Programs and Services
Patient services of the American Cancer Society provide a wide range of emotional and practical support for patients, their families, their caregivers, and their communities from the time of diagnosis to the end of the cancer experience. Below are services offered in Oklahoma:
• Toll-Free Number and Website
The American Cancer Society operates a toll-free number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Cancer Information Specialists answer questions about a patient’s diagnosis/treatment and direct patients to resources within the American Cancer Society. Call 1-800-227-2345 or check out our website at cancer.org.
• Patient Navigation
“Patient Navigators” provide information about cancer and treatment options. They answer your questions and suggest questions to ask the doctor. Navigators can also help with questions regarding financial and insurance needs, and locate resources for assistance. Additionally, they provide emotional support and information to your loved ones. Call 1-800-227-2345 and ask to speak to a Navigator.
• Personal Health Manager (PHM)
PHM is a free cancer information tool-kit made specifically to assist cancer patients within the first 12 months of their diagnosis. Pick one up at an American Cancer Society Office or call your local office for more information on how to receive one.
• Transportation Assistance
Volunteer drivers are available on a limited basis. Contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 for more information.
• Road to Recovery
Road to Recovery is a volunteer driven program dedicated to providing cancer patients with free transportation to and from medically necessary appointments related to a cancer diagnosis. Oklahoma communities that currently have a Road to Recovery Program include Ada, Ardmore, Bartlesville, Enid, Idabel, Muskogee, McAlester, Oklahoma City, Shawnee, Stillwater, and Tulsa. Patients must be able to walk independently to get in and out of the vehicle and treatment facility. For more information call the office nearest you.
Volunteer drivers are needed in all of the areas listed above. Click here to volunteer.
• Wig Room
The American Cancer Society provides wigs (new and gently used) free of charge to cancer patients. Turbans, hats and other head coverings are also available. Patients can visit the American Cancer Society Tulsa, OKC or Lawton office Wig Rooms, Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wig Rooms are also located in Ada, Ardmore, Durant, Ponca City, McAlester and, soon, Enid. Call 1-800-227-2345 for more information.
• Breast Prostheses & Mastectomy Bras
The American Cancer Society has both prostheses and mastectomy bras available free of charge to cancer patients. Contact the American Cancer Society closest to you for additional information or to set up an appointment to be fitted.
• Guest Room Program
Guest Room is a program designed to provide free or low cost accommodations for patients undergoing treatment on an outpatient basis at a facility at least 50 miles from their residence. McAlester, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa hotels currently participate in the program by donating rooms as availability permits. The Guest Room Program will be utilized only by those patients having a financial need, and who would otherwise be unable to receive treatment without this assistance. Contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 for more information.
• Air Transportation Assistance
The American Cancer Society is pleased to partner with Air Charity Network in offering free air transportation to and from treatment for cancer patients and their families. For information on qualification guidelines, please call toll-free: 1-877-621-7177 or visit www.aircharitynetwork.org. Angel Flight, Inc. – Oklahoma – Angel Flight, Inc. is a non profit volunteer organization of pilots donating their time and use of their airplanes with the purpose of providing free air transportation to patients in the High Plains Division. For more information call 918-749-8992 or visit them online at www.angelflight.com.
• Look Good…Feel Better (LGFB)
LGFB is a program designed to help women deal with the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Licensed cosmetologists volunteer their time to teach patients makeup techniques that can help a woman regain her sense of self confidence and ultimately help her look good and feel better! Also included is information about wigs, turbans and head wraps. Patients who attend a group session receive a free makeup kit valued at $300. Call 1-800-227-2345 for session locations and times.
A “Look Good…Feel Better” self-help kit is available for patients who live in areas where no group session is available or who are ill or unable to find transportation to a group session. To receive the self-help kits call the Look Good…Feel Better toll-free number at 1-800-395-LOOK. A 30 minute video and patient instruction booklet is included with the self-help kit. (The makeup kit is not included.) Learn more at lookgoodfeelbetter.org.
• Reach to Recovery
Reach is a visitation program utilizing volunteer breast cancer survivors who respond to concerns of breast cancer patients and their families facing diagnosis, treatment, and effects of breast cancer. A Reach to Recovery Volunteer provides a “listening ear,” recommends resources and offers emotional support. Contact The American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 for more information or to request a visit.
• Cancer Survivor’s Network
The Cancer Survivor’s Network is an internet-based source of information and support for cancer patients and family members. Survivors and their families, friends and caregivers share experiences of living with cancer and caring for those they love. Access the network at csn.cancer.org.
• Support Groups
The American Cancer Society keeps a running list of current support groups in Oklahoma. Call the office nearest you for information.
• ACS Resource Room
Wigs, turbans, prosthesis, mastectomy bras, information and access to our Patient Navigators are available at our ACS Resource Rooms at Norman Regional Hospital and St. Mary’s Women’s Imaging Center in Enid. Patients can visit the Norman Resource Room Monday through Thursday, 9am to 3pm. Call 1-405-307-4021 for more information. Patients can visit the Enid Resource Room Monday through Friday, 10 am to 3 pm. Call 1-580-249-3991.