San Diego Business Journal

American Cancer Society Free Programs and Services

Advertorial: American Cancer Society Supplement Monday, August 27, 2012

Founded in 1913, the Society is the most experienced and largest non-profit cancer-fighting organization in the world. Nearly three million Society volunteers across the nation work to conquer cancer and create a world with more birthdays, by helping provide free programs and services to cancer patients across the nation.

The organization and its volunteers offer emotional support and practical help to patients, their families, their caregivers and their community from the time of diagnosis and throughout the entire cancer process. Just some of these FREE services include:

Free Information – Information about cancer is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1.800.227.2345 and www.cancer.org. Trained professionals are available to speak with you.

Employer Initiative Workplace Solutions – Programs customized to fit the specific needs of and have a positive impact on a company’s bottom line.

Road to Recovery - Volunteers drive cancer patients to and from their medical appointments. Local volunteer drivers are needed for this program.

Cancer Survivors Network - American Cancer Society volunteers and staff assist cancer patients, their families, caregivers and the public with information, guidance and referrals to community services.

Look Good . . . Feel Better - A workshop which helps women who are undergoing cancer treatment to deal with appearance-related side effects of their treatment through the use of make-up, skin care, wigs and scarves. Workshops are given by trained, volunteer cosmetologists.

Man to Man – A community-based education and support network for men coping with prostate cancer. Volunteers organize free monthly meetings where participants learn about and discuss information about prostate cancer, treatment and side effects.

Reach To Recovery - A one-to-one support program for women or men facing or living with breast cancer. Reach to Recovery volunteers are breast cancer survivors who are trained by the American Cancer Society.