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Below is information on some of the resources available to patients and their families in the LENOWISCO area in addition to the services provided by the Mountain Laurel Center and Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc. If you would like our help in connecting with any of these resources or completing applications for assistance, or if you have additional needs not addressed here, please contact us.  Download our brochure:  Cancer -- Thriving and Surviving flyer today.

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American Cancer Society

Visit the American Cancer Society’s website at www.cancer.org, and click on “Learn About Cancer.”  Then, select the topic about which you need information. 

Livestrong Podcast Series for Young Adults

The Lance Armstrong Foundation offers a series of on-line clips aimed at offering information specific to the concerns of young adults affected by cancer. There are twelve topics addressed in all, including subjects such as bills, dating, and diet and exercise. To access the clips, visit www.livestrong.org. Go to “Cancer Support” and then to “Learn about Cancer.” Click on “Watch the Livestrong Video Podcast Series.” 

CancerCare Telephone Education Workshops

CancerCare regularly offers telephone workshops on topics ranging from cancer-specific information to “Living and Working with Cancer.” For a list of upcoming workshops visit www.cancercare.org or call 1.800.813.4673(HOPE).


Every Woman’s Life

The Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, also known as the Every Woman's Life Program, contracts with screening sites throughout Virginia to provide free mammograms, clinical breast exams, Pap tests and pelvic exams to women who qualify. If breast or cervical cancer is diagnosed after obtaining screening through the Every Woman's Life program, treatment may be provided free of charge through Medicaid. Screenings are provided Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.-4:30p.m. at the Wise County Health Department. To find out if you qualify for free a free screening and to schedule your visit, contact Carys Jones at the LENOWISCO Health Department at 276.328.8000. 

The Southwest Virginia Regional Cancer Center

Free Screenings & Financial Support Services

The Southwest Virginia Regional Cancer Center offers three free screenings per year.  A staff member in Financial Support Services also works with patients who are uninsured or underinsured to find insurance and additional resources. The Cancer Center will not turn away a patient regardless of ability to pay. For more information, call 276.679.5874. 


Patient Advocate Foundation

Although the Patient Advocate Foundation does not provide direct assistance, their case managers will work to connect you with resources regarding access to care, job retention, debt crisis, social security, insurance and appeals, and other patient issues. For assistance, call 800.532.5274, and ask to speak to a case manager. You can also visit www.patientadvocate.org, and click on “Personal Help.” Go to “Request Assistance” and then to “Patient Assistance with a Case Manager.” You will be asked to complete a brief application that includes name, gender, birthday, address, phone number, and diagnosis. Later, in order for a case manager to help you, you will probably need to supply additional information. Be sure to keep all of your billing and medical information together so you can easily provide the necessary information. 

The American Cancer Society Patient Resource Navigation System

Call 1.800.227.2345, and ask to speak to a Patient Navigator. He or she will be happy to assist you in locating resources to meet your needs.  


Visit www.cancercare.org for a list of financial resources, or call 800.813.4673.  

Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services Uninsured Medical Catastrophe Fund

This fund was established by the General Assembly to provide funds for uninsured persons who need treatment for a life threatening illness or injury.  Generally, to quality you must:  be a citizen of the US or a legal resident alien, be a resident of Virginia, have gross family income at or below 300% of the federal poverty guidelines, have a life-threatening illness or injury, be uninsured and not eligible for coverage for the needed treatment through private health insurance or federal, state, or local government medical assistance programs, provide a medical treatment plan certified by your treating physician, identify a provider who is willing to accept the global fee established for the medical treatment plan. Applications are available at http://www.dmas.virginia.gov or by calling 1.800.432.5924. There are also applications available at the Mountain Laurel Cancer Support and Resource Center. 

Stone Mountain Health Services

Stone Mountain Health Services is a network of community health centers which are facilities that receive federal funds to create access for patients who have low incomes through a sliding scale of service charges. For a listing of all of the Stone Mountain Health Services Clinics in the area, contact Trina McFarland Kern at the Mountain Laurel Cancer Support and Resource Center at 276.523.4202 ext. 448. 

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, located in Memphis, Tennessee, is one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers. Its mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.

Patients at St. Jude are referred by a physician, and nearly all have a disease currently under study making them eligible for a research protocol. All patients accepted for treatment at St. Jude are treated without regard to the family's ability to pay. St. Jude covers all costs of treatment at St. Jude beyond those reimbursed by third-party insurers, and total costs at St. Jude when no insurance is available. St. Jude also provides assistance with transportation costs and local living expenses during treatments. Parents who wish to have their children treated at St. Jude must have their child’s physician contact St. Jude by phone at 866.278.5833 or by email at referralinfo@stjude.org. Physicians may also make online referrals at www.stjude.org. The Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, TN is a St. Jude affiliate. 

The University of Virginia Cancer Center

The University of Virginia offers financial assistance for treatment to those who qualify. Talk with the professionals who completed your screening about referring you to the University of Virginia. You may contact Trina McFarland Kern at the Mountain Laurel Cancer Support and Resource Center at 276.523.4202 ext. 448 to request the financial screening forms and for assistance completing them. You may also contact the University of Virginia Cancer Center at (800) 223-9173. 

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American Cancer Society 

The American Cancer Society offers limited prescription assistance. To apply please call 1.800.ACS.2345. 

Medicare prescription drug coverage is insurance that covers both brand-name and generic prescription drugs at participating pharmacies in your area. Medicare prescription drug coverage provides protection for people who have very high drug costs or from unexpected prescription drug bills in the future. Everyone with Medicare is eligible for this coverage, regardless of income and resources, health status, or current prescription expenses. Like other insurance, if you join, generally you will pay a monthly premium, which varies by plan, and a yearly deductible. You will also pay a part of the cost of your prescriptions, including a copayment or coinsurance. Costs will vary depending on which drug plan you choose. Some plans may offer more coverage and additional drugs for a higher monthly premium. If you have limited income and resources, and you qualify for extra help, you may not have to pay a premium or deductible. You can apply or get more information about the extra help by calling Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov on the web. Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc. staff members are also trained to assist Medicare beneficiaries in choosing a Medicare Part D plan.  


CancerCare offers limited prescription assistance. To apply please visit www.cancercare.org or call 800.813.4673.  


American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery

The Road to Recovery program provides rides to and from treatment for people with cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their cars so that patients can receive the treatments they need. Call Margie Horton at 276.393.6575. 


American Cancer Society  Gas Cards

Gas cards are available in varied amounts for those with scheduled chemotherapy or radiation appointments. To apply please call 1.800.ACS.2345 (Ask specifically for transportation assistance).  

CancerCare Transportation Assistance

Transportation Assistance is available in varied amounts for those with  scheduled chemotherapy or radiation appointments. To apply please visit www.cancercare.org or call 800.813.4673.  


The American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge

The American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge offers cancer patients and their families a free, temporary place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city. Hope Lodge locations include Gainesville, FL, Atlanta, GA, Lexington, KY, Greenville, NC, Charleston, SC, and Nashville, TN, among others. For more information, call 1.800.ACS.2345 or 1.800.227.2345 (Ask specifically about Hope Lodge).