Resources for Cancer Patients

American Cancer Society
800-227-2345
www.cancer.org
ACS works to conquer cancer by providing information concerning the symptoms, treatment and prevention of different types of cancers.

American Dietetic Association
800-366-1655
www.eatright.org
This Web site serves as a hotline to food and nutrition information and tips.

Cancerfacts
www.cancerfacts.com
On this site, a consumer section offers a cancer profiler tool, an online marketplace, e-mail discussion groups and a list of local cancer support groups.

CancerNet
800-442-6237
www.cancernet.nci.nih.gov
This site is a gateway to the most recent and accurate cancer information from the National Cancer Institute. CancerNet provides access to information about types of cancers, treatment, genetics, risk factors, prevention, coping, support and more.

Hope Chest for Breast Cancer
952-471-8700
www.hopechest.us
Hope Chest for Breast Cancer helps provide emergency funds, such as rent, utilities, and transportation; delivered nutritious meals; and early detection education and screening programs for women during their breast cancer experience.

Kids Konnected
800-899-2866
www.kidskonnected.org
Kids Konnected provides education, understanding and support for kids who have a parent with cancer.

Mayo Clinic
www.mayoclinic.com/
This site offers a wide variety of information on cancer, treatments and other health topics.

National Cancer Institute
800-4-CANCER
www.cancer.gov
Here you'll find recent and accurate cancer information on types of cancers, treatment, genetics, risk factors, prevention, coping, support and more.

Pay It Forward Fund
763-520-5683
www.payitforwardfund.net
Pay It Forward Fund is a non-profit organization that helps patients pay their bills while they undergo treatment for breast and women’s cancers.

Ridgeview Medical Center Library
952-442-6100
http://health.ridgeviewmedical.org/library
Ridgeview offers information about many types of cancers.

Resources for Breast Cancer Patients

Breast Cancer Treatment Guidelines for Patients
http://www.cancernetwork.com
ACS and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network have combined efforts to provide high quality, effective advice on treating cancer.

MEDLINEplus
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/breastcancer.html
Check out an interactive tutorial on breast cancer surgery, as well as links to reliable information on research, prevention and much more from the National Library of Medicine site for consumers.

NABCO (National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations)
(888) 806-2226
www.nabco.org
NABCO, a network of breast cancer organizations, provides information, assistance and referrals to anyone with questions about breast cancer.

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
(800) 462-2973
www.komen.org
This foundation is dedicated to education and research on breast cancer causes, treatment and searching for a cure. This foundation sponsors the annual Race for the Cure.

Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization
(800) 221-2141
www.y-me.org
This site provides information for anyone who has been touched by breast cancer. Services include a 24-hour hotline, support groups, early detection workshops and publications.

Hope Chest

Hope Chest Patient Assistance Fund

An average of 400 new cancer cases are diagnosed and/or treated through Ridgeview’s Cancer Care Program each year. Of those, more than 100 are breast cancer cases. Ridgeview’s front-line care providers see first-hand the struggles along a patient's journey with breast cancer. And, thanks to generous grants since 2009 from the Hope Chest for Breast Cancer® Foundation, Ridgeview is able to provide emergency financial assistance to patients facing financial challenges during their treatment for breast cancer.*

Here's an example of how this fund benefitted a woman who was in a difficult situation due to her breast cancer treatment:

Jane Smith missed time from work during her breast cancer treatment and had fallen behind on her electric bill. After learning about the Emergency Assistance Fund, she decided to submit a Request for Funds form to Ridgeview. The Foundation then sent a check from the Emergency Patient Assistance Fund directly to the electric company on behalf of Jane Smith.

Emergency funds provide assistance with non-medical bills (such as rent, utilities and transportation) to women who are unable to work due to the side effects of breast cancer treatment, up to $1,000 per calendar year during treatment for the disease.

About the Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Foundation
Founded in 2001, Hope Chest for Breast Cancer provides funds for the underserved local families touched by breast cancer, early detection education and screening focusing on diverse populations. Hope Chest raises critical resources through the sale of upscale furniture, accessories and designer clothing donated by individuals, corporations and small businesses at the Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Retail Shops.

The Twin Cities Hope Chest retail stores are located in Orono and St. Paul. For more information, or to make a donation, visit www.hopechest.us.

Requesting Funds Is Easy
To request funds from the Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Emergency Assistance Fund, simply complete the Request for Funds form and submit it to your breast cancer coordinator or social worker at Ridgeview. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact a breast care nurse at (952) 442-2191, ext. 5673, or Ridgeview Social Services at (952) 442-2191, ext. 6190.