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.

Resource Links:

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 :  Online support groups, 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.

Downloadable Resources:

CRC Services Brochure

Finding the Right Counselor

Chemo Brain


Boost/Ensure and Nutritional Supplies

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 pay for it entirely: Abbott Patient Assistance


If you have MEDICAL  supplies to DONATE:


The nursing school at TST BOCES uses them for practice:

Marlo Capoccia
On Facebook there is a closed group called G-PACT: Supply Depot that is for people to donate and request medical supplies.

For Caregivers


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 We are here for you as we are here for your loved one with cancer.

Caregiver Group

  • Join us for our Caregiver Group on the second Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Cancer Resource Center

Caregiver Resources

Good Sources of Information

Suggested Books for Caregivers

Models of Sharing Care

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.

  • For, About and By Caregivers-many resources, including an online message board where caregivers can share resources, etc.
  • Family Caregiver – 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.
  • and 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 and
  • 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.

Helpful Articles

Local Resources

  • 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 onlineas well. And as always, all services we provide are free of charge.

National Cancer Organizations


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

American Cancer Society
Cancer Support Community
National Cancer Institute
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship

For Young Adults
Stupid Cancer

Genetic Issues
FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered

End of Life Issues
Sharing your Wishes
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Hospice Foundation of America

Specific Populations
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

Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network

American Brain Tumor Association
National Brain Tumor Society

Living Beyond Breast Cancer
National Breast Cancer Coalition
Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Childhood Cancers

Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation
Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation


Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA)


Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association 


Kidney Cancer Association

Gynecologic Cancers

Foundation for Women’s Cancer
Women’s Cancer Network

Head & Neck Cancers

Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC)
Oral Cancer Foundation


The Lung Cancer Alliance
American Lung Association

Leukemia & Lymphoma

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Lymphoma Foundation of America

Multiple Myeloma

International Myeloma Foundation
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation


National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC)
Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA)


Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN)


National Alliance of State Prostate Cancer Coalitions
Prostate Cancer Foundation


American Melanoma Foundation
The Skin Cancer Foundation


Foundation for Thymic Cancer Research


Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc.


American Urological Association Foundation


Our collection of photo albums
Photos on our Facebook page


“Ask with the Mask”: Produced by Pandolfi Productions, 2020
: 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

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