Cancer Resource / Service Directory

If you feel your service is of benefit to cancer community and would like to be included in our Cancer Resource Directory, please contact us at 915-562-7660.


Cancer changes everything. People diagnosed with cancer face a whole range of concerns about finances, medical and emotional issues. But there is one thing that even cancer does not have the power to change: the fact that you are the expert on your own life. You can manage many aspects of cancer that will help you cope better with the disease.

The El Paso Cancer Care Service Directory is one tool to support you as you travel this difficult terrain. Cancer is neither a solitary disease nor one that is self contained. In coordinating the information within, we have focused on all aspects of the disease, including information about where to find credible resources for your physical well-being, treatments, side effects, doctor’s visits, self-image, work and family.

Special thanks to the contributors to the project, including members of the El Paso Breast Care Coalition, Rio Grande Cancer Foundation staff who managed the project and verified information, and Komen for the Cure, El Paso Affiliate. All information contained within is provided to you as general information only and cannot replace the medical attention or health care given from a professional. This information is not a substitute for professional advice or diagnosis. We remind you to always seek the counsel of your physician or health care provider.

It is important to note that the community resources listed are neither endorsed nor approved by the El Paso Breast Care Coalition or Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, nor should endorsement be inferred from their appearance in this directory. This directory will be updated regularly. If your organization offers services of benefit to the oncology patient and/or their supporters, please contact The Rio Grande Cancer Foundation at (915) 562-7660 to inquire about the possibility of being included in future editions.

It's hard enough having cancer. You shouldn’t have to struggle to find resources. We hope this directory will serve to make your journey an easier one to navigate.

- The Rio Grande Cancer Foundation


Beauty and Cancer



"TLC" Tender Loving Care

Magazine/Catalog

Information on products for women coping with cancer treatment.


Consumers Affairs - Buyers Guide for Wigs

A woman going through a cancer diagnosis who may be losing her hair due to chemotherapy will find this site helpful when making a decision about the decision to purchase and wear a wig.

ConsumerAffairs is the service to use for life’s important purchases. They provide expert resources and verified reviews to help you make smarter buying decisions.They aim to provide readers with the most up-to-date information available about today's consumer products and services.

Topics on this link include:

Comparing Brands of wigs online

What wig features are important

What types of wigs are there

Who might purchase a wig or hair piece?

Wig company reviews




Four Seasons Beauty Program

Rio Grande Cancer Foundation

Provides wigs, hats, scarves, post mastectomy garments, prosthetics, and compression sleeves at no cost to the patient. Mastectomy garment and prosthetic fitting upon appointment.


Jacqui Hair Salon

Beauty salon services. Stylists will shave cancer patients losing hair due to treatment, wig styling and annual participant in Cut for the Cure.



Look Good, Feel Better

Volunteer cosmetologists teach women to cope with skin changes and hair loss.



Suk's Wigs & Beauty Supplies

Wigs and beauty supplies


Your Image Boutique

Breast Prosthesis and fittings. Mastectomy lingerie and accessories.



Children's Services



Candlelighters of the El Paso Area

Emergency assistance for children with cancer and their families including living arrangements, travel, funerals, medical and food, support groups, family activities, retreats and camps.


Catholic Couseling Services

Family and Individual counseling



Children's Grief Center

Grief support services for children, educational programs, peer support


Creative Kids, Inc.

Art workshops, classes, AIM (Arts in Motion) pediatric oncology art program



Discovery Shop Pick-Up Service

Resale store funds the Child Crises Center for abused and neglected children



Jewish Family and Children's Services

Family Counseling


Ronald McDonald House

"Home Away From Home" for families with ill/ injured children



YWCA El Paso Del Norte Region Child Care Centers

Child Care assistance throughout El Paso County

Please call for listing nearest you.


