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ACS network helps patients, survivors and caregivers

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By The Staff

For those in Kentucky who will be diagnosed with cancer this year, there will be many questions and emotions. A newly diagnosed patient may have questions about how to tell his or her family, what treatment options are available, or may need help understanding the complex medical system. There will be many practical considerations as well, such as what treatment will be like, how to handle financial concerns, or how to get to and from appointments. The American Cancer Society understands that dealing with cancer is difficult, and makes help easy to find and easy to use to lessen the impact of the disease. 

Through its Cancer Resource Network, the Society offers programs and services that address the needs of those touched by cancer. Many different forms of support are available, both online and in person. The Society provides many ways for patients and caregivers to connect with survivors and other volunteers – one on one or in groups – to share experiences, learn about cancer, and gain encouragement. Volunteer drivers provide transportation for patients to and from treatment appointments (Road to RecoverySM). American Cancer Society Hope Lodge® facilities across the U.S. offer free, temporary lodging to patients and their caregivers who have to travel far from home to receive treatment. American Cancer Society patient navigators at more than 80 hospitals across the country guide patients and their families through every step of the cancer experience, helping them understand the range of options and make the most out of the complex health care system. Cancer Resource Network programs and services meet needs that may arise from the day of a diagnosis through years after completing treatment. 

All American Cancer Society services are offered free of charge, and information is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Anyone seeking information can find it at www.cancer.org, or can speak to a trained Cancer Information Specialist at the Society’s National Cancer Information Center anytime by calling 1-800-ACS-2345 (1-800-227-2345). 

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering, and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 13 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information anytime, call toll free 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.