Supporting Cancer Patients

When you or a loved one is diagnosed with a life-threatening condition such as cancer, you may find yourself wanting to help those who are also affected.

There are many ways you can make a difference for those affected by cancer.

Volunteer

  • Work with your church or social group to develop a car service to drive patients without transportation to their treatments and doctor visits.
  • Patients receiving chemotherapy may lose their hair; volunteer to make scarves or knit hats for your local cancer clinic.
  • Serve as a volunteer at your local cancer clinic or hospital.

Support Patients in Financial Need

  • Donate to patient assistance funds offered by several organizations: American Cancer Society, CancerCare, and the Patient Advocate Foundation. Some provide co-pay assistance, transportation funding, as well as general financial assistance.
  • Donate to organizations that assist people in paying for utilities, or to local food banks.

Support Research

  • Raise or donate money to cancer research at your local cancer center.
  • Sign up to participate in clinical trials in cancer prevention or treatment, depending on where you are in your cancer journey. Most cancer clinics administer trials or collaborate with a larger cancer center that does. Clinical trials are how we move treatment forward. For more information on clinical trials in cancer, see visit the National Cancer Institute website.

Advocate

  • Whether on a local, state or national level, issues that affect cancer patients will be introduced. Get to know your local representatives and get in touch. Communicate your support for initiatives or programs that will assist patients in getting access to quality care or paying for that care.

Get Involved

  • There are so many events developed by those touched by cancer. Participate or get involved in organizing the event. It is a great way to support others and to meet other survivors.

Just to Illustrate

The Cancer Information Service has put together coupon booklets which provide patients and their loved ones an easy way to respond when someone asks what can be done to help them during this time. Examples are: Go to the grocery store with me; prepare a meal for my family; help with laundry; and keep me company during one of my treatments.

In addition, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center has collaborated with the friends and family of Seth A. Bailey and the Bicyclists of Iowa City to put on a Courage Ride to honor the courage of all those who have battled cancer. The Courage Ride will be held on August 25, 2012 and includes routes ranging from 19 to 97 miles, family friendly events and a silent auction. For more information about the ride and to register, visit www.courageride.org. Proceeds will go to fund local cancer research at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.

For more information about any cancer concern, contact the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center/Cancer Information Service:

Phone: 1-800-237-1225
E-mail: cancer-information@uiowa.edu
WWW: http://uihealthcare.org/cancer
Walk-in: 200 Hawkins Drive, 11510 PFP
Iowa City, Iowa