OUR MISSION is supporting cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. We provide supportive services to underserved communities comprised of low-income patients.
OUR FOCUS is to bring awareness to health disparities among uninsured families who can’t afford quality care. Having access to affordable healthcare is essential for individuals diagnosed with cancer and more likely to face financial toxicity due to treatment.
OUR COMMITMENT is to serve as a community resource that’s distributed through a network of volunteers, service agencies, & referral programs.
According to American Cancer Society, death rates from cancer in the US declined by 29% from 1991 to 2017, including a 2.2% drop from 2016 to 2017, the largest single-year drop ever recorded, according to annual statistics reporting from the American Cancer Society. The decline in deaths from lung cancer drove the record drop. Deaths fell from about 3% per year from 2008 - 2013 to 5% from 2013 - 2017 in men and from 2% to almost 4% in women. However, lung cancer is still the leading cause of cancer death.
A total of 1,806,590 new cancer cases and 606,520 deaths are expected in the US in 2020, which is about 4,950 new cases and more than 1,600 deaths each day.
What is hair loss and how is chemotherapy related?
Believe it or not, hair loss (alopecia) due to chemotherapy is one of the most distressing side effects of chemo treatments. Hair loss happens because the chemotherapy affects all cells in the body, not just the cancer cells. The lining of the mouth, stomach, and the hair follicles are especially sensitive because those cells multiply rapidly just like the cancer cells. The difference is that the normal cells will repair themselves, making these side effects temporary.
Hair loss does not occur with all chemotherapy. Whether or not your hair remains as it is, thins or falls out, depends on the drugs and dosages.
Hair loss may occur as early as the second or third week after the first cycle of chemotherapy, although it may not happen until after the second cycle of chemotherapy.