New Resources Available to LCH Patients
In our February 2015 eNews, we shared a statement from the Histiocyte Society’s Scientific Committee which explained recent confusion over the National Cancer Institute’s website stating LCH is a cancer. As the Scientific Committee explained, there is still much debate on this subject. What we do know is that LCH may be classified as a neoplasia (a disorder caused by abnormal cell growth), which is also a classification of cancer. While all cancers are considered neoplasias, not all neoplasias are cancerous.
With this new classification, there is the possibility of additional resources being available for LCH patients and families. We’ve compiled a list of resources you may now be eligible for through the American Cancer Society.
The following is a list of resources that will now be available to LCH patients:
- Lodging during treatment through their Hope Lodges.
- Assistance with transportation to treatment-related appointments through the Road to Recovery program.
- Get help searching for emotional support services, financial assistance programs, and insurance options for eligibile patients.
- Patients, caregivers, family members, and friends can reach out to The American Cancer Society by calling 1-800-227-2345 or by email or online chat . Cancer Information Specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Search the Community Resource Database for local assistance programs.
The Histiocytosis Association will continue to communicate any new information we receive to the Histio Community. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.