Resources

Local and National Resources

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Support Groups, Blogs and Books

LOCAL Wings of Hope Cancer Support Center: Wings of Hope Cancer Support Center is a nonprofit organization in Council Bluffs, offering support groups and wellness classes to cancer survivors and caregivers both in-person and virtually.

LOCAL Project Pink’d: From the moment of diagnosis through end of life, Project Pink’d, Inc. provides tools, resources and a strong network to strengthen and renew the mind, body and spirit of breast cancer survivors in Nebraska and Western Iowa.

LOCAL My Sister’s Keeper Nebraska : My Sister’s Keeper is the first and only support group for women of color who have been diagnosed with breast cancer based in Omaha Nebraska. My Sister’s Keeper provides support, advocacy and education regarding breast cancer as it relates to women of color. My Sister’s Keeper provides as safe environment where women of color can share their survival stories, learn about their treatment options, and find allies in their battle against breast cancer.

LOCAL Harper’s Hope (Nebraska Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center): Harper’s Hope can offer you and your family the support services needed to overcome any obstacles that may accompany your cancer diagnosis. Our team places an increasing emphasis on finding the most effective ways for treating the whole person, including your mind, body, and spirit. Cancer support groups include: Breast Cancer Support Group, LLS Omaha Community Support Group, Prostate Cancer Support Group, SPOHNC (Support for People with Oral, Head and Neck Cancer) Support Group, Young Adult Survivor’s Network, Colorectal Cancer Support Group and Sarcoma and GIST Support Group.

LOCAL Support Groups (Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center). At Nebraska Medicine, we understand that many of our patients are in extremely challenging circumstances. Taking time to process your experiences with others can be a healthy part of your own healing journey.

LOCAL Cancer Support and Recovery | Lincoln, NE | Bryan Health: Cancer support groups at Bryan Medical Center in Loncoln offer a safe place where those diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones can find support, inspiration and information in their fight against cancer. General Cancer Support Group, Ostomy Support Group, Prostate Cancer Support Group, Thyroid Cancer Support Group.

love|blackbird (loveblackbird.com): A blog run by three young adult survivors, including ATTH alumna Becky Gehringer, of rare and aggressive cancers, who are learning to thrive and are passionate about supporting others. The blog contains articles about cancer, life, love, hardship, and triumphs, aimed at cancer survivors and their loved ones.

Seed, Stem, Bloom: Lessons From My Faith-led Journey Through CANcer: In 2014, Mary Robinson was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. A relapse in 2017 determined that an allogeneic stem cell transplant was the only option for long-term survival. This book tracks Mary’s story through that long journey, but it is not a book about cancer. The core of this book, with its intention to share the experiences of a particularly difficult season in Mary’s life, is all about following God’s signs.

Cancer Support Community: As the largest professionally led nonprofit network of cancer support worldwide, the Cancer Support Community is dedicated to ensuring that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.

Financial Assistance/Temporary Housing

LOCAL Hope Lodge Nebraska | American Cancer Society: The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Omaha offers 32 guest rooms located near treatment centers in the area. It offers free accommodation for patients in cancer treatment and their caregivers, fully equipped community kitchens for food storage and preparation, gathering areas/great rooms and community dining rooms, and free laundry rooms stocked with supplies. Admission and eligibility can be found on their website.

LOCAL Heartland Cancer Foundation – Home: The Heartland Cancer Foundation’s mission is to provide practical and immediate financial assistance to eligible cancer patients in our community so they can focus on what matters most: healing. They assist cancer patients and their families by covering home, auto, and utility costs for local cancer patients in need of additional support during their treatment journey. The Heartland Cancer Foundation’s scope is limited to certain counties in Nebraska. Check their website to see if you qualify.

LOCAL All Betty’s Children (allbettyschildren.org). All Betty’s Children in Tecumseh, NE provides care, comfort, and support through emotional, financial, and other means to families confronting cancer during their time of need. You can nominate a family at their website.

LOCAL Home | Helping Hands (Grace Cancer Foundation): GRACE Cancer Foundation assists cancer patients who live within 40 miles of Grand Island, Nebraska, or are being treated at the Saint Francis Cancer Treatment Center in Grand Island, or the Mary Lanning Healthcare – Morrison Cancer Center in Hastings. Help is available through several methods, such as gas cards, assistance with medical bills, household expenses, and more.

LOCAL Scare Away Cancer Omaha, Nebraska. For eleven years Scare Away Cancer has offered support to cancer patients and their families by giving financial assistance. One of the most impactful ways we support our families is through direct financial gifts.  Families facing cancer often struggle with stretching their budgets to cover everything – how to put food on the table, how to ensure they have access to reliable transportation, and keeping up with their daily bills. See applications guidelines and apply for a gift on their website.

