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A List Of Cancer Support Groups In The Philippines

    A List Of Cancer Support Groups In The Philippines

    Cancer is one of the four leading non-communicable epidemics or lifestyle-related diseases in the world. Severe cases of cancer not only claim millions of lives yearly, they also overwhelm the patient’s finances. People diagnosed with cancer might need to quit work to recuperate while simultaneously spending money on medicines, tests, and other treatment. The expenses and the fact that being diagnosed with cancer can be emotionally draining are the reasons why cancer support groups are important.

    In this article, we will list down the local cancer support groups you can reach out to in case you need assistance.

    Local Cancer Support Groups For Medical Assistance

    If you’re looking for local networks for financial assistance, here’s a list for you:

    Government Agencies

    The Department of Health has programs that cater to patients undergoing treatment for specific types of cancer.

    For instance, they have the Breast Cancer Medicines Access Program (BCMAP) which gives access to cancer medicines and “cost-effective and commonly used” adjuvant chemotherapy (particularly for those with Stage III-B breast cancer). Click here for the list of hospitals where you can avail BCMAP.

    They also have the Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia Medicines Access Program (ALLMAP). Click here for the list of hospitals where you can avail ALLMAP.

    Of course, remember that various government agencies, like the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and PhilHealth, also provide medical assistance to cancer patients.

    Andres Soriano Foundation

    Andres Soriano Foundation has a Cancer CARE Program that aims to “reduce cancer mortality and alleviate the burden of suffering imposed on patients, families, and communities.”

    They also provide assistance to patients with Breast Cancer Stage 1 to 2 or better.

    For the process and list of requirements, you may reach them here.

    Bahay Aruga

    Bahay Aruga offers a halfway house to children with cancer needing treatment at the Philippine General Hospital. Besides giving them a home, they also provide other necessities, like medicines, groceries, and transportation.

    You may visit their Facebook Page for more information.

    Kythe Foundation

    Kythe Foundation actively seeks people who can financially help children with cancer proceed or continue with their treatment. They also offer psychosocial support to patients and their families.

    You can reach Kythe Foundation here.

    Redemptorist Church and Quiapo Church

    Redemptorist Church and St. John the Baptist Parish (Quiapo Church) are on the Philippine Cancer Society’s list of institutions that provide medical assistance to cancer patients.

    You may proceed to the church’ office or contact them using these phone numbers:

    • Redemptorist Church: 832 – 1150
    • Quiapo Church: 733 – 4945

    You might also want to check out churches or other religious organizations in your area. They might also have programs for cancer patients.

    GMA Kapuso Foundation

    As per Philippine Cancer Society’s list, the GMA Kapuso Foundation offers assistance to patients 0-18 years old in any government hospital. You need to prepare the following:

    • Medical Certificate or Clinical Abstract
    • Social Case Study
    • Treatment Protocol

    You may reach them through their contact number, 928-4299, or go to 2/F Kapuso Center Samar St. Cor. Jamboree St. Diliman, Quezon City.

    Local Cancer Support Groups With Psychosocial Services

    If you’re looking for cancer support groups that provide emotional support through counseling or psychosocial services, you might want to reach out to:

    Alabang Cancer Support Group

    396 Batangas South, Ayala Alabang Village 1780 Muntinlupa City

    Tel. 850 9835

    Email: [email protected]

    Breast Cancer Society of Manila

    #46 Kingsville St.,

    1110 White Plains, Quezon City

    You can also reach them through their Facebook account and Website.

    Carewell Community

    6th Floor, S & L Building dela Rosa

    Corner Esteban Streets Legaspi Village,

    Makati City 1200 Philippines

    Tel. (632) 815-1294

    Email: [email protected]

    You can check out their website here.

    Cancer Warrior Foundation (For Children and their Family)

    1317 Lopez Jaena Street, Paco, Manila

    Tel. 85622954

    Email: [email protected]

    You may also view their services here.

    ICanServe Foundation (For Breast Cancer Patients)

    Unit 2302 Medical Plaza Ortigas Building,

    San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center

    Pasig City 1605 Philippines

    Tel. +632 636 5578

    Email: [email protected]

    You may also visit their website here.

    Reminders

    If you’re looking for cancer support groups, don’t hesitate to contact the hospital where you or your loved one are getting treated. Most big hospitals have their own department or organization to support patients and families. Also, don’t forget to look for cancer support groups online, especially on social networking sites.

    Learn more about Cancer here.

    Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

    Sources

    Find Medical Assistance, https://www.philcancer.org.ph/find-medical-assistance-2/, Accessed January 5, 2022

    Support Groups, https://www.philcancer.org.ph/support/support-groups/, Accessed January 5, 2022

    BREAST CANCER MEDICINES ACCESS PROGRAM (BCMAP), https://doh.gov.ph/faqs/Breast-Cancer-Medicines-Access-Program-BCMAP, Accessed January 5, 2022

    ACUTE LYMPHOCYTIC LEUKEMIA MEDICINES ACCESS PROGRAM (ALLMAP),https://doh.gov.ph/faqs/allmap, Accessed January 5, 2022

    EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES. ENRICHING LIVES., https://asorianofoundation.org/, Accessed January 5, 2022

    Kythe Foundation, https://kythe.org/, Accessed January 5, 2022

    Breast Cancer Society of Manila, Inc., https://breastcancersocietyofmanilainc.webs.com/, Accessed January 5, 2022

    Cancer Warriors Foundation, https://c-warriors.org/programsandservices/, Accessed January 5, 2022

    ICanServe Foundation, https://www.icanservefoundation.org/, Accessed January 5, 2022

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    Written by Lorraine Bunag, R.N. Updated Mar 06
    Expertly reviewed by Dexter Macalintal, MD
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