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Since its founding nearly 63 years ago, CancerCare has helped cancer patients and their loved ones manage the emotional and financial obstacles presented by a cancer diagnosis. Our patients come from all walks of life, all ages, and all stages of diagnosis. CancerCare does not just assist the person with cancer; we also assist their family members, caregivers, and the health care professionals who serve them.
CancerCare is an important partner to oncology professionals as their patients navigate the uncertainties, anxieties, and fears that a cancer diagnosis presents—emotional and practical concerns that many oncologists and their staffs may not be fully prepared to address. Our services are offered completely free of charge to anyone who needs them, anywhere in the United States. Our services include:
Much has changed since CancerCare opened its doors in 1944. Yet, our services have never been more necessary or more needed, not only by people with cancer, but also by the oncology specialists who make up their health care team.
In recent years, guidelines and recommendations by prestigious groups have stated that psychosocial services—the ability to address the needs of the whole person—are a significant indicator of quality care. Yet, the kind of psychosocial support we naturally want for ourselves and our patients often isn't realistic within the confines of one physician's office. Today's oncology care is characterized by time constraints, an ever increasing caseload of patients, a lack of structure for addressing the complex emotions a cancer diagnosis often provokes, and the changing course of cancer therapies with out-patient care and the growing use of oral treatments. These are all significant reasons why the demand for the kinds of services CancerCare provides continues to grow.
CancerCare does not prescribe or endorse any specific course of treatment, medication, or regimen. What we do offer is accurate, timely information; emotional support; and professional, practical assistance to overcome the obstacles that may stand in the way of the best possible outcome, both for the patient and the health care professional.