Cancer Treatment Endowment

The purpose of the Cancer Treatment Endowment is to promote enhanced services and treatment for cancer patients, provide equipment which will assist patients or family care providers, provide respite opportunities, support community-based research, and to support staff education and training.

Cancer patients affiliated with Bronson have a continuum of care that includes in-patient oncology services, as well as out-patient treatment provided by the West Michigan Cancer Center. Cancer knows no boundaries as to gender, race or age.

The items listed below were purchased in 2013 for oncology patients and staff with funds raised during the Annual Karl Kucab Memorial Golf TournamentBronson is grateful to Dan Kucab and the entire Kucab family for their continued support of Bronson's Oncology patients.

Massage Chair: A hospital grade massage chair has been purchased for use on Bronson’s Inpatient Oncology Unit.

“We believe our cancer patients are a very special population with complex needs. We have the opportunity to care for these patients during a very vulnerable time in their lives.  Often times we are caring for these patients from the time of diagnosis, therapy, transition to home, or unfortunate death. Research studies have proven that massage therapy can be a nonpharmacological option to promote healing, reduce nausea, & pain. We hope the massage chair will be complementary in easing symptoms and coping with their illness.” –Nurse Manager, Oncology Unit

Post-Op Mastectomy Comfort Bags: A new program will be launched in the beginning of 2014 for breast cancer patients undergoing a mastectomy at Bronson. Each patient will receive a Bronson Comfort Bag after surgery. The pink canvas tote will include a pink Bronson tumbler, a journal with a pen, and lip balm for the patient.

“The comfort bags we will provide to our breast cancer surgery patients will give them a few things to help make their recovery easier and we are grateful for the chance to do this.” – Bronson Oncology Nurse Navigator

Educational Resources for Patients and Staff: Bronson’s Oncology Nurse Navigators chose 20 different books from the American Cancer Society to provide as resources for patients and families as they are coping with any type of cancer diagnosis. They also chose purchased two Colon Cancer models to use for patient education with colon cancer patients and their families.

“Finding out that you have cancer is such an overwhelming feeling. As navigators our role is to help our patients along the journey. Being able to provide resources to educate patients about their cancer diagnosis helps them feel that they are not alone.” – Bronson Oncology Nurse Navigator

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