Common Questions

 

 

 

My treatment has ended. Why am I struggling now?

There is often a time of adjustment after treatment; this is common among cancer survivors. CanCare volunteers offer support to survivors even up to one year after treatment is completed. Please call our office or submit a request online to be connected with a volunteer.

 

 

Question: How can I support my friend who has been diagnosed with cancer?

Ten Tips

 

 

Question: What kind of foods should I eat/avoid?

It is a good idea to request a referral for an oncology nutritionist from your oncologist.
The American Institute for Cancer Research and the Livestrong Foundation have published a guide that may be helpful. You can find it at www.aicr.org/assets/docs/pdf/education/heal-well-guide.pdf.

 

 

Question: What questions should I ask my doctor?

The American Cancer Society offers helpful worksheets to take with you to your appointment:
www.cancer.org/treatment/findingandpayingfortreatment/treatmentdecisiontoolsandworksheets/questionstoaskyourdoctor/index

 

 

Question: My doctor has given me two different treatment options. How do I choose?

ACS has cancer treatment decision tools and resources to help:
www.cancer.org/treatment/findingandpayingfortreatment/treatmentdecisiontoolsandworksheets/index

 

 

Question: What do I do if I need transportation to my treatments, help cleaning my house, or I need a wig/prosthesis/ostomy supplies/etc.?

See Resource Guide, pages 11 for prosthetics, etc. and 12 for transportation

 

 

Question: What happens if I’ve lost my job because I have been diagnosed with cancer?

You may find helpful information here:
www.cancer.org/treatment/survivorshipduringandaftertreatment/stayingactive/workingduringandaftertreatment/working-during-cancer-treatment
www.livestrong.org/we-can-help/managing-your-life-during-treatment/employment-issues/
disabilityrightslegalcenter.org/cancer-legal-resource-center
www.cancerandcareers.org/resources/cancer-legal-resource-center

 

 

Question: Is there free counseling available?

You may want to contact any of the following organizations for counseling supports:
ACS at www.cancer.org
CancerCare at www.cancercare.org
National Alliance for Mental Health at www.nami.org/Find-Support
These services are also often offered by local congregations and hospitals.

 

 

Question: Where can I find a support group?

The American Cancer Society has information on cancer support groups all over the nation.
You can contact them at 800-227-2345.

 

 

Question: Where can I get advice regarding care for an ostomy?

United Ostomy Associations of America, www.ostomy.org

 

 

Question: How do I choose an oncologist?

You may want to consider speaking with other cancer survivors at a support group meeting.
ACS has a worksheet called How to Choose a Doctor that may be useful during this process.
You can also go to www.cancer.org/treatment/findingandpayingfortreatment/choosingyourtreatmentteam/choosing-a-doctor-and-a-hospital

 

 

Question: Do you have information regarding housing for patients who are receiving treatment away from home?

For those receiving treatment in the Houston area.
For those receiving treatment in the Atlanta area.

Cancer Support Resources

How will I pay my bills while I go through treatment?

 

Financial Aid Organizations

American Cancer Society
cancer.org
800-227-2345

 

CancerCare
www.cancercare.org
800-813-HOPE (4673)

 

CancerCare Copayment Assistance Foundation
www.cancercopay.org
866-55-COPAY

 

Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition
www.cancerfac.org

 

Cancer Fund of America
www.cfoa.org
800-578-5284

 

HealthWell Foundation
www.healthwellfoundation.org
800-675-8416

 

Hill-Burton
www.hrsa.gov/gethealthcare/affordable/hillburton

 

Livestrong Foundation
www.livestrong.org
855-220-7777

 

Net Wish
www.netwish.org

 

Patient Services, Inc.
www.patientservicesinc.org
800-366-7741

 

Social Security Administration
800-772-1213
www.ssa.gov/disabilityssi/

 

Prostate Cancer Foundation
www.pcf.org

 

OVARcome
www.ovarcome.org/ovarcare.php

 

After Breast Cancer Diagnosis
www.abcdbreastcancersupport.org
800-977-4121

 

Breast Cancer Freebies
www.breastcancerfreebies.com

 

Pink Door
www.pinkdoornonprofit.org
832-727-3121

 

Susan G. Komen for the Cure
ww5.komen.org
877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636)

 

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
www.lls.org
914-949-6691

 

Lymphoma Research Foundation
www.lymphoma.org
email at helpline@lymphoma.org
800-500-9976

 

Cancer Recovery Foundation Women’s Cancer Fund
www.cancerrecovery.org/women-cancer-fund/ or by mail: P. O. Box 1, Hershey, PA 17033

Prescription Assistance

Chronic Disease Fund
www.gooddaysfromcdf.org
877-968-7233

 

Patient Access Network Foundation
www.panfoundation.org
866-316-7263

 

RXAssist, Patient Assistant Program Center
www.rxassist.org

 

Needymeds.com
www.needymeds.com

 

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
www.pparx.org

 

TogetherRXAccess
www.togetherrxaccess.org