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Resources for Cancer Information and Support - English

Author(s): Carrie Kingsley, ARNP
Date Last Reviewed: March 11, 2010

See also: Spanish version of this page.

Local

American Cancer Society

www.cancer.org (Spanish option available)

(800) 227-2345 (Spanish option available)

Free local programs are available, such as transportation to appointments, patient lodging, patient navigation, gift closets for wigs and breast prostheses, one-on-one support, and more. A few of these programs are described below. See Patient Programs and Services for a complete list. 

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based organization dedicated to eliminating cancer with prevention, saving lives, and diminishing suffering.  They work through research, education, advocacy, and service.  They are a good first step in learning more about cancer and connecting with services. Your local Patient Navigators can assist patients in finding local and national financial resources.  You can contact the 800 number to be directed to the nearest  ACS Patient Navigator.

 

Cancer Lifeline

www.cancerlifeline.org                                   

24-hour information and emotional support hotline 

(206) 297-2500 (Spanish option available)

(800) 255-5505

Cancer Lifeline offers free support groups and classes aimed at optimizing the quality of life for all people living with cancer — survivors, friends, families, co-workers and caregivers. They have information about cancer resources but do not offer medical advice.  Financial assistance through a partnership with Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation-Puget Sound may be available for low-income women in treatment for breast cancer.  Cancer Lifeline is located near Green Lake in Seattle.

 

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Patient & Family Resource Center

www.seattlecca.org/family-resource-center.cfm

(206) 288-2081

The Resource Center has information available on different types of cancers, treatments, coping with cancer, supportive care and survivorship issues.  There is an SCCA Resource Navigator who can assist patients and caregivers with finding appropriate resources about health education and support. Her services are available to everyone; however, service priority is given to patients from SCCA, Harborview Medical Center, the University of Washington, and Seattle Children’s Hospital. The Resource Center is located on the third floor of the SCCA clinic building.  

 

Seattle Latina Health Fair

http://depts.washington.edu/ecc/2011/04/9th-annual-latina-health-fair/

The Latina Health Fair is a community-based event designed to reach women who lack health insurance or access to health care services.  Services include free women’s health exams (including pap test and mammogram), diabetes, cholesterol, and HIV testing.  Free childcare is provided during the exams.  The above link is to the May 2011 fair information.  It is generally held each May.

 

Gilda’s Club

www.gildasclubseattle.org

(206) 709-1400

Gilda's Club provides meeting places where men, women and children living with cancer and their families and friends join with others to build emotional, social and educational support as a supplement to medical care.  They offer support and networking groups, lectures, workshops and social events in a nonresidential, homelike setting.  Services are free of charge.  Please call to inquire about services available in Spanish. They are located at 1400 Broadway Avenue in Seattle’s Capital Hill neighborhood. 

 

Washington State Breast & Cervical Health Program

www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/bcchp/

(888) 438-2247 (Spanish option available)

A program to provide uninsured and underinsured women aged 40-64 with breast and cervical cancer screenings (breast cancer screening for men aged 50-64 years).  See website for eligibility requirements and frequently asked questions.  Information on the website is not in Spanish.  However, clinics that regularly access this program for their clients will assist non-English speakers with requirements and eligibility.

 

Peace in the Home Helpline

(888) 847-7205

Seattle Human Services Department helpline for non-English speaking victims of domestic violence.  Connects callers to a community-based agency that can serve their language and service needs.

 

American Cancer Society — Road to Recovery

(800) 227-2345

The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program provides transportation to and from treatment by volunteers who donate their time and use of their cars for people who have cancer and do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. This service is available in the Seattle area.

 

Hopelink

www.hope-link.org

(425) 869-6000

In partnership with the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Hopelink coordinates door-to-door transportation to and from medical appointments for low income residents on Medicaid assistance. Other types of assistance are available for families in crisis, such as housing, interpretation, energy assistance, food, emergency, and financial.

 

Neighborhood Legal Clinics

www.kcba.org/legalhelp/legalasst.aspx

(206) 267-7100

Free help for low-income King County residents or Washington State residents with civil legal issues (non-criminal) in King County.

 

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Premium Payment Program

http://hrsa.dshs.wa.gov/premiumpymt/

(800) 562-3022

Medicaid recipients who have private, employer sponsored, COBRA, or Medicare Supplement insurance and are having difficulty paying the premiums may be able to receive assistance through this program.

 

National

American Cancer Society

www.cancer.org (Spanish option available)

(800) 227-2345 (Spanish option available)

A nationwide, community-based organization dedicated to eliminating cancer with prevention, saving lives, and diminishing suffering.  They work through research, education, advocacy, and service.  They are a good first step in learning more about cancer and connecting with services. Free programs may be available in your area such as patient lodging, patient navigation, gift closets for wigs and prostheses, one-on-one support and more. A few of these programs are described below.  Contact the number above for more information.

Your local Patient Navigators can assist patients in finding local and national financial resources.  You can contact the 800 number to be directed to the nearest ACS Patient Navigator.

 

Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization                                                          

www.y-me.org/

(800) 221-2141

Free information and support to anyone touched by breast cancer, including peer support through YourShoes, a 24/7 breast cancer telephone support line staffed by breast cancer survivors.  In addition, the Partner Match Program provides support and education for people while they are supporting a wife, partner or other loved one through the disease. Real-time interpretation is available in 150 languages. 