LOCAL STAC | Students Together Against Cancer (teamstac.org): It is the mission of Students Together Against Cancer at UNO and UNL to provide emotional and financial assistance to local cancer patients, to provide students with practical opportunities to develop skills in their areas of interest and to assist other cancer-related organizations and initiatives.

LOCAL Carolyn Scott Rainbow House – Children’s Hospital & Medical Center (childrensomaha.org). The Carolyn Scott Rainbow House located at 7825 Farnam Drive in Omaha is a 56-room guest house for out-of-town families who are coming to Children’s Hospital & Medical Center from more than 60 miles outside of Omaha.

LOCAL Ronald McDonald House Charities (rmhcomaha.org). At Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha, we know that oftentimes, it’s the little things that provide the most comfort. A hot cup of coffee in the morning. The smell of clean laundry. The feeling of a fresh haircut. Just like you, our families appreciate those little things in our House, as well as crawling into a warm bed after a long day in the hospital room. The taste of a home-cooked meal, even while far from home. A calming voice saying, “it’ll be okay.” When families travel to Omaha for their child’s medical care, they need those little things to get through it. They find them at Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha.

LOCAL Wear Yellow Nebraska. As a cancer survivor, co-founder and past president Mike Buckley had the idea to start funding cab rides for cancer patients in Omaha who were without access to transportation, a need he discovered during his own treatment journey. Access to rides to and from treatment are essential because patients are in a weakened state and often times left unable to drive themselves, which also leaves them vulnerable to lapses in vital medical care. Even if patients do have family and friends who can help, they aren’t always available.

LOCAL Nebraska Short Term Disability. Short-Term Disability (STD) provides a tax-free payout of up to 60% of your weekly paycheck as of the 1st day of injury or the 8th day of a sickness if you experience a qualifying disability and are unable to perform your job duties. This can continue for up to a Maximum of 26 weeks.

LOCAL Nebraska Homeowner Assistance Fund (NHAF). If you have experienced a COVID-19 related financial hardship that began or continued after January 21, 2020, the Nebraska Homeowners Assistance Fund (NHAF) may be able to help you stay in your home and get back on track. The NHAF program is designed to assist homeowners with past due payments for their mortgage, utilities/internet, property taxes, insurance and/or homeowners’ association dues. The Program can also assist with future mortgage payments as well as clearing liens from a homeowner’s property.

Road To Recovery (cancer.org). Everyday thousands of cancer patients need a ride to treatment, but some may not have a way to get there. The American Cancer Society Road To Recovery program provides transportation to and from treatment for people with cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves.

Susan Lang Pay-It-Forward Patient Travel Assistance Program | Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (lls.org). The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Susan Lang Pay-It-Forward Patient Travel Assistance program is available to blood cancer patients, with significant financial need. Those who qualify will receive $500 to cover the cost of treatment-related travel and lodging expenses for the patient and caregiver including: ground transportation; tolls; gas; parking; car rental; car maintenance, repairs and parts; air transportation; baggage fees; lodging; and ambulance services.

Insurance – Employment – Finances | Triage Cancer: Triage Cancer is a national, nonprofit organization that provides free education on the legal and practical issues that may impact individuals diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers, through events, materials, and resources.

Allyson Whitney Foundation Grants | (allysonwhitney.org): The heart of our organization is to assist as many young adults – an underserved demographic – as we can, through ‘Life Interrupted Grants’. Ally’s pursuit was to give others hope and make them feel recognized. The grants lend a supportive hand and shine a light during a dark time. Our wish is that our recipients hear the words “no evidence of disease” from their doctors and continue on their path of life.

Cerner Charitable Foundation: Sometimes, financial constraints make it impossible for parents and caregivers to cover their child’s medical expenses. Cerner Charitable Foundation accepts individual medical grant applications for medical needs from the United States and through select international providers. Can assist with travel/lodging, therapies/meds (that are FDA approved), etc.  Will need to submit proof of income and cannot make more than $50,000/year.  Family will be allowed a max of 3 grants in their lifetime (and 12 months apart). Travel costs are up to $750.

Resources for People with Cancer | Helping Hand | CancerCare (cancerfac.org) The Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition is a coalition of financial assistance organizations joining forces to help cancer patients experience better health and well-being by limiting financial challenges, through facilitating communication and collaboration among member organizations, educating patients and providers about existing resources and linking to other organizations that can disseminate information about the collective resources of the member organizations.

Managing the Costs of Cancer Treatment – Here are some tips on what costs you might be able to expect and some ideas on how to plan for, ask about, and discuss treatment costs with your cancer care team.

When health insurance is not enough – HealthWell Foundation. The HealthWell Foundationis a leading non-profit dedicated to improving access to care for America’s underinsured. When health insurance is not enough, we fill the gap by assisting with copays, premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses.

