We support you with a wide range of resources throughout cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. You’ll receive a personalized cancer handbook to keep track of everything related to your treatment. At the Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare Resource Center, trained volunteers can help you do research and find answers. We also offer:
• American Cancer Society Wig Services (at Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare Resource Center)
• Cancer support groups, including Living Beyond Limits
• Lymphedema therapy [PDF]
• Nutrition education and counseling
• Outpatient pharmacy and medication counseling
• Rehabilitation services
• Women in Need Fund [PDF] for uninsured and underinsured patients in the Tri-Valley communities of Livermore, Pleasanton, and Dublin
• HERS Breast Cancer Foundation (post-surgical resources)
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society can be your starting point for overall information on types of cancer and treatment, helpful information for patients and families, and management of your cancer experience. You will also find support programs, services, and resources for lowering your cancer risk. On the Cancer Survivors Network, patients can share their stories and connect with others for support.
National Cancer Institute
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has a comprehensive site from the National Institutes of Health offering extensive explanations and treatment information about all types of cancer. The NCI also works to increase awareness and use of palliative care to promote quality of life for people with cancer. Palliative care offers support and comfort to patients and their loved ones from diagnosis through recovery or during recurrence, advanced disease, and the end of life.
Cancer.Net is the consumer information site from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The site includes information on 120 types of cancer, strategies for coping and managing side effects, and healthy living after diagnosis.
CancerCare: Professional Support for People Affected by Cancer
Since 1944, CancerCare's professional oncology social workers have provided counseling, support groups, education, financial assistance, and practical help free of charge. Services are specifically designed for people with cancer and for the loved ones and friends closest to them.
Cancer Support Community
If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with cancer, you may feel overwhelmed. The Cancer Support Community (formerly the Wellness Community) can help you feel more confident about:
- Understanding cancer
- Becoming an active partner with your health care team
- Ensuring you have a network of support
- Learning how to reduce stress and regain hope