Patients, Survivors & Families
M. Krista Loyd Resource Center
The M. Krista Loyd Resource Center is located on the first floor of Brown Cancer Center, directly behind the reception desk in the lobby. The center was named for a former patient and her family who generously support the programs and services offered to the patients and to the community.
From coffee to counseling, the resource center was created to provide a peaceful environment for cancer patients to learn, relax and heal emotionally. The goal of the M. Krista Loyd Resource Center is to help connect patients and family members with the services you’ll need to achieve the best possible experience.
A care coordinator will meet with you during your first appointment to help you get connected to these resources and is available throughout your time at Brown Cancer Center should you have any questions about the services we offer outside of your traditional treatment plan.
In addition to the services listed below, we can connect patients with support groups and other free services that can help in the healing process.
M. Krista Loyd Resource Center Classes and Support Services
In an effort to combat concerns with Coronavirus, services within the Resource Center are limited at this time. Please call 502-562-7092 for more information. Please also check out our new SOAR On Loyd Family Wellness Program and other Wellness Resources.
For some patients, the psychological effects of cancer can be overwhelming. Through our Behavioral Oncology program, UofL Brown Cancer Center has specially trained counselors on staff including a psychologist, psychiatrist and social workers who can help patients deal with the psychosocial issues such as stress, anxiety and depression that can accompany a diagnosis of cancer and its treatment.
A free, educational one-time session that will help those interested in overcoming tobacco use and dependence. Resources and guidance from trained counselors at Kentucky Cancer Program will be available, including creating a customized quit plan. For more information, call the Kentucky Cancer Program at 502-852-6318.
Nutrition classes are offered for both patients actively on treatment and off treatment. Eating Well Through Cancer for current patients offers the chance to get information on how to manage appetite, taste changes and weight loss. For patients post-treatment Fighting Cancer With Nutrition featured a licensed dietician who provides tips on maintaining a healthy diet and general wellness.
The therapeutic use of creative modalities like art, journaling, poetry, collage, weaving, jewelry, music, storytelling and mindfulness techniques to promote personal growth, stress reduction and wellness.
Research has shown music therapy to help cancer patients reduce their stress, anxiety, fatigue, and even pain. No musical background is required to enjoy time with a certified music therapist to see how the benefits impact you.
Gilda’s Club Louisville offers a variety of disease-specific support groups. To learn more about these groups, visit gck.org.
A laryngectomee support group is held at the M. Krista Loyd Resource Center each month. For info, call 502-562-7092.
Inside the M. Krista Loyd Resource Center, you will find the region’s only image lab, featuring hundreds of wigs, scarves, hats, cosmetics and skincare products, as well as assistance with prosthetics and make-up.
Massages often help to relax patients undergoing cancer treatment. This program is open to UofL Brown Cancer Center patients and their caregivers.
Reiki therapy is a natural energy practice which promotes stress reduction and restores balance on physical, emotional and mental levels.
In 2007, Gilda’s Club Louisville opened its signature red doors with the full support of the UofL Brown Cancer Center. Gilda’s Club is a free community where children and adults with cancer and their families and friends join with others to build social and emotional support as a supplement to medical care.
In addition, the Kentucky Cancer Program (KCP) offers public and patient education programs that are designed to meet the needs of many different audiences, with a wide variety of print materials, videos, online databases and special events, including cancer screenings. KCP also connects patients and their families with family and group counseling support groups.
Friend for Life offers a mentoring program for patients. Friend for Life is a cancer support network that provides a supporting friend that has been through the same journey as the patient. This friend will provide support, coaching, and a listening ear.
CaringBridge® (www.caringbridge.com) is an independent service that offers free, personalized websites that allow people to stay in touch with family and friends during a health crisis, treatment, and recovery. The goal of the service is to ease the burden of keeping friends and family updated, while also providing a way for others to send their love, support and encouragement. CaringBridge® is not owned or maintained by University Medical Center.
Programs and services through the M. Krista Loyd Resource Center and the SOAR On Loyd Family Wellness Program are made possible by generous donors, many of whom are grateful patients themselves. To learn more about giving back and making these programs possible for more patients and their families, visit UofLBrownCancerCenter.org/support.