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American Cancer Society Programs and Services in Brunswick County

American Cancer SocietyHere is a list of services and programs in Brunswick County, NC provided by the American Cancer Society:

Information is available, as well as a resource room where patients can obtain free wigs, prosthesis and other support information. Please contact us at 910.254.4870; office hours are 8:30am to 5:00pm and closed for lunch from 12:00 noon to 1:00pm. The office is located at 2202 Wrightsville Avenue, Suite 111, Wilmington NC 28403.

REACH TO RECOVERY: 1.888.227.6333
Reach to Recovery offers one-on-one visitation for women with breast cancer who will have, or have had a lumpectomy, mastectomy or recurrence. The visit is made by a breast cancer survivor who has been carefully chosen and trained. The volunteer shares her experiences and offers support with patient at a time of need. The patient or the patient’s physician, family or friends can make this request. Your local Reach to Recovery coordinator Shirley Tacchettie may be reached at 910.575.2703 or shirleyt@atmc.net.

LOOK GOOD...FEEL BETTER: 1.888.227.6333 or www.LookGoodFeelBetter.org
This two-hour, hands-on group workshop conducted by volunteer cosmetologists includes a 12-step skin care and make-up program as well as demonstration on how to use wigs, turbans, scarves and hats to enhance appearance. Patients must be undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment to participate in LGFB. Each patient receives a free make-up kit valued at over $250. Patients are welcome to bring a friend or family member with them to the session; only cancer patients will receive a kit. This program is a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the Cosmetic Toiletry, and Fragrance Association Foundation, and the National Cosmetology Association.

  • South Atlantic Radiation Oncology, located at 545 Ocean Hwy West, Supply, offers the program on the third Monday of each month at 3:00pm; Please call Jennifer Eller at 910.262.9000 for more information and registration.

ROAD TO RECOVERY: 1.888.227.6333
In order to benefit from the many treatments that are available to help patients fight and survive their cancer, they must first get to treatment. In most major metropolitan areas and in many small communities, the American Cancer Society has a corps of trained Road to Recovery volunteer drivers. They use their own vehicles and gas while donating their time to transport ambulatory patients to chemotherapy, radiation, surgery or an initial consult to set up these treatments. Patients must be ambulatory and transportation requests must be received at least five business days prior to scheduled appointment.

This support group meets the third Thursday of the month at Big Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. Aside from a monthly support meeting, the group is active in planning cancer awareness and outreach events throughout Brunswick County. For more information call Georgianna Morris.

DIETITIAN ON CALL: 1.888.227.6333
A registered dietitian provides free telephone nutrition counseling to anyone touched by cancer. Many people have questions about nutrition and cancer or want help achieving a health weight after treatment is completed. Information is personalized, questions are answered, written materials are sent, and follow-up is provided as needed.

To assist patients and their families with more complex cancer related issues, we have Licensed Clinical Social Workers serving as Oncology Social Workers. Oncology Social Workers are available to assist callers with issues such as loss of income, lack of health insurance, locating community resources, and assisting with the emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis.

The American Cancer Society College Scholarship Program is open to any survivor of childhood cancer diagnosed before the age of 19 and who are currently 25 or under.

The National Cancer Information Center is a national toll-free hotline, located in Austin, Texas, which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Information Specialists answer questions about cancer and cancer related topics. In addition to information on specific cancers and their treatment, there is information on detection, prevention, alternative methods and community resources. The most up-to-date written material on cancer can be obtained at no cost and can be sent by mail, fax or e-mail. Information on events, programs and services of the American Cancer Society can also be obtained.

CANCER SURVIVORS NETWORK: 1.800.277.2345 OR www.Cancer.org
The Cancer Survivors Network is a community created by and for survivors and caregivers as an outlet to cope with the challenges and spectrum of emotions that living with cancer can bring. The Cancer Survivors Network is accessed 24 hours a day throughout either the website or toll-free number. Patients, as well as family and caregivers, will find personal stories, "chat" rooms, cancer information, community resources and more. Registered users can create their own webpage.

For more information or questions please contact:
Erica O’Brien-Community Manger
910.254.4870 or erica.obrien@cancer.org



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