In this section, you'll find information about independent organizations that can assist with your day-to-day needs beyond medical care. Below are some examples of the support and organizations that may be available:
- Transportation and lodging services
- Preparing healthy meals
- Mind and body support
- Home cleaning
All organizations listed are not-for-profit and/or government agencies, and are independent from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.
Air Care Alliance
Free air transportation to medical treatment for people with a financial need is provided by many volunteer organizations.
American Cancer Society Hope Lodge
31 locations throughout the United States.
The American Cancer Society has a place where cancer patients and their caregivers can find help and hope when home is far away—an American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. Each Hope Lodge offers cancer patients and their caregivers a free place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city.
Angel Airlines for Cancer Patients
Angel Airlines for Cancer Patients facilitates no‑cost or reduced‑rate commercial airline tickets for needy cancer patients and their families. Patients use the charitable medical air transportation system to travel to and from distant specialized medical evaluations, diagnoses, or treatments.
Angel Wheels to Healing
Angel Wheels to Healing (formerly Angel Bus) provides nonemergency, long‑distance ground transportation to financially disadvantaged ambulatory patients who are traveling for treatment.
Joe’s House provides an online nationwide list of places to stay, to help cancer patients and their families find lodging near treatment centers.
Road to Recovery
The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program provides transportation to and from treatment for people with cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves.
Cancer Nutrition Consortium
Cancer Nutrition Consortium’s mission is to bring together resources in health, culinary, and industry to raise awareness of the issue of food, taste, and nutrition related to cancer treatment in an effort to improve the quality of life of patients.
Cook for Your Life
At Cook for Your Life, it’s our mission to teach healthy cooking to people touched by cancer. We turn nutrition guidelines into practical, easy recipes that are designed specifically for the different stages of treatment and to promote healthy survivorship.
Cancer Support Community
The mission of the Cancer Support Community is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.
National Cancer Institute
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.
Yoga Health Foundation
The Yoga Health Foundation fosters an awareness of yoga’s proven health benefits and provides individuals with actionable guidance and tools to enhance their own well-being. The Yoga Health Foundation website features a searchable yoga finder and event directory for visitors to locate yoga teachers, studios, and events near them.
Cleaning for a Reason
For women only.
The mission of Cleaning for a Reason is to give the gift of free house cleaning for women undergoing treatment for any type of cancer.
Through CancerCare, professional oncology social workers provide free emotional and practical support for people with cancer, caregivers, loved ones, and the bereaved.
Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition
Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition is a coalition of financial assistance organizations joining forces to help cancer patients experience better health and well‑being by limiting financial challenges.
The organizations and websites listed above are independently operated and not managed by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. Novartis assumes no responsibility for any information they may provide.
Staying on Course
Below are some resources that patients might find useful for sticking with their care plans.
This tool can help you keep track of your side effects and follow your daily dosing schedule. Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away.
Medication Reminder Apps
There are also independent resources that can help remind you to take your medication on time. These include text, phone, and email reminders, as well as apps for your smartphone. Examples of free apps available for AndroidTM on Google PlayTM and for iPhone® in the App Store® and in iTunes® include:
Dosecast reminds you to take your medications on time, sends refill reminders, and logs your medication adherence.
MedHelper Pill Reminder
MedHelper keeps track of prescriptions, reminds you to take your medications, notifies you when doctor appointments are scheduled, and alerts you when your medications are running low or about to expire.
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