For someone coping with cancer, the emotional and physical needs can be overwhelming. For their families and friends, the need for advice and support can be just as intense. With thousands of volunteers and a variety of services in place, the American Cancer Society helps patients and their caregivers deal with the myriad problems they should not have to face alone.
Making Connections, Face to Face
Nothing makes more of an impact than human contact – a personal conversation, a room full of people sharing an experience, a simple phone call. Our Man to Man program provides education and support for men and their families coping with prostate cancer while Reach to Recovery offers assistance for women dealing with the emotional and physical effects of breast cancer.
Recognizing patient needs
No cancer patient should have to worry about getting to his or her care facility or finding a place to stay during treatment. That’s why the American Cancer Society, Florida Division offers services like Road to Recovery, which pairs patients with volunteer drivers who transport them to and from treatment. Our Hope Lodges in GainesvilleandTampa offer patients who must travel from their homes for treatment a place for them and a caregiver to stay, free of charge. Florida is now served by more Hope Lodges than any other state in the country.
Our Look Good…Feel Better program helps cancer patients regain confidence and emotional balance following the physical changes that can occur as a result of cancer treatment. Professional cosmetologists and hair stylists meet one-on-one with patients to offer tips for coping with hair loss and skin changes, often creating an invaluably positive psychological impact.
Helping Kids Be Kids
Kids with cancer and their families find hope, strength and camaraderie through the American Cancer Society's Reaching Out to Cancer Kids, or R.O.C.K. Programs. Children have a blast just being kids during a week of R.O.C.K. Camp. They have a brighter future with the education they receive with a R.O.C.K. college scholarship, and children and their families learn to cope with a child's cancer diagnosis at Families R.O.C.K. Weekend.