Welcome to the Cancer Resource Center! We are here to provide support and resources whether you are newly diagnosed, in treatment, or a long-term survivor. We won’t tell you what to do because every situation is different. However, we promise to listen, answer your questions, and guide you to the resources that are most likely to be useful.
It is common for people to reach out and say, “I don’t really know what I need.” That’s normal. Going through cancer is a process. How you feel - and what you need - will change over time. Know that we are here for you today, and we will be here for you next month and next year.
Many resources are available on this site and we encourage you to explore the services we offer - including free wigs and head coverings through our boutique, support groups, 1:1 and peer to peer support, and wellness classes to name a few.
Also, be sure to check out our Cancer By Type section for more information related to specific cancers.
Smart Patients: Patients Share Stories; Research Clinical Trials; Find Information
Medicine Assistance Tool: Provides a search engine for many of the patient assistance resources that the biopharmaceutical industry offers.
Cancer Care : Various online support groups (including a Spanish Speaking group), financial assistance and more!
Inspire: An online community where members can share their experiences.
Stupid Cancer: Stupid Cancer offers a lifeline to the adolescent and young adult cancer community by connecting them to age-appropriate resources and peers who get it.
If you need Boost or Ensure:
The best resource for nutritional supplies is The Oley Foundation. Through their website, you can request various nutritional supplements and supplies.
While Oley does get some Ensure/Boost products, they mostly receive tube feeding formula and supplies. You do have to pay for shipping.
- After joining the website and creating a username and password, sign in.
- Click 'STORE' all the way to the right on the blue banner, then
- from the drop down menu that says 'All Categories' select 'Supplies - Oral Supplements'. From there you can specify which brand you prefer.
If you can use Ensure, the company that makes it (Abbott) has a patient assistance program. You have to qualify financially, and be 100% dependent on the product, and there is an application process. However, if you do qualify, they usually send you a 3 month supply: Abbott Patient Assistance
Another resource for Boost: Call Nestle (800) 422-2752 and request coupons.
If you need supplies or have medical supplies to donate:
On Facebook there is a closed group called G-PACT: Supply Depot that is for people to donate and request medical supplies.
If you have medical supplies to donate:
The nursing school at TST BOCES uses them for practice:
About one-third of our clients don’t have cancer themselves. They’re family members and friends of a person with cancer and they call us because they want to be helpful. They also have their own stresses and challenges.
If you are taking care of someone with cancer on a regular basis and are interested in receiving some support by phone, or other types of assistance, please contact Monica Vakiner at 277-0960 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here for you as we are here for your loved one with cancer.
- Join us for our Caregiver Group on the second Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Cancer Resource Center
Good Sources of Information
- National Cancer Institute: When Someone You Love is Being Treated for Cancer
- National Cancer Institute: When Someone You Love has Advanced Cancer
- National Family Caregivers Association
- CancerCare: Caring for Your Loved One with Cancer
- Bob Riter’s newspaper columns for the family and friends of those with cancer
Suggested Books for Caregivers
- Suggestions from Dana Farber Cancer Center
- American Cancer Society Caregiver Publications
- Cancer in Our Family
Models of Sharing Care
- Lotsa Helping Hands
- Share the Care
- Take Them a Meal
- CaringBridge (an excellent method of sharing information with family and friends)
Online Support Groups
The following are online resources to consider when you are looking for a place where you can vent your feelings, seek emotional support and information, and make a connection to people who are experiencing many of the same challenges that you are. One note of caution – please take care to respect the privacy of your loved one, share information and your perspective only with receptive audiences, and be cautious about medical information you find online.
- Caregiver.com: For, About and By Caregivers-many resources, including an online message board where caregivers can share resources, etc.
- Family Caregiver Alliance: Caregiver.org – The Caregiver Online Group is an un-moderated group for families, partners and other caregivers of adults with disorders such as Alzheimer’s, stroke, brain injury and other chronic debilitating health conditions. The group offers a safe place to discuss the stresses, challenges and rewards of providing care for a loved one.
- Inspire.com and WhatNext.com: Give individuals a way to connect, ask questions, and offer support without the need for discussions to take place in real time.
- There are also many cancer specific online groups where caregivers can find cancer-specific message boards or discussion groups such as Breastcancer.org and CancerForums.net“
- Well Spouse Association: A nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization that advocates for and addresses the needs of individuals caring for a chronically ill and/or disabled spouse/partner. They offer peer to peer support and educate health care professionals and the general public about the special challenges and unique issues “well” spouses face every day.
