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Cancer Resources from the American Cancer Society

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- One in two men and one in three women will face a cancer diagnosis in his or her lifetime. 

- While many people are familiar with the research efforts of the American Cancer Society, few are aware of the full scope of free services available to cancer patients and their loved ones. How can someone find help if they are diagnosed with cancer?

When an individual calls the American Cancer Society's toll-free number 800-227-2345, they will be connected to a live Cancer Information Specialist. These specialists, who staff the phone lines 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, are specially trained to listen to and identify the needs of cancer patients and their caregivers, then match them with services or resources to meet their needs. These programs include Road to Recovery, Reach to Recovery, Look Good... Feel Better, and our wig banks to name a few. We also partner with area hospitals and treatment centers to provide help and support. 

- What is the Road to Recovery program?

Road to Recovery is a program that provides free transportation for a patient to and from cancer-related appointments. The American Cancer Society offers this free transportation program because many cancer patients, for all kinds of reasons, aren't able to find consistent or dependable transportation to their appointments, keeping them from getting the life-saving treatment they need. Some patients may not have a car, can't afford the gas, or have friends and family that live far away who can't help out. Road to Recovery matches each patient with a volunteer driver in their area who comes to their house, takes them to their appointments, and gets them back safely. It's convenient and totally free.

- What is a Cancer Resource Center and where are they located?

Oftentimes patients and their loved ones are too overwhelmed after a cancer diagnosis to search out the help that is available. That is why the American Cancer Society has partnered with local hospitals and cancer treatment centers. Volunteers in our Cancer Resource Centers introduce cancer patients and caregivers to the American Cancer Society as well as provide educational brochures and books, show patients how to navigate the Society's website, assist with questions, and refer patients to local community resources. Skilled face-to-face volunteer assistance allows patients and their families easy access to life-saving information. They can answer questions on topics ranging from clinical trials and transportation needs to insurance or just lend a supportive ear. Having cancer is hard, but by providing a resource in the treatment center, help is just a few steps away 

- There are a lot of wonderful free programs available to cancer patients. How can people get involved with the American Cancer Society or become a volunteer? Do you offer training for any of these volunteer opportunities?

The American Cancer Society has over 3 million volunteers around the globe. They are the foundation of our organization. We couldn't do what we do without them and I have heard from many of our volunteers that they get more out of it than the patients they help. Anyone interested in volunteering can call 800-227-2345 or go to www.cancer.org The Society offers comprehensive training to all our volunteers. 

Courtesy: American Cancer Society

 

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