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Understanding the impact of cancer

Learning more about cancer and its treatment is very beneficial to patients and their families. Baptist Health Louisville has support groups patients may attend to get more information and talk with other cancer patients about their experiences. Counseling to help patients deal with the emotional aspects of cancer is also available through the Baptist Health Counseling.

Patients, family members or anyone interested in learning more about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer may visit Baptist Health's Cancer Resource Center. The center offers a library of books, video and audio tapes, CD-ROMs and free brochures on cancer-related topics such as prevention, coping and inspiration, risk reduction, treatment, technology and specific types of cancer. Materials may be checked out of the library and taken home. On-line computer searches are also available.

The center is staffed by Friend For Life volunteers, all survivors of various types of cancer, offering the perspective of someone who's been there and has had similar experiences. Patients and their families can meet one-on-one with an advanced oncology certified nurse, who is available to help visitors find the information they need and answer their questions. The Cancer Resource Center staff is available to provide cancer education to community groups as well.

The Cancer Resource Center is located on the first floor of the 4007 Building on Kresge Way, at the corner of Browns Lane, across from Baptist Health Louisville. The center is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information or to make an appointment, call the Cancer Resource Center at (502) 896-3009.

Helping other families who are coping with cancer can also aid in healing. Baptist Health Louisville has an Oncology Fund, within the Baptist Health Foundation Louisville, made up of grants and individual contributions given in memory and in honor of persons diagnosed with cancer. The Fund is used to improve services to cancer patients and their families as well as provide technology and educational opportunities for staff. To make a donation, or obtain more information about the Oncology Fund, call (502) 896-7495.

Coping with cancer involves more than just treating the disease. Commitment to research, education and meeting the needs of cancer patients and their families provides total cancer care -- the kind of care patients receive at Baptist Health Louisville.

For more information about services provided at Baptist Health Cancer Care, or for a physician referral, call the Baptist Health Information Center at (502) 897-8131.