Family Reach | Financial support for families facing cancer. Family Reach is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to removing the financial barriers standing between a cancer patient and their treatment. Loss of income, out-of-pocket expenses, and socioeconomic factors create disparities in the financial burdens families face. Family Reach delivers financial education, financial coaching, resource navigation, and emergency relief funds to patients and caregivers facing a cancer diagnosis so no family has to choose between their health and their home.

Get Help | the samfund. The SamFund is a non-profit organization that provides grants, financial education, and resources to young adult cancer survivors.

VIDEO How to File for Unemployment Benefits | Cancer Support Community: If you were let go by your employer or had your hours reduced at your job, you can file for unemployment benefits to make up for some of your lost income. Unemployment insurance is a state-run program. States further define their specific eligibility requirements.

VIDEO Applying for Disability Benefits | Cancer Support Community: When facing cancer, you may consider applying for disability benefits. These are payments available to people who can’t work because of their disability. This includes certain medical conditions like some types of cancer. You must meet specific criteria and provide documentation to qualify for disability insurance. The amount you receive in benefits depends on your past income.

VIDEO I Can’t Afford to Have Cancer – Jim Murphy and Shasta Wragge.
Description: Cancer is expensive. And nearly all cancer survivors experience financial stress due to the cost of cancer treatment and related expenses. Have your out-of-pocket treatment costs shattered your credit? Are you struggling with medical bills and need to explore alternative lines of credit? This session will explore financial topics that are important to cancer survivors and their caregivers. View this for financial guidance as we meet with banking experts for a highly informative and open discussion.

Exercise and Meditation

LOCAL Wings of Hope Cancer Support Center: Wings of Hope Cancer Support Center is a nonprofit organization in Council Bluffs, offering support groups and wellness classes to cancer survivors and caregivers both in-person and virtually.

LOCAL Casting for Recovery: Casting for Recovery (CfR) provides healing outdoor retreats for women with breast cancer, at no cost to the participants. CfR’s retreats offer opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life, and experience healing connections with other women and nature. The retreats are open to women with breast cancer of all ages, in all stages of treatment and recovery.

LOCAL Harper’s Hope (bestcare.org): Harper’s Hope can offer you and your family the support services needed to overcome any obstacles that may accompany your cancer diagnosis. Our team places an increasing emphasis on finding the most effective ways for treating the whole person, including your mind, body, and spirit. In person and virtual physical wellness classes are offered.

LOCAL/NATIONAL LIVESTRONG at the YMCA | YMCA of Greater Omaha (metroymca.org): LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is a research-based physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their total health. This 12 week program is offered at no cost to any adult cancer survivor, and also includes a complimentary household membership to the YMCA for the duration of the program.

VIDEO Chair Yoga with Above + Beyond Cancer and Sandy Eimers – YouTube: Sandy Eimers, the owner and principal instructor of Balance Yoga Lounge, leads you in a gentle and healing Chair Yoga practice. Chair Yoga incorporates breathing and gentle movements, and is proven to be beneficial during treatment and after.

VIDEO Mindful Breathing Method 4-7-8, to calm the body and mind, help manage anxiety, and enhance sleep. – YouTube: Mindful breathing to help you relax and sleep. This breathing method can be used before bed to help with sleep, it could be practiced while waiting for an appointment, before you eat a meal, or you could start your day with 4-7-8 breathing.  The more frequent you practice the more benefits you will notice.

VIDEO Simple Exercise & Nutrition During and After Cancer – Lauren Robins, OTD, OTR/L, CLT
Have you tried returning to physical activity and has the pandemic set you back? Are you confused about what food or supplements you should be consuming after cancer? Join us as we demonstrate simple and easy exercises that you can do in your own home! You’ll also learn more about what foods can benefit and enhance your cancer recovery.

Nutrition

LOCAL Harper’s Hope (bestcare.org): Harper’s Hope can offer you and your family the support services needed to overcome any obstacles that may accompany your cancer diagnosis. Our team places an increasing emphasis on finding the most effective ways for treating the whole person, including your mind, body, and spirit. Nutrition counseling available.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA | YMCA of Greater Omaha (metroymca.org): LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is a research-based physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their total health. This 12 week program is offered at no cost to any adult cancer survivor, and also includes a complimentary household membership to the YMCA for the duration of the program.

Recipe Gallery | Cancer Support Community: Do you have eating challenges such as nausea, swallowing, change of taste or need to lose/gain weight? Use this handy tool to select your challenge and then select the type of meal you want, and it will show you recipe options to help you!

VIDEO Simple Exercise & Nutrition During and After Cancer – Lauren Robins, OTD, OTR/L, CLT
Have you tried returning to physical activity and has the pandemic set you back? Are you confused about what food or supplements you should be consuming after cancer? Join us as we demonstrate simple and easy exercises that you can do in your own home! You’ll also learn more about what foods can benefit and enhance your cancer recovery.