Clothing & Household Assistance



Candlelighter Pick-Up Service

Resale store funds Candlelighters of the El Paso Area for children with cancer


Discovery Shop Pick-Up Service

Resale store funds the Child Crises Center for abused and neglected children



Salvation Army

Emergency housing, shower, meals, clothing. Salvation Army- Traditional Living Center



San Vincent De Paul Society

Proceeds benefit the society's efforts to pay for rent, medicine, utilities, food and other needs of the disadvantaged


Community Clinics & Hospitals



Texas Tech Medical Center Sadie & Annabelle Garber Breast Care Center


Counseling Services



A Smoke-Free Paso Del Norte

Smoking cessation classes and Counseling


Alternatives Centre-Behavioral

Mental Health and substance abuse services, Outpatient, partial hospitalization/day treatment



Dejate de Ese Vicio Centrto San Vicente

Spanish Smoking Cessation Classes



El Paso Child Guidance Center

Play therapy, art therapy, group therapy, individual and family therapy are used to promote healing


El Paso Psychiatric Center

Intensive short term inpatient psychiatric treatment



Family Therapy Institute

Medicaid, Medicare, Sliding fee scale



Fresh Start Centro San Vicente

Spanish smoking cessation classes


Jewish Family and Children's Services

Individual, marital and family counseling



University Behavioral Health of El Paso

Treatment for mental health and substance abuse. Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance


Financial Assistance



Cancer and Chronic Disease Constorium, Inc.

Access to services for breast and cervical screenings, individual case management, education programs, community outreach programs, assistance with Medicare eligibility, limited financial assistance



Candlelighters of the El Paso Area

Emergency assistance for pediatric oncology patients, living, travel, medical and food assistance, support groups


El Paso General Assistance

Financial Assistance for families with no income, assist with utilities



Project Amistad

Protective services for the elderly and disabled, limited financial income


Project Bravo

Referral for low-income families, transportation to medical appts. Utility assistance/limited to financial resources



Rio Grande Cancer Foundation

The Patient Assistance/Transportation Services provides assistance to those with a genuine financial need during their cancer journey.


Information and Education



American Cancer Society

Information & Educational Resources


Cancer and Chronic Disease Constorium-(CCDC)

Promotora Program



El Paso County Medical Society

Information on area physicians.


Mesothelioma Group

The goal at the Mesothelioma Group is to increase awareness, improve survival rates and life expectancy. They provide up-to-date, free information and support, specifically focused on helping patients.




William Beaumont Army Medical Center

Research Services, lending library, emphasis on cancer, periodical, books, and pamphlets



Insurance



Cancer and Chronic Disease Constorium

Individual case management, and assistance with Medicare eligibility, limited financial assistance


Leukemia & Lymphoma Society THE NEW MEXICO/EL PASO CHAPTER

Patient Financial Aid for some medications, transportation and procedures for those in need




Patient Access Network Foundation

The Patient Access Network Foundation is dedicated to assisting insured patients who cannot afford the out-of-pocket costs


Patient Services Incorporated

Financial assistance; assistance with chronically ill individuals



Programs for the Aged and Disabled/Texas Department of Human Services

Supervised living, family care service, adult foster care, support groups, meal services, day activity and health services, Medicaid, housing



The Patient Advocate Foundation

Provides direct financial support to insured patients, including Medicare Part D beneficiaries, who must financially medically qualify to access pharmaceutical co-payment assistance



The Texas Health and Human Services

Referral to corresponding office for food stamps and other assistance



Housing and Lodging



Center Against Family Violence

Emergency residential/Crisis shelter for victims of domestic violence


Centro San Vicente Clinic @ Opportunity Center

General primary medical care, screening for diabetes, anemia; lab work; patient education; pharmacy; social services.

Hours: 8:00-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Must be homeless to be seen.



El Paso Housing Authority

Housing and rental assistance for low-income families


Guestroom Program A Project of the American Cancer Society

Housing during cancer treatment for out-of-town patients



Housing Assistance Opportunities For the Homeless

Provides families with shelter for a short period of time


La Posada Homes

Emergency shelter for homeless women and their children



Opportunity Center for the Homeless

Emergency shelter, basic needs services, legal clinic, mental health counseling, case management, job placement and housing programs


Rescue Mission of El Paso

Shelter for the homeless, job search, relapse prevention and social service



Ronald McDonald House

"Home away from home" for families from outlying areas shelter close to major treatment facilities in El Paso


Salvation Army

Emergency housing, Meals, Showers and clothing



YWCA Transitional Living Center

Housing for homeless women with and with out children


Mammography


Medical Cost Assistance



Area Agency on Aging

Support older adults and assist family caregivers


Cancer and Chronic Disease Constorium

Access to services for breast and cervical screenings, individual case management, education programs, community outreach programs, assistance with Medicare eligibility, limited financial assistance.



