Written by: Kelli Little, Care Navigator at the Agnesian Cancer Center
The American Cancer Society is celebrating its 100 year anniversary this year. Just to highlight a few beginning milestones….
1913: The American Cancer Society is founded.
1927: Women make noise to save lives.
1946: American Cancer Society launches its ground-breaking research program.
1947: The first successful chemotherapy treatment for cancer is discovered.
As you can see, we have come a long way!
Having cancer is hard, finding help should be easy. The American Cancer Society is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays either by phone or on-line. They provide informational tools to help with treatment, clinical trials, day-to-day help finding transportation and lodging, financial and insurance questions, gas cards, support groups. as well as an on-line community for cancer patients and their families.
The Agnesian Cancer Center has a patient navigator that works one-on-one between the patient/family needs and the American Cancer Society. As each individual patient is experiencing something different, the navigator helps cancer patients and caregivers in the community get through their journey. It is as simple as written information, a web site, a phone call or a trip through our wig room. Best of all – this help is free!
Cancer is a journey and there are many around that help along the journey.