Many reputable general and diagnosis-specific cancer organizations provide reliable, up-to-date information on treatment options, clinical trials, side-effect management and more.
There are organizations and companies that help people with breast cancer and their families with medical billing, insurance, and reimbursement issues. There are also co-payment organizations and patient assistance programs that help individuals who cannot afford the cost of medications. Please contact me for more information about The Every Woman Counts Organization.
In many communities, transportation services are available to help you.
Some organizations provide lodging for families of a patient undergoing treatment. Joe’s House is an online directory of places to stay near hospitals and treatment centers.
There are organizations that provide services for children with cancer or children who have a family member with cancer. These include counseling, summer camps and “make-a-wish” programs.
Home Health Care.
Home health care is for people who no longer need to be in the hospital, but still require skilled care at home.
Hospice care focuses on the needs of individuals who are terminally ill. Visit the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization website, www.nhpco.org, to find a hospice or palliative care center in your community.
What kind of help can you get?
"Anytime I said 'this is happening', Wendy said 'go here' or 'you can get that', she knew of so many resources!"
- MSOP Survivor
How do I find these resources?
The services you need can be found in your own neighborhood. Here are some ideas:
Your Health Care Team.
Doctors, nurses and social workers can provide a wealth of information about your cancer diagnosis and treatment. The libraries at cancer centers are also excellent sources of information. Hospital social workers and discharge planning coordinators are great resources for information about counseling, home care, transportation and child care.
Local governments often offer low-cost transportation. Government agencies can give you information on Social Security, state disability, Medicaid, income maintenance and food stamps.
Contact Many Shades Of Pink Foundation for help gaining the resources that you need:
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