2012-06-07 / Local & State

American Cancer Society Serves Patients Here

SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

The American Cancer Society (ACS) 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.

It is estimated that approximately 84 people in Fulton County have been or will be diagnosed with cancer this year. One of the goals of the ACS is to measurably improve the quality of life (physical, psychological, social and spiritual) from the time of diagnosis and for the balance of life for all cancer survivors by providing free services to help those facing a cancer diagnosis.

From September 1, 2011, until April 30, 2012, the ACS has served 38 cancer patients in Fulton County with information and services, 28 of those people were newly diagnosed and one of them was uninsured or on Medicaid. Through April, 117 services were provided to those 38 people.

Information is usually one of the most requested services. People call 1-800-227- 2345 to learn more about their particular diagnosis or treatment, get information about clinical trials, programs and services in their area, or sometimes just to talk with a trained person available 24 hours a day.

To date 29 people have called for information about these types of items. In addition, 10 people received financial help in the form of gas cards for transportation to and from treatments if their income qualified them for this service. ACS Road to Recovery volunteer drivers provided rides to treatment for two people. Getting to treatment is vital when facing a cancer diagnosis and ACS financial assistance or volunteers help with this important task. Free new wigs, turbans and hats have been provided to four women so far this year. A program called Look Good ... Feel Better, which provides each participant with a free makeover done under the guidance of a trained cosmetologist, has served 1 woman. Others were able to go online at www.cancer.org to use the ACS’s Cancer Survivor’s Network sharing information with other survivors, accessing the I Can Cope program and learning more about how to deal with their cancer or treatment side effects.

In order to access any of the ACS’s free patient services please call the 24-hour number 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org. Help the ACS 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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