Despite the fact that CANCERcare is a national organization providing free support services to anyone affected by cancer in the US and Puerto Rico, not everyone knows about them or about the amazing assistance they offer. Candidly, I wish I had known about them when we were battling my husband’s cancer.
CANCERcare literally helps anyone touched by cancer, and I mean A-N-Y-O-N-E -patients, caregivers, survivors, family and even friends. Services include free individual counseling, free support groups, free resource referrals, free meals, financial assistance and even the ability to connect with leading cancer experts.
FREE Counseling Services
CANCERcare‘s free counseling is available over the telephone, online or in person. All support groups are led by masters level oncology social workers and allow participants to connect and identify with others in similar situations.
- In-person groups are held at CANCERcare offices in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut. If people don’t live in these areas, CANCERcare will help them find face-to-face support groups in their community.
- Password-protected online support groups can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Telephone support groups connect people with others from across the country who share similar concerns. Regularly scheduled, one-hour sessions take place over six weeks.
Connect with a Leading Oncology Expert
CANCERcare Connect Education Workshops share the latest information from leading oncology experts. Like all of CANCERcare’s services, these one-hour workshops are completely free of charge. Registrants can listen in live over the phone or online as a webcast. Topics range from latest advances in specific cancer types to understanding the Affordable Care Act to practical advice for caregivers and so much more.
In addition to the emotional stress and anxiety that a diagnosis of cancer brings, the financial implications can become burdensome. Co-pays for chemotherapy, RXs, tests and office visits as well as OTC meds add up quickly. Other cancer-related costs include travel expenses like gas and parking fees at doctor’s offices; paying for childcare coverage during treatments; the list goes on and on. Some people even have to stop working during their treatment or the treatment of their child. Out-of-pocket expenses can put people into debt or make it nearly impossible for them to follow or complete their cancer treatment plan.
CANCERcare offers financial assistance for cancer-related costs such as:
- Transportation to and from cancer treatment
- Home care
- Child care
- Pain medications
- Lymphedema supplies (breast cancer only)
Check the CANCERcare website for specific requirements and grants. Please note: If CANCERcare does not currently have funding to assist your specific situation, their professional oncology social workers will work to refer you to other financial assistance resources.
Also check out the CANCERcare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation which helps people afford co-payments for chemotherapy and targeted treatment drugs. To learn more, visit www.cancercarecopay.org.
CANCERcare partners with Magnolia Meals at Home™, a meal delivery program that helps patients by providing nourishing meals to households affected by breast cancer so that loved ones can spend more quality time together. This program is currently available in and around Woodcliff Lake, NJ, Andover, MA and Raleigh-Durham, NC as well as areas in New York, New Hampshire and Boston, MA. Eligible participants will receive up to two months of home meal deliveries, each of which will include ten meals and up to ten additional meals for their family members, if requested by the participant. Visit the Magnolia Meals at Home website for more information.
The bottomline: CANCERcare social workers are well trained and experienced in helping patients and their families find the resources and support they need to cope with cancer… free of charge. So if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, connect with CANCERcare… they can offer help and hope.