The UMMC Cancer Institute is dedicated to treating the whole patient. As part of our commitment to patients during and after therapy, we connect patients to genetic counselors, dietitians, dentists, pharmacists, and other medical specialists to help treat symptoms or side effects of treatment. Talk to a cancer care coordinator about any additional services needed.
The UMMC blood bank is managed by a transfusion medicine physician and provides patients with transfusions of red blood cells, plasma, or platelets. Having a blood bank on site means patients probably won’t have to wait for doctors to order compatible blood products from the main hospital or another blood bank. Maintained by UMMC Pathology, the satellite blood bank in the Jackson Medical Mall is staffed each day until the last patient is through with transfusions.
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For cancers linked to the person’s genetic makeup, care teams may recommend genetic counseling and testing. UMMC Medical Genetics provides comprehensive testing for those interested in learning if they have a genetic mutation that increases the risk of cancer. A family history of early-onset cancer (before age 30), multiple cancers, or several family members with the same or similar cancers may be reasons to consider genetic testing. A routine blood sample is all that is needed. At UMMC, all genetic testing and counseling is performed by a board-certified medical geneticist.
Nutrition plays an important role in recovery. The right eating plan can help patients feel better, stay stronger, and better cope with possible side effects of treatment. Nutrition counseling focuses on helping minimize the side effects of cancer treatment like loss of appetite or weight. It also addresses ongoing concerns such as diabetes, hypertension, or obesity. Maintaining a healthy weight and controlling comorbidities is a critical factor in beating cancer.
The UMMC Cancer Institute has a licensed, registered oncology dietitian to help develop individualized nutrition plans. Our dietitian works closely with patients at high risk for nutrition problems, such as those who have difficulty chewing or swallowing. We also work with any patient who has nutritional questions or needs. Our staff dietitian can provide nutrition counseling, guidance on food choices, meal plans, recipes, and nutrition tips.
Some cancer treatments, like chemotherapy and radiation, can make patients more susceptible to dental health issues. A comprehensive dental exam should be scheduled before such treatments to see if the mouth is healthy or if further dental care is needed. University Dentists are experienced in helping cancer patients maintain a healthy mouth before, during, and after treatment.
UMMC has several pharmacies with convenient access from appointment locations. All medications can be ordered to any of our three locations, which honor most prescription plans and can accept most major credit cards. Prescriptions can be refilled by phone or requested online. Pharmacy hours vary by location.