VIDEO Supplements for Survivors: How to Safely Navigate the Herb & Supplement Jungle – Teri Gabel, PharmD, BCPP
It’s a jungle out there! Herbal medications and supplements abound – but how do you know what’s safe? What are the side effects? Will they interact with the other drugs or supplements that you’re taking now? How do you choose what’s right for your specific needs? Learn these answers from a pharmaceutical expert on this ever-evolving topic. This session was recorded live on April 21st, 2022.

Nutrition Tips and Recipes | HOPE Cancer Connection: The following resources will help you meet your nutritional needs to be strong during, and healthy after, cancer.

Mental Health (Anxiety, Depression, etc)

The Invisible Cancer Side Effect Depression is a spectrum — it’s not an all or none thing. As many as half of people with cancer have some degree of depression or anxiety (they often go together) that could benefit from counseling or other therapy.

Coping with Depression Stanford Medicine shares depression causes, treatment, how to protect yourself and steps to overcoming depression.

VIDEO I’m Anxious About Being Anxious Did you know that up to 45% of cancer survivors experience anxiety? Anxiety symptoms may be mild or severe, making a cancer diagnosis more difficult to manage. Join us for an open dialogue about mental health and cancer – the topic that often goes untouched. Come learn strategies to help identify and reduce your anxiety. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, so join the conversation today. This session was recorded live on April 21st, 2022.

VIDEO Mindful Breathing Method 4-7-8, to calm the body and mind, help manage anxiety, and enhance sleep. – YouTube: Mindful breathing to help you relax and sleep. This breathing method can be used before bed to help with sleep, it could be practiced while waiting for an appointment, before you eat a meal, or you could start your day with 4-7-8 breathing.  The more frequent you practice the more benefits you will notice.

 

Side Effects

Side Effects of Chemotherapy (Cancer.net) Chemotherapy treats many types of cancer effectively. But like other cancer treatments, it often causes side effects. It is important to be aware of possible side effects from chemotherapy so you know what to watch for and can talk with your health care team about preventing and relieving them.

VIDEO Let’s Talk Lymphedema! Have you ever wondered what you can do to lower your chances of developing lymphedema? What to look for? Or when to seek help? Find the answers to these questions and more! In this interactive session you will learn everything from prevention and precautions to the signs of onset and how to treat it.

VIDEO Surviving Side Effects: Lymphedema, Fatigue, and More Cancer and cancer treatment can cause many side effects. Side effects can be different for each person, especially in relation to different medications and types of treatment. This presentation covers lymphedema, fatigue, chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy and other potential side effects from cancer and cancer treatment. We also explore practical ways to manage and improve your quality of life despite these side effects.

Caregivers

Cancer Caregiver Support | American Cancer Society. A cancer diagnosis affects close friends and family too. Find out what to expect if you become a caregiver for a person with cancer and get tips for making sure that you take care of yourself as well.

VIDEO Compassion and Empathy for Caregivers and Survivors – Mary Grace Zeleny, LHMP
Description: Caring for someone with cancer is challenging for both the caregiver and the patient. This session will help you both navigate challenges, develop strategies for giving and receiving care, and create awareness of loving kindness for both of you. Bring a pen and paper for a session of reflection.

VIDEO The Cancer Caregiver Journey Care partners (caregivers) play extremely important roles in their loved ones’ cancer journeys, often at the expense of their own health and well-being. What frequently goes unnoticed is that care partners experience their own unique cancer journey that extends long into the survivorship phase with their own needs going unmet and their stories untold. Seldom do care partners seek — nor are offered — formal or informal support along the journey. Join us for this interactive discussion about why this phenomenon happens and how we can support care partners living in the shadows. This session was recorded live on April 21st, 2022.

Fertility Assistance

NATIONAL Livestrong Fertility: Livestrong Fertility is dedicated to providing reproductive information, resources and financial support to survivors whose cancer and its treatment present risks to their fertility. The website details the requirements for the grant program, as well as the steps for application.

NATIONAL Walgreens Fertility Preservation: Cancer treatments may affect the ability of both men and women to have children. Ferring Pharmaceuticals offers a variety of programs and options including free SELECT medications for patients undergoing cancer treatment through their Heart Beat program. Visit the website for qualification requirements and to learn more.

For Families and Children

LOCAL Angels Among Us (myangelsamongus.org): Angels Among Us started as a grassroots organization and has grown to one that supports nearly all of the pediatric cancer kids treated in Nebraska. Currently, they provide financial support to families of children with cancer being treated at Nebraska hospitals (even if these families reside in other states) as well as Nebraska residents receiving treatments out of state.

