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


Information on products for women coping with cancer treatment.

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.

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


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


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.

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


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


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

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 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


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


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


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


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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