National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP)

www.cdc.gov/cancer/NBCCEDP/about.htm

1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636)

Through the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides low-income, uninsured, and underserved women access to timely breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services. Services include clinical breast examinations, mammograms, pap tests, pelvic examinations, diagnostic testing (if results are abnormal), and referrals to treatment.

 

National Cancer Institute

www.cancer.gov (Spanish option available)

(800) 422-6237 (Spanish option available)

The National Cancer Institute provides consumer-oriented information on a wide range of topics related to all cancer types.  It is part of the National Institutes of Health, so is fairly research-oriented.  The website is available in Spanish and English.     

 

Medline Plus

www.medlineplus.gov (Spanish option available)

No phone services

MedlinePlus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources. It includes a medical encyclopedia and dictionary, easy-to-understand information on tests and treatments, extensive information on drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials.  

 

Lance Armstrong Foundation (LIVESTRONG)

www.livestrong.org (Spanish option available)

English: (866) 673-7205

Spanish: (866) 927-7205

The Lance Armstrong Foundation focuses on prevention, access to screening and care, improvement of quality of life for cancer survivors, and investment in research.  They have a wide variety of information available, including educational materials, clinical trials matching, one-on-one support, and links to organizations which provide financial assistance.

 

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

ww5.komen.org (national) (Spanish option available)

(877) 465-6636 (national) (Spanish option available)

http://www.komenpugetsound.org (local affiliate)

(206) 633-0303 (local)

Komen for the Cure is a network of breast cancer survivors and activists with the goal of saving lives, empowering people, ensuring quality care, and working through science to find cures.  Their website has a variety of information about breast cancer, including information about wigs and prostheses.  They have a local affiliate in the Puget Sound area.  Financial assistance programs are available.

 

CancerCare

www.cancercare.org (Spanish option available)

(800) 813-4673 (Spanish option available)

CancerCare is a national, nonprofit organization that provides free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones, and the bereaved.  They provide counseling and support groups, education, financial assistance, and practical help.  They have partnered with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to create the Linking ARMS program which provides limited assistance to patients with breast cancer for some medications and supplies. They also partner with the AVONCares Program for medically underserved women with breast and cervical cancers. Services are free of charge.

 

Medication Assistance

Some pharmaceutical manufacturers offer patient assistance programs to help pay for medications. Talk with your doctor, medical social worker, pharmacist, or visit the manufacturer’s web site (most have a section called “Patient Assistance Programs”). See below for other resources. National cancer organizations may have programs too.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

www.pparx.org (Spanish option available)

(888) 477-2669

 

NeedyMeds

www.needymeds.org

No phone services

 

Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief

www.copays.org(Spanish option available)

(866) 512-3861


Transportation

CAR

American Cancer Society — Road to Recovery

(800) 227-2345

The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program provides transportation to and from treatment by volunteers who donate their time and use of their cars for people who have cancer and do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. Call to find out if Road to Recovery is available in your area.
 

AIR
Many airlines offer special rates for travel to visit sick friends or relatives or to receive medical care away from home. For more information, call the airline’s reservation phone line. See below for other resources.

 

FREE AIR TRANSPORTATION

Air Charity Network

www.aircharitynetwork.org

(877) 621-7177

 

Mercy Medical Airlift

www.mercymedical.org

(800) 296-1217

 

Angel Flight

www.angelflight.com

(918) 749-8992

 

Lodging

Be sure to check with your treatment facility, as some have their own, low-cost lodging facilities or have contracted with local hotels for reduced rates. Often financial assistance is available.

American Cancer Society – Patient Lodging Program

(800) 227-2345

The American Cancer Society Patient Lodging Program is a cooperative effort of the American Cancer Society and participating hotels to provide short term overnight accommodations to cancer patients who must travel for outpatient treatment but cannot afford a place to stay.  Hotel accommodations may be requested for a cancer patient and an accompanying caregiver. All hotel accommodations are subject to availability and to restrictions imposed by the participating hotel.  Requests for lodging are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Lodging must be requested through a medical provider, social worker, or patient navigator.

 

Home Cleaning

Cleaning for a Reason

www.cleaningforareason.org

(877) 337-3348

Hundreds of professional cleaning services in the U.S. and Canada are providing house cleaning to women who are undergoing treatment for cancer. Apply online to the foundation. Resources are limited so not all qualified applicants will receive assistance.

 

Grooming/Self-Esteem

Look Good…Feel Better

www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org (Spanish option available)

(800) 395-5665 (Spanish option available)

Free, non-medical, brand-neutral, national public service program created to help individuals with cancer look good, improve their self-esteem, and manage their treatment and recovery with greater confidence. Workshops are provided at locations in the Seattle area and other locations nationally. Spanish and translation available for other languages.

 

Smoking Cessation

Tobacco Quit Hotline

www.quitline.com

1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)

1-877- 2NO-FUME (1-877-266-3863)  (Spanish)

For other languages, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

Your state has a toll-free telephone quitline. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) to get one-on-one help quitting, including support and coping strategies, and referrals to resources and local cessation programs. Financial assistance may be available for prescription drugs prescribed for smoking cessation.

 

Other

Community voluntary agencies and service organizations such as the United Way of America, Salvation Army, Lutheran Social Services, Jewish Social Services, and Catholic Charities may offer help.

Community resource information and referral can be obtained by calling 2-1-1 (may not be available in all areas) or by visiting the national web site www.211.org.

Some churches and synagogues may provide financial help or services to their members.

 

This resource list was made possible by a grant from LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation.