This Resources for Cancer Patience page is for anyone who has been diagnosed with  cancer or knows anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer. This is especially helpful for those who may need financial or legal assistance or need to get in touch with a support group. For example, some links include: Cancer CareSusan B. Komen and Cancer Legal Resource Center.

Furthermore, our resource directory is continually updated to provide the most current information available. Please contact us if you find an error, or are aware of a resource not listed.

*Please note, inclusion of a resource in the directory is not an endorsement of that resource or service. 

Seek Help from your local Social Service Center.

Unfortunately, the extra costs of cancer treatment or a major loss of family income may make it hard for families to pay their mortgage or rent on time. Most importantly, to keep a good credit rating and stay in your home you should talk with your creditor or landlord about your situation. Then,  try to make special arrangements. Also, family, friends, or church members may be able to give you short-term help if they’re told about the problem. In addition, talk about your situation with the cancer treatment team social worker who may know of special resources.  In addition, this Resources for Cancer Patience has a few organizations that provide financial assistance.   Please click here for a larger list of services.

Also, families who need to move out of their homes after a cancer diagnosis should talk with their county department of social services to find out if they can get into low-cost or government-supported housing programs. In some states, this may be listed under the health department or welfare department.

These Resources for Cancer Patience pages contain links to Social Security as well as other government programs.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Facts About Breast Cancer in The United States:

  • Unfortunately, one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • In fact, breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in women.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
  • Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and more than 40,500 will die.
  • Although rare, an estimated 2,470 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 460 will die each year.
  • On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of it every 13 minutes.
  • Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today.

Other help for very low income people:

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a grant program for people with low incomes. It provides monthly cash to help pay for food, clothing, housing, utilities, transportation, phone, medical supplies not covered by Medicaid, and other basic needs. (TANF also helps states provide training and jobs for the people in welfare programs.) A social worker can tell you about your state’s plan, or contact your local health or social services department. You can visit them online at https://www.hhs.gov/answers/programs-for-families-and-children/what-is-tanf/index.htm.

The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) is another resource that may help if your income is very low. Visit their website at www.usac.org to learn more about phone service help that’s available in your state. Or you can call 1-888-641-8722 and follow the low income/lifeline prompts.

10 Facts About Lung Cancer 

  1. Today, lung cancer is the most common type of cancer throughout the world. In 2015, there were almost 1.7 million deaths worldwide from lung cancer.
  2. In the United States, lung cancer is the second-most common type of cancer. For instance, Prostate cancer is more common for men, while breast cancer is more common for women.
  3. In 2017, there were an estimated 222,500 newly diagnosed cases of lung cancer in the United States.
  4. However, the rate of new lung cancer cases has fallen an average of 2 percent a year over the last 10 years.
  5. Early lung cancer might not cause any symptoms. Unfortunately, this means that lung cancer is often only caught in later stages.
  6. A chronic cough is the most common symptom of early lung cancer.  This cough will probably get worse over time.
  7. Tumors on the top of the lungs can affect facial nerves, causing symptoms like a dropping eyelid or not sweating on one side of your face. This group of symptoms is called Horner’s syndrome.
  8. Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. Approximately 80 percent of lung cancer deaths result from smoking.
  9. If you’re between 55 and 80 years old, smoked for at least 30 years, and either smoke now or quit less than 15 years ago, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that you get yearly screenings for lung cancer. The main type of screening used is a low-dose CT scan.
  10. Even if you don’t smoke, being exposed to secondhand smoke can raise your risk of lung cancer. Secondhand smoke causes around 7,000 lung cancer deaths per year.

I would like to personally dedicate this Resources for Cancer Patience page to Christine Rose-Broadnax who inspired me to create it.