Cancer Patient Resources: Statewide


Cancer Information

The following organizations provide cancer information by phone, mail, and online. Topics include treatment, diagnosis, and current research.

American Cancer Society

1-800-227-2345: Ask for Patient Services
www.cancer.org

National Cancer Institute

1-800-422-6237
www.cancer.gov


Classes and Support Groups

American Cancer Society

American Cancer Society offers classes in several locations around Washington. Classes include "I Can Cope: Living With Cancer" and "Look Better, Feel Better."
1-800-227-2345: Ask for Patient Services
www.cancer.org

Group Health cancer support group

Weekly support group for cancer patients, friends, and family.
1-800-992-2279


Equipment and Supplies

Care Management

Assistance in or referrals for getting supplies and equipment.
Western Washington: 206-901-4028
Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho: 1-888-245-9004
Tri-Cities and Yakima: 1-800-458-5450

Customer Service

Information about Group Health coverage, including medical supplies, equipment, and prostheses.

American Cancer Society

Equipment loans for home use, such as bedside commodes and feeding supplies.
1-800-227-2345: Ask for Patient Services
www.cancer.org


Financial Information

Care Management

Help finding financial aid resources.
Western Washington: 206-901-4028
Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho: 1-888-245-9004
Tri-Cities and Yakima: 1-800-458-5450

Customer Service

Information about Group Health coverage, including coverage for medical supplies and equipment including prostheses.

Resource Line

Referral to community and senior information lines.

Department of Social and Health Services
Health and Medical Services

Information about DSHS health and medical programs, food help, and financial assistance.
1-800-737-0617
www.dshs.wa.gov/health.shtml

Department of Social and Health Services
Home and Community Services

Information about DSHS CHORE program, COPES, the attendant program, and nursing home placement.
1-800-346-9257
www.aasa.dshs.wa.gov/professional/hcs.htm

Social Security Online

Information about benefits and assistance.
1-800-772-1213
www.socialsecurity.gov


Help With Appearance

American Cancer Society

Information on wigs, scarves, and "Look Better, Feel Better" classes.
1-800-227-2345: Ask for Patient Services
www.cancer.org


Home Care

Care Management

Assistance with resource information for home care.
Western Washington: 206-901-4028
Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho: 1-888-245-9004
Tri-Cities and Yakima: 1-800-458-5450

Hospice Program

Provides home-based care for people in the advanced stages of a terminal illness. Physician referral required.

Resource Line

Information about finding, interviewing, and hiring helpers as well as personal care and chore services.

Department of Social and Health Services
Home and Community Services

Information about DSHS CHORE program, COPES, the attendant program, and nursing home placement.
1-800-346-9257
www.aasa.dshs.wa.gov/professional/hcs.htm


Resource Line

Information on advance directive documents; will mail copies of Group Health's booklet "Advance Directives: How to plan for health care decisions," which contains a living will and durable power of attorney for health care.

Washington State Bar Association

Provides the number of the nearest lawyer referral service in Washington state.
206-443-9722
1-800-945-9722
www.wsba.org


Support Services

Behavioral Health Services

Individual, family, and group counseling for patients and families living with cancer.

Care Management

Information, support, and referral to Group Health social workers.
Western Washington: 206-326-3440
Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho: 1-888-245-9004
Tri-Cities and Yakima: 1-800-458-5450

Resource Line

Information about support groups and community resources.

American Cancer Society

Information about community-based support groups.
1-800-227-2345: Ask for Patient Services
www.cancer.org

Cancer Lifeline

Emotional support and information, by phone 24 hours daily.
1-800-255-5505
www.cancerlifeline.org

CLEAR at Northwest Justice Project

Coordinated Legal Education, Advice and Referral service (CLEAR) offers access to free legal services for seniors and eligible low-income clients. Self-help materials and forms can be printed from the site.
1-888-201-1014/TTY 1-888-201-9737
If you are age 60 or older, call the Senior Hotline at 1-888-387-7111
www.nwjustice.org


Transportation

American Cancer Society

Provides transportation depending on volunteer availability.
1-800-227-2345: Ask for Patient Services
www.cancer.org

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Clinical review by Jean Catellani, LICSW
Group Health
Reviewed 03/01/2014