Columbia Memorial Hospital has initiated a six-month pilot project to provide cancer support and information services to people in Clatsop County.

Patients older than 55 and their families, at the direction of their physician, will be contacted by a registered nurse who will offer information, referral and support service for anyone on the journey of living with cancer. Those impacted by friends and families dealing with cancer can also contact the project for assistance.

Qwest Communications International Inc, and its Family and Work Development Fund Board, consisting of members from the CWA and IBEW unions and Qwest, is sponsoring this initiative.

The hospital, partnering with Qwest, designed the service to assess and coordinate needs for financial assistance, home health, transportation reimbursement, self care, nutritional counseling, symptom management and support groups.

The project will continue through December. This resource will be evaluated throughout the project to determine needs for continued support and services in the community, organizers say.

For additional information, call Nancy Magathan at 338-6230. For patients under the age of 55, contact this number for referral information.

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