HELPFUL WEBSITES FOR PATIENTS
Just click on underlined words to take you to the website!
Websites for you to communicate your status and needs…and for folks to get back with you:
Caring Bridge – You post updates on the journal and people can leave you messages on the guestbook. This is pretty easy for a computer novice to use. You just give people your Caring Bridge address. www.caringbridge.org
Take Them A Meal – This website helps with coordination of meals that people might want to bring you.
Lots-a-helping-hands – Multi-purpose website that lets the patient post updates, people leave messages, allows patient to post needs on a calendar and folks to help sign up to met those needs. Might be hard for a computer novice to use. www.lotsahelpinghands.org
CarePages – This is an e-mail box for you to send and receive e-mails and also allows you to connect with others in similar circumstances. www.carepages.org
CanSurvive GYN Cancer Support Group (Birmingham area)
Lilies of the Valley (Huntsville area)
AL and FL Panhandle
Need more info about your cancer?
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) site on GYN Cancers www.cdc.gov/cancer/gynecologic/
Online Support Groups or Message Boards
F.O.R.C.E. – Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered – for folks with genetic predispositions to cancer www.facingourrisk.org
American Cancer Society - There is help if you have a need during your treatment.
You can contact the ACS directly (205–879–2242) or go through the social worker, Michael K. Schepps, at the UAB GYN Oncology office to start a referral.
Some services include:
- free lodging at the Lee Griffin Hope Lodge for patients who are receiving treatment in Birmingham, but live more than 40 miles away.
- Free transportation to and from appointments for these patients is also provided.
- a toll–free information number (1–800–227–2345) which is available 24/7 and is answered by one of their cancer information specialists.
- an ACS navigator at UAB that helps patients navigate the medical center.
- support groups.
- Reach for Recovery program for breast cancer patients.
- a comprehensive list of resources for patients.
- literature about various cancers.
- Look Good…Feel Better program.
UAB Supportive Care of Pallative Care
Phone: (205) 975-8190
Free Items for Cancer Patients:
Local Ovarian Cancer Foundations:
- American Cancer Society — www.cancer.org
- CANCERcare is a national nonprofit organization that provides free, professional support services for anyone affected by cancer. www.cancercare.org
- Gilda Radners Club — www.gildasclub.org
- Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF) — www.thegcf.org
L’Oreal Paris, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Hope Line
1–877–OV–HOPE –1 This is a Hope line to provide immediate assistance to anyone facing an ovarian cancer diagnosis.
Callers will speak with a professional social worker, who can help address the psychological and practical concerns about their diagnosis.
- National Cancer Institute — www.cancer.gov/
- National Cervical Cancer Coalition — www.thegcf.org
- Ovarian Cancer National Alliance — www.ovariancancer.org
Society of Gynecologic Oncologists — www.sgo.org