Sources of Support and Information
Please see Supportive Services for a full list of services and programs provided by Roswell Park.
Here are some valuable sources of information and support in Western New York, including local chapters of national organizations.
Life Transitions Center
The Life Transitions Center provides programs for people of all ages who have been touched by cancer. Counseling and support are available for those living with cancer and family members dealing with grief and loss. There are two locations in the Western New York area. The Life Transitions Center is located at 1140 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo and 150 Bennett Road in Cheektowaga. For more information, please call 716-332-5900.
Cancer Wellness Center
The Cancer Wellness Center is a wellness community for those touched by cancer offering services including patient education and emotional support. Their Cancer Coach Program provides support and encouragement to caner patients through trained volunteers who have recovered from a cancer diagnosis and want to share their experiences and success with others. For more information, call 716-873-0905.
Legal Services for Individuals and Families Affected by Cancer
Through a New York State Department of Health grant, Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. is providing free legal services for low-income cancer patients, recent cancer survivors, and the families of pediatric cancer patients. Help is available for wills, powers of attorney, family law, divorce, landlord /tenant law, Social Security Disability, S.S.I., public assistance, food stamps, Medicaid, utility shut offs, and numerous other legal matters. Clients not financially eligible may receive services on a sliding fee scale. For more information, or to request services, call 716-847-0655, ext: 420.
Hospice Services are available to provide support and palliative care services to patients and caregivers coping with a life limiting illness. Call our department of Social Work at 716-845-8022 for information on Hospice services in your area.
American Cancer Society (ACS)
The ACS is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem through research, education, advocacy and service.
Their local office in Amherst, NY, 716-689-6981, offers the following services to our patients:
- Support Groups
- Hope Lodge - Free housing for patients & families
- Look Good/Feel Better – A monthly workshop for cancer patients with practical tips on skin, hair, nail and make-up.
- Road to Recovery – Transportation for cancer patients
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Western & Central New York Chapter
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society offers a wide range of free educational and support programs for patients, their families, caregivers and healthcare professionals. The local office is located at 4053 Maple Road, Suite 110, Amherst, NY at 716-834-2578 or toll free 800-784-2368, ext: 4667.
Today, many patients, caregivers, and family members turn to the internet for additional medical information to help them manage their care and make treatment decisions. If you want to search on your own, we would like to suggest the following trusted medical information websites for your information needs:
- Medline Plus
- Cancer Care
- National Cancer Institute
- National Comprehensive Cancer Network (for patients)
- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
- American Cancer Society
If you would like additional information, we have trained cancer information specialists in our Community Cancer Resource Center who can help you search and find the information you need. Please call 716-845-8659 to speak with cancer information specialist.