Center To Eliminate Cancer Disparities
Patient Advocacy, Community Outreach,
and Support Programs
In addition to the support programs available through the hospital, this Center will also provide patients with contact information for cancer advocacy and support groups both locally and nationally that serve the needs of their demographic background. We are also proud to host and sponsor several annual events where patients can come together to share their stories and plan for a future free of cancer disparities
Award Winning Buddy Program
The buddies in our program are trained volunteers who have been through cancer treatment themselves and now provide short-term one-on-one support and information over the telephone to others facing cancer. The patient is set up with a buddy who is similar to them in terms of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and other criteria such as age and gender.
This group offers support and education to caregivers of patients going through cancer treatment. While your loved one is in treatment, caregivers can come to share and/or listen to each other talk about their experience as caregivers. It will be facilitated by licensed Kimmel Cancer Center social workers. Participation is voluntary and anything shared will be strictly confidential.
Healthy Woman Program
The Healthy Woman Program (HWP) is a free breast and cervical cancer early detection program of the Pennsylvania Department of Health. It is funded by the Department of Health and through a grant the Department receives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson is proud to be a Healthy Woman provider. Free services for those meeting the eligibility standards include: clinical breast examination; mammogram; pelvic examination and pap smear; education on breast self-exam; and follow-up diagnostic care for an abnormal result.
Individual and Family Counseling
Oncology social workers are available to meet privately with cancer patients and their families to help with the psychosocial impact of a cancer diagnosis. Oncology social workers specialize in individual, couple and family counseling to cope with illness adjustment issues, stress management, and/or possible end-of-life issues. Counselors are also available to provide information on financial resources.
For a complete list of Jefferson cancer support programs, visit: