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American Cancer Society Report

American Cancer Society Report
2010-2011 Cerro Gordo County

Lauren Lukaszewski

The American Cancer Society and the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) are dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients and to increasing the early detection of cancer in the communities they serve. Together, these organizations offer Mercy Medical North Iowa a host of resources and services to support the quality of care delivered to cancer patients.

Volunteers and staff in Cerro Gordo County and the Midwest Division continued to dedicate their time and efforts to making community connections and to work toward the 2015 goals:

  • To reduce age-adjusted cancer incidence by 25%;
  • To reduce age-adjusted cancer mortality by 50%;
  • To improve the quality of life for all cancer patients.

As a Commission on Cancer accredited facility, Mercy Medical North Iowa and the American Cancer Society are partnering closely to ensure that patients receive comprehensive support during their cancer journey. Through this partnership Society staff work closely with healthcare providers at Mercy North to make sure patients have access to all of the resources that are available to them.

Resources that are available at Mercy Medical North Iowa include:

  • Becky Hall, American Cancer Society hospital-based Navigator, is available to help cancer patients and their families through their cancer journey by helping them to access transportation, lodging, and by connecting them with community resources.
     
  • Reach to Recovery is an American Cancer Society program where breast cancer survivors provide one-on-one support and information to help women cope with breast cancer. Volunteers are breast cancer survivors who give patients and family members an opportunity to express feelings, talk about fears and concerns, and ask questions of someone who is knowledgeable and level-headed. Most importantly, Reach to Recovery volunteers offer understanding, support, and hope because they themselves have survived breast cancer and gone on to live normal, productive lives.
     
  • Look Good ... Feel Better is a collaborative program between the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, and the Professional Beauty Association I National Cosmetology Association, where women in active cancer treatment learn ways to restore their self-image and cope with appearance-related side effects from specially trained licensed cosmetologists. This class is available monthly on-site at Mercy Medical North Iowa.
     
  • Road to Recovery is an American Cancer Society program in which volunteers provide rides to patients who cannot get to their treatment by themselves. This program is really a supplement to the transit assistance that is provided by Mercy Medical North Iowa, which has been extremely beneficial for assisting patients with transportation issues.

Additional resources available can be found on http://www.cancer.org/ and at 1-800-ACS-2345, including information and support for patients, family, and friends, survivors, volunteers, and health professionals.

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