Information and Support for You and Your Loved Ones
A diagnosis of cancer can stir up many emotions, including fear, sadness and confusion. During these uncertain times, it's easy to become overwhelmed. That's why a host of resources have been developed to inform, guide and support those confronting cancer.
To help you access what you need, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago has created a cancer resource program in collaboration with the American Cancer Society as part of a nationwide effort to ease the burden of cancer on patients and their loved ones, and connect them with community services and programs as well as published information.
What is a Patient Navigator?
The Rush Cancer Resource Program is staffed by a patient navigator, a licensed clinical social worker who is an employee of the American Cancer Society. The patient navigator meets with patients and family members either by phone or in person to assess individual needs and provide the necessary support. The patient navigator's responsibilities include the following:
- Removing potential roadblocks so patients can receive the best cancer treatment possible
- Providing information about support services and facilitate access to various programs designed to help families confronting cancer
- Disseminating comprehensive information on different types of cancer and treatments, including brochures and videos
The patient navigator can also help patients and families with the following:
- Accessing services and resources at Rush
- Accessing transportation to and from your cancer treatments
- Learning more about clinical trials evaluating new treatments, many of which are available at Rush
- Locating financial assistance programs for various treatment-related needs
- Getting free wigs and hats in a variety of styles
- Finding low-cost and discounted lodging options
- Locating support groups
To meet with the patient navigator or obtain educational materials, please call (312) 563-2409.
For information on other support services for cancer patients offered by Rush University Medical Center in Chicago go to the Cancer Support Programs home page.