Education Resources

We strive to provide the very best in access to our patients. We understand the importance of reaching the resources you want, when you want. In this section you will find listings, contact information, educational resources and assistance for cancer related matters.


Cancer Support Groups

Cancer Together

www.cancertogether.org

They are about giving a face and a voice to the stories and experiences of people affected by cancer.  Offers those who are living or have lived with cancer an opportunity to share their hard-earned wisdom and insight. They offer educational and inspirational videos on their website.

Wellness Community

They offer a variety of support groups related to cancer issues.

Pasadena - 626.796.1083

Brain Tumor Support Group

St Jude Hospital, Fullerton - Contact: Kathy Person - 714.992.3000 x 2592

City of Hope, Duarte - 626.359.8111 x68403

Prostate Cancer Support Groups

St. John Vianney Church (Hacienda Heights) - 714.607.9241

Presbyterian Church (Fullerton)

Good Sounds (Laryngectomy Support Group)

Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital - 562.698.0811 x2629

Leukemia/Lymphoma Support Group

The Lewis Family Cancer Care Center, Pomona Valley Hospital - 909.865.9555

Coping and Caring (For Patients and Families)

City of Hope, Duarte - 626.256.8626


Educational Websites


Financial Assistance

At the Oncology Institute we understand the financial burdens that can impact healthcare. We have an in house representative that works closely with cancer foundations and other organizations that help with patient co-pays and coinsurances. Patients must meet certain guidelines in order to qualify, but we assist in making the application process much smoother. If you would like more information please contact us at any time regarding financial assistance and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Social Security and SSI

800.772.1213

Department of Public Social Services (Norwalk)

562.807.7610

Food stamps and general relief

General Relief

310.761.2205

Cancer Care  

800.813.HOPE

www.cancercare.org 

This is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to provide free professional help to anyone affected by cancer through counseling, education, information and referral and direct financial assistance.

Credit Card Counseling Centers of America

800.493.2222

www.ccamerica.org 

Non profit organization that helps with financial information.

Medi-cal

800.793.8090

If you are a woman under 65 without health insurance who has been both screened and diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer, you can get free Medi-Cal immediately, and during the entire time you are receiving cancer treatment, if your income is less than $1595.

Patient Advocate Foundation

800.532.5274

www.patientadvocate.org

Insurance and Financial Information

Cancer Legal Resource Center from the Loyola Law School  

866.843.2572

www.disabilityrightslegalcenter.org

Cancer in the work place, insurance information, Trust and Estates, Custody/Guardianship/Conservatorship/Government Benefits/Advance Directives.

In-Home Support Services  

888.944.4477

Helps pay for services to eligible persons to enable them to stay at home.

The Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. 

www.medicareadvocacy.org

Insurance, financial information, advocacy, publications, scholarships for survivors.

NeedyMeds.com

Site to learn about patient assistance programs and other programs designed to help those who can’t afford their medicines.


Hope Health and Healing Center

Services we provide:

  • Pilates
  • Yoga
  • Acupuncture
  • Reflexology
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Make-over classes
  • Make-up application/beauty classes
  • Wigs/Hair Restoration
  • Stress Reduction/Better Eating Program
  • Massage Therapy
  • Reiki Therapy
  • Juice Plus Supplements

For more information contact: 562.567.3641


Prostheses and Head Coverings

Patricia L. Scheifly Breast Health Center, Whittier - 562.907.0667 x5638

S.M. Daniels Company  

Breast Prostheses, Whittier - 562.693.0446

Expressions

714.446.5870

Wigs Today  

562.923.0355

Jennies Wig Fashions  

562.693.0476

Jin's Wig - Beauty Supply & Salon

714.974.3080


Spanish Speaking Cancer Support Groups

Cancer Groups and Programs  

The Wellness Community, Pasadena - 626.796.1083

General Cancer Support Group

Citrus Valley Health Partners - 626.938.7585
Intercommunity campus, Covina - 626.814.2479


Transportation and Travel Assistance

The National Patient Travel Line

800.296.1217

Resource Center that provides referral and information mainly for air transportation and limited ground transportation.

Access Service

800.827.0829

The services will cross city lines. Must fill out an application for services and also requires that you wait at curbside.

Dial A Ride

562.698.2131

Service will not cross city lines and requires that you wait at curbside.

American Cancer Society

800.ACS.2345

Service is dependent upon availability of volunteer drivers.

L.A. County Dial A Ride

800.439.0439

Corporate Angel Network

www.corpangelnetwork.org

Arranges free travel to cancer patients to treatment centers using the empty seats on corporate jets.


