FCH opens Cancer Resource Center

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By Dave Bell

Cancer patients and their families now will have a place to do research about the disease and learn about services available to them.


That place is the American Cancer Society's Patient Resource Center in Fayette County Hospital.
Located in room 2121 on the second floor of the hospital, the resource center includes information, practical help and emotional support.
"Every person diagnosed with cancer needs to get in touch with us," said Lawrence Underwood III, ACS patient navigation services representative. "There is so much available. Now, the best way in Fayette County to get information about cancer is to get in touch with this center."
The center, which is open 24-hours per day, is staffed by volunteers. The coordinator of the center is Billye Jo Ritchey. She is assisted by community volunteers, including Kay Kistler, Ginny Pratt, Mary Adams, Rod Deem and Peggy Tippitt.
"Dealing with cancer is hard," Ritchey said, "and we want them to know that they don't have to go through it alone.
"By giving them information, we hope to make their treatment easier on them and their loved ones."
In addition to brochures on various types of cancer, the center has a computer with Internet access, so patients and their family members can do online research.
There is also information about the American Cancer Society's "Look Good...Feel Better" program, which teaches beauty techniques to women who are undergoing cancer treatment. The beauty tips, including the availability of wigs and hats, help combat the appearance-related side-effects of radiation and chemotherapy.
"The American Cancer Society does whatever it can to give support to the patients and their families," Underwood said. "This new center is a tangible resource we offer to the community."