CANCER

§ American Cancer Society

(800) 227-2345 for information on local help.  www.cancer.org

Always contact the social worker at your cancer center to ask for specific kinds of help. Their treatment center may also refer them to small funds they may have access to. Calling 211 is always a good idea.

§ CancerCare

(800) 813-4673 www.cancercare.org for possible financial help and support for patients and caregivers. Town Social Service Agents might help with referrals to specific help offered to residents of that town.

 

Many drug companies provide assistance with cost of prescriptions as well as co-pays.  Check with the company directly, or your doctor’s office.  Local counseling is also available.

§ Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Jane Lloyd Fund (www.berkshiretaconic.org ) helps patients with non-medical expenses.  A separate fund, the Women’s Cancer Wellness Fund, provides help for alternative therapies.  Social workers at the treatment centers can apply for funds held by the Community Foundation of NW CT (see entries at www.charlottehungerford.org).

 

Cancer Survival Toolbox:  The award-winning Cancer Survival Toolbox® is a free, self-learning audio program that has been developed by leading cancer organizations to help people develop important skills to better meet and understand the challenges of their illness. The program contains a set of basic skills to help navigate a diagnosis and special topics on key issues faced by people with cancer. It is given to newly diagnosed patients as well as those transitioning off treatment, used by patient navigators, offered in patient resource libraries, provided at survivorship programs and conferences, and listened to in a support group setting.  www.canceradvocacy.org

 

SUPPORT GROUPS: 

 

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH): Breast and Prostate Cancer Support Groups

Support groups are an informal gathering of cancer patients and caregivers where participants can comfortably express their thoughts and feelings about cancer and its challenges.  Breast Cancer and Prostate support groups are led by Janet Hooper, RN. Call (860) 496-6396 for schedule and further info.

CHH: Case Management

A licensed social worker is onsite three days a week to assist patients with financial needs, Title 19 medical insurance, disability applications, supportive counseling, and referrals to related human services in the community. Call Elizabeth Jucevics, Social Worker at (860) 489-6718 for info.   

CHH:  Free breast and cervical early detection program (mammograms and Pap tests) and the hospital’s Pink Rose Program.  (860) 496-6513.

 

Webmaster: H. Bancroft 2016  webmaster@nwcares.org