Here are some valuable sources of information and support in Western New York, including local chapters of national organizations.
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American Cancer Society (ACS)
The American Cancer Society (ACS) offers programs and services in the Western New York region to provide patients and their families with educational information, day-to-day help, and emotional support—all free of charge. Below are some examples of what is available:
- Reach To Recovery® connects you with a trained volunteer to talk about your breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Our volunteers are breast cancer survivors, so they know the questions and concerns you may have.
- I Can Cope® classes provide a quick and convenient way for patients and caregivers to get the answers they need, when they need them. Classes are self-paced and topics include pain, fatigue, nutrition, communication, intimacy, side effects, and more.
- Road To Recovery® Program provides free rides to and from treatment for those who need one.
Breast Cancer Network of WNY
The Breast Cancer Network of WNY (BCN) offers programming, education and support to those impacted by breast cancer from diagnosis through survivorship. Our programming includes:
- Cancer Support Groups: BCN hosts and sponsors several breast cancer support groups throughout Western New York.
- Restorative Health and Exercise: BCN offers affordable exercise classes to all that would like to attend.
- Monthly Education Series: Prominent members of the breast cancer community discuss the latest information available.
- Financial Assistance: BCN offers a financial aid program designed to help those experiencing financial hardships during a breast cancer diagnosis.
Camp Good Days and Special Times
Camp Good Days and Special Times, Inc. is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, adults, and families whose lives have been touched by cancer through summer camping experiences and year-round events and activities. All of the programs and services at Camp Good Days and Special Times are offered free of charge for the participants. Camp Good Days maintains their own recreational facility, located on the shores of Keuka Lake, where the residential camping programs take place. For more information, visit www.campgooddays.org or call 585-624-5555 or 1-800-785-2135.
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS)
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) provides free information, education and support services for those who are impacted by blood cancer. Some of their services include:
- Patient Financial Assistance Program offers financial support toward the cost of insurance co-payments and/or insurance premium costs for prescription drugs.
- Information Specialists assist you through cancer treatment, financial and social challenges and give accurate, up-to-date disease, treatment and support information.
- Caregiver Support offers individual support, tools, and resources for caregivers of patients with blood cancers to assist with the financial and social caregivers face.
- First Connection Peer-to-Peer Support matches patients and their loved ones with trained peer volunteers who have shared similar experiences. Patients and their family members are matched with peer volunteers based on diagnosis, age, gender and other factors that might create a mutual understanding and ease of communication. Peer volunteers are trained in basic counseling skills, are regularly updated about LLS and community resources, and are committed to confidentiality.
- Family Support Groups gives patients and their families a place to go where they can share information, education and feelings in a comfortable and caring environment.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA
LIVESTRONG is a physical activity program designed specifically for cancer patients. The goal of the 12-week program is to help participants regain strength, stamina, and self-esteem while connecting with fellow cancer patients in a welcoming community environment. LIVESTRONG is offered at no cost. To learn more about the LIVESTRONG program, call the Independent Health Family Branch YMCA at 716-839-2543 or the Southtowns Family Branch YMCA at 716-674-9622.
Us TOO is a grassroots organization created by prostate cancer survivors for prostate cancer survivors, their spouses/partners, and families. The group focuses on delivering reliable, up-to-date information to help men make informed choices in the detection and treatment of prostate cancer. Us TOO also works to enhance the quality of life for everyone affected by prostate cancer. For more information, visit www.ustoo.org or call 1-800-808-7866. For information on local Us TOO support groups call 716-834-9200 ext. 5169.
WNY Ovarian Cancer Project
The WNY Ovarian Project’s mission is to educate the Western New York community on the symptoms and risks of ovarian cancer and to provide information on support and networking for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Programs for women with ovarian cancer include:
- Comfort & Hope Totes: These totes are given free to every woman newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer through the Roswell Park Gynecologic Oncology Center. They are filled with items to take along to chemotherapy appointments and send a message hope from women who have been on the journey and are extending a hand of understanding and support.
- Support Groups: The WNY Ovarian Cancer Project provides two professionally facilitated support groups.