The M. Krista Loyd Resource Center is located on the first floor of the James Graham 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.
Educational materials, videos and Internet access to cancer-related websites are offered to patients, while our staff provides information patients need to cope with their condition and its treatment. Patients are connected with support groups and other free services that can help in the healing process.
Classes and Support Services
Most classes and services offered below require pre-registration, so please call the M. Krista Loyd Resource Center at 502-562-7092 to find out more information.
- For some patients, the psychological effects of cancer can be overwhelming. Through our Behavorial Oncology program, 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.
- Lunch and Learn Programs – These free monthly programs are for patients, caregivers and/or family members and cover cancer-related topics such as “Managing Side Effects,” Financial Concerns,” and “Nutrition and Physical Activity After Treatment.” For more information about upcoming sessions, click here.
- Chemotherapy Education - Chemotherapy education is available with our Resource Nurse to help educate and empower cancer patients and their caregivers, as well as impart information about management and treatment of side effects and symptoms related to chemotherapy.
- Nutrition Classes - 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.
- Arts in Healing Program – Music can be a soothing and healing force for cancer patients. Through this program, musicians perform two to three times weekly for patients receiving chemotherapy treatments on the second floor. This program is offered through a partnership with the Kentucky Center for the Arts. To see more, click here.
- Art Therapy -Individual art therapy is available for Brown Cancer Center survivors and caregivers to cope with depression, anxiety and stress by using the power of artistic expression. Artistic ability is not a requirement. To hear one patient’s story about art therapy, click here.
- Journaling Class - Some patients find writing about their cancer can give them a sense of control and help transform the experience in to a journey of healing and self-awareness.
- Disease Specific Support Groups -Breast Cancer and Lung Cancer support groups are offered through Gilda’s Club Louisville. For more information on our Head and Neck cancer support group held at the M. Krista Loyd Resource Center, call (502) 562-7092.
- Image Lab - 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. For a tour of the image lab, click here.
- Look Good Feel Better is a program offered in partnership with the American Cancer Society. It provides a fun and supportive environment for women cancer patients to learn how to cope with skin changes and hair loss using cosmetics and skin care products.
- Massage Therapy - Massages often help to relax patients undergoing cancer treatment. This program is open to James Graham Brown Cancer Center patients and their caregivers. See more here.
- Reiki - 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 James Graham 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.
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.