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  • The American Cancer Society's Patient Resource Center

  • The American Cancer Society's Patient Resource Center at Rhode Island Hospital is the first of its kind in Rhode Island. The hospital has partnered with the American Cancer Society to provide patients and families easy access to a wealth of information about cancer, treatment options and resources. All information and services are available free of charge.

    The center is located on the second floor of the Comprehensive Cancer Center and is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 


    Volunteers who have been trained by the American Cancer Society staff the Patient Resource Center. These volunteers are available to guide visitors in their search for resources and information as well as answer questions about financial aid, support groups, programs, and services. Perhaps most importantly, the volunteers are here to listen.

    Information about a variety of support groups and programsincluding:

    • I Can Cope - An eight-week, four-week or one-day education and support program for patients, families and friends
    • Look good. Feel better. - Education for women about using cosmetics to cope with the physical changes that accompany cancer treatments
    • Man to Man - A support group for men diagnosed with prostate cancer
    • Reach to Recovery - A patient visitation program for breast cancer patients, conducted by breast cancer survivors
    • Road to Recovery - Transportation to treatment appointments for cancer patients
    • Camp Hope - A week-long summer camp for children with cancer and their siblings

    The Patient Resource Center offers access to the Internet and the American Cancer Society's extensive database. Internet accessibility allows visitors to search for information about cancer on the World Wide Web. The American Cancer Society's database includes a wide range of cancer-related topics and resources for oncology patients and their families. Updated daily by physicians, the database offers the most current and reliable information about cancer.

    Numerous books, pamphlets, cassettes and videos addressing various cancer-related subjects are also on hand.

    Cosmetic items such as wigs, temporary prostheses and turbans are available to help patients cope with the side effects of cancer treatments.

    For more information about our services call 401-444-2479.

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