FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cancer Community Partners on CRC Call Line Support
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Dec. 16, 2015) — The Cancer Support Community (CSC) and Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) are pleased to announce a new partnership that will expand Fight CRC’s patient resources and provide greater access to colorectal cancer resources for CSC callers. Callers who reach out to Fight CRC’s toll-free resource line will now have the option to speak directly with a counselor from CSC for live assistance. CSC callers looking for resources will now find out about Fight CRC’s Guide in the Fight, iCancerHealth app and website content.
The services offered on the line include:
- Connecting callers to local or national resources, including support groups, transportation services and other programs
- Short-term cancer counseling and emotional assistance
- Treatment decision planning
- Financial counseling regarding the costs of cancer and its treatments
- Access to an online distress screening program, CancerSupportSource®
- General information about the Cancer Support Community and Fight CRC
“Both Fight CRC and CSC share a common belief that patients, loved ones, friends, health care professionals and caregivers all need the opportunity to call and speak with someone throughout the course of a diagnosis,” said president Anjee Davis. “Our partnership will enable Fight CRC to expand our services and offer realtime support and counseling services, as well as put our resources into the hands of callers needing colorectal cancer information who directly contact CSC.”
Callers to Fight CRC’s toll-free patient resources line (1-877-427-2111) will be able to access the Cancer Support Helpline directly. The Cancer Support Helpline (1-888-793-9355) assists patients as well as their friends and family with a variety of cancer-related concerns, providing short-term counseling and referrals to local community resources.
“The Cancer Support Community is thrilled to partner with Fight CRC to spread the reach of our Cancer Support Helpline,” said CSC president Linda House. “Together, we are changing the lives of people impacted by colorectal cancer by connecting more patients, families and friends to the vital support and resources they need.”
The helpline is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern, Monday through Friday, and is available in English and Spanish.
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About Fight Colorectal Cancer
Fight Colorectal Cancer is a community of activists who find it unacceptable that colorectal cancer – a preventable disease – is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. In 2005, we were founded by survivors and family members who believed in making a difference. Since then we have grown to be a leading, national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. known for our advocacy. Our team plays an important role in making medical information practical for survivors and their families and provides trusted resources that guide patients from diagnosis through survivorship. We unite the colorectal cancer community by empowering anyone impacted by this disease to share their story, advocate for better policies and get involved in the research process. We are one million strong and we won’t stop fighting until there’s a cure. Join us at FightCRC.org.
About Cancer Support Community
As the largest professionally led nonprofit network of cancer support worldwide, the Cancer Support Community (CSC) is dedicated to ensuring that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. CSC achieves its mission through three areas: direct service delivery, research and advocacy. The organization includes an international network of Affiliates that offer the highest quality social and emotional support for people impacted by cancer, as well as a community of support available online and over the phone. The Research and Training Institute conducts cutting-edge psychosocial, behavioral and survivorship research. CSC furthers its focus on patient advocacy through its Cancer Policy Institute, informing public policy in Washington, D.C. and across the nation. For more information, please call the toll-free Cancer Support Helpline at 888-793-9355, or visit www.CancerSupportCommunity.org. So that no one faces cancer alone®