LOCAL Carolyn Scott Rainbow House – Children’s Hospital & Medical Center (childrensomaha.org). The Carolyn Scott Rainbow House located at 7825 Farnam Drive in Omaha is a 56-room guest house for out-of-town families who are coming to Children’s Hospital & Medical Center from more than 60 miles outside of Omaha.

LOCAL/NATIONAL Ronald McDonald House Charities (rmhcomaha.org). At Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha, we know that oftentimes, it’s the little things that provide the most comfort. A hot cup of coffee in the morning. The smell of clean laundry. The feeling of a fresh haircut. Just like you, our families appreciate those little things in our House, as well as crawling into a warm bed after a long day in the hospital room. The taste of a home-cooked meal, even while far from home. A calming voice saying, “it’ll be okay.” When families travel to Omaha for their child’s medical care, they need those little things to get through it. They find them at Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha.

Coping For Kids – Books, Coping With Cancer: Pam Ganz, MS, is a trained child life specialist and pediatric oncology counselor who has developed a support program for children whose family member is living with a life-threatening illness for Mourning Hope, a grief center in Lincoln, Nebraska. She has written several books, including “Life Isn’t Always a Day at the Beach” for children of all ages whose lives are affected by cancer. You can purchase one of her books by contacting A Time to Heal’s office, info@atimetohealfoundation.org.

Stupid Cancer: Stupid Cancer is a national nonprofit dedicated to providing education and support to adolescents and young adults with cancer. They have resources, webinars, and events for young survivors and their families.

Cerner Charitable Foundation: Sometimes, financial constraints make it impossible for parents and caregivers to cover their child’s medical expenses. Cerner Charitable Foundation accepts individual medical grant applications for medical needs from the United States and through select international providers. Can assist with travel/lodging, therapies/meds (that are FDA approved), etc.  Will need to submit proof of income and cannot make more than $50,000/year.  Family will be allowed a max of 3 grants in their lifetime (and 12 months apart). Travel costs are up to $750.

When Your Child Has Cancer | American Cancer Society: When your child has cancer, it can be a devastating blow to parents and other family members who love that child. Cancer creates an instant crisis in the family. Here are topics such as coping with the diagnosis, dealing with financial and insurance issues, and nutrition for children with cancer.

VIDEO The Elephant in the Room: Talking to Kids About Your Cancer Diagnosis – Pam Ganz, MS
Description: Hearing the words “You have cancer” is frightening. And now you’re tasked with a difficult conversation talking to your children or other young ones in your life. Cancer is a family experience. But how do you navigate conversations about your cancer diagnosis with children and teens? If you are a parent or grandparent who has children in your lives between the ages of 5 and 18, listen to a discussion about navigating these difficult conversations. Often children have many questions and experience a wide variety of emotions. Listen here to learn tips and strategies for talking with kids of all ages about cancer.

VIDEO The Impact of Cancer on Young Families Join a child life specialist from Children’s Hospital & Medical Center of Omaha to learn how to support children through a family member’s cancer diagnosis. This session will focus on common reactions children might experience, practical ways to support children in coping and resources to support families. How children understand a cancer diagnosis often depends on the how the families handle the crisis. Come learn about effective ways to have an honest and open conversation. This session was recorded live on April 21st, 2022.

For Young Adults

Stupid Cancer: Stupid Cancer is a national nonprofit dedicated to providing education and support to adolescents and young adults with cancer. They have resources, webinars, and events for young survivors and their families.

Young Adult Survivors United The virtual health & wellness community for young adult cancer survivors and co-survivors to cope and thrive with emotional/mental health, social, financial, and spiritual support; the comprehensive care model that enhances their quality of life.

Young Adults Facing Breast Cancer Together | Young Survival Coalition: Young Survival Coalition (YSC) strengthens the community, addresses the unique needs, amplifies the voice and improves the quality of life of young adults affected by breast cancer, locally, nationally and internationally.

Allyson Whitney Foundation Grants | (allysonwhitney.org): The heart of our organization is to assist as many young adults – an underserved demographic – as we can, through ‘Life Interrupted Grants’. Ally’s pursuit was to give others hope and make them feel recognized. The grants lend a supportive hand and shine a light during a dark time. Our wish is that our recipients hear the words “no evidence of disease” from their doctors and continue on their path of life.

Cancer in Young Adults: Whether you or a loved one has just been diagnosed with cancer, is going through treatment, or is trying to stay well after treatment, we can help you find the answers you need.

Get Help | the samfund. The SamFund is a non-profit organization that provides grants, financial education, and resources to young adult cancer survivors.

Center for Young Adult Cancer Survivors Our research focuses on population health, health services and systems, wellbeing, quality of life, and medical outcomes among young cancer survivors under the age of 50.

