Resources for Everyday Life After a Cancer Diagnosis
Cancer treatment can interrupt your daily routine, change the way you look and feel, and prevent you from having the energy to do the same things you did before your cancer diagnosis. The following resources can help you restore some normalcy to your everyday life during and after cancer treatment.
Medical and Cosmetic Needs
- Conveniently located within several Henry Ford Locations.
- Through Pharmacy Advantage, Henry Ford offers free medication delivery for all cancer patients.
- Most insurance plans are accepted, and co-pay and financial assistance programs are offered.
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. Download from the App Store or Google Play
- These services include medical and non-medical services, such as errand and shopping, food preparation, personal care, physical and occupational therapy, transportation to appointments and more. Services are most often paid for privately.
- Scalp cooling devices can prevent hair loss for some people undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Ask your cancer care team if scalp cooling could help you. Scalp cooling services are offered currently at Henry Ford Cancer Institute - Brownstown and the Henry Ford Medical Center–Columbus in Novi. Other Henry Ford cancer locations will be offering the service soon.
- Paxman cold cap
- Paxman has created a patient guide to scalp cooling- Find out about how scalp cooling works, hair loss, success rates, haircare, the treatment day itself and some common myths.
- 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. Learn more about applying for scalp cooling grants and subsidies.
Wigs, mastectomy products and specialty supply stores
- Henry Ford Cancer Institute – Downriver (Wig Bank)
- 19675 Allen road Brownstown, MI 48183. Call: (734) 479-3311
- Henry Ford Cancer Institute – Macomb (Wig Bank)
- 15855 19 Mile Rd., Clinton Township, MI 48038. Call: (586) 263-2237
- 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.
- 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. Call: (586) 939-7888
- Susan’s Special needs – Susan’s @ Antonino Salon
- 191 Townsend, Birmingham, MI 48009 Call 248-544-4287 for an appointment
- Salon Panache
- 2624 W Jefferson Ave Trenton, MI 48183. Call: (734) 676-3600
- Mikel’s Wig Boutique
- 3913 S Telegraph Rd. Dearborn Heights, MI 48125. Call: (313) 724-8801
- Bellami Hair
- Natural looking wigs, hair extensions, lashes, styling tools and accessories. Four locations across the United States and an online boutique.
- “I went to Bellami Hair for my wigs, so beautiful and natural looking!” – A patient
- Raydiance for Women
- A high-end hair replacement company that specializes in designing exact duplication hairpieces
- 5799 W Maple Rd suite 167, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322
- Call 248-855-8845 for a virtual meeting appointment.
- A non-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.
- Awesome Breastforms
- Free handmade and knitted breastforms for women who have had breast surgery or with developmental conditions.
- Knitted Knockers
- Special free handmade breast prostheses for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. Soft, comfortable, beautiful, and take the shape and feel of a real breast when placed in a regular bra. Patterns to knit your own are also available online.
- A Woman’s Image
- 43205 Garfield Rd. Clinton Twp., MI 48038. Call: (586) 286-1277.
- 28966 Woodward Ave. Royal Oak, MI 48067. Call: (248) 565-8467
- Landra Prosthetics and Orthotics – Women’s Center
- 526 North Telegraph Road Monroe, Michigan 48162. Call: (734) 242-4050.
- 14725 Northline Road, Southgate, Michigan 48195. Call: (734) 281-8144.
- Binson’s Boutique
- Multiple locations in the southeast Michigan area. Located inside Binson’s Medical Equipment & Supplies.
- Medicaid members could be eligible for free rides to cancer treatment appointments through Modivcare. A certificate of medical necessity form may be needed to reserve your ride, which your doctor will need to sign. Call (866) 569-1902 to reserve a ride.
- The Myride2 service helps seniors and adults with disabilities who live in Oakland, Macomb and Western Wayne counties find transportation options. For more information or to find transportation in your area, call (855) 697-4332.
