American Cancer Society recently issued data on the services it provided in Jefferson County last year.
The society provided 260 services to 58 cancer patients and caregivers. Of the 58 patients, 41 were recently diagnosed with cancer and six were uninsured or on Medicaid.
Thirty calls were made to the cancer society's information line at 1-800-227-2345, which is staffed with registered oncology nurses.
The society's website at www.cancer.org was visited 1,076 times by residents of Jefferson County for medical and event information.
The following programs were provided locally:
. Camp. Two child cancer patients and siblings were sent to attend a camp where they could forget about cancer and just be kids.
. Fuel assistance was provided to 17 patients to help with trips for treatment.
. Gift items such as wigs, scarves, hats, turbans and prostheses were provided to eight patients.
. Free lodging was provided to two patients traveling long distance for treatment.
. The Look Good, Feel Better program helped three women maintain their appearance while undergoing cancer treatment.
Patient navigators are volunteers who tell cancer patients about programs, promote informed decision making, and enhance the quality of life for those undergoing treatment.
Patient navigators helped 52 Jefferson County patients with 181 services at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center and Oregon Health and Science University, both in Portland, Bend Memorial Clinic in Bend and LaPine, and St. Charles Cancer Center in Bend.