Improve your quality of life.

We define sisterhood as a deep personal connection. It’s an unbreakable bond. It’s someone who always has your back. It’s a promise to always be there for one another. Woman’s Hospital and Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center are sisterhood strong for you.

Beyond providing expert breast and gynecologic cancer care, we are united to provide the support you need from diagnosis to survivorship. Patients and families coping with cancer can enhance their physical and emotional well-being through a number of support programs. All programs are specifically designed to enhance each individual’s treatment with a mind-body medicine approach to care.

support options

  • Patient Navigators

    Cancer treatment can be overwhelming. That’s why we have patient navigators to guide you from the day you’re diagnosed to the day you ring the last treatment bell. Your navigator can assist you with scheduling appointments, obtaining financial assistance, arranging transportation, connecting you with resources, providing you with emotional support, and more.

  • In-Person Support

    There are so many women in our community fighting cancer right now, just like you, and they come together often to support each other. Join one of our several support groups to share the emotions and experiences of your cancer battle and finding strength through the help of others. Breast and gynecologic cancer survivors, caregivers and healthcare professionals meet monthly to connect, share their experiences and support one another. There’s even a daily meditation group to help you relax and reduce stress.

    Breast Cancer Support Group
    Free, Cancer Services of Baton Rouge
    Third Wednesday of every month, Noon – 1:00 PM
    Learn more.

    Woman’s Gynecologic Cancer Support Group
    Free, Cancer Services of Baton Rouge
    Second Wednesday of every month, Noon – 1:00 PM
    Learn more.

    Mind-Body Together Support Group
    The practice of mind-body medicine skills to enhance your immune system and increase your sense of well-being.
    Free, Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center Meditation Room – 2nd Floor
    Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:30 AM
    Learn more.

    Survivorship Connections
    One-on-one support among veteran and recent cancer survivors and caregivers.
    Free, Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center
    Learn more.

    Survivorship Clinic: After the Bell
    The clinic provides a supportive environment with step-by-step practices to help you live well after treatment.
    Free, The Orangerie, Burden Center, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge
    Contact Laura Gaddy: (225) 215-0182 or lgaddy@marybird.com
    Learn more.

  • Rehabilitation

    Cancer rehabilitation can help you recover more quickly and more completely from treatment than you would otherwise. The cancer rehabilitation team includes physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech and swallowing therapists, registered dieticians, and nutritionists and mental health professionals. This team will create a personalized rehabilitation plan for you with the goals of increasing strength and energy, alleviating pain, improving physical functioning, achieving emotional balance, and boosting the immune system. Rehabilitation can be beneficial for many individuals, including newly-diagnosed patients, survivors living with chronic disease, and those in remission. Learn more about cancer rehabilitation.

  • Exercise

    Being physically active after a cancer diagnosis can improve your outcomes and have beneficial effects on your quality of life, including your emotional well-being, sleep, anxiety, fatigue, pain, and more. Whether your focus is on building strength or reducing stress and fatigue, we can work to develop an exercise plan that fits your needs. From water aerobics to yoga to walking groups, we offer several exercise options to fit your needs.

    Medical Exercise
    This program is ideal if you have recently been discharged from physical therapy, cancer rehabilitation or if you require special specialized instruction and supervision in a fitness setting. A physician referral is required.
    $80/month (8 sessions), Woman’s Center for Wellness Free Screening
    Learn more.

    Mindfulness Meditation
    The practice of using breath to help focus attention, reduce stress and increase productivity.
    Free, Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, Meditation Room, 2nd Floor
    Monday-Friday, Noon-12:15 PM
    Learn more.

    Mindful Yoga
    Group classes that improve strength, flexibility and stamina. Program is free to the public.
    Free, Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, Conference Room 3
    Tuesdays, 5:00 – 6:00 PM
    Learn more.
    Morning and Evening Classes – The Red Shoes

    Mind-Body Together Support Group
    The practice of mind-body medicine skills to enhance your immune system and increase your sense of well-being.
    Free, Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center Meditation Room – 2nd Floor
    Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:30 AM
    Learn more.

    Learning to THRIVE
    Educational lunch and learn workshops on topics of interest related to cancer survivorship.
    Free, Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, Rathbone Conference Room
    Offered quarterly
    View this month’s topic.