Cancer and Social Security Disability Benefits

Website link to Social Security Disability Benefits

http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/disabling-...



Candlelighters of El Paso

Emergency assistance for pediatric oncology patients, living, travel, funeral, medical and food assistance, support groups



Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

National program designed for families who warn too much money to qualify for Medicaid, yet cannot afford commercial insurance. Available for children ages 0-18


El Paso General Assistance

Financial Assistance for families with no income, assist with utilities



Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Education and medical cost assistance


Medicaid

Assistance for some healthcare services. Eligibility requirements vary- call for more information.




Medicare

Medical and support services. Eligibility requirements vary- call for more information.

Hours: Mon-Fri., 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.




Patient Services Incorporated

Specializing in locating Health Insurance Policies and assistance with co-payments



Project Amistad

Protective services for the elderly and disabled, limited financial income.



Project Bravo

Referral for low-income families, transportation to medical appts. Utility assistance/limited to financial resources


Nutrition and Food Banks



De La Fe Montana Vista Satellite Resource Center

Aerobics, Nutrition Program fro senior citizens, After-School Program, Health Promotions, Disease Prevention, Activities and classes


Diabetes Association of El Paso

Diabetes education, Screening and management programs



El Paso Drive-A-Meal Council

Provides home delivery of meals at a low cost of $4 per meal. Meals delivered Monday-Friday; must call 24 hours in advance. Free meals for persons who qualify. Call to apply.



El Pasoans Fighting Food Hunger

Distribution to 120 local food pantries in the local community.


La Posada House

Shelter for homeless women and their children



Santa Lucia Pantry

Food Distribution



Texas Department of Human Services

Provides application for food stamps, Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) and Medicaid. Call for the office nearest to you.


Women, Infants & Children (WIC)

Food, information and health care for pregnant or breastfeeding women and children up to age 5. Must meet income requirements to qualify for services.



Ysleta Lutheran Mission

Food basket program offered the first Tuesday of every month and on Saturdays 11:00-1:00p.m.

Hot Lunch Program; thrift store on premises


Oncologists and Hematologists



Ambrose Aboud, M.D.

Specialties: Internal Medicine, Oncology


Anuradha Gupta, M.D.

Specialty: Radiation Oncology



Armando Beltran, M.D.

Specialty: Medical Oncology


Arsenio G. Lopez III, M.D.

Specialties: Internal Medicine, Oncology



Arturo Castro, M.D.

Specialty: Radiation Oncology


Byron H. Chesbro, M.D.

Specialties: Internal Medicine, Oncology



Calvin Han, M.D.

Specialty: Radiation Oncology


Cesar Vivanco, M.D.

Specialties: Internal Medicine, Oncology



Fred N. Ekery, M.D.

Specialties: Hematology, Internal Medicine, Oncology


Harout Shahinian, M.D.

Specialties: Hematology, Internal Medicine, Oncology



Inez J. Sanchez, M.D.

Specialties: Hematology, Internal Medicine, Oncology


Javier Corral, M.D.

Specialties: Internal Medicine, Oncology




Jesus A. Gomez, M.D.

Specialties: Internal Medicine, Oncology


Juan Herrada, M.D.

Specialties: Hematology, Internal Medicine, Oncology



Maria C. Aloba, M.D.

Specialties: Oncology


Martin V. Ascherl, M.D.

Specialties: Internal Medicine, Oncology



Michael J. Hayes, M.D.

Specialties: Anatomic & Clinical Pathology, Hematology


Mutombo Kankonde, M.D.

Specialties: Medical Oncology



Nanda K. Gopalan, M.D.

