The Cancer Resource Center (CRC) is a partnership between the UCCCC and the American Cancer Society (ACS).
The CRC is located in the main lobby of the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM) and is staffed by a licensed professional counselor from the ACS and a certified health education specialist.
Treatment has improved significantly over the years, and patients beat cancer every day. The CRC helps eliminate some of the everyday barriers that come along with a cancer diagnosis, so that cancer patients can spend more time focusing on their treatment and recovery.
More specifically, CRC personnel can help patients and families access comprehensive cancer information, including facts about specific types of cancer, treatment options, pain management, nutrition, and other aspects of cancer care; obtain information about leading cancer research trials; receive one-on-one counseling; and find community resources such as wig banks, advocacy services, and support groups.
The CRC is also there to facilitate transportation to and from treatment, assist with discounted lodging, and help with social security and disability. Staff also assists with the application process for various grants to help cover the costs of medications or nutritional supplements that are not covered by insurance.
A series of cancer support groups is another service offered by the CRC, which can be extremely beneficial for newly diagnosed patients. The experience of being diagnosed with cancer can be overwhelming, and for most patients, having the opportunity to meet others with a similar diagnosis can have a significant impact on their outlook. Participants often spend a considerable amount of time networking and asking each other questions.