Cancer Resources

American Cancer Society
Offers free information, programs, services, and community referrals to patients, survivors, and caregivers through every step of a cancer experience - so they can focus on getting well.
Para informacíon en español Search for cancer resources in our area

CancerCare 800-813-4673
Provides free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer. Para informacíon en español

Cancer Services Program of the Hudson Valley Region 855-277-4482
Provides FREE breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening tests and follow-up services for uninsured or under-insured county residents who meet eligibility requirements.  Services covered by program include: colorectal cancer screening for men and women age 50 and older or at high risk for colorectal cancer; and clinical breast exam, Pap test and screening mammogram for women age 40 and older or at high risk for breast cancer.  

Cancer Services at Good Samaritan Hospital and Nyack Hospital 

Cancer Survivorship focuses on the health and life of a person with cancer beyond diagnosis and treatment. It includes issues related to the ability to get health care and follow-up treatment, late effects of treatment, second cancers, and quality of life. Following is some information and resources (including organizations offering phone and on-line support groups) to help cancer survivors (and family members, friends, and caregivers) with the emotional, physical and financial issues they often face.

Clinical Trials (information from American Cancer Society  and National Cancer Institute

Free or Low-cost Health Insurance Programs and Healthy NY 

Gilda's Club Westchester 914-644-8844
Offers support and networking groups, lectures, workshops and social events for men, women, children and teens in a nonresidential, home-like setting. Para informacíon en español 

Glossary of cancer-related words

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society 800-955-4572
Provides the public, health professionals and patients (and their families) living with blood cancers accurate, current, disease related information and support services.

Lymphedema Program at Helen Hayes Hospital 845-786-4730
Provides outpatient treatment to reduce and control symptoms of lymphedema (swelling of a body part -usually a limb- a frequent symptom in those who have had breast or prostate cancer treatment).

Mammography Screening Centers

National Cancer Institute 800-4-CANCER (800-422-6237)
Conducts and supports research, training, education, and other programs about the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients. Para informacíon en español

National Lymphedema Network 800-541-3259
Provides education and guidance to lymphedema patients, health care professionals and the general public by disseminating information on the prevention and management of primary and secondary lymphedema.

New York State Department of Health - Cancer Resources

New York State Osteoporosis Prevention & Education Program (NYSOPEP)  845-786-4772
Provides education about the causes of osteoporosis, the value of prevention and early detection, and options for treatment.  Certain types of cancer and certain medications used to treat cancer can increase the risk of osteoporosis. Click here for information about keeping your bones strong during and after cancer treatment.

New York State Smoker's Quitsite  866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487)
Offers FREE starter kit of nicotine patches, gum or lozenges for eligible New York State smokers, trained Quitline Specialists offering help with quit plans, information about local stop smoking programs and informational taped messages.

Patient Advocate Foundation 800-532-5274
Provides help with insurance, employment and debt matters resulting from a diagnosis of cancer.

Put It Out Rockland Quit Smoking Program 845-364-2651
Offers low-cost programs to help you quit smoking along with low-cost nicotine replacement products to increase your chance of being successful.

Rockland County Cancer Data (from the Rockland County Community Health Assessment 2014-2017)

United Hospice of Rockland 845-634-4974 or email:
Provides care, hope, comfort and improved quality of life to individuals and their families facing serious illness.

VCS Inc. 845-634-5729
Offers a range of programs for people from adolescence to older adulthood, including: counseling program (fees are based on a sliding scale). Some insurance plans are accepted. No one is turned away for financial reasons. Also offers free outreach services to home bound elders, and resource, referral and support for caregivers.

For all medical questions contact your health care provider.

Eight Steps You Can Take To Help Reduce Your Risk Of Cancer!

  1. Don't Smoke! and if you do smoke, make plans to quit. The best way to prevent lung cancer is to quit (or never start) smoking. The sooner the better, even if you have been smoking for many years. For programs in Rockland County that can help you quit, visit our Put It Out Rockland Quit Smoking Program  or call 845-364-2651.
  2. Stay at a Healthy Weight. Being overweight or obese raises your risk of many types of cancer and many other serious health problems. But losing even a few pounds can help reduce these risks! For programs in Rockland that can help you lose weight click here or call (845) 364-2500.
  3. Eat Right. One of the most important things you can do to reduce your risk of cancer and other serious diseases is to eat a healthy diet. For programs in Rockland County that can help you eat right, click here or call (845) 364-2500.
  4. Get Moving! Being physically active for at least 30 minutes on five or more days each week can help you not only look and feel better, but it can also help reduce your risk of cancer and other serious diseases. For programs in Rockland that can help you be more active click here or call (845) 364-2500.
  5. If you drink alcohol, limit how much you drink. Alcohol use has been linked to increased risk of several types of cancer. The risk increases with the amount of alcohol you drink. The American Cancer Society recommends that people who drink alcohol limit their intake to no more than 2 drinks per day for men and 1 drink a day for women.
  6. Be Safe in the Sun. Learn about some of the damaging effects that too much sun exposure can have on the skin. You'll also find tips to help you protect yourself and your family from getting too much sun.
  7. See Your Doctor for Regular Check-Ups. Your doctor can help you make healthy lifestyle choices, as well as test you for health problems to catch them at an early stage, when they can be treated more easily. You and your family may qualify for free or low-cost health insurance depending on your income and family size.
  8. Get Screened for Cancer. Talk to your doctor about your own cancer risk, which screening tests are right for you, when you should get them and about other steps you can take to protect yourself. For free breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening tests and follow-up services for uninsured or under-insured county residents who meet eligibility requirements, call the Cancer Services Program of the Hudson Valley Region at 1-855-277-4482.


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