Cancer Support Services

Resources to support your cancer treatment and recovery

We provide a range of services and resources to support your physical and emotional well-being during cancer treatment and beyond. With care coordination, integrative medicine options, the opportunity to join cancer support groups and an array of additional services, we’ll make sure you have the best possible support on your journey.


Need resource help? Ask a Cancer Support Specialist  


Your Cancer Nurse Navigator

The Henry Ford Cancer Institute nurse navigators are registered nurses and compassionate cancer experts who will provide an exceptional experience for you and your family. They personally guide you through the cancer care journey -- from diagnosis through survivorship. They provide education about available care options, explain what to expect during future encounters, and help coordinate appointments and referrals for medical services.

Your nurse navigator will track your progress and make sure there is communication among care providers, including your primary care physician - even if they are from a different health system. When you have completed treatment, your nurse navigator will also provide survivorship planning, including transitioning you back under the care of your primary care provider.

Your Cancer Social Worker

Cancer social workers provide counseling and other services to reduce stress for you and your loved ones through all phases of your cancer. They can help you:

  • Access information about your diagnosis and treatments to help you better understand them
  • Identify which treatment options may be best for you based on your job, family, and other factors in your life
  • Understand insurance coverage, disability benefits, and social security benefits and how to apply for them
  • Locate and apply for programs that offer financial assistance

Our cancer social workers can also help guide you with:

  • Successful communication with your care team members
  • Sharing your cancer diagnosis with your children, family, friends or co-workers
  • Coping with emotions like sadness, anger, worry and fear
  • Understanding how cancer affects sex, intimacy, fertility, and feeling good about your body
  • Living with cancer, issues commonly experienced and resources to help you long term
  • Advance Directives and how they can help you guide your care
Integrative Medicine

We combine traditional medicine with services and complementary therapies to relieve the symptoms and side effects of cancer and its treatments, to care for the whole person -- body, mind and spirit.

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  • Henry Ford Health System resources

    Henry Ford Health System offers many tools to help patients learn as much as they can about their cancer type, available treatment types, and the supportive services available.

    Cancer support specialist

    Need help finding what you’re looking for? Your personal Henry Ford Cancer Support Specialist can guide you to information about cancer support services and resources, at Henry Ford and throughout the community. Use our online form to connect via email, and you will receive a response to your question within 24 business hours.

    Support groups and classes

    Henry Ford’s support groups and classes offer encouragement and hope when you need it the most, and our special programs will nourish your body and mind. All programs are free unless otherwise noted.

    Patient Resource Centers at Henry Ford Health System

    Find information about cancer types, cancer treatment, and cancer supportive services in the comfort of your home, or on the go with your smart phone! The Sladen Library Cancer Resources for Patients page offers a variety of informational sites, videos, mobile apps, and organizations that can help you through your cancer journey.

    If you would rather visit the Patient Resource Centers in person, and get help finding information from one of our experienced medical librarians, you can visit our locations at:

  • Insurance information for cancer care


    • The official website for the Medicare program, where you can find out more about your plan and what services are covered
    • Medicare and You: Getting Started

    FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act) 

    • The official webpage of the act that entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take 12 unpaid weeks off work with job security and continuation of group health coverage due to a serious health condition of self or a direct family member, among other situations
    • The FMLA Employee Guide answers questions like when can I use FMLA and what can the FMLA do for me? The guide also explains the process of requesting FMLA leave
    • Ask your social worker if you have questions about filling out and submitting online FMLA forms, and if you qualify 
  • Transportation and housing


    If you have Medicaid, you could be eligible for free rides to your cancer treatment appointments through Logisticare. A certificate of medical necessity form may be needed; if so, your doctor will need to sign the form. Your social worker can help with this process

    Visit the Logisticare webpage to learn more

    Other direct lines: 

    • AmeriHealth Caritas Blue Cross Complete
    • AmeriHealth Caritas MMP Duals
    • Centene Fidelis SecureCare of Michigan MMP Duals
    • Molina MI MMP Duals
    • Molina MI
    • Meridian MI
    • Total HealthCare
    • MI Medicaid
      1- 866-569-1902
    • United Healthcare


    The Myride2 service webpage can help seniors and adults with disabilities who live in Oakland, Macomb and western Wayne counties find transportation options. Whether you need information about driving safety, help finding transportation resources, or scheduling rides, Myride2 can help you

    • Visit their website or call 1-855-697-4332


    Reddi-Ride Transportation focuses on Non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) for you and your loved ones. You must pay for this service- if you can’t afford rides to your treatment, talk to your social worker

    Henry Ford Guest Housing

    • Henry Ford Health System offers short term, convenient, hotel-like accommodations on the property of Henry Ford Hospital, so families can remain in close proximity to their loved ones
    • The guest housing units are located in the apartment building behind Henry Ford Hospital and are available to patients and their family members

    Reduced Hotel Rates for Cancer Patients

    • The American Cancer Society (ACS) offers reduced rates at various downtown and suburban hotels to cancer patients. For more information on the ACS’s “Hotel Partners Program,” and additional support services offered by the American Cancer Society, visit their website or call 800-227-2345
  • Community-based cancer resources