- Programs, resources and services from the AAA 1-B support older adults and help them live safely and comfortably at home. For more information or to find transportation in your area, call (800) 852-7795.
- Lyft is a ridesharing app that connects you with a ride to and from most locations. You can get a fare estimate before you book a ride and can follow your driver’s location in real time.
Caregiving and Housekeeping
- These services include medical and non-medical services, such as errand and shopping, food preparation, personal care, physical and occupational therapy, transportation to appointments and more. Services are usually paid for privately.
- Their mission is to give the gift of free house cleaning to women undergoing treatment for any type of cancer. Visit their website to find a participating cleaning company near you.
- “Great company. I used them” – A patient
- “Cleaning for a reason while undergoing treatment. Varies by location. A local in your area, generally sole owner housekeeping.” – A patient
- Search for a laundromat near you
- “A few times we gathered up all of the laundry-sheets, towels, everything – and took it to a laundromat to have it done. It felt like such a ridiculous indulgence, but it was wonderful and would be a great gift for someone.” – A patient
- The nation’s largest network of 5 star pet sitters and dog walkers.
- “My doggie boy would have appreciated that!” – A patient
- "If you need lawn care or snow removal, I know that many city governments keep a list of companies and volunteer organizations that will provide those services at deeply discounted rates and sometimes free for the elderly and ill. Contact your City Clerk's office or go on their websites." – A patient
- Many communities offer delivery of library materials to resident senior citizens or others unable to visit the library in person. Call or visit your local library to find out if they offer this service. The communities below offer delivery services to their residents:
- Dearborn Public Library has homebound services. Call the library’s adult services department at 313-943-2330 for more information.
- Detroit Public Library brings the library to you with the Library on Wheels (LOW).
- Royal Oak Public Library’s Homebound Service offers residents who are homebound due to disability or illness the option to have library materials delivered.
- Sterling Heights Public Library offers delivery of books and other resources to residents.
- Wyandotte (Bacon Memorial District Library) has home delivery for residents if they qualify.
Food and Shopping Help
- Distributes emergency food assistance to those in need. Find a location near you.
- Get help from Gleaner’s partner agency network.
- PantryNet - A list of food pantries that are in or near your zip code.
- Interactive, online meal calendar that includes customized calendar dates, times and meal preferences, invitations via email and facebook, reminder emails, optional donation fund add-on, updates and photos.
- “Meal train was an app that let friends bring dinner in an organized way.” – A patient
- Make mealtime easier – order meals fully prepared by local chefs- then just heat and eat. You can pick the meals up or have them delivered for a flat rate.
- Same-day home delivery of groceries and other items from your local stores. Order and pay through the Shipt app. You can also give a Shipt membership as a gift.
- “I use the app Shipt all the time to have groceries delivered. It is great especially during the cold months. I used it today which was great because we really needed groceries & I have an extremely low white count. My oncologist told me he wouldn’t hospitalize me if I promised not to leave my house this weekend.” – A patient
- Shop your local Kroger store online and pull up to the door to pick up your groceries. Delivery is also an option in some areas.
- “Similar to Shipt is Kroger’s clicklist. Instead of delivery they bring out to your car. No annual fee, $5/use.” – A patient
- This unique online tool offers you a simple and convenient way to manage your healthcare how, where and when it’s best for you. Your Henry Ford MyChart account is completely secure and free to use, and it’s available 24 hours per day. All physician practices within Henry Ford facilities offer MyChart.
- A free app, developed by Pfizer Oncology, designed to help manage life with cancer.
- Forms that keep all the information you get about your diagnosis and treatment organized in a binder from the American Cancer Society.
- This book is a comprehensive how-to-guide that helps cancer patients and their loved ones navigate the medical, emotional, relational and spiritual challenges of cancer.
- Personal, protected websites for every health journey. Use it to rally your family and friends together, to offer you support when and how you need it.
- “Caring Bridges let me organize rides home from radiation and update everyone easily.” – A patient
- 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.