Colleen’s Corner: Local and National Resources


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Colleen was a young physician who battled cancer for 12 years. She believed it should be easier for patients and families facing a cancer diagnosis to find available supportive resources and services. We are working to make her belief a reality. When you see Colleen's Corner anywhere on our website, the information provided is patient and community submitted. If you would like to share a resource you think other cancer patients or caregivers might benefit from, please email our cancer support specialist.

*Resources available directly from Henry Ford.

We have gathered a number of trusted organizations that Henry Ford Cancer Institute patients have found to be helpful. Please note that these organizations are not owned or operated by Henry Ford, unless marked with an asterisk.

Resource Topics

Henry Ford Health System Resources

  • Henry Ford Billing
    • Learn more about your medical bill, pay online, or contact us for assistance.
  • Financial Assistance
    • Patients can look to HFHS for fair pricing of the medical services it provides and for assistance with finding options to help manage their medical costs.
  • Insurances Accepted
    • Find out if your insurance is accepted at the Henry Ford hospital or medical center near you.
  • 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.
  • Caregiver Assistance Resources and Education Program
    • Henry Ford believes caregivers are valuable partners with the team that cares for your loved one. This site is an at-home connection to applications, tools, events, online learning, and important work information that can help you care for your loved one

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Financial Assistance and Planning

  • Cancer Finances
    • A site to help young adults understand the costs associated with cancer and what they can do about it.
  • 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.
  • Henry Ford Guest Housing
    • Short term, convenient, hotel-like accommodations on a first-come first-serve basis in the apartment building behind Henry Ford Hospital.
  • Reduced Hotel Rates for Cancer Patients
    • The American Cancer Society (ACS), through their “Hotel Partners Program,” offers reduced rates at various downtown and suburban hotels to cancer patients. Phone: 800-227-2345.
  • NeedyMeds
    • Information and instructions about how to apply for Prescription Assistance Plans (PAPs).

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Insurance and Government Assistance Programs

  • Medicare
    • The official website for the Medicare program, find out more about your plan and what services are covered.
    • Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug plan costs.
  • Medicaid
    • Visit our Medicaid page to learn more about applying for Medicaid in Michigan. Visit MI Bridges to learn more or apply for Medicaid.
  • FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act)
    • 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.
    • Ask your social worker if you have questions about filling out and submitting online FMLA forms.

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Interact with Other Cancer Patients

  • Cancer Survivor Network
    • Create your own personal space to tell us about yourself and your cancer experience, share photos, audio, etc., start an online journal (blog), contribute resources, and more.
  • Cancer Hope Network
    • A free online service that matches cancer patients and caregivers with cancer survivor volunteers who will lend a trained, listening ear- sharing their experiences with cancer, providing hope, and inspiring courage.
  • Imerman Angels
    • A program that provides personalized connections that enable one-on-one support among cancer fighters, survivors, and caregivers. Phone: (866) 463-7626.
  • 4th Angel Mentoring Program
    • Anyone diagnosed or caring for someone with cancer is eligible to be matched with a mentor who will offer one-on-one support over the phone or e-mail. When a patient or caregiver requests a mentor, the program staff facilitates a match with respect to diagnosis, gender, and age.

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LGBTQ Resources

  • The National LGBT Cancer Project
    • Provides information about cancer-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, and  disease-specific message boards.
  • National LGBT Cancer Network
    • This website provides information about cancer-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, and  disease-specific message boards..

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Local Resources

  • “I Promise” program at Henry Ford Wyandotte
    • A fund available to Downriver residents faced with the challenges of cancer and in need of essential medical and personal equipment such as wigs, prostheses, swimsuits, etc. Phone: (734) 246-6053.
  • The Lake House
    • Free cancer support groups, one-on-one cancer support consultations and guidance, health and wellness talks and activities, stress management activities, and social events. 23500 Pare Street, Suite 1, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080. Phone: (586) 777-7761.

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Major National Cancer Resources

  • National Cancer Institute
    • Comprehensive information about cancer, treatment, latest treatments, and resources for patients, families and caregivers.
  • The American Cancer Society (national and local offices)
    • Information, day to day help, and emotional support are available.
    • Resources available in Michigan.
  • CancerCare
    • Free telephone support from Oncology Social Workers, audio workshops, and publications for people with cancer and their loved ones.
  • 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. Phone: (866) 463-7626.
    • Personalize this website to your disease type and what resources you need, and it will help connect you with what you’re looking for, from a new diagnosis through survivorship.

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Phone and Tablet Cancer Apps

  • *Henry Ford Rx application
    • Allows you to manage prescriptions, including request for prescription refills, refill by scanning your label, track refill status, find nearby stores to place a refill request and setup dosage reminders for helping with medication adherence.
  • app
    • A cancer-specific app for researching information on cancer, coming up with questions for your loved one's care team, recording notes or voice recordings from appointments, tracking side effects, and storing medication lists with pictures of the medication labels.
  • CreateToHeal
    • Mobile app is a relaxation app that uses breathing techniques, music, and visual imagery to reduce stress.

