By SALLY SEXTON
The diagnosis of cancer can have a huge impact on the patient, as well as the family.
In order to make the process a little easier, Cancer Care Services, which caters to cancer patients and their loved ones, provides a plethora of services for cancer patients — their main focus is helping financially, emotionally, spiritually and socially.
“When I was going through my bout with cancer, my insurance took care of things so I didn’t need their services, but they were always sending someone by the hospital to make sure things were OK, that there wasn’t anything that I needed,” Gail Fowler said. “That’s how I got involved talking with them.”
Gail Fowler recently celebrated her 12th year of being cancer free.
The Weatherford resident and wife of Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler kicked off the commemoration with representatives of the Cancer Care Services organization, of which Fowler has an integral part of for the last year.
“For the Parker County area, we help out with more of the financial aspect,” Alex Martin, director of special events and outreach, said. “We have a lot of impoverished clients in Parker County.”
Those financial aids include helping with prescription co-pays, COBRA Health Insurance premiums, nutritional supplements and feeding tubes for head and neck cancer patients. Transportation is also a big focus, as well as medical supplies and equipment, including walkers or wheelchairs.
With its main location in Fort Worth, Cancer Care reaches out to residents through its partnership with the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, located off Santa Fe Drive.
“We have social workers that rotate between clinics and that are out in Weatherford once a week,” Martin said. “We also have a home visit social worker and her job is to go do home visits with our Parker County clients.”