Comprehensive Cancer Information

REGIONAL Iowa Cancer Consortium The Iowa Cancer Consortium is Iowa’s statewide comprehensive cancer coalition. As a leader in cancer control, the Iowa Cancer Consortium offers access to resources, expertise, and non-competitive collaboration across traditional boundaries for a bigger impact in cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and quality of life.

American Cancer Society: The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. They promote healthy lifestyles to help prevent cancer, research cancer and its causes, and advocate for lifesaving policy changes.

Cancer.Net | Oncologist-approved cancer information from the American Society of Clinical Oncology: The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is the voice of the world’s cancer physicians. Their patient information website brings the expertise and resources of ASCO to people living with cancer and those who care for and care about them. Cancer.net provides timely, comprehensive information to help patients and families make informed health care decisions.

Cancer Support Helpline | Cancer Support Community. The Cancer Support Helpline is free navigation for cancer patients or caregivers by phone and online. Staffed by community navigators, resource specialists and a Helpline navigator who have over 170 years of combined experience helping people affected by cancer. The Helpline provides guidance, resources and support to cancer patients or their loved ones with a variety of needs—from getting information about cancer, identifying a local support group or just finding someone who is willing to listen. We speak your language! We provide help with coping in over 200 languages.

For Breast Cancer Survivors

LOCAL My Sister’s Keeper Nebraska (mysisterskeepernebraska.org): My Sister’s Keeper is the first and only support group for women of color who have been diagnosed with breast cancer based in Omaha Nebraska. My Sister’s Keeper provides support, advocacy and education regarding breast cancer as it relates to women of color. My Sister’s Keeper provides as safe environment where women of color can share their survival stories, learn about their treatment options, and find allies in their battle against breast cancer.

LOCAL Inner Beauty Salon – Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center | Omaha, Nebraska | Methodist Health System (bestcare.org): A specialty salon for cancer survivors, located inside Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center. Their clinical cosmetologists and certified mastectomy fitters will work with patients to create a comprehensive, individualized appearance plan that may include: makeup and skin care, Post-mastectomy or lumpectomy garment and prosthesis fittings, scarf and hat styling demonstrations, and wig fitting.

LOCAL Casting for Recovery: Casting for Recovery (CfR) provides healing outdoor retreats for women with breast cancer, at no cost to the participants. CfR’s retreats offer opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life, and experience healing connections with other women and nature. The retreats are open to women with breast cancer of all ages, in all stages of treatment and recovery.

LOCAL Project Pink’d: From the moment of diagnosis through end of life, Project Pink’d, Inc. provides tools, resources and a strong network to strengthen and renew the mind, body and spirit of breast cancer survivors in Nebraska and Western Iowa.

Young Adults Facing Breast Cancer Together | Young Survival Coalition: Young Survival Coalition (YSC) strengthens the community, addresses the unique needs, amplifies the voice and improves the quality of life of young adults affected by breast cancer, locally, nationally and internationally.

iRise Above Foundation Breast Cancer Support: Provides young women with targeted, age-appropriate, and integrated health and wellness resources and tools that enable them to rise above the residual effects of breast cancer, so that they can heal and live well.

Appearance

LOCAL Inner Beauty Salon – Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center | Omaha, Nebraska | Methodist Health System (bestcare.org): A specialty salon for cancer survivors, located inside Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center. Their clinical cosmetologists and certified mastectomy fitters will work with patients to create a comprehensive, individualized appearance plan that may include: makeup and skin care, Post-mastectomy or lumpectomy garment and prosthesis fittings, scarf and hat styling demonstrations, and wig fitting.

TLC: Hair Loss and Mastectomy Products (cancer.org) TLC is an American Cancer Society publication. We offer products for women coping with breast cancer or any cancer treatment that causes hair loss as well as advice on how to use these products. Products include wigs, hairpieces, hats, turbans, breast forms, mastectomy bras and mastectomy swimwear.

VIDEO Mirror, Mirror: Improving Your Reflection – Lori Fuchs, Lisa McDermott, and Emily Bolmeier, Clinical Cosmetologists and Certified Mastectomy Fitters from Inner Beauty at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center
DescriptionHave you looked in the mirror and not recognized the person that you see? Have you lost your hair?  Do you have scars or radiation marks? Some changes from cancer treatment may be temporary, while others may be permanent. Listen as we meet with a team of cosmetologists and board certified mastectomy fitters to discuss makeup and skin care, post-mastectomy or lumpectomy garment and prosthesis fittings, scarf and hat styling demonstrations, and wig options. Come listen for your first step in reclaiming your confidence, comfort, and sense of self.

Advocacy and Education

NCCS – National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (canceradvocacy.org): NCCS’ mission is to advocate for quality cancer care for all people touched by cancer. Founded by and for cancer survivors, NCCS works with legislators and policy makers to represent cancer patients and survivors in efforts to improve their quality of care and quality of life after diagnosis.

