Open house Thursday for cancer center at FCH

Where can you find answers about cancer, even when the resources seem out of reach? The American Cancer Society recognizes the need for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers to have access to up-to-date information on cancer and is providing that information and support through its local Patient Resource Center at Fayette County Hospital. A grand opening celebration open house will be held Thursday, July 31, from 1 3 p.m. Area residents are invited to stop by, enjoy refreshments and learn about the variety of help available to cancer patients and their families.

We are pleased to join with the American Cancer Society to offer this service to area residents and cancer patients, said Greg Starnes, CEO of Fayette County Hospital. Having cancer is hard. This new center gives area residents, cancer patients and their families a place to turn for help when they or others they know hear the words you have cancer. Hopefully, the support and resources found here will help make the ups and downs of cancer a little easier to bear.

The American Cancer Society Patient Resource Center is a place where people can find the most recent information on prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer. Individuals are assisted by dedicated Society volunteers who help link them to information, services, and local resources to help them navigate their cancer journey. Programs include rides to and from treatment, free wigs and prostheses, Look GoodFeel Better sessions, support groups, smoking cessation programs and help with financial or insurance questions.

The Patient Resource Center of Fayette County is located at Fayette County Hospital, second floor Outpatient Room, 650 West Taylor, in Vandalia. American Cancer Society volunteers or staff members will be available to help answer questions the first and third Thursday of every month from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. If you would like more information about the Patient Resource Center or volunteering at the center, please contact Miranda McMichaels at the American Cancer Society at 217-356-9076.

Dr. Dy added, Education is key for one to understand the disease of cancer. The Resource Center at Fayette County Hospital will offer exactly what my patients and their families need to get through this difficult time. The Center will play a vital part of educating the community. This is definitely an asset to my patients and the community.

In addition to the Patient Resource Center, anyone who wishes to speak to a cancer information specialist from the comfort of their own home can call the American Cancer Societys 24-hour toll-free information line at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. The Illinois Division has more than 120,000 volunteers and staff fighting cancer in the state. For the most up-to-date cancer related information and to join the fight against cancer, call 800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

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