Together with our millions of volunteers, the American Cancer Society (ACS) saves lives and creates a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.
American Cancer Society FAQ
Q: What programs and services does the American Cancer Society offer local cancer patients and their families?
A: Following are the programs and services available in Lauderdale County and its surrounding areas.
• Transportation Assistance – Anderson Regional Cancer Center receives funds in the form of a grant to assist needy patients with transportation to radiation and chemotherapy treatment. Service is screened and accessed through health care provider.
• 1-800-227-2345 - Whether you know what you need or you’re not even sure where to start, a call to the Society’s 24-hour, 365 days a year toll-free information service can be a critical step in understanding your disease and deciding how to overcome it. Specially-trained cancer information specialists are available to answer questions and connect callers to local resources.
• cancer.org - American Cancer Society’s web site is an important extension of the Society’s mission to provide life saving information to the public.
• Cancer Survivors Network - This online community connects patients, caregivers, survivors, and their loved ones with others who have “been there” for insight, moral support, and inspiration. Service is accessed through cancer.org.
• Look Good...Feel Better (LGFB) - A free makeover for women in treatment conducted by a trained cosmetologist. Female patients feel beautiful again by providing tools and tips to overcome treatment side effects and restore their pre-cancer appearance and self-esteem. Sessions are held on the 2nd Monday of each month from 1—3 P.M. at Anderson Regional Cancer Center. To register call 601-485-5081.
• Reach to Recovery (RTR) - Few things can comfort a woman who is waiting – or has received – a diagnosis of breast cancer like a fellow survivor. With information and inspiration, our Reach to Recovery volunteers gently ease patients from fear to courage, from despair to hope. Referrals for service can be made via social workers at Anderson, Rush, or Riley Hospital. Referrals for the service can also be made by calling 1-800-227-2345 or 601-485-5081.
• Patient Assistance - Services offered to patients and their families through emergency and long term resources. Service through referrals by calling 601-485-5081 or 1-800-227-2345. These services are assistance with pain medication, connecting to prescription drug programs, finding lodging and transportation for treatment.
• Man To Man - ACS prostate cancer education and support program. Personal visits and telephone support upon requests or referral to patients and their family members by specially-trained prostate cancer survivors. Access service by calling 1-800-227-2345 or 601-485-5081.
• I Can Cope Online - Educational program for people facing cancer – either personally, or as a friend or family caregiver. I Can Cope online classes are quick and convenient ways to get the answers you need, when you need them. Classes are free. Go to cancer.org/onlineclasses. Select the class you want to take and complete the short registration form.
• Wigs, prostheses, bras - Products offered for female cancer patients free of charge. Service through referrals by calling 601-485-5081 or visit the Cancer Resource Center located in the Anderson Cancer Center, 1704 23rd Ave, 1st Floor.
• Community Resources Database (CRD) - The Mid-South Division collects and provides referrals to local resources that address the needs of patients, their families and caregivers. We access national and local resources for patients, so they can get the hands-on help they need where they live. Access service by calling 1-800-227-2345 or 601-485-5081.
• College Scholarships - Young cancer survivors can apply for assistance to help with the costs of college. Call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
• Camp Rainbow - Mississippi’s summer camp for cancer patients ages 6-17 providing fun and fellowship and an on-site medical team. Call 1-800-227-2345 or the ACS Jackson office at 601-321-5507 for information and application.
• Clinical Trials Patient Matching Service - Patients, family members, and professionals can receive information on available clinical trials that best meet their needs. Call 1-800-227-2345 to access service.
• Cancer Resource Center - The Cancer Resource Center assists with newly-diagnosed cancer patients, their families and caregivers, and the public with their questions and concerns about the disease.
Q: Why is it important to have American Cancer Society programs and services in Lauderdale County?
A: Mississippi is expected to have 14,990 new cancer cases in 2011, according to the American Cancer Society Cancer Facts and Figures. A patient and a patient’s support system have an enormous amount of needs when they receive a diagnosis, including emotionally and physically. That is why the American Cancer Society offers such a wide range of support programs and services in order to answer every question that a patient, loved one or caregiver may have during the cancer journey.
Q: Why is the American Cancer Society the Official Sponsor of Birthdays?
A: The movement for more birthdays is about everyday people, just like you, coming together to make a difference. This year more than 11 million cancer survivors will celebrate another birthday, thanks in part to the progress we’ve already made. But we can’t stop there. With every person who joins the movement, we can get closer to the day when cancer never steals another year from someone’s life.
Q: What is the Choose You Movement?
A: Choose You is the movement created by the American Cancer Society that encourages women to put their own health first in the fight against cancer. The movement challenges women to make healthier choices, and supports them in their commitment to eat right, get active, quit smoking and get regular health checks. The Choose You Movement shines a light on a hidden issue, that while one in three American women will get cancer in her lifetime, about 50 percent of cancer deaths could be prevented if more emphasis were placed on early detection and healthier lifestyles including maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise and avoiding tobacco. In the constant struggle between family, work and self, we know how difficult it is to focus on oneself. To help change this, the American Cancer Society has developed the Choose You Movement. Powered by stickK, this online program provides tools and support to enable women to commit to and achieve their personal health and wellness goals. Research shows that 73 percent of commitments with financial stakes are successful. The Choose You Commitment provides this support. By making a Choose You Commitment today, you are making personal health a priority – and helping in the fight against cancer.
Q: How can I get involved with the American Cancer Society?
A: There are many ways to get involved with the American Cancer Society from sending in a donation, to volunteering to help at an event, to helping pass laws to defeat cancer. Here are some of those ways:
• Personal Fundraising – We have all the tools that you need to build your own fundraising Web site: In Memory or in honor of a loved one, to celebrate more birthdays, to create your own event, or to support your commitment to choose healthier behaviors.
• Memorial and Honor Giving – Celebrate the life of a friend or loved one by making a donation to the American Cancer Society in their honor or memory.
• Planned Giving – Learn how a donation may fit into your financial, tax, or estate goals. We have helpful planned giving support tools for you and your estate planner.
• Other Ways to Give – We offer opportunities such as matching gifts, online auctions, air miles, IRA’s, text messages, and many more way to help save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
• Participate in an Event - American Cancer Society events are inspiring, uplifting, and great at bringing the fight against cancer directly into your community. From Relay For Life to full-length marathons, we have an event that will suit your interests and let you join in the spirit of camaraderie and compassion as we work together to save lives from cancer.
• Volunteer to Help - Whether it’s giving a cancer patient a ride to chemotherapy, putting together a team for Relay For Life, or sending an email to family and friends about our cancer screening guidelines, there are multiple ways you can get involved in the Society’s lifesaving mission.
• Help Pass Laws to Defeat Cancer - ACS CAN is the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, who supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard.
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