Gryt Health: Improving outcomes for all people facing a diagnosis: GRYT Health is a digital oncology company that empowers people to be in charge of their own health through education, engagement and support. They host online support chats and a community blog.

Stupid Cancer: Stupid Cancer is a national nonprofit dedicated to providing education and support to adolescents and young adults with cancer. They have resources, webinars, and events for young survivors and their families.

Cancer and Careers | The Top Resource for Working People With Cancer: Cancer and Careers empowers and educates people with cancer to thrive in their workplace, by providing expert advice, interactive tools and educational events.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor When You Have Cancer, a guide from the American Cancer Society.

Employment and Careers

Cancer and Careers | The Top Resource for Working People With Cancer: Cancer and Careers empowers and educates people with cancer to thrive in their workplace, by providing expert advice, interactive tools and educational events.

VIDEO How to File for Unemployment Benefits | Cancer Support Community: If you were let go by your employer or had your hours reduced at your job, you can file for unemployment benefits to make up for some of your lost income. Unemployment insurance is a state-run program. States further define their specific eligibility requirements.

VIDEO Applying for Disability Benefits | Cancer Support Community: When facing cancer, you may consider applying for disability benefits. These are payments available to people who can’t work because of their disability. This includes certain medical conditions like some types of cancer. You must meet specific criteria and provide documentation to qualify for disability insurance. The amount you receive in benefits depends on your past income.

VIDEO Cancer+Careers: Balancing Work After a Cancer Diagnosis – Rachel Becker, LMSW
Description: Balancing treatment and recovery with employment can bring with it many complexities. Challenges may include making decisions about disclosure in the workplace; determining whether or not to continue working; finding solutions for managing side effects; mapping out your return to an existing job (or finding a new one) after time off; and so much more. Join Rachel Becker LMSW from Cancer+Careers and explore approaches for figuring out your best path forward when it comes to working and/or job hunting after a cancer diagnosis.

Food Assistance

LOCAL Food Bank for the Heartland (foodbankheartland.org). Food Bank for the Heartland is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Omaha, Nebraska that acts as a central clearinghouse distributing food to nearly 600 network partners across 77 counties in Nebraska and 16 counties in western Iowa. Food Bank for the Heartland distributed more than 37 million meals in FY 2021, helping thousands of children, families, seniors, veterans, disabled individuals and others in need.

LOCAL Food Bank of Lincoln | Food Pantries (lincolnfoodbank.org). The Food Bank of Lincoln is committed to alleviating hunger in Southeast Nebraska. The Food Bank of Lincoln is a proud member of Feeding America. Since our founding in 1982, we’ve been focused on our mission to alleviate hunger in Southeast Nebraska. From sunup to sundown (and even longer), our dedicated team and partner agencies work together to put food on the tables of those in need, right here at home.

LOCAL Choice Food Distribution – Heart Ministry Center. Thousands of families in the Omaha metro don’t have access to the meals they need. At our choice food distribution, community members can choose from a variety of bread, meat, produce, and canned or boxed items. Clients are able to use the pantry once every 30 days*. Does have culturally sensitive food available.  Participants are able to drive up once a month or every 2 weeks. They also have a laundromat.  Laundromat is digital so you can monitor the loads via your phone.

LOCAL Heartland Hope Mission | More Than a Pantry. Heartland Hope Mission helps working poor families by providing them with some of life’s most basic staples including: a week’s supply of food, clothing, hygiene items, SNAP assistance, community referrals, and job resources. Heartland Hope Mission is a faith-based organization that also offers Bible studies and prayer.

LOCAL Serving the greater Sarpy County community | Tri-City Food Pantry (tricitypantry.org). The Tri-City Food Pantry serves the people who live in the greater Sarpy County area. Many people believe that the problems associated with hunger are confined to small pockets of society or certain neighborhoods but the reality is much different.  Right now, many people right here in our community are struggling with hunger.  They may have recently lost a job or are disabled and unable to work.  They are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet.

LOCAL Food Pantry – Washington County Food Pantry (josephscoat.org). The Washington County Food Panty exists to end hunger, and to inspire hope in our community. They are a faith-based organization serving the needs of our local communities through food distribution and support services that engage overall health and well-being.

Low Income Healthcare

LOCAL Home | SHARING | University of Nebraska Medical Center (unmc.edu) The SHARING clinics are student-run and designed to provide free and low-cost healthcare to underprivileged populations in the Omaha area.

