Resource Room

Specialty Items for Cancer Patients Now Available in Resource Room

Published Feb 6th, 2019

MOBILE, Alabama (02/06/2019) -- You’re a breast cancer patient who has completed surgery and your first round of chemotherapy. Your body is changing, but you’re not sure where to turn for items that can make you feel more like yourself, such as a prosthesis or a wig.

What should you do?

Cathy Tinnea, manager of Patient-Centered Services at Mitchell Cancer Institute, suggests a visit to the Resource Room at MCI’s Mobile office. The newly renovated space located on the first floor offers a wide variety of products for all cancer patients, from brochures and books to scarves and wigs.

“Patients can find specialty products that they need during treatment and into survivorship,” Tinnea said. “The location is also convenient. They can come by before or after their appointment.”

Some of the items are hand-made by groups such as the Sew & Sow ministry at Millry Baptist Church, which donates pillows to cover ports and provide comfort. Other items come from MCI supporters, cancer survivors or the American Cancer Society.

Visiting the Resource Room requires both an appointment and a referral, Tinnea said. Referrals may be obtained from the front desk, a physician or an oncology navigator at MCI. Priority is given to those in financial need.

In addition to the products, the Resource Room offers an area for wig fittings and a dressing room for bra fittings.

“We want to make this service as convenient as possible for our patients,” Tinnea said.

Among the items available in the Resource Room:

  • Port pillows
  • Comfort pillows
  • Wigs
  • Scarves
  • Bras
  • Prostheses
  • Blankets
  • Duffel bags
  • Cancer-related books
  • Informational brochures and flyers

For more information, contact Cathy Tinnea at (251) 445-9802.

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