Northwest Indiana Cancer Resources

June 24th, 2009 - By the American Cancer Society and Juli Doshan

American Cancer Society Programs

The following programs and services—provided by the American Cancer Society (ACS)—are available to Northwest Indiana residents.

Reach to Recovery is a program where breast cancer survivors are paired with newly diagnosed breast cancer patients to serve as a mentor. Volunteers are trained to give support and up-to-date information. For more information, call 800.227.2345.

The Look Good Feel Better program is a community-based, free, national service. It teaches female cancer patients beauty tips to increase self-esteem and morale during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. For a complete schedule, call 219.793.1030.

Free wigs, hats, turbans and scarves are available for women with cancer, through the ACS’s various community wig banks. To obtain information on a free wig, call 800.227.2345.

The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Resource Network, 800.227.2345, is the nation’s only 24-hour cancer information phone line, where people fighting cancer can turn anytime, day or night, to talk to a trained Cancer Information Specialist and get referrals to community resources. Newly diagnosed cancer patients can receive a Personal Health Manager (PHM) to help them learn more about their cancer, treatment options, side effects and other useful information. The PHM also allows patients to stay organized with their doctor appointments, test results and medications. In addition to the PHM, the Cancer Resource Network will also help patients, family and caregivers by offering the following:

Understand your cancer by learning what to expect, how to plan and treatment options
Find help with insurance concerns, including Medicare and Medicaid
Find local financial resources that may be available
Find local support groups, transportation and lodging assistance
Find a clinical trial
Locate hospitals
Learn about other programs that the American Cancer Society offers

—American Cancer Society

Cancer Support Groups

Couples Confronting Cancer Together, 7-8:30pm, first Tue of every month, Cancer Resource Centre, 926 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3349. cancerresourcecentre.com. This monthly support group is for those who have cancer and their spouses or significant others.

Head & Neck Cancer Support Group, 1-2pm, fourth Tue of every month, Center for Advanced Medicine, Rm 1402, 5758 S Maryland Ave, Chicago. 773.834.7326. uchospitals.edu. Topics of discussion at this outpatient support group include changes in relationships, lifestyle changes, body image and fear of recurrence. Participants can share common concerns and strengthen their ability to adjust to life with cancer in this safe environment.

Gilda’s Club, 11am-2pm, every Wed, Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine, 5758 S Maryland Ave, Chicago. 773.702.9900. uchospitals.edu. The Gilda’s Club mission is to create a welcome community of free support for everyone living with cancer. This chapter provides support as well as lectures, workshops and social events.

Pediatric Cancer Support Group, 6pm, first Tue of every month, Lakeland Park, 1200 Lakeland Dr, Burns Harbor. 219.929.1781. porterhealth.com. Providing support for children diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones, this free group meets at the beginning of each month.

Shared Experience, Wed evenings, Saint Anthony Medical Center, 1201 S Main St, Crown Point. 219.757.6008. saintanthonymedicalcenter.com. Women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer can share their experiences in a nonjudgmental environment with others who are dealing with similar issues.

Us TOO, call for dates and times, Ingalls Memorial Hospital, One Ingalls Dr, Harvey. 708.915.6525. ingallshealthsystem.org. As part of the larger, international network, this support group is for prostate cancer patients, survivors and their family members.

WeCAN Cancer Support Group, 4:30pm, second Wed of every month, The Swanson Center, 1230 St Rd 2 W, LaPorte. 219.326.2476. laportehealth.org. Helping patients, families and caregivers find support and encouragement is the goal of this support group, which strives to ease feelings of isolation and loneliness by bringing people with similar situations together once a month. —Juli Doshan

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