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Cancer Services and the Hederman Cancer Center

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Should you or someone you love face cancer, you'll want advanced treatment options, access to practical, understandable information and caring professionals to help you through the process. At Baptist Cancer Services, you'll receive care from dedicated, experienced health care professionals who combine medical expertise with genuine concern for you and your family. And, you'll benefit from our ongoing commitment to provide the best possible services in prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up.

Baptist Cancer Services' mission is to provide comprehensive cancer services, including access to research and advanced technology, through a dedicated team of oncology professionals. The program emphasizes a commitment to cancer prevention, screening, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up and support.

The Hederman Cancer Center

In 2012, we celebrated the ten-year anniversary of the Hederman Cancer Center. In our first ten years, we treated more than 20,000 cases. In fact, we treat more cancer patients than any hospital in Mississippi. But while the Hederman Cancer Center has now marked its first ten years, our cancer program dates back to 1946 when Baptist purchased a "deep therapy" X-ray machine for radiation treatment. The Hederman Cancer Center brings together in one convenient location the full range of preventive, diagnostic, treatment, support and follow up services that we offer, along with the years of experience in caring for patients and their families who are going through cancer care.

The Hederman Cancer Center is a state-of-the-art facility that provides cancer patients single-door access to all the resources of Baptist Cancer Services. Designed to address the cancer patient's need of easy access and convenience, this three-story center is connected to Baptist's Radiation Oncology Department, inpatient units, and the Colonnades Medical Office Building. This allows a seamless connection between all diagnostic, interventional and support services available to patients in every stage of treatment. 

Services within the Hederman Cancer Center include:

Cancer Center Navigator

Designated to serve as the Center's single point of contact for patients and caregivers, the Navigator's purpose is to make it easy for patients and their families to access services and information. The Navigator assesses the needs of both patients and caregivers; directs them to appropriate support services; and educates patients and caregivers on any issues related to a patient's diagnosis. The Navigator also coordinates all cancer support groups and activities. Contact the Navigator at 601-974-6238, or send email to cancernavigator@mbhs.org.

Cancer Patient Orientation Program

Baptist Cancer Services provides a patient orientation program that gives patients a complete overview of cancer treatment, combining information about radiation therapy, chemotherapy, nutrition and several other important topics. The program is offered twice a week. During orientation, each participant receives a handbook that contains all the information from the class, along with a calendar for recording doctors' appointments; website resources; and a place to record their lab work, weight, and other information. The handbook is a useful tool for patients to use to keep all their information in one place and to make note of questions they want to ask their physicians on the days they have appointments.

Emotional and Spiritual Support

Support Groups meet periodically in the center and provide a source for information and encouragement for patients and family members. Baptist's Pastoral Care department provides spiritual support and emotional care through counseling, prayer and worship opportunities for patients and family members.

Appearances, Baptist's Retail Boutique

For patients struggling with conditions that affect their appearance, the importance of feeling confident about their appearance is heightened. Appearances, Baptist's retail boutique, specializes in hats, wigs, scarves and other products for cancer patients. It is located on the ground floor of the Hederman Cancer Center. 

Outpatient Infusion Clinic

The Outpatient Infusion Clinic provides a full range of outpatient infusion and injection services for adult patients who do not require hospitalization but need to receive treatments on a regular or infrequent basis.

Activities Room

The Activities Room focuses on therapy for cancer patients. Art therapy is offered, along with physical activities, such as deep breathing and stretching exercises, to help patients work through their diagnoses. Learn about programs available in the Activities Room at the Patient Support Services page.

Nutritional Support

Meal planning, food preparation, special diets and menu selections are extremely important to patients undergoing treatment for cancer. The center's Nutrition Specialist is available to help patients, friends and family with the special dietary needs of cancer patients.

Download the 2013 Baptist Cancer Services Annual Report (PDF)

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