    Area Agency on Aging 1-B

    • Programs, resources and services from the AAA 1-B support older adults and help them live safely and comfortably at home
    • Serves Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties
    • Visit their website or call (800) 852-7795

    Community Mental Health

    • If you are uninsured or have Medicaid, your doctor can refer you to a Community Mental Health location for individual counseling, group therapy, or medication to help with psychological and substance abuse concerns. Find a clinic in your county by visiting the website or calling the contact number listed below: 

    Detroit Area Agency on Aging

    • Serves older adults, adults with disabilities, and caregivers residing in Detroit, Hamtramck, Harper Woods, Highland Park and the five Grosse Pointes
    • Offers many community resources including free online Medicare insurance counseling for seniors or their family and caregivers, and $2.50 rides to and from medical appointments.
    • Visit their website or call (313) 446-4444 

    Gilda's Club Metro Detroit

    • Located in Royal Oak, Gilda's club offers support groups and networking for those with cancer, their families, and their caregivers
    • You must become a member to attend their events
    • Visit their website or call (248) 577-0800 for more information on membership and events

    The Lake House

    • A Michigan charity located in St. Clair Shores that welcomes anyone who has been touched by cancer to participate in their support groups and events.
    • Visit their website or call (586) 777-7761 for more information

    New Day Foundation for Families

    • The New Day Foundation helps families facing any type of cancer with financial assistance, counseling, and several other helpful programs
    • Visit their website for more information

    Marlene's Wigs with Love

    • Marlene gives cancer patients a free wig and all necessary accessories, regardless of ability to pay
    • Call the Henry Ford Columbus Center at 248-344-7360 to make an appointment

    Veteran's Canteen Services

    • A full service retail store that sells Ensure and other supplements tax-free. The local Patriot Store is located in the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, 4646 John R. Detroit, MI 48201. 
    • The Patriot store is open daily M-F from 7am-4:30pm, and from 9am-2:30pm on weekends. 
    • You can also visit their website for more information

    FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered

    • A national resource to help those affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.
    • Location: Rose Cancer Center: 3577 West 13 Mile Road Suite 140, Royal Oak, MI 48073
    • Visit their website or call (866) 288-7475
  • National online cancer resources
    • CancerCare
      • Telephone support from Oncology Social Workers, audio workshops, and publications
    • The American Cancer Society (national and local offices)
    • National Cancer Institute
      • Comprehensive information about cancer, treatment, latest treatments, and resources for patients, families and caregivers.
    • Stupid Cancer
      • Information geared toward young adults who are battling cancer or are supporting a loved one with cancer
    • Imerman Angels
      • A program that provides personalized connections that enable one-on-one support among cancer fighters, survivors, and caregivers
      • Contact: (866) 463-7626
    • Cancer and Careers
      • Cancer and Careers empowers and educates people with cancer to thrive in their workplace, by providing expert advice, interactive tools and educational events.

    Financial assistance, Social Security, and medication discounts

    • Medication Discounts
      • NeedyMeds is a website with information and instructions about how to apply for Prescription Assistance Plans (PAPs). 
      • If you don't have insurance, or the medication you need is not covered, you can download this free discount card to save money on some medications. It doesn’t usually apply to oncology medications, but can often help with more general medications you or your family might need. 
    • Henry Ford Wyandotte “I Promise” program
      • The I Promise program is a fund available to Downriver residents faced with the challenges of cancer and in need of essential medical and personal equipment. The program provides essential needs, such as wigs, prostheses, swimsuits and other important items to improve the quality of life.
      • Visit their website or call (734) 246-6053 for more information
    • Social Security disability
      • The best first step if you have questions about social security disability is to speak with your social worker to see if you’re eligible
      • Visit the government's social security website to see if you can apply for social security disability benefits.
      • Online Social Security benefits application
      • If you have one of the conditions on this Compassionate Allowances list, you could be approved for social security disability benefits more quickly.
      • Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug plan costs
        • To qualify for Extra Help, a person must have Medicare, have limited resources and income, and reside in one of the 50 States or the District of Columbia. If approved, you will have smaller prescription co-pays.
        • Visit their website for more information about eligibility or to apply
    • Allsup
      • Allsup is a social security disability representation company that will help you successfully apply and receive social security benefits for a fee if you are eligible.
      • Visit their website or call (800) 279-4357
    • World Medical Relief- prescription and medical supply assistance
      • If you are without insurance and struggling to pay for everyday medication, you may be eligible for the Word Medical Relief’s Affordable Prescription’s Program
      • Visit their website, email or call (313) 868-5333 to learn how to apply
    • Cancer Finances

Cancer Genetics

Our certified genetic counselors and clinical geneticists have expertise with various hereditary tumors and cancers. We will help you understand your testing options and what your results mean for you and your family.

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Share Your Story

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer tell us your story. Your story can bring strength and practical support to others.

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