Cancer Patient Support Programs

Singing River Health System Cancer Center provides Patient Support Services in order 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 help provide the support they need.

Cancer Support Groups

A Cancer support group is offered for patients and their families on the first Wednesday of every month from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in the conference room of Pascagoula Hospital’s Cancer Center. To register, Call Marion Coleman at (228) 809-5664.

“Cancer Buddies” is a local community support group for cancer patients in partnership with Singing River Health System Cancer Center and is offered monthly, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at Mosaic Church Meeting Room, 2016 Bienville Blvd (HWY 90), Ocean Springs. To register, call Donna Burks, (228) 818-4163.

Social Worker Services

Social Workers are available to patients at Singing River Health System 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

Individual counseling is available to ccancer patients and their families who prefer to speak to someone on a one-on-one basis. They are here to help work through all aspects of a cancer diagnosis and help patients to cope with diagnosis related to stress and anxiety. To make an appointment for individual counseling, call Donna Burks, (228) 818-4163.

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 well-being and teach patients simple stress-reduction and relaxation techniques.

Workshops are held quarterly. For upcoming dates and times and to register for a workshop, call Donna Burks, (228) 818-4163.

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 their out of pocket expenses. Our social workers help provide assistance with the necessary paperwork, speak directly to the manufacturer, and help find foundations that may be able to relieve some of their financial burdens related to cancer treatments.

To make an appointment with a Cancer Center social worker to discuss financial concerns, contact Marion Coleman in the Pascagoula office at 228) 809-5664, and Donna Burks in the Ocean Springs office at (228) 818-4163.

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 treatments and includes beauty tips using cosmetics. For upcoming dates and times and to register, contact Marion Coleman in the Pascagoula office at 228) 809-5664, and Donna Burks in the Ocean Springs office at (228) 818-4163.

Image Consulting

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.

For an appointment in our wig boutique, contact Marion Coleman in the Pascagoula office at 228) 809-5664, and Donna Burks in the Ocean Springs office at (228) 818-4163.