Cancer Support Programs and Resources

At St. Dominic Cancer Center, we understand the impact that major surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy treatments can have on a cancer patient’s physical, emotional, and spiritual strength.  Healing is more than just a physical journey, it’s also emotional and spiritual.  In an effort to touch each of these areas, St. Dominic’s offers many support programs and resources for patients and family members.

(601) 200-3110

St. Dominic Behavioral Health Associates are dedicated to helping reduce the impact that personal and emotional problems have on a family’s livelihood and relationships. Staffed by a team of highly qualified counselors and psychologists, these professionals are committed to St. Dominic’s healing philosophy that focuses on meeting the total needs of patients and their family members.

IMG_0623Camp Bluebird is a three-day, two-night camp for cancer patients and survivors ages 18 and older, sponsored by St. Dominic’s Cancer Center. Camp is for anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer whether under treatment, just finished treatment, or cancer free for years.

Camp Bluebird is a nationwide organization. There are currently three other camps in Mississippi located in Hattiesburg, Tupelo, and Ocean Springs. St. Dominic’s is the first to sponsor a Camp Bluebird in the central Mississippi area. Two camps are offered each year, one in early summer and the second in fall.

The weekend offers a time for listening and learning. It is designed to help reduce the isolation felt by many cancer patients. It is a time for being with friends, and a time for caring and sharing. Activities are provided for the entire weekend and campers take time to share with one another. Campers can help each other through this difficult time.

Campers gain a better understanding of their non-medical needs and learn coping strategies from others that have made life-style adjustments through living with cancer. Camp Bluebird offers creative outlets through recreational activities, music, singing, dancing, games, and arts and crafts. Campers and volunteers alike receive a full dose of fellowship, fun and much, much more.

St. Dominic’s Cancer Center is proud to sponsor this not-for-profit program to enrich the lives of cancer survivors. All meals, snacks and lodging are provided. Accommodations are dorm-like and Camp Bluebird can accept only a limited number of campers, so, if you are interested, apply early.

Our next Camp Bluebird is October 16-18, 2015.

If you have questions or need an application to be sent to you, please contact Peggy Stansell, Camp Bluebird Coordinator at (601)200-3070 or you may fill out the Camp Bluebird Camper Application and Health Form, print it and mail it to:

Peggy Stansell
Camp Bluebird Coordinator
969 Lakeland Drive
Jackson, MS 39216

(601) 200-3070

There are many publications available in the Resource Room which is located on the first floor of St. Dominic’s Cancer Center.

(601) 200-6768

At St. Dominic’s Cancer Center, we know and understand the impact that major surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy treatments can have on a cancer patient’s physical, emotional, and spiritual strength.

Our registered dietitian is available to develop individualized nutrition strategies to make meal time a pleasant, relaxing and enjoyable time while incorporating high calorie, high protein dietary selections. We strongly encourage family members to participate in the patient’s nutrition counseling.

Our social worker provides educational programs, information resources, counseling and a host of other services that can help cancer patients and their families learn to adapt to the changes in their lives. It is important that our patients be aware of community resources, receive financial counseling when needed, and have access to home care planning. Our social worker works exclusively with cancer patients and their families to help find the strength to face the challenges cancer can bring.

Pastoral Care is provided to help individuals strengthen their own spirituality and deepen their faith. The Pastoral Care staff may not cure your illness but they can help to heal the hurts of our heart. Our pastoral care representative comes as a friend during a difficult time of life and can contribute to your overall well-being and recovery.

(601) 200-3300

St. Dominic’s offers various types of clinical trials which include Quality of Life and Treatment and Translational Research Trials (studying of tumor tissue and blood to learn causes and treatments of gynecologic cancer). Paul Seago, MD serves as principal investigator for Gynecologic Oncology Group clinical trials at St. Dominic’s.

Benefits of Clinical trials include the following:

  • Participants have access to promising new approaches often not available outside a clinical trial setting
  • The approach being studied may be more effective than the standard approach
  • Participants receive regular and careful medical attention from a research team that includes doctors and other health professionals
  • Participants may be the first to benefit from the new method under study
  • Results from the study may help others in the future

St. Dominic’s Hands of Hope Boutique

A Mastectomy and Gift Boutique

This cancer boutique is the first of its kind in the area. The boutique is committed to the community of cancer and breast cancer patients with a remarkably tranquil area for all their prosthesis, garment and personal care needs. Patients are fitted by our certified mastectomy fitter in a spacious private room for their comfort.

