The Cape & Islands offer numerous services and treatment locations, such as The Survivorship Program at Cape Cod Healthcare, which have support groups and classes in Mashpee, Hyannis, Falmouth, West Barnstable, and Brewster.

Treatment and support can also be found at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital in Oaks Bluff, and in Vineyard Haven. Transportation to Boston is also available to Martha’s Vineyard Residents at free or reduced rates during treatments from the Vineyard Transit Authority.

While many organizations will support patients living in all areas of the state, there will be particular resources, such as support groups, that may be more convenient if they are located where patients and families currently reside.

Boston Cancer Support’s Ambassadors and Auxiliary Teams add new resources monthly, so please check back often. Should you have a particular need, or want to share a resource, email us at Info@BostonCancerSupport.Org


The survivorship program at Cape Cod Healthcare provides emotional and psychological support to you and your family and helps you plan for a life beyond cancer. We offer a variety of classes and support group opportunities for cancer survivors.


Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and the Mass General Cancer Center are working together to provide hematology/oncology physician and nurse practitioner services to Islanders. The Mass General Hematology/Oncology Service at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital provides our patients with access to a more integrated set of clinical services and a wider range of sub-specialty care.


The Vineyard Health Care Access Program connects residents of Martha’s Vineyard with health benefits, helping people apply for, enroll in, and maintain coverage in health insurance programs. They also provide assistance with government benefits such as Social Security Disability and Food Stamps by navigating government benefits and private health insurance. Other services include Prescription Assistance programs, an emergency fund for short-term assistance paying for medicine, and medical transportation


Developed in partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital, the Nantucket Cottage Hospital program brings a team of cancer specialists to the island every month for patient consultations. A Board Certified Advanced Practice Oncology Registered Nurse is on-site to see cancer patients five days a week. Staff physicians and clinicians work in tandem with the Mass General team to support and provide treatment as well.


Cape Wellness Collaborative provides integrative wellness therapies to anyone on Cape Cod & the Islands facing cancer. They also serve patients who are receiving cancer-related palliative care. If you are currently undergoing treatment for cancer and are looking for our help, please apply for services here.


Randi Friedman Wellness Grants 
Click Here to apply for one of 4 free memberships
3 month Yoga Class membership (Anywhere in MA)
3 month Pilates Class membership (Anywhere in MA)
3 month Meditation Class membership (Anywhere in MA)
8 week Stress Management & Resiliency Training Program (Newton Location)

Physicians from Hematology Oncology Specialists of Cape Cod moderate the weekly multidisciplinary Tumor Board at Falmouth Hospital, and chair the Cancer Committee, a hospital board that promotes community outreach, education, and access to services.


The VNA of Cape Cod provides comprehensive home health and hospice services that enable individuals – from newborns to the elderly – to receive care in the comfort of their own homes. The highly trained professionals are dedicated to ensuring a smooth transition from a hospital, nursing home or clinic to home. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the agency covers a large geographic area of more than 1,300 square miles, servicing 85 towns and villages on the Cape and reaching over the bridges off-Cape to the north and west.


Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket is a specialized health care program dedicated to providing excellent physical, psychological, social, and spiritual care for persons with life-threatening illness and their families. Services are provided through an interdisciplinary team of professionals and volunteers and focus on alleviating physical, emotional, and spiritual symptoms of distress and enhancing personal growth and well-being in order to help patients and their families attain the highest quality of life possible.


TRANSPORTATION

Medivan will transport patients to hospitals in Boston, and back, on Tuesdays. Please contact the Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) for eligibility by calling
(508) 693 -9441, ext. 1)


 

 


The Marla Ceely Lamb Fund
is a special fund, operated by Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket, which helps defray the costs of transportation and lodging for Nantucket residents who must travel off-island for cancer treatment. Hundreds of patients suffering from cancer have been helped over the years, thanks to the fundraising efforts of Marla’s family and friends and the generosity of the Nantucket community.


patient_flight_2Cancer treatments, work schedules, and life responsibilities can take a toll on families. The cost of transportation to and from treatments and support groups can add additional pressures. The following organizations are here to help.


