SOAR On

SOAR On stands for “Where Strength and Opportunities for All are Realized”

SOAR On, the Loyd Family Wellness Program, is a comprehensive, holistic program of wellness services to enhance the mind, body and spirit of cancer patients and caregivers alike.

When facing cancer, a number of stressors come into the family’s life, which may directly impact their overall wellness. Research shows that when stressors are lessened or relieved, the patient’s medical outcomes improve. The goal of SOAR On is to enhance and assist with the quality of patient’s and caregiver’s lives, bringing opportunities for all to strengthen, uplift and bring a sense of positive, forward motion in their cancer journey. 

Whether you are struggling with the reality of a cancer diagnosis, have been on this journey for many years, or are experiencing it alongside a family member, the SOAR On team finds the right combination for your needs. 

Services include:

  • Art therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Counseling
  • Chaplaincy
  • Dietitian expertise
  • Oncology comfort items (wigs, scarves, hats, port pillows, breast prosthetics, etc.)
  • Social work
  • Sexual health counseling
  • Tobacco cessation

Read about each of these services below or contact the M. Krista Loyd Resource Center, located on the first floor of Brown Cancer Center, at 502-562-7092.

Wellness has many definitions and encompasses the mind, body and spirit. SOAR On (the Loyd Family Wellness Program) committee members talk about what wellness means to them.

Art in any form can help express emotion. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be creative or artsy, our art therapist encourages participants to use creative modalities to promote personal growth, stress reduction and wellness. It may come in the form of painting, drawing, molding clay, creating a collage, weaving, jewelry making, journaling and storytelling, music or other mindfulness techniques.

A variety of relaxing therapies such as massage, Reiki and mindful meditation have shown to improve overall health by decreasing anxiety and stress, lowering blood pressure, and restoring balance to physical, emotional and mental levels.

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. 

The psychological effects of cancer can be overwhelming. Through our Behavioral Oncology program, SOAR On offers 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.

How does your cancer diagnosis affect you and your sense of identity? How do your beliefs and values inform your decision-making about your cancer treatments? Our oncology chaplain can help you explore these questions providing a nonjudgmental presence and a listening ear. Chaplains do not impose or advocate for religious beliefs; however, chaplains do provide spiritual and emotional care to patients and their loved ones of all spiritual orientations in order to promote strength and resiliency.

Managing appetite, taste changes and weight loss have a direct impact on a patient’s care. Our dietitians specialize in oncology nutrition and have expertise in maintaining a healthy diet while undergoing treatment. They also assist with those requiring feeding tubes, liquid diets or other special needs, with the goal of maintaining the optimal level of nutrition.

The M. Krista Loyd Resource Center was started with the help of a generous donation from Raymond Loyd in memory of his daughter, Krista Loyd. Today, his legacy is carried on through the SOAR On: Loyd Family Wellness Program. The M. Krista Loyd Resource Center is located on the first floor of the Brown Cancer Center downtown and houses many of the programs offered through SOAR On including massage therapy, art therapy, our information library and more.  

Image Lab and Comfort Items  
Inside the M. Krista Loyd Resource Center, our Image Lab offers a variety of wigs, scarves and hats. Our staff are available to help choose the right style and fit personalized to you. Each patient is eligible to receive one wig and two hats or scarves per year. Other comfort items, such as port pillows and blankets are also available. Ask your medical team if there are comfort items specific to your diagnosis available through the Resource Center.  

Our team of licensed clinical social workers offer a wide range of expertise to address barriers to care and assist with coping during cancer treatment and into recovery. Our social workers help address psychosocial concerns related to emotional distress, family/caregiver issues, transportation, lodging, financial concerns, and home health needs. Our social workers can also help you locate resources within the community. From the start of treatment, every patient has access to a licensed clinical social worker.

Cancer diagnosis and treatment could impact your sexual health. Sometimes it is a physical issue and you could be experiencing pain, or it can often be an emotional issue and your interest in sex has changed. Sometimes, it is both. You are not alone. Our sexual health experts are licensed clinical social workers trained in sex therapy by the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program. Our therapists currently offer individual and couples counseling through limited in-person and telehealth appointments.

An individual is considered a cancer survivor from the time of diagnosis throughout the remainder of their life, regardless of their cancer stage. Our Survivorship Clinic educates patients on their diagnosis and potential short and/or long-term side effects of their treatment. We focus on restoring function and improving quality of life to help individuals live well after a cancer diagnosis.  We can help manage physical dysfunction, emotional well-being, tobacco cessation, healthy lifestyle habits, cancer surveillance and cancer screening.

Cancer and its treatments can cause side effects that can be helped with rehabilitation interventions available to all patients through UofL Health - UofL Hospital and UofL Health - Frazier Rehabilitation Institute, including Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and/or Speech Therapy. You may consider rehab to help you with fatigue, weakness, walking and balance difficulty, speech and swallow difficulty, joint pain and range of motion concerns, lymphedema, foggy thinking, and goals of improving function. Reach out to your health care provider to consider a rehabilitation referral.

Patients who struggle with smoking and want assistance with quitting can meet with a Tobacco Treatment Specialist either in person or virtually. We also partner with UofL Health’s Pharmacy and other community programs, such as Kentucky Cancer Program’s Plan to Be Tobacco Free. Contact the M. Krista Loyd Resource Center at 502-562-7092 for more information on tobacco cessation programs.