The boutique carries a large assortment of:

  • Post surgical garments
  • Edema sleeves
  • Products for radiation and chemotherapy relief, to include: hats, scarves, skincare and queasy drops
  • Mastectomy bras
  • Mastectomy breast forms
  • Mastectomy swimsuits (special order)
  • Non-mastectomy bras
  • Gift items

The boutique is located on the First Floor of the main hospital, across from the Laboratory.

969 Lakeland Drive  |  Jackson, MS 39216
Monday – Friday  9 AM – 5 PM
601-200-5111

(601) 200-6944

Located on the Lower Level in Education, this center is available for you to research a medical condition affecting you or your family member. Our reference collection includes on-line health/internet information programs, videos, audio tapes, reference books, journals, newsletters, and. Health-related books, videos and audio tapes are loaned for two-week periods. You can visit the Center or call in a request. Hours of operation vary.

Lighting the Way to Cancer Survivorship

St. Dominic’s is proud to be a partner with The Hope Conference, which is an anticipated annual event for the Jackson area.The Hope Conference is held each year on the first Saturday in March, at First Baptist Church of Jackson in the Christian Life Center.

  • It is free to the public.
  • This conference is a community education event for cancer patients, survivors, family, friends, caregivers and health care providers.
  • The Hope Conference features presentations and breakout sessions by cancer specialists, medical experts, allied health professionals and survivors.
  • Participants will learn more about local resources, share their own stories, and celebrate the joy of living.
  • A free celebratory luncheon is included in the day’s events.
  • For more information, please call St. Dominic Cancer Services at 601-200-3300.

(601) 200-6768

St. Dominic’s Hospice Program is coordinated by a hospice liaison that works in our Care Management Department, and provides information about hospice care to referred patients and coordinates referrals to hospice agencies.

(601) 200-3070

A program for women going through cancer treatment sponsored by the American Cancer Society. All patients receive helpful instructions on applying make-up, scarf tying, and other cosmetic solutions to maximize their appearance during treatment and beyond. These sessions are held monthly at St. Dominic’s Cancer Center.

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(601)-200-3300

St. Dominic’s Oncology Navigators are nurses who are available to help cancer patients and their loved ones on the journey from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. The Navigator provides individualized support and information tailored to patients.

The Oncology Navigator will:

  • Guide patients and their loved ones through the healthcare system
  • Help fill out all necessary forms
  • Refer to healthcare services for further diagnosis and treatment
  • Locate local resources and support services
  • Answer questions and provide additional information

(601)-200-5900

It is our mission to make a difference in the lives of patients and their loved ones facing serious, progressive or life threatening illness by decreasing physical, emotional, spiritual and psychosocial suffering and increasing quality of life. Being hospitalized with a serious, progressive illness or life-threatening illness can often be difficult and confusing. You and your family may have questions about your illness and the choices you must make.IMG_8704

At St. Dominic Hospital, we have a special team to help you and your loved ones during this time. Our Palliative Care Team will work together with your physicians to address your physical, emotional or spiritual needs during this challenging time in your hospital stay. We are committed to providing excellent palliative care to you – whether you have just been diagnosed, are in active treatment, have completed therapy or are facing end-of-life concerns. Our team partners with your physician as an additional layer of support, especially in complex cases.

Team members include:

  • Physician Medical Director
  • Program Manager
  • Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner
  • RN Coordinator
  • Social Worker
  • Pastoral Care
  • Pharmacist liaison

Other health care providers as appropriate.
To learn more about Palliative Care click here.

(601) 200-3070

The St. Dominic Cancer Center has a wig program for women who are in need of wigs and head coverings due to illness or medically induced side effects. Our program offers resources to obtain wigs at no charge from the American Cancer Society. In addition, we have wigs, scarves, turbans, on site, that are donated to the Cancer Center from volunteers, salons, and former patients. The wig room is conveniently located on the first floor of the Cancer Center.