When you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, it's important to have a caring, reliable source for information and support. To meet that need, Yuma Regional Medical Center Cancer Center hosts a Cancer Resource Center. The center is available to anyone in the Yuma community who is undergoing cancer treatment. Operated 100 percent by a dedicated volunteer staff and made possible by generous donations of money and materials from our community, the center provides patients with free resources to ease the burden of cancer treatment.
Services offered include:
Head Coverings - Patients are provided with head coverings including wigs, hats, scarves and turbans to make them feel as normal as possible when suffering the side effects of hair loss from treatment. Staff not only help patients find the right covering to fit their personality, but also educate them on how to properly care for it. Many of the hats, scarves and turbans are made and donated by individuals in our community.
Blankets - Each new patient who visits the center receives a handmade blanket made and donated by members of our community. These blankets help keep patients warm and provide comfort during infusion and radiation treatments.
Supplemental Nutrition - Cancer treatment often alters a patient’s diet. The center provides patients with liquid nutrition, as available, to help them maintain their body weight and strength while going through treatment.
Bras and Prosthetics - The Cancer Resource Center is able to provide patients with bras and prosthetics. The center features a private fitting room and knowledgeable staff to help patients with size selection.
Gas Certificates - Patients can receive a gas certificate from Shay Oil, to be used at Chevron stations, once a month to help cover the costs of transportation to and from appointments. These certificates are made available through community donations and the proceeds of an annual breast cancer awareness motorcycle run hosted by the Yuma Harley Owners Group and Yuma motorcycle community.
Cancer Resource Programs - The Cancer Resource Center is home to several programs that help patients and their caregivers with the support and resources they need. Several programs are offered by the American Cancer Society, including Road to Recovery, Reach for Recovery, and Hope Lodge. In addition, the Cancer Resource Center also offers Creating Renewed Confidence Classes that teach beauty techniques to women undergoing treatment.
The Cancer Resource Center is located on the second floor of the Yuma Regional Medical Center Cancer Center at 2375 S. Ridgeview Drive. The center is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m, with extended hours from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Mondays during the winter months. For more information, call 928-336-4969.