What Are Some Options for Cancer Support Services?


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The American Cancer Society, the American Childhood Cancer Organization and the Patient Advocate Foundation each offer cancer support services, as of 2015, notes the National Cancer Institute. Each organization is a nonprofit and national in scope, and offers support for patients, family members and caregivers.

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The American Cancer Society offers services to cancer patients and their families, supports research, distributes printed material and offers educational programs, states the National Cancer Institute. It offers support such as online communities, insurance assistance, lodging for patients and their caregivers, rides to treatment, and a catalogue and website of hair loss and other products for cancer patients. The American Cancer Society also has a database of state and local programs that provide assistance and support to cancer patients and their families.

The American Childhood Cancer Organization provides information for children with cancer and their caregivers, and publishes books that provide information in areas such as treatment and social issues, according to the National Cancer Institute. It provides free books to cancer patients and their families, and local affiliates of the organization provide additional support such as emergency financial assistance, groceries and transportation. The Patient Advocate Foundation administers the Co-Pay Relief Program to provide direct financial support to cancer patients.The program helps cover the co-payment costs of prescriptions, chemotherapy and injections for patients who demonstrate financial need and have certain types of cancer.

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