Resources and Support Groups

cancer resources

For many people, having a cancer center nearby will mean they won't have to uproot their lives and families to fight their disease.

Being close to home allows patients and loved ones to get the support they need to overcome any challenge. Demonstrating our commitment to education, awareness and prevention, the SMH Regional Cancer Center offers a variety of resources, bringing together cancer survivors and patients for the emotional encouragement that could only come from someone who has traveled the same path.

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Women Warriors Workshop:
A Cancer Support Group
June 20 / July 18 / August 15 / September 19
Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
Place: SMH Founders Building, 1st Floor Conference Room, 1150 Robert Blvd.
Whether you are undergoing treatment or in recovery, meeting with others who share a similar experience can benefit you. Support and information for patients, survivors or caregivers. Please RSVP by calling (985) 280-6611.

Support Group
Thursdays, June 21 / July 19 / August 16 / September 20
Time: 3 - 4 p.m.
Place: SMH Regional Cancer Center, 1120 Robert Blvd.
A monthly grief recovery support group.
For more information, please call (985) 280-6612.

Caregiver Coffee Talk
Wednesdays, July 5 / August 1 / September 5
Time: 10 - 11 a.m.
Place: SMH Regional Cancer Center, 1120 Robert Blvd.
Join us for a cup of freshly brewed coffee with delicious pastries, and meet other caregivers facing similar challenges as you and your family.
For more information, please call (985) 280-6612.

Living with Cancer Group
Wednesdays, June 20 / July 18 / August 15 / September 19
Time: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Place: SMH Regional Cancer Center, 1120 Robert Blvd., 2nd Floor Chapel.
Support group for those living with cancer and their caregivers.
For more information, please call (985) 280-6612.

Art Therapy
July 10 / August 7 / September 4
Time: 10 a.m.
Enhance coping, confidence and stress management. Call (985) 280-6612 for more information or to enroll in a session.


cancer resourcesSMH Regional Cancer Center
SMH knows support plays an important role in recovery. That's why SMH Regional Cancer Center offers patients a resource library, Appearance Center, support groups and other resources needed during recovery.

Oncology Nurse Navigator

A direct and visible benefit to patients is a "nurse navigator, or coach, a program to assign a specific person to guide newly diagnosed cancer patients through their journey and cancer treatment education. Cynthia Hingle, RN, BSN, a graduate of University of Texas and an oncology nurse since 1980, is the Slidell Memorial Hospital Oncology Nurse Navigator. For more information, please contact (985) 280-6670.

Pleural Mesothelioma Center
An organization offering free assistance and resources to anyone coping with pleural mesothelioma. Asbestos exposure causes thousands of cases of this kind of cancer in the United States each year. Visit

Mesothelioma Veterans Center
One-third of all mesothelioma patients are veterans, and approximately 6,000 veterans afflicted with this asbestos-caused cancer died between 1999 and 2005 alone. The reason this cancer targets so many veterans is because of the prevalence of asbestos use in the military in the past. The Mesothelioma Veterans Center helps to spread awareness to veterans and their families. See their website for free veteran specific resources and support for patients and families.

American Cancer Society
SMH is active in many American Cancer Society programs and events including Relay for Life, Making Strides for Breast Cancer and Reach for Recovery. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that encourages cancer patients and caregivers to create free personalized websites. Our mission is to empower patients to build an online support community of family and friends to foster connection, inspiration, and healing.

The Cancer Resource Library
Our library offers a vast selection of cancer affiliated literature and media to acquire for temporary use. You will find books, pamphlets, information in different languages, CDs and DVDs, and computers to assist in your search. Subjects include specific cancers and treatments, clinical research, hospice care, diet and nutrition, grief, stress management, explaining cancer to children, controlling pain, spirituality, complementary therapies, and survivorship.

Web Resources
American Cancer Society, 1-800-ACS-2345,
National Comprehensive Cancer Network, 1-888-909-NCCN,
National Cancer Institute, 1-800-4-CANCER,

Clinical Trials

For more information about clinical trials, patients are encouraged to speak with their Medical Oncologist or they may contact the National Cancer Institute at 1-800-422-6237 or



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