Chabert cancer resource center celebrates anniversary

The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Resource Center located in the Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center is marking its one year anniversary.

During the past 12 months more than 226 area cancer patients have utilized the resources and information available at the center. Of the overall number, 144 patients received materials related to their specific cancer diagnosis and treatment, while 159 patients received information on local assistance and programs that aid in various ways, including lodging and transportation.

Wigs, hats, scarves, and other treatment related gift items are always available free of charge for those undergoing cancer treatments and facing partial or total loss of hair. More than 300 of these items were given to patients who visited the Center.

“We are very grateful for the support our patients are receiving from the American Cancer Society,” Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center CEO Rhonda Green said. “The Cancer Resource Center is a tremendous asset and a fine complement to our oncology services.”

The center assists newly-diagnosed cancer patients, their families and caregivers, and the public with their questions and concerns about the disease. The center assisted 128 newly-diagnosed patients during its first year of operation.

“The visiting patients, families, and caregivers constantly express gratitude and appreciation for having somewhere to turn for support during a cancer journey,” American Cancer Society Health Initiatives Representatives Shea Austin said. “The Cancer Resource Center has proven to be advantageous for the entire community.”

Volunteers, recruited and trained by the American Cancer Society, staff the center.

Celebration activities will take place Friday at the Chabert second floor cafeteria at 2 p.m.