The American Cancer Society (ACS) offers many programs and services to support women through diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Women with cancer have needs and concerns that go far beyond medical treatment. There are concerns related to appearance, fatigue, pain and mobility. Some women need to find a place to stay during treatment; others need access to medical equipment to use at home.
One Phone Call Away
Help is just a phone call away for the cancer patient and those who care about her. The American Cancer Society’s National Cancer Information Center (1-800-ACS-2345) is a toll-free clearinghouse staffed by specially trained operators and experienced oncology nurses. The Cancer Information Center (CIC) provides facts about most types of cancer including risk factors, diagnosis, treatment and insurance and tax deduction tips related to medical expenses.
The CIC also provides details on ACS community-based programs and services to help people with cancer, such as Look Good…Feel Better, Reach to Recovery, I Can Cope and more.
Look Good…Feel Better
Free to all women with cancer, Look Good…Feel Better provides free take-home make up samples and shows how cosmetics can be used to minimize the appearance of treatment-related side effects. Certified volunteer cosmetologists conduct sessions on makeup and hair loss. Look Good…Feel Better is a collaborative effort of ACS, the National Cosmetology Association and the Cosmetic Toiletry and Fragrance Association Foundation. For more information, visit Look Good...Feel Better online at www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org, call 1-800-395-LOOK or your local ACS office.
Reach to Recovery
Reach to Recovery provides information and support to women in treatment for breast cancer. Volunteers who have had breast cancer themselves help patients to cope with appearance changes and emotional and physical concerns. They provide information and support to family members and others concerned about the patient. A woman, or someone close to her, can request a Reach to Recovery volunteer visit. Visits can take place at home, in the hospital, at an agreed-upon site or by phone. For more information, or to locate a Reach to Recovery program in your area, call us toll-free at 1-800-ACS-2345.
I Can Cope
I Can Cope offers classes led by health care providers, social workers and others who share information with patients and family members about cancer and its treatments. They help patients find ways to cope with the physical and emotional challenges that go along with cancer.
Cancer Survivors Network
The Cancer Survivors Network (CSN) is a place for cancer survivors and those who care for them to share their experiences, information and to support one another. A CSN user can easily find and communicate with people with the same cancer, same stage of the disease, similar treatment and similar challenges. Survivors can learn how others felt when confronted with the condition, personal strategies they used to deal with their situation, and even how to work most effectively with their physicians.
Housing and More
Sometimes cancer patients must travel away from home for treatment and they need a place to stay. In some areas, this need is met by an ACS Hope Lodge. Sixteen are now in operation, with others being developed. In addition, in many communities, hotels have special arrangements with ACS to provide rooms at reduced rates for patients and their families during treatment.
To help with travel, ACS has teamed with AirLifeLine, a non-profit charitable organization that offers free air transportation to and from medical destinations to patients in financial need. Free transportation is also provided to an accompanying support person, if necessary. To qualify, AirLifeLine passengers must be able to walk and be medically stable. For more information about this service call AirLifeLine toll-free at 1-877-AIR-LIFE.
For More Information
To learn more about any of these programs and services, call the American Cancer Society’s National Cancer Information Center at 1-800-ACS-2345.
Para solicitar información en español, llame al 1-800-ACS-2345. Un especialista en información sobre el cáncer le asistirá en español.