SUPPORT GROUPS

Living with a serious disease is difficult. Cancer patients and those who care about them face major problems and challenges. In 1986, a group of Island patients began to meet regularly to share their experience, strength, and hopes. They became the original Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group, a group for cancer patients, their families, and closest friends. MVCSG also provides Financial Assistance.


The survivorship program at Cape Cod Healthcare provides emotional and psychological support to you and your family and helps you plan for a life beyond cancer. We offer a variety of classes and support group opportunities for cancer survivors.


Cancer Survivorship Support Program
From the time of diagnosis onward, people coping with cancer benefit from an extra layer of support to help them and their families deal with cancer and its impact on body, mind, and spirit. The Cancer Survivorship Support Program  of Nantucket was designed to help people regain and maintain well-being throughout the entire cancer experience from diagnosis, through treatment, and after treatment has ended, by supporting and empowering them to cope with the disease and its effects so that they may live life fully.


ONLINE RESOURCES

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For patients and caregivers who cannot attend in-person support groups, or prefer online communities, see Online Communities and Social Networking


PRODUCTS TO AID DURING CHEMOTHERAPY, RADIATION OR POST-MASTECTOMY

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Patricia and Company offers personal consultation from licensed professionals to help with appearance changes patients may be experiencing as a result of chemotherapy, radiation therapy or post-mastectomy surgery. Choose from a variety of beautiful and comfortable wigs, headwear, breast forms, and post-mastectomy apparel, as well as skin and hair care products.


 FINANCIAL SUPPORT

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_wbc-logo We Beat Cancer works with hospitals, cancer support groups, individuals, and foundations in the New England area to provide financial aid from parking, meals, transportation and hotel accommodations, to wish list requests from area hospitals. Such hospital items have ranged from a Bose surround sound system to a mammogram x-ray chair.


BACKUP CHILD CARE

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Backup child care is available through the state, with many locations inside hospitals and treatment centers.


TEMPORARY LODGING

acspc-028054The Hope Lodge, located in Worcester, acts as a “home away from home” for patients traveling more than 40 miles to their outpatient treatments. There is no charge to stay at Hope Lodge, for either the patient or his or her caregivers. Patients are allowed one adult guest to stay with them in their room.


Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 6.38.25 PMJoe’s House is a nonprofit providing an online nation-wide list of places to stay to assist cancer patients and their families find lodging near treatment centers. Joe’s House lists various lodging options throughout the United States that are near to hospitals and treatment centers. Details on each lodging facility are available with information on amenities, rates, reservation methods, and requirements.


HosptitalityHospitality Homes is a nonprofit organization that provides short-term housing in volunteer host homes for families and friends of patients receiving medical care in the Boston area. Our services are free of charge and are made possible by the generosity of our volunteer hosts and supporters. Founded in 1983, Hospitality Homes was the first program of its kind in the nation. Since then we have served more than 15,300 families.


The Ronald McDonald House at Boston Harbor (formerly Home Away Boston), where families of critically ill children can stay to be close to their child who is receiving treatment in Boston. Each year hundreds of families travel to Boston from locations all over the world to give their child access to the world’s best medical care.  In doing so, they face enormous hurdles such as navigating the complexities of the health care system, extraordinarily high local housing costs, and excessive emotional and physical stress.  At the Ronald McDonald House at Boston Harbor, we remove the stress of daily living and support families to enable them to focus on what really matters: their child’s health and healing. Click HERE to find out if you qualify to stay at Ronald McDonald House at Boston Harbor and to fill out the Request to Stay form.


HOSPICE CARE

Hospice care offers comfort, compassion, and dignity to those with a life-limiting illness. It is provided by an interdisciplinary team of medical and human health and service professionals, affirming life and regarding dying as a normal process. Find resources in the state of Massachusetts here.