American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Center celebrates milestone

Centers provide the latest in cancer information, services and programs

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 5:46pm

Since their opening last fall, the American Cancer Society’s two Cancer Resource Centers in Alexandria have helped more than 139 cancer patients. In addition, the centers at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital and Rapides Regional Medical Center – have matched those 139 patients with 155 local resources or information related to their cancer care.

Each patient received materials related to their specific cancer diagnosis and treatment, while 125 of those received information about local assistance, including programs for nutrition assistance or transportation. Patients undergoing treatment also received wigs, hats, scarves, and other related items free of charge. More than 100 of these items were given to patients who visited the Cancer Resource Centers.

The centers assist newly-diagnosed cancer patients, families, caregivers, and the public, with their questions and concerns about the disease. The centers assisted 117 newly-diagnosed patients during its their first year of operation.

“It is great to see how the services that are provided by our volunteers who give of their time at the CRC's make a difference in the cancer patient's treatment and recovery,” said Michele Bryant, health initiatives representative from the American Cancer Society. “It’s everything from having a caring and concerning ear to listen to the questions and needs of the patients, to providing services and information that the patients have while undergoing treatment. What a difference someone can make in giving just a little of their time.” 

Volunteers, recruited and trained by the American Cancer Society, staff both Cancer Resource Centers. The initiative is a partnership between the American Cancer Society and both treatment facilities. 

The American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. For more information, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.  

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