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OVMC Unveils Programs for Patients Battling Cancer

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On Wednesday, the Ohio Valley Medical Center has unveiled some new programs that help in the treatment and recovery of patients battling cancer.

The hospital started introducing programs last spring that not only focus on the physical treatment of the disease, but also focus on the patients mental well-being. Patients who are diagnosed with breast cancer receive a bear named 'HOPE.' 'HOPE' stands for Healing, Optimism, Power, and Escape. Patients are also able to join support groups to share their experiences with others going through the same things they are. Breezie Ogilbee, OVMC Cancer Center Manager said, "We have a support group; it's called "Journey," it meets monthly. We have an oncology navigator that facilitates the meeting along with a mental health professional and patients can just come and sit down with one another to discuss different problems that they're having."

OVMC also offers "Pawsitive Pets," a treatment program that brings a dog to the hospital to visit with patients, and the hospital also provides a resource center that allows patients to choose free wigs to wear while undergoing treatment as well as breast prosthetics, for those who have undergone mastectomies.