By Barbara Cervoni, LMSW, ACSW
Director of Services and Communication
Getting though cancer diagnosis, treatment, recovery and beyond is a challenging path to travel. It has an impact on every aspect of your life, as well as the lives of your family and loved ones. We encourage you to use every tool in your toolbox to help you find your way, with as much support as possible.
That’s why we maintain an extensive directory of community resources that offer an incredible range of services and programs, addressing the many and varied needs that occur when dealing with cancer.
Our resource directory is a comprehensive list that the Peer Counselors on our staff refer to when people call or email us for help and guidance. Our Peer Counselors are also the ones who compile and maintain this list. Because they talk with cancer survivors every day throughout the year, they understand what you need. And they know what to look for when evaluating community services.
To give you an idea of the types of valuable resources we know about, we’ve put together a brief sample in the list below. But, our list is ever-growing, so remember:
All you need to do is reach out to one of our Peer Counselors. Tell them about your needs or concerns, and they’ll help you find the tools that are just right for you.
A small sample of the types of resources we can tell you about or help you to find:
Retreats and respite travel opportunities for cancer survivors
Info on nutrition and exercise
Home care services
Support and programs for caregivers and families
Special programs and camps for children
Where to obtain wigs, prosthetics, specialty garments
How to find information about clinical trials, genetics, lymphedema, fertility concerns
Complementary care such as acupuncture, massage, yoga
Questions you can ask your doctor
Assistance in identifying resources and services that are local to you