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Cancer Resources

Overall Support Services

  • Cancer Connection
    Cancer Connection is a local organization that improves the quality of life for individuals and families affected by cancer through practical and emotional support. This is accomplished through a one-on-one matching program between patients and trained volunteers, who are survivors of the same or a similar cancer diagnosis. This program is also available to family members by connecting them with volunteers who previously cared for a loved one with cancer. Additionally, Cancer Connection volunteers are available to visit oncology patients in Austin-area hospitals. All services are offered free of charge. Contact: 512-342-0233 or visit www.thecancerconnection.org
  • The Care Communities
    This Austin-based organization is focused on providing support and encouragement to those who are fighting a life-threatening illness, from cancer to HIV/AIDS. Contact: www.thecarecommunities.org.
  • Wonders and Worries
    Wonders and Worries is a local organization that serves children ages 2 to 18 who have a parent or caregiver with a serious illness. They work with children and their families to provide an age-appropriate understanding of the illness, its treatment, and side effects. They provide support to help children and teens cope with stress and fear related to illness in the family. Wonders and Worries partners with parents to support their children. This includes families at any stage of illness, from recent diagnosis to remission and recurrence. All services are offered free of charge in English and Spanish. Contact: 512-329-5757 or visit www.wondersandworries.org.
  • Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC)
    Breast Cancer Resource Center is a centralized source of information, education, and support that empowers those affected by breast cancer to navigate through diagnosis and beyond. BCRC is professionally staffed by breast cancer survivors. Certified patient navigators provide one-on-one consultations with patients and caregivers at convenient locations. Multiple support groups are offered, as well as lending libraries, access to free screenings, online social and educational networks, and more. All services are offered free of charge. Contact: 512-524-2560 or visit www.bcrc.org.
  • American Cancer Society
    The local American Cancer Society chapter helps patients with a variety of needs. The ACS Look Good Feel Better class is offered monthly at most area clinics. Call your local center for details and meeting times. It has a resource room, which includes complimentary head pieces. Be sure to call for an appointment. Contact: 512-919-1800 or visit www.cancer.org.

Cancer Navigation Services

  • Livestrong Cancer Navigation (walk in center at 6th street office)
    Contact: 512-279-8434
  • American Cancer Society
    Contact: 800-227-2345

Care Assistance

  • Color Cancer Care Box Program
    The Color Cancer Care Box Program sends personal care supplies, mobility items, and lifesaving nutrition to cancer patients in need. Contact: 512-296-2180 or visit www.careboxprogram.org.
  • Cleaning for a Reason
    Contact: 877-337-3348 or visit www.cleaningforareason.org.
  • Austin Meals on Wheels
    Contact: 512-476-6325

Counseling

  • Flatwater Foundation
    The Flatwater Foundation is dedicated to providing those diagnosed with cancer, their families, and loved ones access to mental health therapy and family support. This includes access to both traditional and non-traditional methods of psychological counseling. After an appointment is made, the social worker at your Texas Oncology center must be contacted in advance of the appointment in order for services to be covered. Contact: www.flatwaterfoundation.org.

Exercise

Senior Information and Referral

  • Austin Groups for the Elderly
    Contact: 512-451-4611
  • Area Agency on Ageing
    Contact: 512-916-6062
  • Texas Department of Ageing and Disability
    Contact: 512-908-9435

Support Groups

There are a variety of other support groups offered locally that include breast cancer, brain tumors, multiple myeloma, prostate cancer, and many more. For information on support groups and additional services available for patients and caregivers, please contact the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345.

  • Imerman Angels
    Through their unique matching process, Imerman Angels partners anyone seeking cancer support with someone just like you – a “Mentor Angel”. A Mentor Angel is a cancer survivor or caregiver who is the same age, same gender, and most importantly who has faced the same type of cancer. Contact: 866-4637626 or visit www.imermanangels.org.
  • Texas Oncology Sponsored Patient Support Groups
    The following support groups are held at Texas Oncology –Austin Central.
  • Breast Cancer Support Group
    Meets: 4th Tuesday of each month
    Time: 5:30 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
    Location: First floor reception area
    Contact: Suzie Gick, RN, 512-427-9456
  • Colon Cancer Support Group
    Meets: 4th Tuesday of each month
    Time: 5:30 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
    Location: Second floor reception area
    Contact: Kim Nugent-Anderson, kna@austin.rr.com
  • Gynecological Cancers Support Group
    Meets: 3rd Tuesday of each month
    Time: 5:30 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
    Location: First floor reception area
    Contact: Cindy Gandy, RN, 512-427-9408 or Gloria Taffe, RN, 512-427-9510

Transportation

  • Medicaid Transportation
    Contact: 877-633-8747
  • Special Transit Service (STS) Capital Metro
    Services any location within the Capital Metro Service Area providing ground transportation for cancer patients and family members. Applications are available by calling STS at 512-389-7480 or online. Contact: To apply 512-389-7501, for reservations 512-478-9647, www.capmetro.org.
  • CARTS (rural transport)
    CARTS delivers transportation tailored specifically for each of the 169 communities it serves. Contact: 800-456-7433 or visit ridecarts.com.
  • Senior Transportation through City of Austin Parks and Transportation Department (PARDS)
    Contact: City of Austin Parks and Recreation 512-974-1464
  • Faith in Action Caregivers
    Provides personalized transportation to medical appointments, shopping, and other destinations. Clients must be 60 or older, ambulatory, and unable to provide their own transportation or assistance. Contact: 512-538-1152 or visit www.faithinactioncaregivers.org.
  • American Cancer Society Road to Recovery
    Volunteer program that assists ambulatory cancer patients with ground transportation to and from cancer treatment. Contact: 877-227-1618