SHARING Clinic Family Medicine at Durham Outpatient Center
4400 Emile St level 3
Omaha, NE 68105
402-559-7200

RESPECT Clinic
Internal Medicine – Primary Care Clinic at Durham Outpatient Center
4400 Emile St level 5
Omaha, NE 68105
402-559-4015

VISION Clinic
Truhlsen Eye Institute
3902 Leavenworth St.
Omaha, NE 68105
402-559-2020

Dental Clinic
College of Dentistry
Lincoln
402-472-1341

LOCAL OneWorld Omaha (oneworldomaha.org)
OneWorld believes that everyone deserves access to the best health care possible, regardless of economic or insurance status. To that end, we provide a vast range of services in health care, dentistry and behavioral health. We focus on meeting the primary health care needs of our community, and we maintain an open-door policy, providing treatment regardless of an individual’s income, insurance coverage, without differentiation or consideration of race, sex, disability, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status or ability to pay.

Charles Drew Health Center Dedicated to providing quality comprehensive health care in a manner that acknowledges the dignity of the individual, the strength of the family, and the supportive network of the community.

LOCAL All Care Health Center
900 S Sixth St. Council Bluffs, IA 4079
Telephone: 712-325-1990
Accepts: Uninsured, Underinsured, Insurance, Medicare, Medicaid
Income: All income levels accepted
Fees: Sliding scale of fees based on income
Languages Spoken: English
Services: Substance Abuse/Addiction, Social Services, Primary Care, Pharmacy, Medical, Dental
Open Monday – Friday
Service Area: Pottawattamie County

LOCAL CAPWN – Health Center
Community Action Partnership Western Nebraska (CAPWN) Gering, NE 18716
Telephone: 888-448-9665
Accepts: Uninsured, Underinsured, Insurance, Medicare, Medicaid
Income: All income levels accepted
Fees: Sliding scale of fees based on income
Languages Spoken: English
Services: Primary Care, Counseling/Mental Health, Medical, Family Planning, Dental, HIV/AIDS Testing, WIC, Immunizations, Diabetes – Treatment/Management, Hepatitis C Testing
Open Call for hours
Service Area: Gering Area

LOCAL Clinic With A Heart
1701 S 17th St. Lincoln, NE 18136
Telephone: 402-421-2924
Accepts: Uninsured, Underinsured
Income: Low Income
Fees: No fee
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Services: Vision Services, Specialist medical services, Counseling/Mental Health Services, Medical Services, Hearing Services, Dental Services, Transportation Services
Open Call for hours
Service Area: Lancaster County

LOCAL Third City Community Clinic (thirdcityclinic.com)
1107 North Broadwell Ave Grand Island, NE 221
Telephone: 308-398-5312
Accepts: Uninsured Only
Income: Low Income
Fees: Donation requested
Languages Spoken: English
Services: Primary Care, Pediatric, Medical, Health Education/Nutrition, Dental, Diabetes – Treatment/Management
Open Monday – Friday
Service Area: Hall, Hamilton, Howard, and Merrick counties

LGBTQ+

LOCAL OneWorld Omaha (oneworldomaha.org)
OneWorld believes that everyone deserves access to the best health care possible, regardless of economic or insurance status. To that end, we provide a vast range of services in health care, dentistry and behavioral health. We focus on meeting the primary health care needs of our community, and we maintain an open-door policy, providing treatment regardless of an individual’s income, insurance coverage, without differentiation or consideration of race, sex, disability, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status or ability to pay.

National LGBT Cancer Network (cancer-network.org). The National LGBT Cancer Network works to improve the lives of LGBT cancer survivors and those at risk by:
EDUCATING the LGBT community about our increased cancer risks and the importance of screening and early detection;
TRAINING health care providers to offer more culturally-competent, safe and welcoming care; and
ADVOCATING for LGBT survivors in mainstream cancer organizations, the media and research.

The LGBT Cancer Project – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Cancer Survivor Support and Advocacy. The National LGBT Cancer Project is our country’s first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender cancer survivor support and advocacy nonprofit organization. Our online support group community, Out With Cancer, is committed to improving the health of LGBT cancer survivors with peer to peer support, patient navigation, education and advocacy.

En Espanol

Un Tiempo Para Sanar: Un Tiempo para Sanar es un programa innovador de rehabilitación para los sobrevivientes de cáncer. Se basa en un modelo de mente-cuerpo-espíritu de la salud y está diseñado para ayudar a los sobrevivientes de cáncer a recuperar su fortaleza física, emocional, intelectual y espiritual después de someterse a los tratamientos para el cáncer.

NACIONAL Recursos de Medicare para la Poblacion Inmigrante: Infórmese sobre los requisitos de elegibilidad, las opciones de cobertura y los costos de Medicare para las poblaciones inmigrantes.

NACIONAL (EN INGLES) Medicare resources for Immigrant Populations: Learn about Medicare eligibility requirements, coverage options, and costs for immigrant populations. This landing page includes sections about Medicare eligibility for immigrant relatives and the cost of Medicare for immigrants.