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Dane County Support Services

The UW Carbone Cancer Center lists the following Dane County support services as a convenience to our patients and to cancer patients in the state and region. Please note that inclusion on this list does not imply that the services are endorsed or sponsored by the UW Carbone Cancer Center. Please contact these organizations directly for additional information.
 
American Cancer Society Navigator
American Cancer Society Navigators offer free, confidential, one-on-one support to cancer patients and those who care for them. Navigators listen, learn your needs and create an individualized plan made just for you. Navigators provide a vital link between a cancer survivor and resources in the community, including transportation, lodging, and other American Cancer Society programs such as At Home which provides access to free medical equipment for cancer patients, including hospital beds, wheelchairs, walkers and commodes. Call 800-ACS-2345 and ask for your regional navigator.
 
Bosom Buddies
A support group for breast cancer patients and survivors who meet to share experience and information. Meetings are the third Wednesday of each month. Call  (608) 244-3062, (608) 831-1841 or (608) 833-1281 for more information. E-mail support group also available at MadisonBB@att.net.
 
Breast Cancer Networking Group
For those touched by breast cancer who wish to share their stories, challlenges and resources with others. Both women and men are welcome. This networking group is possible in part because of a grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure Madison. Meets monthly at Gilda's Club, 7907 UW Health Court, Madison. For more information, call (608) 828-8880. 
  
Breast Cancer Recovery Foundation Infinite Boundaries Retreat Program
Provides environments in which women may heal emotionally, spiritually and physically from breast cancer. Offers four-day wellness retreats for women living with breast cancer. The Foundation also sponsors awareness and educational programs. To find out how to participate and for information on upcoming retreats, visit the Breast Cancer Recovery Foundation website or call (608) 661-4178.
 
Center for Patient Partnerships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Center for Patient Partnerships serves patients with life-threatening and serious chronic illnesses and their families, regardless of income or residence. Patient advocates work with clients to help them make more informed medical decisions, access care, navigate employment issues, find support and build their own self-advocacy skills as needed. The Center trains professional/graduate students in law, medicine, social work, nursing, pharmacy, public affairs, psychology, biology, health systems engineering and others who will work in or around the health care system in their future careers. Advocacy may include issues surrounding diagnosis and treatment, coordination of care and support, family matters, employment, medical bills/insurance, public benefits or public/private disability. For more information, e-mail advocacy@patientpartnerships.org or call (608) 890-0321.
  
Gilda's Club Madison
Gilda's Club Madison will provide one place for men, women and children living with cancer, as well as their family and friends, to gather. Gilda's Club is a free, non-profit support community for anyone touched by any kind of cancer as well as their families and friends. It's a warm and welcoming, non-residential clubhouse where men, women, and children come together to build social and emotional support as a supplement to medical care. Those interested in joining Gilda’s Club can call (608) 828-8880 to attend a new member meeting. Individuals can participate as much or as little as they want. There is no required time commitment and there are no expectations. Membership is free.
 
Hope Chest: Women Sharing their Breast Cancer Journey with Hope
Provides individual and group support for women in the Stoughton area who have breast cancer, whether newly diagnosed, receiving treatment, or having completed treatment. Offers a support system where women can come together locally to share their experience or concerns. For more information regarding time and location, call (608) 873-6041 or (608) 770-7829.
 
Instant Sisters
This support group is for women who are survivors of metastatic breast cancer- breast cancer that has spread to other areas of the body. Occasional guest speakers provide education on pertinent topics. Meets monthly at Gilda's Club, 7907 UW Health Court, Madison. Facilitated by Lauren Cunningham, Ph.D., Psychologist. For more information, e-mail instantsisters@gmail.com or call (608) 828-8880.
 
Life After Cancer Networking Group
For those who have completed the majority of their treatment and are within six months to one year after treatment. People with cancer are welcome, as well and their family and friends. Meets monthly at Gilda's Club, 7907 UW Health Court, Madison. For more information, call (608) 828-8880. 
 
Look Good … Feel Better
A community-based, free service that teaches female cancer patients beauty techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Volunteer beauty professionals lead small groups, usually consisting of six to ten women, through practical, hands-on experience. Women learn about makeup techniques, skincare, nail care, and options related to hair loss such as wigs, turbans and scarves. Each group program participant receives a free kit of cosmetics for use during and after the workshop. Call (800) 227-2345 and ask for your regional navigator.
 
Man to Man
A supportive gathering of men who have experienced prostate cancer. Meetings are both sharing and educational. No charge. Meets twice monthly. Call (800) 227-2345 and ask for your regional navigator.
 
Men's Networking Group
For men who are living with cancer or who love someone living with cancer. Group meets monthly at Gilda's Club, 7907 UW Health Court, Madison. For more information, call (608) 828-8880.
 
Reach To Recovery
This program offered by the American Cancer Society can help breast cancer patients (female and male) cope with their diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. Talking with a specially trained Reach to Recovery volunteer can provide a measure of comfort and an opportunity for emotional grounding and informed decision-making. Volunteers are breast cancer survivors who give patients and family members an opportunity to express feelings, verbalize fears and concerns, and ask questions of someone who is knowledgeable and level-headed. Most importantly, Reach to Recovery volunteers offer understanding, support, and hope because they themselves have survived breast cancer and gone on to live normal, productive lives. Call (800) 227-2345 and ask for your regional navigator.
 
Road to Recovery
Program that assists ambulatory cancer patients with ground transportation to and from cancer treatment. Call (800) 227-2345 and ask for your regional navigator.
 
TEAMSurvivor Madison
The mission of TEAMSurvivor Madison, Inc. is to provide women cancer survivors a variety of fitness activities, education and support while taking an active role in our physical and emotional well-being. TEAMSurvivor is unique in that it is open to women surviving any type of cancer diagnosis. Its programs are open to women of all ages and fitness levels, in all stages of cancer treatment and recovery. Visit the TEAMSurvivor Madison website or e-mail info@teamsurvivormadison.org.
 
United Way 2-1-1
United Way 2-1-1 is a community resource line, providing 24-hour, 365-day a year, free and confidential information and referral services for people in Dane County who are in need of help. Call 2-1-1 within Dane County or (608) 246-4357 from outside Dane County and from cellular phones.
 
WeCanRow-Madison
Camp Randall Rowing Club's WeCanRow-Madison program is designed to provide wellness and recovery options for breast and other cancer survivors with the objective of helping women re-orient themselves to their bodies and learn to accommodate the profound effects of cancer, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and reconstructive surgery. The goal is to give these women a sense of control and to put them in contact with other cancer survivors, while at the same time helping them to rebuild physical strength and mental focus. For more information, visit the WeCanRow-Madison website, e-mail camprandallrowingclub@gmail.com or call Steve Schaefer or Sally Miley at (608) 256-3636.
 
The Witness Project
The Witness Project is a health program for African-American women, which features a group of women who each "witness" about their triumph over breast or cervical cancer. These women provide support, encouragement and hope for one another. This project also offers community education regarding breast self-exam, pap tests, and signs and symptoms of breast and cervical cancer and provides a list of resources that offer low or no cost services to women of color. For more information, call (608) 658-3758.
 
Wisconsin Well Woman
Wisconsin Well Woman is a statewide program that provides free breast and cervical cancer screening for women who have limited or no insurance. Women must meet age and income eligibility criteria in order to enroll in the program. Members may choose from more than 25 area clinics for screening. For more information, call (608) 242-6392.
 
Young Survivors Networking Group
For those with a cancer connection who are in their 20's, 30's and early 40's. Meets monthly at Gilda's Club, 7907 UW Health Court, Madison. For more information, call (608) 828-8880.