Specialties: Hematology, Internal Medicine, Oncology



Panagiotis N. Valilis, M.D.

Specialties: Hematology, Internal Medicine, Oncology


Ragene R. Rivera, M.D.

Specialties: Internal Medicine, Oncology



Raul M. Portillo, M.D.

Specialties: Hematology, Internal Medicine, Oncology


Ray O. Lundy, M.D.

Specialties: Hematology, Internal Medicine



Stephanie Han, M.D.

Specialties: Radiation Oncology


Sumit Gaur, M.D.

Specialties: Hematology, Oncology



Warren L. Alexander, M.D.

Specialties; Hematology, internal Medicine, Oncology


Zeina Nahleh, M.D.

Specialties: Medical Oncology



Zening He, M.D.

Specialties: Medical Oncology


Prevention and Early Detection



American Cancer Society

Transportation, education, speakers bureau, Look Good, Feel Better Program


Cancer and Chronic Disease Constorium-(CCDC)

Financial qualification services, mammography referral and vouchers, promotora program



Medicaid Waiver Project/City of El Paso

Immunizations, cancer screenings, dental checkups & blood pressure monitoring


Texas Tech University Health Center

Se Casa en Casa Program & BEST Program



Social Services



American Heart Association

Educational materials on cholesterol, heart disease, high blood pressure, nutrition, low-fat diets, exercise, Speakers bureaus; appropriate referral


American Lung Association

Educational materials on lung disease, adult and childhood asthma, effects of smoking and smoking cessation program, tuberculosis, home control of allergies and asthma, public advocacy and research



American Red Cross

Emergency Assistance, Food, Shelter, clothing, CPR training, Lifeguard classes


Area Agency on Aging

Agency Advocates for older adults Services ensure the safety, health and high quality of life of El Paso's older adult population




Bienvivir Senior Health Services

Adult day health center, physician/nursing care, rehabilitation, transportation and social services




Cancer and Social Security Disability Benefits

Website link to Social Security Disability Benefits

http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/disabling-...




Center Against Family Violence Family Resource Center

Counseling and therapy

Emergency residential/crises shelter for families



El Paso Drive-A-Meal Council

Assistance with meals



Lutheran Social Services

Services: social activities, exercise, crafts, music, field trips, nutritious meals and snacks, transportation and healthcare. Adult day care services and adult foster care services


Paso Del Norte Food Bank

Emergency Food Pantry



Project Bravo, Inc.

Patient Assistance Program (PAP)

Assist low income families, the elderly and disable with rent and utilities. Provide citizenship and GED classes through the Job Related Education Center


SSI/Food Stamp Automated Benefits

Texas Department of Human Services Food Stamps, Rent/utility assistance



Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services

Services for elderly 65years and older; Supervised living, Family care service, Adult foster care, Support groups, Meal services, Day activity & health services, Medicaid and Housing



Texas Department of Human Services HIV/STD Medication Program

Medication Assistance



United Way of El Paso

A locally incorporated, non profit organization that is the single largest non-governmental funder of health and human services in our community


Special Care / Hospice Services



Home Sweet Home Healthcare

Home health care. Physician referral required. Treatment plans are authorized and managed by your doctor. Accepts Medicare. Services include but not limited to Skilled Nursing, Home Health Aide, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Medical Social Services and Speech Therapy.


Hospice El Paso

Hospice El Paso are dedicated professionals that will provide the special care, comfort, and services essential to the patient during the final stages of life's journey.



La Mariposa Hospice at The Hospitals of Providence

La Mariposa Hospice, regarding care, pain management and confidentiality Emotional support for caregivers and loved ones during a difficult time If you are seeking the service of La Mariposa Hospice in El Paso, Texas, you may either ask for a physician referral or contact La Mariposa Hospice directly. Services, Advanced methods of managing pain and symptoms to help patients live their final days in comfort Registered nurse available 24-hour/seven days a week to provide physical and emotional care


STD Services

Support Groups



American Cancer Society

A Cancer Information Specialist is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you and answer your questions.


