Some of the many ways your donations are put to work include:
The Closer to Free Fund has provided funding for the survivorship clinic at Smilow Cancer Hospital, which is available to all cancer survivors. The Clinic evaluates patients post-treatment and creates an individualized care plan including diet, exercise, supportive care, and cancer surveillance. The Clinic also provides patients and their families with vital information on cancer prevention, wellness, supportive services, and the latest health research related to cancer survivorship.
Phase I Research is the first step in determining whether a new treatment will be successful for patients. Many trials offer hope to patients without other treatment options available to them. The Phase I Research Program at Yale Cancer Center evaluates new treatments and new combinations of therapies, many of which have been developed through laboratory research at Yale. The support from Closer to Free expands the number of Phase I trials made available to patients, bringing more possible treatment options to cancer patients everywhere.
The Smilow Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program is composed of an interdisciplinary team that includes geneticists, genetic counselors, physicians, and nurses that work together with the goal of providing cancer risk assessment and preventing the development of hereditary cancers. Patients considered at risk for a familial or hereditary cancer receive genetic counseling and testing so that informed medical decisions can be based on their own personal risk assessment. These interventions can have a huge impact on a person’s life by allowing them to better manage their health and reduce their risk of ever developing cancer. The funding from Closer to Free helps to provide genetic counseling support to patients at high risk.