face in the course of a lifetime, and we want to provide the support they need.
Cancer Patient Navigator Program
If you are a patient of Singing River Cancer Center, our Cancer Patient Support Services can help you manage your treatment programs and assist you with needs such as finding transportation, making appointments, talking to your doctor, making financial arrangements, and obtaining emotional support.
Cancer Support Groups
Singing River Cancer Center offers support groups for patients, their families and friends, and anyone dealing with cancer diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and loss. We ask that those who plan to attend register online.
Support Group Times & Locations
Pascagoula Cancer Center – Conference Room
1st Wednesday of every month | 9:30am
Ocean Springs Cancer Center – Conference Room
1st Tuesday of every month | 2:00pm
Social Worker Services
Social Workers are available to patients at Singing River Cancer Center throughout all phases of their cancer journey and offer a variety of service including:
- Finding transportation to appointments
- Communicating with the doctor
- Obtaining emotional support
- Helping patients and caregivers adjust to illness
- Addressing concerns about quality of life
- Helping with changes or disruptions in work
Several programs are offered to support patients through these difficult challenges including:
Individual counseling is available to cancer patients and their families who prefer to speak to someone on a one-on-one basis. Our social workers and Cancer Center team are here to help work through all aspects of a cancer diagnosis and help patients to cope with diagnosis-related stress and anxiety.
Workshops for Well-Being
During the course of cancer treatments, we realize it is important to focus on the person as a whole and understand there is a connection between mind, body, and spirit. We offer free workshops focusing on wellbeing that teach patients simple stress-reduction and relaxation techniques.
Workshops are held quarterly.
Medication / Financial Assistance
Cancer medications and treatments can be quite expensive, sometimes even with insurance. However, there are many financial assistance programs that our social workers are familiar with and can link patients with in order to help relieve some of those out-of-pocket expenses. Our social workers provide assistance with the necessary paperwork, can speak directly to drug manufacturers, and help find foundations, grants, and other funding sources that may relieve some of the financial burden related to cancer treatment.
Brave and Beautiful
Brave and Beautiful is a free make-over program offered at Singing River Cancer Center that helps women with appearance side effects of cancer treatment, including beauty tips with cosmetics, resources for wigs and hair loss related challenges, and more.
Losing your hair can be one of the hardest parts of undergoing cancer treatments, and our social workers at the Singing River Cancer Center provide women with a complimentary consultation in our private wig boutique, teaching patients how to use wigs and scarves to enhance their appearance. Patients can receive a complimentary wig and scarf during the consultation as well.
To make an appointment with a Singing River Cancer Center social worker, find dates for any of our Cancer Center Support Programs, or for any other Cancer Care related programs mentioned here, contact Marion Coleman in Pascagoula at 228-809-5664 or Donna Burks in Ocean Springs at 228-818-4163.