The Swedish Cancer Institute partners with local and national organizations to offer services, classes and emotional support for those with cancer, their families and caregivers.
American Cancer SocietyThe American Cancer Society is a national health organization that provides local cancer education and services. Their resources include:
• Patient navigation at Swedish, designed to help cancer patients, families and caregivers navigate the many services needed after diagnosis
• Look Good Feel Better, a program to help women who have cancer cope with appearance-related side effects
• Road to Recovery, a program that provides transportation for cancer patients to and from chemotherapy or radiation treatments
• Rooms for Life, providing complimentary lodging for cancer patients who live 50 miles or further from their treatment facility
• Reach to Recovery, a peer-to-peer support program for women who have had breast cancer
• A complimentary wig and prosthesis bank
• Around-the-clock support at a toll-free number, 1-800-ACS-2345
Cancer LifelineCancer Lifeline is a local organization that provides free services to cancer patients, family members, caregivers, coworkers and friends. Cancer Lifeline offers a toll free, 24-hour telephone counseling service for emotional support, information and community resource referrals. Other services include a family support program, workplace consultation, movement awareness workshops, relaxation and stress reduction programs, pain management and nutrition classes. To register for classes or to get more information, call 206-297-2500 or toll-free at 1-800-255-5505, or visit CancerLifeline.org.
Cancer PathwaysCancer Pathways provides education, support and community resources for adults, teens and children with cancer, as well as for their families and friends. Activities are held in Seattle and other areas of the state in locations such as hospitals, community centers and schools. For information, call 206-709-1400 or visit CancerPathways.org.
Harmony Hill Retreat CenterHarmony Hill is a nonprofit organization that focuses on transforming the lives of those affected by cancer and inspiring healthy living for all. Harmony Hill offers:
• Three-day, on-site residential retreats, which offer group and community support, guided imagery, yoga and meditation, expressive arts, nutrition education, healthy organic meals, comfortable lodging and a spectacular natural setting overlooking Hood Canal and the
• Olympic Mountains
• Off-site workshops on various topics, offering resources, inspiration and tools for supporting those on the cancer journey
• Webinars on nutrition and other topics of interest
For more information, call 360-898-2363 or visit HarmonyHill.org.
Komen Puget SoundFounded in 1993, Komen Puget Sound has been a part of the western Washington community for more than 20 years, raising money to fund:
• Local breast health education programs
• Breast cancer screening
• Treatment support
• Research to better diagnose, treat and ultimately cure breast cancer
Komen Puget Sound now ranks as the fifth largest out of 120 Komen affiliates nationwide. To learn more about local breast health education, screening opportunities and treatment support, call 206-633-0303 or visit Komenpugetsound.org/grants/community-grants/
Northwest Hope & Healing
Northwest Hope & Healing is a nonprofit organization that supports women in the Puget Sound area who are battling breast and gynecological cancers. The group provides financial assistance to women who need help with everyday living expenses, such as child care, groceries, transportation and rent. Northwest Hope & Healing also assembles and delivers special healing baskets to the Swedish Cancer Institute for those who are newly diagnosed.
Team Survivor Northwest
Team Survivor Northwest provides fitness and health education programs for women diagnosed with any type of cancer. These programs help with physical and emotional healing and are for all ages, fitness levels and abilities. The majority of programs are free to members and scholarships are available. To join Team Survivor Northwest or to get more information, call 206-732-8350, send an email or visit TeamSurvivorNW.org.
ThrivorshipThe mission of Thrivorship is to help women navigate the hidden challenges of recovering from cancer and thrive! The Thrivorship curriculum was born from many years of listening to the needs of women struggling to overcome cancer treatment. This organization recognizes that the completion of urgent clinical care is just the beginning of a long process of recovery — one that is little recognized or supported. Thrivorship wants to change that by providing thrivors, providers and supporters a way to structure a personalized recovery plan and create a sustainable way forward into the optimal quality of life. To learn more, visit livethrivorship.com.
Young Survival CoalitionYoung Survival Coalition provides support for the unique issues young women face when they have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Young Survival Coalition offers resources, outreach and education to empower young women affected by breast cancer and to provide hope. For more information, visit YoungSurvival.org.
This article is from the Winter 2016 issue of Life to the Fullest, the newsletter from the Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) dedicated to those with cancer, cancer survivors, and their family members and caregivers.