HOPE Cancer Resource Room and CPRIT Colorectal Cancer Screening
The HOPE Cancer Resource Room provides cancer patients, families and caregivers in our community with free services to lessen their burden as they journey through the cancer maze of emotion, diagnosis, treatments and finances.
A Navigator is here to meet with you one-on-one and help answer any questions or concerns you may have. These topics may include, but are not limited to, questions regarding treatments, diagnosis, coping and barriers to healthcare. The navigator will also provide medical facility location information and reference-free resources that you may be eligible for.
- Access to a computer research station.
- Take-home brochures and pamphlets in English and Spanish with information regarding prevention, diagnosis, treatment and coping methods.
- Community resource guides.
- Informational books.
- Wigs, bras and prostheses (by appointment only).
- Lists of helpful websites and programs.
- Tip sheets and information on quitting tobacco use.
- A cancer navigator to meet with you or a volunteer to assist you.
The cancer navigator can offer:
- One-on-one meetings to help answer your questions.
- Information about diagnostic and treatment centers.
- Help navigating American Cancer Society resources.
- Individualized research assistance.
- Appropriate and helpful information brochures.
Who can benefit from the above services?
- Cancer patients at any stage in their fight against cancer.
- Survivors in remission.
- Families and friends of people diagnosed with cancer.
- Those interested in cancer prevention.
- Those interested in quitting tobacco use.
CPRIT Colorectal Screening Program
You have probably seen the CPRIT team out in the community. They frequent any local place where people gather - WalMart, clinics, the mall. CPRIT reaches out to the community to offer free colorectal cancer screening kits of eligible community members. The program is funded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
Colorectal cancer remains the third deadliest cancer in the United States among men and women according to the American Cancer Society. However, early detection and treatment means saving lives. There is a 90% survival rate after five years with early treatment. Colon cancer begins as a growth called a polyp. These polyps start out small and benign but may later become cancerous. Preventing colorectal cancer simply involves removing the polyps so they do not have a chance to ever become cancer.
The test is free of charge if you meet the eligibility requirements. If you are over 50 years of age, do not have a history of colorectal cancer in your immediate family, have not had a colonoscopy in the past ten years or a sigmoidoscopy in the past five years and have not had a fecal occult blood test screening in the past 12 months. Call 830.778.3745 or 830.778.3735 for more information.