Local agencies available to provide support for cancer patients and their families.

Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana

Description: Offers a cancer patients and their loved ones a range of services and information to help them deal with cancer. Specific assistance includes providing no cost services for the following: durable medical equipment, medical supplies, nutritional drink, financial assistance, personal advocate, interim care, information resources, support groups, transportation to and from treatment, and personal appearance items.
Contact: 260-484-9560, or visit cancer-services.org

American Cancer Society

Description: The goal of the American Cancer Society (ACS) is to prevent cancer, save lives, and diminish suffering from cancer.
National Cancer Information Center: 1-800-ACS-2345. People facing cancer need clear, reliable information in order to understand their disease and make informed decisions about their health. Trained cancer information specialists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer questions about cancer, link callers with resources in their communities, and provide information on local events. Callers who speak languages other than English and Spanish can also be assisted. The National Cancer Information Center includes an email response center staffed by cancer information specialists who respond to questions and comments submitted through the Society's web site.
Website: The Internet is an important resource for people seeking information about cancer. The American Cancer Society's web site is an important extension of the Society's mission to provide lifesaving information to the public. The user-friendly site includes an interactive cancer resource center containing in-depth information on every major cancer type. Through the resource center, visitors can order American Cancer Society publications, gain access to recent news articles, and find additional on- and off-line resources. Other useful sections on the web site include a directory of medical resources, links to other sites organized by cancer type or topic, resources for media representatives, and information on the Society's research grants program, advocacy efforts, and special events.
Publications: The Society publishes a large number of patient education brochures and pamphlets, books, and professional journals to help patients, families, and health care professionals. These include books on specific cancer types, coping issues, and prevention; cookbooks; and textbooks and other specialized cancer-related topics for health care professionals. Three clinical journals (Cancer, Cancer Cytopathology, and CA-A Cancer Journal for Clinicians) are also available. For more information, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit our online bookstore at www.cancer.org.
Contact: 260-471-3911, or visit the national ACS website.

United Way of Allen County

Contact: Visit their website at http://www.unitedwayallencounty.org/