Cancer Survivors Network

Online and telephone support amongst cancer survivors and caregivers



Caregiver Support Groups

Alzheimer's Association

Support groups for those who care for loved ones at home. Open to all Caregivers. Various locations throughout El Paso. One Spanish speaking group.



CaringBridge

CaringBridge websites offer a personal and private space to communicate and show support, saving time and emotional energy when health matters most. The websites are easy to create and use. Authors add health updates and photos to share their story while visitors leave messages of love, hope and compassion in the guestbook.



Coping with Breast Cancer at Hospitals of Providence

Hilton Tower



Dialogue at Hospitals of Providence - Sierra Campus

2nd Tuesday of the month, Classrooms in Basement




Grief Support Group Candlelighters of the El Paso Area

For families that have lost children to cancer.


Healing Your Heart

Rio Grande Cancer Foundation - A bereavement support group





Look Good, Feel Better Workshop

American Cancer Society

Call for information and dates


Strengthening Marriages Candlelighters of El Paso

For those couples whose children are battling cancer



Survive & Thrive Support Group

Rio Grande Cancer Foundation - a six-week program is facilitated by RGCF trained moderators who held lead discussions in crucial areas of healing and empowerment designed to empower cancer survivors and their caregivers.



Transportation Services



Air Care Alliance

Provides referrals to charitable, long distance, or air medical transport options


American Airlines Miles for Kids in Need

Provides transportation for seriously ill children up to the age of 18 in need of conventional medical treatment



American Cancer Society

Road to Recovery Program provides transportation assistance to and from treatment for cancer


Amtrak

Travelers with impaired mobility are allowed a 15 percent discount on round trip travel with appropriate documentation

800-USA-RAIL



Angel Flight South Central

Provide air transportation for the non-critical patients


Cancer Care

Offers financial assistance for transportation costs associated with treatment for patients with malignant tumors



Candlelighters Caravan

Handicapped accessible van


Children's Miracle Network

Financial assistance for transportation associated with medical treatment



Continental Airlines

Provides transportation for patients being treated at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas


Corporate Angel Network

Corporate jets transporting cancer patients for treatment. Patients must be ambulatory.



First Hand Foundation

Will provide financial assistance for transportation for families with children up to the age of 18 seeking medical treatment


Jessica's Hope Chest

Through a monthly grant program they provide funds for transportation during treatment for critically ill children



Miracle Flights for Kids

Provides air transportation for medical treatment for medically stable children and adults


MISSION4MAUREEN

Dedicated to providing financial assistance to families who are burdened with the staggering cost of brain cancer treatment. Financial aid is available for transportation and other areas of assistance.



National Brain Tumor Foundation

Provides grants of up to $1,000 to financially needy patients over the age of 18 to help with transportation costs to treatment


National Children's Cancer Society

Financial Assistance available for reasonable transportation costs in conjunction with medical treatment



National Patient Travel Center

Provides information about all forms of charitable, long distance medical air transportation


No Wooden Nickels

Provides assistance to cancer patients for transportation assistance to and from treatment and parking costs



Operation Lift Off

Provides air transportation to medical care and treatment centers for children with a life-threatening illness


Rio Grande Cancer Foundation

Patient Air Transportation Program (PATS) provides travel assistance for patients that need to receive treatment outside of El Paso and reside in El Paso County



Rise Above It

Provides financial assistance to young adult patients battling cancer


Sun Metro- LIFT

Low cost handicapped accessible van services



PHYSICAL THERAPY AND EXERCISE



Spectrum Fitness/CanXercise

CanXercise Program includes medical and nutrition screening, monthly weigh-ins, monthly vitals, monthly assessment of your success - Designed by medical personnel to support you in gaining the benefits of exercise while undergoing cancer treatment.


YMCA Livestrong Program

The YMCA and the Livestrong Foundation have joined together to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic goals. This researched-based program offers people affected by cancer a safe and supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person. YMCA staff, trained in supportive cancer care work with participants to achieve their goals: building muscle mass and strength, increasing flexibility and endurance and improving confidence and self esteem. Sessions available at Fred & Maria Loya Family Branch, Westside Family YMCA, and Bowling Family YMCA.



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