Did you know ASTRO has resources for you and your patients?
ASTRO’s has developed a patient focused website www.rtanswers.org as a resource for you and your patients. Updated frequently, this site offers information on treatment types, clinical trials, side effects and personal care. Additionally, RTAnswers includes videos to help patients better understand what they will be experiencing before, during and after treatment. Patients can also use the convenient “Find a Radiation Oncologist” feature on the website to locate a physician near them.
Nutrition is an important part of cancer treatment. Eating the right kinds of foods before, during, and after treatment can help you feel better and stay stronger. Chances are, if you are reading this booklet either you or someone you care about is going through cancer treatment. The American Cancer Society has prepared this guide to help you and your loved ones cope with treatment side effects that might affect how well you can eat.
Eating Hints: Before, During, and After Cancer Treatment
Eating Hints is for people who are having or are about to have cancer treatment. Family and friends may also want to read this booklet.You can use this booklet before, during, and after cancer treatment. It covers common types of eating problems and ways you can manage them.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information specialists from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) can answer questions about cancer, help with quitting smoking, provide informational materials, and help using the NCI website. The NCI website provides comprehensive information on cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, statistics, research, clinical trials and news.
WhatNext is a free online cancer support network, developed with the participation of the American Cancer Society that instantly connects people fighting cancer – based on their specific diagnosis – to peers and resources that can help. Cancer patients, caregivers, survivors and loved ones are asking questions and providing insight, as well as sharing their journeys
National Family Caregivers Association
Educates, supports, empowers and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age.
Patient Advocate Foundation
Patient Advocate Foundation is a national non-profit organization that seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to medical care, maintenance of employment and preservation of financial stability
Single Fathers Due to Cancer
This program is dedicated in helping thousands of fathers who each year lose their spouses to cancer and must adjust to being sole parents.
American Brain Tumor Association
For 40 years, the ABTA has been providing comprehensive resources that support the complex needs of brain tumor patients and caregivers, as well as the critical funding of research in the pursuit of breakthroughs in brain tumor diagnosis, treatment and care.
Cancer and Careers
Cancer and Careers empowers and educates people with cancer to thrive in their workplace by providing expert advice and educational events.
Supports a global network of survivors, caregivers, providers and advocates to ensure that no young adult goes unaware of the age-appropriate resources they are entitled to so they can get busy living.
CancerCare provides professional services to help people manage the emotional and financial challenges of cancer. Services include co-pay assistance, transportation to treatments, homecare, child care and more.
Cancer Support Community
This is a global network offering face to in person & online support groups, education and hope for any one affected by cancer.
Raising awareness, increasing outreach and facilitating collaboration are critical to improving the cancer experience. An excellent online support group
National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship
Advocates for quality cancer care for all people touched by cancer and provides tools that empower people to advocate for themselves.
Provides resources and support for teens whose parents are facing cancer.
The following links provide an online space where you can connect, share news, and receive support to and from family and friends and provide online calendar to coordinate care.
Site contains the latest, most accurate information on pharmaceutical assistance programs available.
Partnership for Prescription Assistance
Mission is to increase awareness of patient assistance programs and boost enrollment of those who are eligible. Through this site, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance offers a single point of access to more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 150 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies.
RxAssist offers a comprehensive database of these patient assistance programs, as well as practical tools, news, and articles so that health care professionals and patients can find the information they need, all in one place.
Health Well Foundation
Health Well Foundation reduces financial barriers to care for underinsured patients with chronic or life-threatening diseases by helping them to pay their share of prescription drug copayments, deductibles, and health insurance premiums for important medical treatments.
Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition
This is a coalition of organizations helping cancer patients manage their financial challenges.
Community Assistance Program Drug Card (Free Discount Drug Card)
This discount drug card gives assistance for the uninsured and underinsured with their prescription needs.
The organization gives an opportunity for family and friends to raise money for medical expenses and out of pocket costs incurred by their loved ones’ treatment. A personal fundraising coach is provided as well.
Health Insurance Marketplace
To obtain information on health insurance in Arizona and to get affordable health care from the Marketplace
1-800-318-2956 (open 24/7, 150+ languages available)
Social Security Disability
To apply for social security disability
Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)
To apply for AHCCCS
1-855-432-7587 (interpreter services available)
Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS)
To get more information on ALTCS
Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP)
This comprehensive treatment program is offered through AHCCCS for underinsured women diagnosed with breast and cervical cancer.
Ironwood Physicians, PC
Dr. Barry E. Gordon, MD
Offers free telephone and web-based services to help people quit tobacco.
Visit website for community information and referral services in Arizona.
Find Help Phoenix
Visit website for social and health services in Phoenix.
The Live and Give Foundation, Inc
This foundation encourages women to “Don’t be a Chump! Check for a Lump!” Its mission is to motivate women to perform breast self-exams and have mammograms performed, educate women regarding breast health and prevention and offer direct assistance to breast cancer patients through our ‘Wig Out’ program, which provides free custom wigs to breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy in Arizona.
Bosom Buddies –AZ
Bosom Buddies of Arizona has been providing information, monthly meetings, care and comfort since 1982 when five women decided they wanted to share their experiences and journey through breast cancer with other women.
Arizona Breast Cancer Support Guide
The Arizona Breast Cancer (ABC) Resource Guide provides quality and comprehensive resources to empower, encourage, and educate patients and co-survivors through the journey of breast cancer by giving choices where and when it matters most.
Singleton Moms – Supporting Single Parents with Cancer
This organization is dedicated to bringing hope, help and practical support to struggling single parents battling cancer by providing emotional, financial and household support to courageous moms and dads undergoing treatment.
Cancer Support Community
This organization offers a full range of support programs for people with cancer and their loved ones such as drop-in and on-going support groups, networking groups for people with specific types of cancer, educational workshops, exercise activities, stress management sessions, lectures by experts in the field of oncology, and social gatherings.
Arizona Breast Cancer Support Guide
Provides quality and comprehensive resources to empower, encourage, and educate patients and co-survivors.