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Specialty Wigs, Bras, and Other Cosmetic Resources

  • Marlene's Wigs with Love
    • Marlene works out of the Henry Ford Medical Center- Columbus to give cancer patients a free wig and accessories, regardless of ability to pay. Call for an appointment: (248) 344-7360.
  • TLC
    • A not-for-profit website and catalog of the American Cancer Society. They help women cope during and after cancer treatment by providing wigs and other hair loss products (plus how-to information), as well as mastectomy products, all at affordable prices.
  • Look Good… Feel Better at The Henry Ford Cancer Institute
    • A non-medical, brand-neutral public service program that teaches beauty techniques to people with cancer to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Visit Look Good Feel Better for videos about how to look your best during cancer treatment.
    • Available at the following locations (call (800) 227-2345 to register):
      • Henry Ford Medical Center - Columbus
      • Henry Ford Hospital (Detroit)
      • Henry Ford Cancer Institute, Downriver
      • Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital
      • Henry Ford Macomb Hospital
  • Scalp Cooling
    • Scalp cooling devices can prevent hair loss for some people undergoing chemo therapy treatment. Ask your cancer care team if scalp cooling could help you.
    • DigniCap
      • Dignicap is an FDA approved device for men and women with solid cancer tumors that can prevent chemotherapy induced hair loss.
      • Not all insurances pay for cold caps. Here [] are some suggestions for submitting a cold cap request to your insurance company for reimbursement. Ask a social worker or someone from your care team if you need help applying for assistance.
    • Hair to Stay
      • A national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping cancer patients afford scalp cooling, a treatment that can dramatically reduce chemotherapy induced hair loss. Visit their webpage to learn more about applying for scalp cooling grants and subsidies.

Local Cancer Survivor Specialty Stores

  • Susan's Special Needs
    • 24052 Woodward Avenue, Pleasant Ridge, MI 48069. Phone: (248) 544-4287 or (800) 497-7005.
  • Comfortably Yours
    • 23404 Greater Mack Ave Saint Clair Shores, MI 48080. Phone: (586) 776-7429.
  • A Woman's Image
    • 43205 Garfield Rd. Clinton Twp., MI 48038. Phone: (586) 286-1277.
    • 28966 Woodward Ave. Royal Oak, MI 48067. Phone: (248) 565-8467.
  • Landra Prosthetics and Orthotics - Women's Center
    • 526 North Telegraph Road Monroe, Michigan, 48162. Phone: (734) 242-4050.
    • 14725 Northline Road, Southgate, Michigan 48195. Phone: (734) 281-8144.
  • Lady Binson's Boutique
    • Multiple locations in the southeast Michigan area. Located inside Binson's Medical Equipment & Supplies.
  • Randa's Cutting Edge
    • Randa donates wigs for cancer patients with financial need.  When hair grows back in, she offers survivors a free color. Located at 32735 Mound Road, Warren 48092. Phone: (586) 939-7888.
  • Henry Ford Cancer Institute- Downriver (Wig Bank)
    • 19675 Allen road Brownstown, MI 48183. Phone:  (734) 479-3311
  • Salon Panache
    • 2624 W Jefferson Ave Trenton, MI 48183. Phone: (734) 676-3600 
  • Mikel’s Wig Boutique
    • 3913 S Telegraph Rd.  Dearborn Heights, MI 48125. Phone: (313) 724-8801
  • Unique Enhancements
    • 12776 Dixie Hwy South Rockwood, MI 48179. Phone: (734) 379-7048 

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  • LogistiCare
    • Medicaid members could be eligible for free rides to cancer treatment appointments through Logisticare. A certificate of medical necessity form may be needed to reserve your ride, which your doctor will need to sign. Ask your social worker or care team for help with this process. Call to reserve a ride: (866) 569-1902.
  • Myride2
    • The Myride2 service helps seniors and adults with disabilities who live in Oakland, Macomb and Western Wayne counties find transportation options. Phone: (855) 697-4332.
  • Reddi-Ride
    • Reddi-Ride Transportation offers non-emergency medical transportation that can be scheduled online or by phone. Phone: (248) 559-2500.
  • 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. Phone: (800) 852-7795.
  • Detroit Area Agency on Aging
    • Offers many community resources for older adults, adults with disabilities, and caregivers residing in Detroit, Hamtramck, Harper Woods, Highland Park and the five Grosse Pointes, including free online Medicare insurance counseling for seniors or their family and caregivers, and $2.50 rides to and from medical appointments. Phone: (313) 446-4444.

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