When you or a loved one is facing cancer, many issues, decisions and difficulties arise. There are support services to help you deal with many of these problems. The first step is learning about the types of services available.
What kind of help can you get ?
- General Information: Many cancer organizations provide a wide range of information on different types of cancer, as well as information on treatment decisions, clinical trials and side effects management.
- Emotional Support: Cancer can make you feel lonely, scared or distressed. Counseling, support groups, patient to patient networks, and other types of support are available to help you cope with these emotions.
- Financial Needs: There are companies and organizations that help cancer patients with medical billing, insurance coverage and reimbursement.
- Transportation Needs: Many people have trouble getting to medical appointments during and after treatment. In many communities, transportation services are available to help you.
- Housing / Lodging: Some organizations provide lodging for families of a patient undergoing treatment, especially if the patient is a child or a teenager.
- Children's Services: There are organizations that provide services for children with cancer or children who have a family member with cancer, including counseling, summer camps and "make a wish" programs.
- Home Health Care / Hospice: Home health care is for patients who no longer need to be in the hospital, but still require skilled nursing care at home. Hospice care focuses on the special needs of terminally ill patients.