American Cancer Society Services

In the Ark-La-Tex, the American Cancer Society (800-227-2345) offers a multitude of programs and services for cancer patients to aid in their recovery. Some of their services include:

Early Detection & Prevention

  • A Powerful Team
    The utilization of early detection education materials by community organizations as a means of promoting the American Cancer Society screening guidelines and increasing cancer screenings and referrals.
  • Smoke-Free City Ordinances
    Active work is being done to strengthen the smoke-free policies within our cities. This is just one way we can decrease the cancer deaths due to secondhand smoke.
  • National Cancer Information Center
    24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, providing cancer information…staffed with cancer specialists, social workers, oncology nurses & doctors.
    Cancer information at your fingertips!
  • Research
    46 Nobel Prize winners in research; largest source of private, not-for-profit funding. Influential in milestones such as: chemotherapy, radiation therapy, mammogram, Pap test, PSA test, bone marrow transplants, Tamoxifen, Gleevec & the structure of DNA.
  • Advocacy
    Milestones such as the Clean Indoor Air Law in Louisiana, insurance companies to cover cost of cancer screenings, restrictive advertising for tobacco companies, warning labels on cigarettes & no smoking in airplanes.

Patient Support Services

  • Reach To Recovery
    Volunteer breast cancer survivors call women who are newly diagnosed or have just had surgery to offer educational materials, services and hope.
  • Cancer Survivors Network
    A first-of-its-kind web-based support service for cancer survivors & their families, caregivers & friends.
  • Road to Recovery
    Volunteer drivers provide cancer patients from Shreveport and Bossier City with transportation to ensure that they are able to receive their life-saving treatments.
  • Resource Referral for Patients
    We work hard to know the resources in our area in order to better meet the needs of our patients…often we partner with other agencies.
  • Guestroom Program
    Hotels provide free lodging to qualifying patients who are traveling at least 50 miles one-way during cancer treatment. (Limited number of rooms available) 

Support Groups

  • Look Good…Feel Better
    A service where licensed cosmetologists volunteer their time to work with women who are undergoing treatment. Each patient receives a free box of make-up and lessons on how to combat the temporary side effects of treatment which include make-up, head coverings & nail care.
  • I Can Cope Online
    I Can Cope® is a free online educational program for people facing cancer and their families and friends. The program is comprised of self-paced classes that can be taken any time, day or night. Take as few or as many classes as you like. Many topics are offered such as information about cancer, managing treatments and side effects, healthy eating during and after treatment, communicating with family and friends, finding resources, and more.  Learn more.