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It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Here is where to find help, resources
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Look Good Feel Better is an American Cancer Society program that teaches beauty techniques to help women cope with the physical changes they may experience after undergoing breast cancer treatment. - photo by The Times file photo
The Longstreet Clinic Cancer Support Group 

What: Support group for all cancer patients, caregivers and survivors

When: 6:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of every month 

Where: Longstreet Cancer Center waiting area, 725 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville

Northeast Georgia Health System Oncology Patient Navigators

What: Provides cancer patients with guidance and support throughout their cancer journey, including helping to navigate the health care system and any challenges that may impede treatment. 

When: Navigators can be reached from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

More info: Registered nurse Lisa Bridges assists patients with breast cancer. Call 770-219-5857 or email Lisa.Bridges@nghs.com

Cancer Rehabilitation

What: Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s cancer rehabilitation services treat the side effects of chemotherapy, radiation and other common treatments of cancer. Patients can consult with the staff to verify insurance benefits for specific plans. 

More info: 770-219-8200

Clinical trials

Northeast Georgia Medical Center partners with many national oncology groups to provide patients the opportunity to participate in nationwide clinical trials sponsored by National Cancer Institute and other established cancer institutions.

More info: 770-219-8820

Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s Financial Assistance

What: Helps patients apply for public health coverage programs, discounts, payment plans or free care to eligible uninsured or underinsured patients for medically necessary care.

More info: 770-219-1898 

Cancer State Aid

What: Provides financial assistance for cancer-related diagnostic testing, evaluations and treatment planning support, as well as cancer treatment support for patients whose prognosis and planned treatment are medically eligible for program funding.

More info: Contact Lisa Hunsbusher at 770-219-1734 for eligibility requirements 

Cancer Foundation

What: Assists patients in Northeast Georgia with rent/mortgage, prescriptions not covered by insurance, utility bills, nutritional assistance, durable medical equipment and gas cards ($500 cap per patient each year).

More info: 706-353-4354 

Glory, Hope, and Life

What: Assists cancer patients, caregivers and families with a variety of financial, physical and emotional support services through resources, programs and activities.

More info: 770-533-4705,

Salvation Army Project SHARE

What: Provides emergency bill-payment assistance for people affected by illness, job loss or other unfortunate circumstances.

More info: 770-534-7589 

Chaplain services

What: Northeast Georgia Health System offers chaplain visits, contact with personal pastors, devotional literature and Sunday chapel services.

When: Chapels are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Where: NGMC Braselton and NGMC Gainesville

More info: Gainesville office: 770-219-5077, after-hours 770-219-1873; Braselton office: 770-848-4928, after-hours 770-848-0735

Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center

What: Provides inpatient and outpatient hospice services for patients with life-limiting illnesses. More info: 770-219-8888 

HealingStrong

What: Support group focused on natural strategies to heal and stay strong.

When: 6 p.m. second Tuesday of the month

Where: Natural Juice Cafe, 2480 Limestone Parkway, Gainesville

More info: teambutlerchampions@gmail.com

Look Good Feel Better

What: American Cancer Society program that teaches beauty techniques to help women cope with some of the physical changes they may experience.

More info: lookgoodfeelbetter.org, 800-395-5665

Team Maggie for a Cure

What: Helps women fund fertility treatments and egg retrievals.

Compiled by Amber Tyner

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