- Caregiver Burnout
- Living with Cancer: Becoming a Caregiver (Susan Gubar, New York Times)
- Excerpt from Lori Singer’s book, Help Me Live: 20 Things that People with Cancer want you to Know.
- 4 Self-Care Tips for Caregivers of Cancer Patients (Kat Koehler in CaregiverStress.com)Local Resources
- When a Loved One has Cancer: Communicating and Coping An informative and brief article on coordinating the care for your loved one with cancer from CareDiary)
- Living with Loss After Caregiving
- Tompkins County Office for the Aging: Resources for Caregivers in Tompkins County
- “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” is a six session educational program designed to give caregivers the tools to care for themselves. Learn how to reduce stress, increase communication, improve confidence, balance your life, and identify local resources. To register or for more information, call the Tompkins County Office for the Aging at 274-5488.
We have reference books you can use here at the center, an extensive lending library, and a limited number of cd’s. Categories of books and cd’s for lending include: cancer in general, breast and other cancers, complementary/alternative medicines, side effects, nutrition, care giving, mind and body, biographical, social/environmental/political, exercise and relaxation, end of life, humor and inspirational, as well as issues impacting family/children/friends.
The library is available during all hours we are open (as long as it’s not being used for a support group or meeting.) If you would like to confirm its availability prior to coming in, just give us a call. Otherwise walk-ins are always welcome. You can browse our collection of more than 600 titles online, as well. And as always, all services we provide are free of charge.
We’re a local organization that serves women and men with all types of cancer. There are also national organizations that focus on specific types of cancer, specific issues, and specific populations.
For People with all Types of Cancer
For Young Adults
FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
The Mautner Project: The National Lesbian Health Organization
The LGBT Cancer Project: Out with Cancer
National LGBT Cancer Network
Redes en Acicon: The National Latino Cancer Research Network
The National Children’s Cancer Society Latina’s Contra Center
The Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training
African Women’s Cancer Awareness Association
Male Cancer Awareness Campaign
Singleton Moms: Community for Single Parents with Cancer
Mommy and Me Cancer Foundation: Moms with Cancer
Specific Types of Cancer
Head & Neck Cancers
Leukemia & Lymphoma
Our collection of photo albums
Photos on our Facebook page
Paddleboard Raffle Drawing on Facebook Live
“Ask with the Mask”: Produced by Pandolfi Productions, 2020
#CRCSpeaks: Produced & directed by Madison McGheehan, 2020
Gardens at Your Door (begins at 15 minutes 6 seconds) 2019
2019 Walkathon & 5K Run: Walking the course (Jiwon Kim) and Drone videos & pictures (Reed Huegerich)
“Living Well with Cancer” Facebook Live Videos Page
IBCA Founding Members: Produced by Sue Perlgut & Close to Home Productions, 2019
Family & Children’s Service’s AGDA OSBORN AWARD, 2019
3rd Annual Fundraiser Dinner, 2019
Family Picnic, Art Show Fundraiser, 2019
Cancer Resource Center’s Promotional Video: Produced & directed by Well Said Media, 2018
Cancer Resource Center: See what we do! Produced & directed by Jazz Munitz, 2018
Daryl’s story: A Young Adult with Cancer: Produced & directed by Julianne Grillo, 2018
Flair on Ice: Jaclyn Saksa: 2018
A Survivors Story: Produced & directed by Dillon Avnet, 2017
Bob Riter receiving an AFP award: Jyl Dowd, 2017
CRCFL Walkathon & 5K Run promo video: Produced & directed by Well Said Media, 2017
CRCFL Walkathon & 5K Run: Produced & directed by the Ithaca College Softball Team, 2017
CRCFL Walkathon & 5K Run: Featuring Kristina Burke & family.Produced & directed by Kyle Vorbach, 2014
Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes: A narrated photo essay.Produced & directed by Haley Thorpe, 2013
Survivor Day Celebration: Produced & directed by Maya Kachroo-Levine, 2011
The Cancer Resource Center Rap: Featuring Camilla Schade & Bob Riter. Produced & directed by Maya Kachroo-Levine, 2011
Ithaca Breast Cancer Alliance: Because No One Should Face Cancer Alone:Produced & directed by Baseema Banoo & Ward Krkoska, 2003