2011-10-06 / Local & State

American Cancer Society Serves Fulton County’s Cancer Patients

SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. This is the “mission statement” of the American Cancer Society and there are many free services available for those who are facing a diagnosis of cancer.

It is estimated that approximately 77 people in Fulton County have been or will be diagnosed with cancer this year. One of the goals of the American Cancer Society is to measurably improve the quality of life (physical, psychological, social and spiritual) from the time of a cancer diagnosis and for the balance of life for all cancer survivors by providing free services to help those facing a cancer diagnosis.

The American Cancer Society’s fiscal year begins on September 1 each year and ends on the following August 31. We have just begun a new fiscal year, and this seems like a good time to let folks know about our services as well as how many of those 77 people we helped during the past fiscal year.

From September 1, 2010, until August 31, 2011, the American Cancer Society served 62 cancer patients in Fulton County with information and services, 40 of those people were newly diagnosed and 4 of them were uninsured or on Medicaid. We provided 154 services to those 62 people. Information is usually one of the most requested services. Many times people call the 1- 800 telephone number to learn more about their particular diagnosis or treatment, get information about clinical trials, programs and services in their area and how to access them or sometimes just to talk with a trained person available at any hour of the day or night. Indeed, 49 people called for information about these types of items.

In addition, 21 people received financial help in the form of gas cards for transportation to and from treatments if their income qualified them for this service. Our Road to Recovery volunteer drivers provided rides to treatment for 3 people. Getting to treatment is vital when facing a cancer diagnosis and American Cancer Society financial assistance or volunteers help with this important task.

Other services or items such as free wigs, turbans and hats were also utilized by some ladies who were diagnosed this past year. A program called Look Good ... Feel Better® which provides each participant with a free makeover done under the guidance of a trained cosmetologist was also available. Others were able to go online at our Web site, www.cancer.org, to utilize the Cancer Survivor’s Network, sharing information with other survivors, or access the I Can Cope program to learn more about how to deal with their cancer or treatment side effects.

In order to access any of the American Cancer Society’s free patient services please call our 24-hour number 1-800-227-2345 or go to the Web site www.cancer.org. Help us reach everyone in Fulton County who hears the words “you have cancer” as soon as possible so that they never face this diagnosis alone.

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