Since expanding our free navigation services for people affected by cancer a year ago, we have served a record-breaking number of clients. Nearly 15,000 people, a 35% increase over the previous year, have been served nationally through our free, confidential one-on-one support services offered online, by phone and in-person in English and Spanish. In the past year, we have also succeeded in increasing our reach to the Hispanic community by 111% and have saved our clients $3.3 million in medical expenses.
The expansion of the navigation services most notably included the addition of the Foundation?s first in-person option at the LIVESTRONG Cancer Navigation Center in East Austin, an underserved part of the city. This community-based center, one of just two facilities of its kind in the U.S., was created to help survivors from Central Texas and their friends, family, health care professionals and caregivers overcome the tough challenges that arise after a diagnosis, including insurance problems, treatment concerns and dealing with the emotional impact of the disease.
Many people facing difficult times have passed through the doors of the Navigation Center. You can learn more about the services we provide by watching the following videos of real LIVESTRONG clients.
As part of the effort to reduce the cancer burden in the community, we are now offering the Community Education Discussion Forum, a series of classes ? offered in English and Spanish ? for anyone affected by cancer looking to learn more about issues like nutrition and dietary needs, transitions for those survivors coming out of treatment, parenting with cancer and financial advice for dealing with medical expenses.
The LIVESTRONG Foundation?s Navigation Services can be accessed the following ways:
- By phone at 1-855-220-7777
- Online in English: www.LIVESTRONG.org/GetHelp or in Spanish: www.LIVESTRONGEspanol.org
- In person at the LIVESTRONG Cancer Navigation Center
Please share the good news about LIVESTRONG‘s services with all that you know. We are here to help and to serve those affected by cancer.