Services and resources to help you navigate your cancer journey
Receiving a cancer diagnosis is much more than just a medical issue. That’s why our variety of services includes services for families, guidance with financial support, and more. For more information on any of the the programs or services listed, call us at (319) 558-4876 or send us an email.
Cancer Survivors Network
The Cancer Survivors Network connects newly diagnosed patients and their caregivers with someone who has had a similar experience. Sharing experiences and supporting others helps us all. For more information call (319) 369-7116.
Support groups that move… exercise for health
There is a clear, proven link between exercise and improved physical and mental health. The benefits associated with exercise for people with cancer include:
- Decreased treatment-related symptoms
- Improved physical and mental well-being
- Lessening the effects of cancer-related fatigue
The Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center offer several choices for group exercise classes. Click here to learn more!
I Can Cope®
I Can Cope® is a free online educational program for people facing cancer and their families and friends. The program is comprised of self-paced classes that can be taken any time, day or night. Many topics are offered such as information about cancer, managing treatments and side effects, healthy eating during and after treatment, communicating with family and friends, finding resources, and more. Click here to learn more.
Look Good, Feel Better
A community-based, free service, the Look Good, Feel Better program teaches female cancer patients beauty techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Call (319) 365-5241 to learn more, register for the programs or to hear about services available for male patients.
Strands of Strength: Empowering women in their fight against cancer
Strands of Strength (SOS) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide wigs free of charge to women suffering hair loss due to cancer treatment and in need of financial assistance. Read more
What about us? Children’s support group
“What about us?” is a support group for children ages 5-12 who have a loved one going through cancer. This program is put on by Gems of Hope.
Cancer Really Sucks, a website resource for teens
This online resource is for teens who have a loved one facing cancer. This website is designed by teens, for teens. They can post stories and participate in a monthly live chat. This program is put on by Gems of Hope. Go to cancerreallysucks.com.
The Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare are the two main types of advance directives. They are designed to either help you dictate your own care plan before the fact or grant broad authority to others to make healthcare decisions on your behalf in the event you are unable to do so.
The living will makes it possible for the patient to dictate specific treatment plans for medical conditions considered terminal.
Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA)
This is used in cases when patients are unable to make their own healthcare decisions. Instead, those choices fall to another individual – who was previously granted that authority by the patient in writing.
DPOA for Healthcare is not related in any way to the financial power of attorney. No one can sign an advance directive on behalf of a non-responsive or incompetent patient – not even someone assigned as legal power of attorney or guardianship.
Who can help me with Advance Directives?
The Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center’s Oncology Social Worker can provide you information about advance directives and help you better understand what they are and how they may be of benefit to you. If you choose to create advance directives, then she can connect you to free resources to complete them.
Where should copies of my Advance Directive be kept?
Once prepared, it’s a good idea to have these documents filed with your medical records at your doctors’ offices and the hospital. Also, be sure that you give copies to your DPOA and any other family members that you think may need them.
Communicate, communicate, communicate
Advance Directives are a very important tool for helping ensure your wishes are known. However, nothing is more important than verbally communicating your desires directly to the people who love you before a crisis arises. When completing your Advance Directives, talk with your loved ones about your decisions.
Accessing community resources
Local resources are available for medical supplies you may need before, during or after treatment. These providers specialize in breast prosthesis, ostomy supplies, pharmacy and home medical equipment.
Home medical equipment
- UnityPoint at Home (Home Medical Equipment)
298 Blairsferry Rd NE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402
(319) 369-8686 or (800) 728-8687
402 10th St SE, Suite 600
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403
Financial counseling and resources
We understand that finances are often a source of concern while undergoing cancer treatment. To help you during this challenging time, a qualified Financial Counselor is available to guide you and your family with any financial concerns that may accompany your diagnosis. Assisting you and your family with financial needs leads to peace of mind about medical expenses and leaves you free to concentrate on recovering.
- Assistance with questions about deductibles and co-payments provided by your health insurance plan
- Connections with local and national financial support services
- General assistance with any financial concerns that you may have regarding your treatments and office visits
Additional online resources
- Social Security Administration
- National Cancer Institute Financial Resource List
If you have questions or concerns please contact the Financial Counselor at PCI Hematology & Oncology, (319) 297-2900.
- Spirit Fund – Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center: (319) 369-7116
- The Anna Purna Ghosh Foundation: (319) 573-6136 or apgfoundation.org
- Cancer Hope Fund – Hall-Perrine Cancer Center: (319) 398-6039
- Chronic Disease Fund
- Healthwell Foundation
- Patient Advocate CoPay Foundation