Nashville’s Cancer Survivor Support Systems

Nashville's cancer support systemsCancer does not have to be a death sentence anymore!! There are more and more people surviving cancer every year.  Below are a few facts from 2014-2015. It is also important that you and your love ones know that there are a lot of services out there to help make your life a little easier. We are fortunate to have many wonderful organizations in the Nashville area. Tennessee Oncology is one and is available to you  through your doctors. The staff at Tennessee Oncology are the most wonderful doctors, nurses, techs and office support you could ask for. They all go out of their way to help their patients and their families.  Sara Cannon Research Center is also here in Nashville and of course we have Vanderbilt Hospital.

One service that you many may not know about is called Cleaning for a Reason. These are house cleaning companies around the country that will come in and clean a cancer patient’s home once a month for 4 months free of charge.

This can be a tremendous help to the patient and to the families. Sometimes fighting cancer can be a fulltime job. One of the most important things to remember is to keep your spirits up as much as possible. Laughter really is good for the soul.  Surround yourself with family and friends that have a positive attitude.

There are transportation services that will make sure you get to and from your treatments. Remember to log mileage to and from Doctors appointments as it can be tax-deductible.

Another cancer support resource in Nashville, is an organization called Gilda’s Club Nashville.  It is a free cancer support community started by Gilda Radner with the help of her husband, Gene Wilder. Gilda believed in living life to the fullest even when facing cancer, she wanted the families of those with cancer to have a place to go as well. There are many, many workshops to help you out.

One particular workshop is done by a group called Meals 2 Heal presented by The Heimerdinger  Foundation.  Ed Freeman, from StorPlace Self Storage, and his lovely wife, Cynthia, went to this workshop and gathered information.  You can reach Robin Mizar, the client manager and volunteer coordinator via email at clients@hfmeals.org or if you want to volunteer volunteer@hfmeals.org.

A few facts about cancer survivors

  • The majority of cancer survivors (64%) were diagnosed 5 or more years ago.
  • 15% of cancer survivors diagnosed 20 or more years ago.
  • Nearly half (46%) of cancer survivors are 70 years of age or older.

The National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center (The Survivorship Center) is a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the George Washington Cancer Institute, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its goal is to shape the future of post-treatment cancer survivorship care and to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors.