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Family Cancer Resource Center

Graphic of tree made of handprintsThe Family Cancer Resource Center at Mercy’s Hall-Perrine Cancer Center is a comprehensive resource center for individuals affected by a cancer diagnosis, with the primary focus on the patient’s spouse, children, parents, friends, caregivers and support persons. The center will also serve the larger community as a hub for educational and support services.

Mercy recognizes that there are limited resources within the community for family members and those who support and care for patients with cancer. The goal is to connect individuals with services within the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center as well as other services offered throughout the community by providing:

  • Education and support in schools and area businesses
  • Child Life Specialist services at no cost
  • Awareness of and referral to community support groups
  • Access or referral to home services such as cleaning & lawn care
  • Many other services to address the needs of individuals whose loved ones are affected by cancer

For more information, please contact Sandra Ahrendsen, Program Coordinator, at (319) 861-7998.

Family Resource Center Videos

The Hall-Perrine Cancer Center is honored to be the recipient of a grant award from the Aiming for a Cure Foundation and is proud to make these resources and services available to our community. The Aiming for a Cure Foundation is a local non-profit organization with the goal of improving the quality of cancer care and quality of life for children and families going through difficult times. The Foundation supports the funding of cancer research, non-insured expenses and patient care.

Online Caregiver Resources

American Cancer Society Cancer Survivors Network

Website: http://csn.cancer.org/forum

Online community of cancer survivors and caregivers

Cancer Care Connect

Website: http://www.cancercare.org/

Information, support and workshops online to provide for people living with cancer and their families.

Family Caregiver Alliance

Website: http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/home.jsp

Provides caregiver tips and fact sheets for caring for your loved one.

Iowa Family Caregiver Program

Website: http://www.i4a.org/
Helps caregivers get in touch with essential services to assist them in their caregiving role.

Livestrong

Website: http://www.livestrong.org
Provides one-on-one support, resources and cancer information.

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