5 Cancer Resources

There are many variations of cancer resources, which can help patients and families make the transition and cope with the turmoil they are confronting. A cancer diagnosis is always a frightening reality to experience for a cancer patient and their family, but knowing that there are local and national resources that can help you or your loved ones ease the financial and emotional stress. Here are list of cancer resources that you may find beneficial.

1)    Financial Assistance

There are organizations, governments and businesses that assist patients, family members, and friends with the guidance needed to deal with the process of insurance companies, medical billing or settlement issues. Some well-known financial resources for cancer patients are HealthWell Foundation, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and American Cancer Society.

2)    Hospice Assistance

Hospice care will help you and your family deal with the needs, services, and care that those who are chronically ill require. Hospice care tailors its concentrations not on curing patients, but on caring for them. In the majority of situations, a patient will be provided services at home, but hospice services also operate in freestanding hospice centers, hospitals, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities. 

3)    Emotional Support

A cancer diagnosis can terrify and strip you of everything you thought was sturdy in your life. It will make you feel alone in the world, but there are a plethora of support groups, counseling and patient-to-patient networks to help with this frightening reality.

4)    Children’s Services

There are great organizations that offer assistance and helpful services to children diagnosed with cancer, or to children who have a family member dealing with cancer. These wonderful programs will help chronically ill children and their families deal with their anguish, distress and seclusion through some productive entertainment, education, and family activities.  

5)    Transportation Assistance

Everyday there are cancer patients that need a ride to receive cancer treatment, and many of them have no way to get there. There are people called recovery volunteers who volunteer their time and cars so that patients can receive the life-saving treatment that they need. Also, many other transportation support services are offered through a variety of programs.

You can always locate additional cancer resource services in your local area by consulting your health care doctors, social workers or nurses, who will provide a stock of excellent information about cancer diagnosis and treatment programs. Dealing with cancer is a difficult time for family, friends and cancer victims, and these beneficial resources will help soften the financial and emotional strain. 

By Preston Copeland

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