Caring Connections

The Bangor Region YMCA

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Bangor, ME 04401

207-941-2808

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RESOURCES

General, Medical and Support

 

American Cancer Society:  www.cancer.org  1-800-227-2345   A good resource for the entire family.  Has Reach to Recovery, Road to Recovery, and many other helpful programs.

 

Cancer Care:  www.cancercare.org  Provides counseling services, support groups, education workshops, financial assistance and community programs.

 

Living Beyond Breast Cancer:  www.lbbc.org  1-800-735-5222  Provides programs and services to help people whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer.  Their goal is to provide information, community, and support that is trustworthy and easy to access and respectful.

 

NCI (National Cancer Institute):  www.cancer.gov  1-800-422-6237  A comprehensive site, with data for both doctors and patients.  It lists clinical trials and is a good source of accurate, unbiased information.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: https://www.dana-farber.org/for-patients-and-families/care-and-treatment/cancer-types/ 
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, located in Boston, MA, provides a variety of resources and services for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. 

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/types 
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, located in New York City, provides a variety of resources and services for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. 

Mayo Clinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cancer/symptoms-causes/syc-20370588 
Mayo Clinic, located in Rochester, MN, provides a variety of resources and services for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. 

 

Specific Cancer Diagnosis or Situation

 

Advanced Breast Cancer Community:  www.advancedbreastcancercommunity.org  Support for those living with advanced breast cancer and their loved ones

Inflammatory Breast Cancer: 

www.ibcsupport.org  This site provides accurate information for patients with inflammatory breast cancer.

www.ibcresearch.org  The inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation seeks to assist scientists and researchers in their work so effective and meaningful detection and diagnosis, prevention and treatment can be pursued and achieved.

 

Premenopausal:  www.youngsurvival.org   Young Survival Coalition’s (YSC) educational programs are designed to reach not only our core audience of young women affected by breast cancer but also members of the medical community, friends, family members, caregivers, the breast health community, healthy young women and the general public.

 

Fertility Issues:  www.livestrong.org/we-can-help/fertility-services/  Through the LIVESTRONG Fertility Discount Program, we help cancer survivors access discounted rates on fertility preservation services.

 

Triple-Negative Breast Cancer:  www.tnbcfoundation.org

The Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation is dedicated to supporting TNBC-specific research and to providing meaningful programs and services to the TNBC community.

Metavivor: https://www.metavivor.org/

Metavivor is a metastatic breast cancer awareness, research, and support organization.  They are dedicated to the specific fight of women and men living with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. 

 

Financial Assistance Programs

 

Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Act:  1-800-350-5178  Provides MaineCARE coverage to low income, uninsured women under 65 who are in need of breast or cervical cancer treatment.

Linking A.R.M.S. (Assistance & Resource Made Simple):  http://ww5.komen.org/uploadedFiles/Content/BreastCancer/Treatment/LinkingARMS.pdf Financial assistance, education and support services to low-income, under or uninsured women across the country through a partnership between CANCERcare and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Maine Breast Cancer Coalition Support Service Fund (MBCC):  www.mainebreastcancer.org 

1-800-928-2644  Provides uninsured and under-insured Maine residents with financial assistance for breast health or breast cancer items or services. 

 

Maine Cancer Resource Network:  1-866-446-4865  Maine Cancer Resource Coalition strives to assist cancer patients and caregivers from all areas of Maine with their questions about financial resources, available support services, and all other cancer-related concerns.

 

Travel/Lodging Assistance Programs

 

Angel Flight Northeast:  www.angelflightne.org  1-800-549-9980  Arranges free flights to those requiring access to medical care in any country.

 

Road to Recovery:  1-800-277-2345  Free transportation to treatments through the American Cancer Society.

 

Patient Airlift Services (PALS): http://www.palservices.org/ 
Patient AirLift Services (PALS) arranges free air transportation for individuals requiring medical diagnosis, treatment or follow-up, for compassionate assistance, for military personnel/family requests through the PALS for Patriots Program, or for humanitarian purposes through the PALS Sky Hope Disaster Relief Program.

Hospitality Homes: http://hosp.org/ 
Hospitality Homes provides free short-term housing in volunteer host homes and donated apartments for families and friends of patients seeking care at a Boston-area healthcare organization. 

American Cancer Society Hope Lodge: https://www.cancer.org/treatment/support-programs-and-services/patient-lodging/hope-lodge/boston/about-our-facility.html 
The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge program provides a free home away from home for cancer patients and their caregivers. Patients staying at a Hope Lodge must be in active cancer treatment, and permanently reside more than 40 miles or one hour away from their cancer treatment center. Each patient must be accompanied by a caregiver. 

County Based Services:

Hancock & Washington Counties 

Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center:  www.bethwrightcancercenter.org  207-664-0339

 

Penobscot or Piscataquis Counties

Ride to Wellness Program:  973-3695  Provides transportation services or mileage reimbursement for Penobscot and Piscataquis counties for medical treatment of cancer, diagnostic services, chemotherapy, radiation, support groups and more.