Pediatric support resources
The Child Life Program helps provide a positive environment for the child, one in which they can grow and develop while receiving medical care. Child life specialists, music therapists and art therapists are trained to offer developmental, educational, and therapeutic interventions for children and their families under stress.
Long-Term Effects Clinic
Beginning in fall of 2012, pediatric cancer patients will have access to clinic services aimed specifically at addressing the long-term effects of cancer treatment. Long-term effects from cancer surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy may include physical, emotional or intellectual problems that develop or evolve over time. Having a clinic dedicated to these issues will improve monitoring and early identification, as well as facilitate access to further subspecialty care.
Ronald McDonald House
Ronald McDonald House is a ‘home away from home’ for families who must travel at least 30 miles to seek medical treatment for their child. The Sacramento Ronald McDonald House is a 38-room facility. There are 36 single bedrooms and 2 two-bedroom apartments. Family members have their own bedrooms and bathrooms and share common kitchens, living and laundry facilities. Additionally, there are special rooms set up with toys, computers and video game consoles for the children. The House offers parents and family members of seriously ill and injured children a refuge from the hospital room. Families are asked for a $20 donation per night, although no family is ever turned away due to the inability to pay.
Kiwanis Family House
The Kiwanis Family House offers inexpensive family accommodations for patients and families who travel long distances to receive medical treatment. Residency is offered through a referral system.
A component of the National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Health and Human Services founded in 1937, NCI has built a national network of regional and community cancer centers, physicians who are cancer specialists, cooperative groups of clinical researchers, and volunteer and community outreach groups.
American Cancer Society
A grassroots organization with three million volunteers at its core, the 100-year-old nonprofit is the nation’s largest non-governmental funder of cancer research.