The following direct patient services are provided to residents of Hawai’i and Guam through the local field office staff:
National Cancer Information Center at 1.800.227.2345
Our Cancer Information Specialists are trained and familiar with both local and national resources and facilities, plus are experts with dealing with the issues of cancer and its’ emotional, financial, physical and quality of life issues. Staff work with patients and families to provide support, assistance in navigating health care systems, providing referrals to resources and even help patients who need assistance with lengthy, sometimes confusing, application processes. This service is in addition to the American Cancer Society’s local field offices, the Society’s National Cancer Information Center’s 24-hour a day 1-800 telephone line, and cancer.org website for cancer information.
Cancer patients can’t be cured if they aren’t able to complete their cancer treatment protocol. Many cancer patients are too frail, too weak, too poor or too emotionally drained to travel on their own. Transportation to their medical appointments is vital to their recovery and ACS provides assistance through Handi-van vouchers, interisland airfare tickets, or partial transpacific airfare reimbursements when they must fly to the mainland or O’ahu for specialized treatment. In addition, ACS has created its own program, Road to Recovery®, where specially trained volunteer drivers provide a lifesaving resource and an empathetic relationship between a volunteer and patient.
Lodging Discount for Patients while on O’ahu for treatment:
Cancer patients are provided discounted lodging while staying on O’ahu for their cancer surgery or treatment, which helps to alleviate a major financial concern patients face when they cannot receive treatment on their home island.
Personal Health Manager
The Personal Health Manager is an organizational portfolio for newly diagnosed patients that contain tailored information, relevant to the type of cancer, which will empower patients to make educated health decisions, and connect them to local resources and services. Additionally, the portfolio helps patients keep track of critical medical information provided by their health care team. These are provided in collaboration with certain cancer treatment facilities.
Reach to Recovery®
Our specially trained Reach to Recovery volunteers provide one on one support to those anywhere on the breast cancer continuum, by offering a measure of comfort and an opportunity for emotional grounding and informed decision making. They offer a relationship that provides hope and allows a woman to talk with another woman who has walked in her shoes.
Look Good … Feel Better®
Look Good Feel Better’s free workshops, run by caring, volunteer beauty professionals, teach women with cancer to manage the appearance side effects of treatment, including instruction to address changes in skin, hair loss and nails, as well as tips on wardrobe/styling to cope with weight gain or loss, and surgical changes. It restores self-confidence, offers hope, and provides support.
Cancer Survivors Network℠
A unique online community created by and for cancer survivors, their partners, families, and friends. It’s a safe and welcoming place where diverse people from around the world come to support one another. For more information please visit csn.cancer.org.
Wigs, hats, and/or scarves are also provided to individuals coping with hair loss. We also provide temporary breast prostheses.
Call 1-800-227-2345, or contact your local office to learn more about how we can help you.