CancerCare provides free, professional support services to individuals, families, caregivers and the bereaved to help them cope with and manage the emotional and practical challenges of cancer. Our services include counseling, support groups, educational publications, workshops and financial assistance. All of our services are provided by professional oncology social workers and are offered completely free of charge.
CancerCare was founded in New York City in 1944 to help people face the crisis of cancer. In order to address the needs of people in Connecticut, a regional office was established in 1988. Since then, CancerCare’s Connecticut office has provided individual, family, and group counseling; educational workshops and information about cancer; specialized programming for children affected by cancer; targeted programming for people of diverse ethnicities; financial assistance, and practical help to Connecticut residents affected by cancer. All services are available in-person, over the phone, and online and are provided by professionally-trained oncology social workers. The organization’s primary goal is to help people affected by cancer cope with the emotional, financial, and practical challenges presented by a cancer diagnosis.
Last year, CancerCare provided services to nearly 1,300 adults, children, and families throughout Connecticut. CancerCare also gave more than $57,000 in direct financial assistance to 234 cancer patients throughout the state.
CancerCare’s comprehensive array of support services help people faced with the crisis of cancer to better cope with and manage the emotional, physical, and practical challenges presented by a cancer diagnosis. CancerCare’s clients report that their current emotional health/well-being is better as a result of the counseling sessions with their CancerCare social worker, that they have a better understanding of their diagnosis and treatment options after reading educational materials provided by CancerCare, and that they are better able to meet their treatment-related expenses because of the financial assistance they received.
The incidence of cancer in New Haven
County is the highest among all eight Connecticut counties, at roughly 500
diagnosed per 100,000 residents.
This program seeks to build support for families affected by cancer and to help them better cope with and manage the many challenges presented by a cancer diagnosis. CancerCare offers a comprehensive array of free, professional support services that address the emotional, financial, and practical needs of cancer patients and their loved ones, including spouses, partners, children, and other family members, who reside in Greater New Haven. Services include counseling and support groups, specialized programming for children, targeted outreach to people of diverse ethnicities, financial assistance, and patient-friendly education and information.
This program will improve the ability of people with cancer and their families to cope with and manage a cancer diagnosis and seek the best possible treatment outcomes.
To measure program outcomes, CancerCare utilizes
client databases to track the number of clients who access each of CancerCare’s
services (individual counseling, support groups, financial assistance,
cancer-related publications, and in-person educational workshops). CancerCare
also utilizes satisfaction surveys to assess if the support services that
clients receive in-person, over the telephone, or online improve their
ability to manage their cancer diagnosis or the diagnosis of a loved one.
following client story illustrates the success of the program:
is a 44-year-old African American woman who lives in Branford with her four teenage
children. Four years ago, Danielle was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer
and was referred to CancerCare for
counseling and information about how to best communicate with her children
about her cancer. Last year, Danielle had a recurrence of Stage IV breast
cancer, and once again turned to CancerCare
for help. While undergoing chemotherapy through a clinical trial, she contacted
our offices for financial assistance. During the application process, Danielle
learned about CancerCare’s wig
program, through which she received two wigs. She was also provided with a
one-hour counseling session, as well as information and publications about
talking to her teenagers about her cancer. Danielle was pleased to receive $300
in financial assistance as she forges ahead with her treatment.
To reduce racial and ethnic health disparities relative to breast
cancer, this program includes focused
outreach and the provision of culturally competent services to women of diverse
ethnicities, who are diagnosed with or at risk of breast cancer, in Fairfield
and New Haven Counties. Services include outreach, education, counseling, free
wigs, and financial assistance.
By the end of the program year, CancerCare will conduct
45 educational presentations on breast health, provide 45 women with counseling
and free wigs, and provide 40 women with financial assistance for breast cancer
treatment-related expenses. Women who attend the presentations will have a
greater understanding of the importance of screening and early detection and
increased access to free or low-cost breast cancer screening services. Further,
women who are diagnosed with breast cancer will be better able to manage the
emotional, financial, and practical challenges presented by a cancer diagnosis
and adhere to their prescribed treatment plans.
This program will increase utilization of breast cancer
screening services among Latina and African American women by promoting breast
health awareness and the importance of screening and early detection, and
connecting these women to free or low-cost breast cancer
screening services. This program will also improve the ability of women with breast
cancer and their families to cope with and manage their diagnosis and seek the
best possible treatment outcomes.
CancerCare tracks the number of educational
presentations held at community locations and the number of women who attend
each presentation. CancerCare also distributes surveys to participants
at the end of the presentations to assess the impact of the information on
their knowledge of breast health and free or low-cost screening resources. Client databases are used to track the number
of participants who access each of CancerCare’s follow-up services
(individual counseling, support groups, financial assistance, and cancer-related
publications). Satisfaction surveys are used to assess if the support services
that clients receive improve their ability to manage a cancer diagnosis.
Last year, CancerCare conducted more than 30 educational
presentations that provided information on breast health and resources for free
or low-cost screening. Additionally, approximately 400 women access CancerCare’s
range of free, professional support services each year.
CancerCare’s social workers offer a range of
therapeutic programs for children and families affected by cancer, such as art
therapy-based workshops, comfort pillow activity kits, therapeutic events, and pediatric cancer survivorship programs,
throughout the year. These activities help children affected by cancer
communicate about the impact of cancer in their family and provide a way for
families to meet others like themselves and build a community of support.
The goal of the
CancerCare for Kids program is to
help children cope with the emotional impact of a cancer
diagnosis in the family. CancerCare expects to accomplish the following
measurable objectives in the coming program year:
150 children and families affected by cancer
30 comfort pillow activity kits
three programs for children and families, that may include therapeutic events and/or pediatric survivorship programs.
families who participate in this program also benefit from CancerCare’s full complement of free,
professional support services, including: counseling;
workshops and publications on
cancer-related topics; and financial
CancerCare expects that
children and families who participate in the CancerCare for Kids program will be better able to cope with the
emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis, communicate more openly and effectively
about a cancer diagnosis, and make connections with other children and families
to provide a larger community of support.
CancerCare measures the success of the CancerCare for Kids program by tracking the
number of families served, the number of workshops and therapeutic events
conducted, and the number of comfort pillow activity kits distributed. We also
collect feedback from parents/guardians on the impact of the program on their
children’s ability to express their feelings and cope with the cancer diagnosis
of a loved one. CancerCare also has a comprehensive system in place to
assess the quality and impact of its counseling services, publications, and
financial assistance program. This ongoing process helps drive program planning
and implementation. The current level of overall client satisfaction with
CancerCare’s services remains at 90% or above.
Last year, CancerCare served 150 children and families through this program. Participants continually
report that their ability to cope with the emotional impact of cancer improved
as a result of the program.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
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The 990s and audits contained in this profile are for CancerCare - a national nonprofit organization. The financial information listed above does not solely represent the program or services covering the Greater New Haven area.
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