Support Groups and Programs

Knowing that you are not alone in the fight against cancer can make all the difference.  One in three Americans is touched by cancer in their lifetimes.  Rutherford Regional knows that support from fellow cancer survivors can be invaluable resources to patients and their families and offers many supportive programs.

For a vast resource of support and informational materials, please visit People Living With Cancer's website at http://plwc.org.za/

The Cancer Resource Center (828-245-4596) is the meeting place for programs that help you cope with the side effects of treatment and support groups that connect you with other cancer survivors.

The Pink Ladies Support Group meets monthly and is a great way to meet ladies who understand that if you are facing cancer, you don't have to do it alone.  The meetings are just plain fun and friends and family members are welcome.  For more information, call the Cancer Resource Center.

The Look Good...Feel Better Program, a cosmetic makeover program sponsored by the American Cancer Society, helps women to cope with skin changes and hair loss during treatment.  There is no charge for the class and friends are welcome.  Please call toll-free 1-866-227-7798 to sign up for the next class at the Cancer Resource Center.

Freedom From Smoking Program is a free and practical class that helps you quit smoking with the support of others who are also ready to kick the habit and improve their health.  Freedom From Smoking is a very successful smoking cessation program sponsored by the American Lung Association.  The program consists of 7 weekly meetings that give you the information and inspiration to commit to a life without cigarettes.  For more information call the Center (828-245-4596).  The class is also offered on line at www.ffsonline.org

Reach to Recovery connects specially trained breast cancer survivors with women who are newly diagnosed.  Reach to Recovery volunteers can assist by providing an opportunity for a person with breast cancer to express feelings, verbalize fears and ask questions of someone who is impartial and objective.  To have a volunteer contact you, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or www.cancer.org.

Heavenly Hats Foundation will send you hats at no charge.  Just contact them at www.heavenlyhats.com, complete a short questionnaire about what kind of hats you prefer and they will send them to you at no charge!