Finding the Right Cancer Support ServicesGulf Coast Healthy Living Magazine Volume 3, Issue 4 - Cancer Institute
The ripples of a cancer diagnosis reach far and wide within a cancer patient’s life, affecting everything from work, to family, to plans for the future. Support services can help a family cope with cancer from the moment of diagnosis to handling the life changes that must take place during the healing process. We are blessed to have this support available to our community.
What is cancer? What is chemotherapy or radiation? How can I cope with the side effects of treatment? What nutritional guidelines should I follow? An educational class will help you and your family and answer these questions.
Having cancer is hard, but knowing that others are experiencing the same thing can provide comfort. Support groups are open to both patients and their family members. Baptist Health Care offers cancer support groups in both Pensacola and Gulf Breeze.
Yoga for Cancer Patients
Yoga is a perfect fitness class for cancer patients. It enhances physical and emotional well-being and brings peace to many patients undergoing treatment. Yoga for cancer patients is not a cardiovascular workout, but instead focuses on stretching, relaxing and calming your inner mind.
After cancer treatment, survivors often feel the need to get back to optimal health as soon as possible. Cancer rehab can help by providing therapeutic services such as cardiovascular and balance training, strengthening and stretching programs and pain management, as well as help establishing a home exercise and general fitness program. A patient may be referred to a cancer rehab program by his or her primary care physician or oncologist. Baptist Medical Group physicians refer patients to the Cancer Rehab and Wellness Program at Andrews Institute Rehabilitation.
Baptist Health Care offers the following cancer support services:
Patient and Family Cancer Support Group
2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
5:30 to 7 p.m., Baptist Towers, Tower 3, Suite 233
For more information, call 850.469.2224.
Cancer 101 Education Class
1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month 2 to 4 p.m., Baptist Towers, Tower 3, Suite 233 Registration is required for this class. Call 850.469.2224.
Gentle Yoga for Cancer Patients
Every Thursday, 3:45 to 5 p.m., The Core – Healthy Lives Wellness Center,1901 N. E St.
$3 per session • For more information, call 850.469.7028.
Cancer Rehab and Wellness Program at Andrews Institute Rehabilitation
This program provides stretching, strengthening, and range of motion exercises; general cardiovascular conditioning; scar management and self-care techniques, as needed; lymphedema education and therapy; incontinence treatment; and help developing a home exercise program, among other therapies.
For more information, call 850.916.8700 or visit TheAndrewsInstitute.com/Rehabilitation.