CancerCare provides free professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: people with cancer and their loved ones, caregivers, the bereaved; and health care professionals.
CancerCare services include:
• Telephone counseling provided individually or through professionally-led support groups
• Online support groups moderated by professional oncology social workers, for people with cancer and for many specialized populations, including young adults, caregivers, and the bereaved
• CONNECT booklets, fact sheets and other publications, most of which may be downloaded from the Web site (Spanish materials available, as well)
• CONNECT Education Workshops -- led by leading experts in oncology who provide the most up-to-date information through live, one hour presentations over the telephone. Participants dial in to listen and can ask their own questions during a question and answer period. Pre-registration is required. Participants can register, learn about upcoming workshops and download past workshops on the Web site.
• Limited transportation assistance grants available nationwide to women in active treatment with any type of cancer diagnosis.
• Transportation, home care and child care for men & women with pancreatic cancer
• Door to Door Program for patients with multiple myeloma provides grants to help men or women in active treatment with transportation costs such as gasoline, parking and tolls, and taxi, bus or train fare to and from their medical care. Patients must call 800 813 HOPE (4673) to begin the application process.
• AVONCares-Limited financial assistance for breast cancer patients to help with home care, child care and transportation costs. A program in partnership with the Avon Foundation for Women.
• CancerCare Get You There-Financial help for transportation costs for women coping with metastatic (stage 4) breast cancer.
• Linking A.R.M.S.™-Limited financial assistance for breast cancer patients for hormonal and oral chemotherapy, pain and anti-nausea medication, child care, transportation, lymphedema care, and durable medical equipment. A program in partnership with Susan G. Komen®.
• Co-pay assistance program for qualified, insured patients with colorectal or gastric (stomach) cancer, glioblastoma (brain), non-small cell lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, metastatic prostate cancer. (Covered diagnoses can change; check http://cancercarecopay.org for latest information.) The program covers medications directly related to cancer treatment, including both intravenous and oral chemotherapy drugs; it does not cover radiation or supportive therapies.
All CancerCare services are also offered through several specialized programs:
Services for Children (http://www.cancercare.org or CancerCare's main number shown above)
This program is designed especially for children with a parent, sibling or other family member who has cancer. Oncology social workers offer practical support, education, and counseling to parents, and to children to help them understand the disease. Limited financial grants to cover cancer-related costs of childhood cancer (transportation, childcare, etc) may be available for eligible applicants.
An educational Web site for patients, caregivers and health care professionals, with facts about lung cancer, the latest news on treatments, and more.
Key portions of the CancerCare Web site are also accessible in Spanish.