Cancer Lifeline Programs
The cornerstone of our services is the telephone “Lifeline” which provides emotional support and information for patients, survivors, friends, family members and co-workers, all living with cancer. This service is provided at no charge, and utilizes trained volunteers and clinical staff. The telephone Lifeline is available to anyone touched by cancer, 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week. The Lifeline is particularly effective in serving rural populations, who may have little or no access to other services.
Cancer Lifeline's Patient Assistance Fund provides limited financial aid to low-income non breast cancer patients to help with basic needs such as housing, groceries and utilities, so they can stay in treatment. Cancer Lifeline also administers the Puget Sound Komen Patient Assistance Fund, which provides financial support to low-income breast cancer patients. Our staff also works to help cancer patient stay in treatment by providing resources to help meet basic needs or access medical care including medications, health insurance, co-pays or transportation to treatment.
Support Groups, Health and Wellness Classes and Workshops
Cancer Lifeline provides over 16 support groups for ongoing patient and family support needs. Classes and workshops are adapted to meet the needs of cancer patients and survivors in all stages of treatment and recovery. Our Creative Expression classes offers a range of writing, visual arts, crafts and nature classes that support personal exploration. Our Health Promotion program includes gentle exercise, meditation and nutrition classes.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Since 1973, Cancer Lifeline has successfully supported our community members when they are the most vulnerable.
Last year, Cancer Lifeline provided over 15,000 points of support to people living with cancer and held over 1000 support groups, classes and workshops combined.
For those who are living on the "edge" financially, a cancer diagnosis can be financially and emotionally devastating. With the healthcare landscape changing, calls to our Lifeline continue to increase especially as the economic recovery takes longer and more people are faced with a cancer diagnosis, and no insurance.
Now more than ever, Cancer Lifeline's services are needed as we are often the only lifeline a person has. Cancer Lifeline is 100% privately funded. Gifts to Cancer Lifeline will allow us to continue providing physical, emotional, spiritual and financial support for all people touched by cancer - at no charge.