If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with cancer, you probably have many questions and concerns. The Commonwealth Cancer Association is here to help. We offer support and information for people living with cancer, their caregivers, families, and friends.
Survivor Hope and Assistance
The Commonwealth Cancer Association coordinates monthly cancer survivor support meetings in collaboration with the Department of Public Health and other partners. Each meeting usually includes special educational presentations on selected topics ranging from stress management and communication strategies to proper nutrition. Support meetings offer people facing cancer a safe and confidential place to meet others in similar circumstances, to share experiences and practical strategies, and to develop new relationships in a social environment.
The Commonwealth Cancer Association also provides financial assistance of up to $500 per year for qualifying expenses such as nutritional supplements, diapers, bedpads, prosthetic devices, and wound care supplies. These funds cannot be used, however, to cover medical or surgical procedures, or travel expenses. In addition to financial assistance, the Commonwealth Cancer Association offers equipment on loan such as hospital beds, wheelchairs, shower and bedside commodes, and walkers, at no charge to people living with cancer.
Awareness and Education
CCA engages in various awareness and outreach activities and has produced various educational publications such as brochures, pamphlets, and DVD's tailored for the diverse community of the CNMI.
CCA participates in community events such as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Great Marianas Smokeout.
CCA conducts cancer education presentations upon request to group of all ages.
For professional advice or education CCA maintains a roster of health care practitioners willing to confer with patients and families. Several cancer survivors are also willing to talk with newly diagnosed patients. These two avenues provide support and education.
For more information
Click here to view the 2009 CCA Annual Report
Click here to view the 2010 CCA Annual Report
Click here to view the 2011 CCA Annual Report
Click here to view the 2012 CCA Annual Report