Treating with Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment that uses drugs to destroy cancer cells. It is also called "chemo." Today, there are many different kinds of chemotherapy. So the way you feel during treatment may be very different from someone else.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is the use of medicines to destroy cancerous cells. The d rugs are administered orally or through an IV injection. They then circulate in the bloodstream with the goal of reaching any parts of the body where the cancer may have spread.

More than half of all cancer patients receive chemotherapy treatment. Although there may be harsh side e ffects associated with this treatment, recent advances in medicine have allowed physicians to control and even prevent some of them, allowing patients to maintain a higher quality of life throughout treatment.

Chemotherapy works by stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells, which grow and divide quickly. But it can also harm healthy cells that divide quickly, such as those that line your mouth and intestines or cause your hair to grow. Damage to healthy cells may cause side effects. Often, side effects get better or go away after chemotherapy is over.

Depending on your type of cancer and how advanced it is, chemotherapy can:

  • Cure Cancer:

    When chemotherapy destroys cancer cells to the point that your doctor can no longer detect them in your body and they will not grow back.

  • Control Cancer:

    When chemotherapy keeps cancer from spreading, slows its growth, or destroys cancer cells that have spread to other parts of your body.

  • Ease Cancer Symptoms (also called palliative care):

    When chemotherapy shrinks tumors that are causing pain or pressure.

Sometimes, chemotherapy is used as the only cancer treatment. But more often, you will get chemotherapy along with surgery, radiation therapy, or biological therapy. Chemotherapy can:

  • Make a tumor smaller before surgery or radiation therapy. This is called neo-adjuvant chemotherapy.
  • Destroy cancer cells that may remain after surgery or radiation therapy. This is called adjuvant chemotherapy.
  • Help radiation therapy and biological therapy work better.
  • Destroy cancer cells that have come back (recurrent cancer) or spread to other parts of your body (metastatic cancer).

Treatment schedules for chemotherapy vary widely. How often and how long you get chemotherapy depends on:

  • Your type of cancer and how advanced it is.
  • The goals of treatment (whether chemotherapy is used to cure your cancer, control its growth, or ease the symptoms).
  • The type of chemotherapy.
  • How your body reacts to chemotherapy.

You may receive chemotherapy in cycles. A cycle is a period of chemotherapy treatment followed by a period of rest. For instance, you might receive 1 week of chemotherapy followed by 3 weeks of rest. These 4 weeks make up one cycle. The rest period gives your body a chance to build new healthy cells.

It is not good to skip a chemotherapy treatment. But sometimes your doctor or nurse may change your chemotherapy schedule. This can be due to side effects you are having. If this happens, your doctor or nurse will explain what to do and when to start treatment again.

Chemotherapy may be given in many ways.

  • Injection:

    The chemotherapy is given by a shot in a muscle in your arm, thigh, or hip or right under the skin in the fatty part of your arm, leg, or belly.

  • Intra-arterial (IA):

    The chemotherapy goes directly into the artery that is feeding the cancer.

  • Intraperitoneal (IP):

    The chemotherapy goes directly into theperitoneal cavity (the area that contains organs such as your intestines, stomach, liver, and ovaries).

  • Intravenous (IV):

    The chemotherapy goes directly into a vein.

  • Topically:

    The chemotherapy comes in a cream that you rub onto your skin.

  • Orally:

    The chemotherapy comes in pills, capsules, or liquids that you swallow.

Chemotherapy affects people in different ways. How you feel depends on how healthy you are before treatment, your type of cancer, how advanced it is, the kind of chemotherapy you are getting, and the dose. Doctors and nurses cannot know for certain how you will feel during chemotherapy.

Some people do not feel well right after chemotherapy. The most common side effect is fatigue, feeling exhausted and worn out. You can prepare for fatigue by:

  • Asking someone to drive you to and from chemotherapy.
  • Planning time to rest on the day of and day after chemotherapy.
  • Getting help with meals and childcare the day of and at least 1 day after chemotherapy.

There are many ways you can help manage chemotherapy side effects. For more information, see the Side Effects At-A-Glance section.

Many people can work during chemotherapy, as long as they match their schedule to how they feel. Whether or not you can work may depend on what kind of work you do. If your job allows, you may want to see if you can work part-time or work from home on days you do not feel well.

Many employers are required by law to change your work schedule to meet your needs during cancer treatment. Talk with your employer about ways to adjust your work during chemotherapy. You can learn more about these laws by talking with a social worker.

1700 E. Cesar Chavez Ave. Suite 3750
Los Angeles
CA
90033
United States
323-284-4077