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Cancer Support Services at BMC

Cancer Support Services at Berkshire Medical Center provide a team approach designed to inspire “wellness” in our patients and their families. Our groups provide important education, practical information and helpful hints. They also inspire a sense of hope, courage and strength. Various tools that aid in healing and recovery are available to assist our patients and their families from the time of diagnosis through treatment and beyond.

Professionals are involved with each group to help guide discussion and provide information and structure in an informal, comfortable setting.  You will be among others who have traveled a similar journey, and sharing stories is often comforting and healing. All of our support groups are free and new members are always welcome.

  • Women Facing Breast Cancer

This group provides an opportunity for women who are facing a similar challenge to obtain information, discuss concerns and obtain support from one another.

Location: Health Resource Information Center at BMC (just beyond the main lobby in the Care Navigation Office.)
Free valet parking is available.
Time: Meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of every month from 12 to 1.
Contact:

Kathy Hart RN BSN, Patient Care Coordinator, Women's Imaging Center, khart@bhs1.org, 413-395-7965

   
  • Women Facing Cancer

This group is open to women facing any type of cancer.

Location: Claire Teague Senior Center
in Great Barrington.
Time: Meetings are held on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, from 4 to 5:30.
Contact: Jane Laning, MSW, LICSW, 413-528-6750
   
  • Hope Group

Open to men and women with returning or advancing cancer. Members come together to share stories of encouragement and to learn to live with hope.

Location: Health Resource Information Center at BMC (just beyond the main lobby in the Care Navigation Office.)
Free valet parking is available.
Time: First and third Thursdays of the month, 4 to 5 p.m.
Contact:

Kathy Hart RN BSN, Patient Care Coordinator, Women's Imaging Center, khart@bhs1.org, 413-395-7965

Additional Resources
Nutrition
Nutrition concerns are common for those facing cancer treatment and recovery. Our professional staff use personal evaluation to meet your unique nutritional requirements and to support you as you make lifestyle changes. Many health plans provide nutritional counseling as a benefit. For more information about nutritional services or to schedule an appointment, please call 413-447-2671.
 
Counseling Services
A multidisciplinary team of mental health providers are available to provide prompt, high-quality psychiatric consultation and treatment while assisting and coping medical illness. Since an important part of our mission is to work closely with primary care providers, an appointment can be arranged through your doctor. For more information, please call 413-447-2167.

Lymphedema Clinic

This clinic, located at the Center for Rehabilitation in the Medical Arts Building  provides treatment for abnormal swelling due to compromised lymph nodes and blood vessals as a result of cancer surgery. A physician’s referral is required. The Center for Rehabilitation is open from 7:30 to 5:30, Monday through Friday. More information can be obtained by calling 413-447-3075. 



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