The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) provides support services for many patients with cancer, including education related to a variety of blood cancers, as well as financial support for patients with certain blood cancers to help them pay for their medications and other treatment-related expenses. CONQUER: the patient voice magazine asked Beatrice Abetti, LCSW, Director, Information Resource Center, LLS, to describe some of the patient support services provided by LLS, focusing on their financial assistance programs.
CancerCare Patient Support Services: Addressing Financial Distress in Patients with Cancer Interview with Jane Levy, LCSW-R Director of Patient Assistance Programs, CancerCare
CancerCare has been serving patients with cancer for more than 70 years. In this interview, Ms Levy discusses the patient support services provided by CancerCare, focusing on their financial assistance programs.
Family MembersFinancial SupportPediatric CancerSupport Services
The Emilio Nares Foundation, located in San Diego, CA, helps children and their families navigate through a cancer diagnosis with valuable services, from a cost-saving transportation program to modified shirts with easy access to chemotherapy ports.
Sexuality & CancerSupport Services
Sexual problems are often among the top unmet needs for cancer survivors. Leslie R. Schover, PhD, examines this neglected area of cancer care and introduces an online program, Will2Love.com, dedicated to cancer-related problems with sexuality or fertility.
Financial SupportMultiple MyelomaSupport Services
The following financial support services are available for patients with multiple myeloma. For more information, see the full 2018 Patient Guide to Cancer Support Services.
Brain CancerHero of HopeSupport Services
Hear how OurBrainBank app helps patients with glioblastoma manage their disease, provides valuable data for research, and links drug manufacturers to prospective participants for drug trials.
By Eliran Malki
This new social network allows patients with cancer and their caregivers to connect with people in similar situations to share their experiences.
The retreat is designed for metastatic breast cancer patients and their caregivers to get away from the daily routines and responsibilities.
Rachel Swerdloff of Mend Together (formerly Mend After Cancer) explains how her organization supports patients with cancer by helping people create registries for items and services that they may need during and after treatment.
By Carol Bustos
After the death of her brother from testicular cancer, Meg McQuarrie followed his life-affirming approach to cancer treatment by creating Elixir Fund, a nonprofit organization focused on helping patients with cancer and their caregivers.
SurvivorshipThyroid CancerSupport Services
Audrey Guth, 2-Time Cancer Survivor, Dedicates Her Life to Helping Mothers Undergoing Cancer Treatment
By Kelsey Moroz
Audrey Guth is a 2-time cancer survivor, of thyroid cancer and breast cancer. In 2009 she launched the Nanny Angel Network to help children of mothers with cancer go to the camp of their choosing and give their moms a break.
By Rosie Kelly
Michele Lawson founded Wig Warriors in honor of her stepmother, who passed away from colon cancer. The Wig Warriors Foundation provides services to patients who have cosmetic side effects from cancer treatments.
Every person with cancer can benefit from a support system that can help manage the physical and emotional aspects of cancer care, as well as help with daily struggles.
From Your NavigatorSupport Services
Oncology navigator Sharon Gentry, RN, MSN, explains the value of reaching out to your navigator. A large part of the navigator’s is to answer questions related to patient care, from transportation and insurance coverage options to cultural concerns, and everything in between.
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