  • Registered Dietician Counseling & Nutrition

    Eating the right kinds of foods before, during, and after cancer treatment can help you feel better and stay stronger. However, cancer treatments may affect taste, smell, appetite, and the ability to eat enough food or absorb the nutrients from food. This can cause you to be weak, tired, and unable to fight infections or get through cancer treatment. Our dietitians and nutritionists can work with you to make sure you’re getting enough nutrition for healing, fighting infection, and having enough energy.

    Registered Dietitian Services
    Registered dieticians will help you follow a healthy diet during and after your cancer treatment. They have special training in oncology and nutrition, and base their advice on scientifically sound nutrition research.
    Free, Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center
    Learn more.

  • Education and Special Events

    From informational seminars and retreats to luncheons and celebrations, there are so many opportunities to learn and connect with other women. We offer classes on managing cancer treatment effects, nutrition, and much more.

  • Massage Therapy

    While you’re receiving cancer treatment, we can help you relax with a free hand and foot massage. In addition, chair or table massages are available to you during the course of your cancer treatments and can improve pain, sleep, relaxation, anxiety, and stress. During a massage, your practitioner kneads your skin, muscles, and tendons in an effort to relieve tension and stress, promoting relaxation. Massage can be light and gentle or deep with more pressure.

    Therapeutic Massage
    Hand and foot massages for outpatients receiving treatment.
    Free, Woman’s Hospital and Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center

    Chair and Table Massage
    Free, Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center
    By appointment
    Learn more.

  • Healing Arts

    Healing arts are creative practices that promote healing, wellness, coping, and personal change. Healing arts can fulfill your need to express your feelings throughout treatment and survivorship. Traditional healing arts include music, art, dance/movement, and poetry/writing. The therapeutic effects are well studied to comfort patients, reduce stress, and enhance healing. We offer rotating workshops and activities regularly, such as wreath making, painting, concerts, and more.

    Healing Arts Program
    People with cancer who engage in creative arts experience less depression and anxiety than those who do not, according to a review of research trials conducted over 23 years. This is the backbone of the Mind-Body Medicine approach, which uses art, meditation, massage and other proven techniques to bring about healing results.
    Through Healing Arts, the Cancer Center offers an array of creative art projects to help patients, family members, and caregivers increase self-awareness, cope with symptoms and manage stress.

    Free, Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center
    First Wednesday of the month
    Learn more.

  • Wellness & Pet Therapy

    Wellness:

    It’s up to cancer patients and survivors to do their part in living a healthy lifestyle, but knowing where to begin can stall progress. That’s why we have designed several programs to help you live a healthier lifestyle – physically, emotionally and spiritually.

    Health and Wellness Coaching
    Individual sessions to help develop the personal tools and motivation to reach your physical and emotional goals.
    Free, Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center
    Learn more.

    Pet Therapy:

    Sometimes our four-legged friends can also work wonders in decreasing anxiety, while offering welcome companionship and a positive distraction.

    Fostering Hope
    A program that brings the healing effects of pet companionship to cancer survivors and their family members, while providing a temporary home to animals in need.
    Free, Contact flawrence@marybird.com or call (225) 215-1391
    Learn more.

    Pet Therapy
    Our Pet Therapy Program helps promote health and a sense of wellbeing through positive interactions with certified pet therapy dogs.
    Free, Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center
    First Thursday of the month
    Contact Laura Gaddy at (225) 215-0182 or lgaddy@marybird.com
    Learn more.

  • Skin Care

    Chemotherapy, radiation and certain medications can result hair loss and sensitive skin challenges. While most changes in appearance during cancer treatment are temporary, we can help you find the look that you are most comfortable with and offer products designed to make you feel your best.

    Makeup Consultation
    An aesthetician will examine your skin’s condition and advise you on the best products and treatments to regain moisture and softness.
    Free, Woman’s Center for Wellness
    Learn more.

    Makeup Application
    Our trained makeup artists and aestheticians will show you how to fill in or draw eyebrows, wear false lashes, conceal blemishes or dark patches and choose makeup and colors for your changing skin tone.
    Free, Woman’s Center for Wellness
    Learn more.

  • Palliative Care

    The goal of palliative care is to help patients attain the highest quality of life, focusing on pain relief, other symptoms and stresses of cancer or other serious illness. It also supports the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of patients and their families with life-limiting or life-altering illnesses. Our program includes outpatient palliative care, inpatient palliative care, and hospice services.

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