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Resources available for cancer patients, caregivers during Covid-19 pandemic

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Posted at 3:14 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 09:14:34-04

This article is the part of a monthly series of stories focused on cancer issues. Denver7 is proud to partner with the American Cancer Society, Cancer Support Community, Colorado Cancer Coalition and Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HealthONE to bring you these stories, tips and resources.

A cancer diagnosis alone can be challenging at any time. But a cancer diagnosis in the midst of a pandemic brings about even more concerns and challenges. Help is available anytime to patients and their caregivers as they navigate through treatment, with a variety of resources, support and information.

Cancer Support Community

The Cancer Support Community’s Cancer Emergency Fund is providing financial assistance to individuals who need help with food, utilities, and other basic needs. To apply to the Fund, call 1-888-409-4166. You can also donate to the fund online. The Cancer Support Community has also set up a virtual resource for patients and caregivers with information related to Covid-19.

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-227-2345. Live specialists are available to work with cancer patients and their caregivers to identify their needs and match them with resources and support. The Society’s website, cancer.org, provides cancer information, prevention and early detection guidelines and research updates. The website also has information on the coronavirus, questions patients can ask of their care team, tips to manage emotions and stress as well as podcasts focused on the coronavirus and cancer care.

Colorado Cancer Coalition

The Colorado Cancer Coalition (CCC), the statewide network dedicated to improving Colorado lives touched by cancer, has partnered with the American Cancer Society on a new website to support cancer patients and healthcare professionals in Colorado, https://www.coloradocancercoalition.org/covid/. The site provides coronavirus information, virtual support group resources, meal and transportation assistance, mindfulness resources and emergency financial assistance information. The new site also has resources for oncology health professionals along with opportunities for them to network and share best practices.