Cancer Support & Education
Banner Baywood Medical Center understands the importance of patient and family support and offers an assortment of education and support resources through a program known as ARMS – Action Response My Support.
ARMS provides such support resources as:
Banner Baywood’s cancer support buddies are cancer survivors who volunteer at the hospital and help educate cancer patients and their families about common reactions to a cancer diagnosis, suggest coping strategies and be a friend.
From cancer prevention and diagnosis to terminal care, bereavement and survivorship, patients and families of Banner Baywood receive complete psychosocial support. An on-site cancer social worker provides complementary counseling to help patients and their families cope with and adapt to the cancer diagnosis.
Additionally, Banner Baywood cancer patients each receive an inspirational packet designed to provide emotional support as they embark on their journey to recovery.
Each packet includes:
- a candle to light their way
- a cotton ball to seek cushioned support from family and friends
- a paper clip to keep things together when they seem to be coming apart
- and silly string as a reminder to laugh along the way
Education and Support Group Meetings
- Breast health information
- Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group meetings
- Grief support group
- I Can Cope Group meetings
- Nutrition Counseling
- Patient navigator: helps with wig fittings, education and information (part-time)
- American Cancer Society’s Look Good…Feel Better program
- Compassion Cart
- Clown Therapy
- Dog Therapy
- Massage Therapy
- Music Therapy
For information on Banner Baywood’s upcoming support groups and/or educational classes, or to register, please call the Banner Health resource hotline at (602) 230-CARE.