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While we make every attempt to keep our resource directory accurate we recognize that certain services may have changed since COVID-19. If you are having difficulty finding a resource you need, please contact one of our patient navigators by clicking here.

Navigating the medical system when facing cancer can be a daunting task for patients, survivors, and their family members. To support you in this challenging task, we have assembled resources in an easy-to-use online tool.

Our resource directory is continually updated to provide the most current information available. If you find an error, or are aware of a resource not listed, please email us. *Please note, inclusion of a resource in the directory is not an endorsement of that resource or service. 

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Children/Adolescents, Dental, Prevention

In an effort to provide access to dental care for underserved children in rural Nevada, RMHC® of Greater Las Vegas, in partnership with Nevada Health Center’s, launched a Ronald McDonald Care Mobil

In an effort to provide access to dental care for underserved children in rural Nevada, RMHC® of Greater Las Vegas, in partnership with Nevada Health Center’s, launched a Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® program - a mobile dental unit that delivers care directly to children in their own neighborhoods.

In an effort to provide access to dental care for underserved children in rural Nevada, RMHC® of Greater Las Vegas, in partnership with Nevada Health Center’s, launched a Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® program - a mobile dental unit that delivers care directly to children in their own neighborhoods.

The vehicle was designed and built specifically for the purpose of providing dental care, and houses two dental hygiene / treatment rooms, a lab with x-ray capabilities, and reception and records area. A variety of services are offered through the program, including restorative and preventive dental care; dental hygiene and healthy lifestyle education; referrals and follow-up treatment. The program also helps eligible families obtain government-assisted insurance.

Children/Adolescents, For Caregivers & Family
2323 Potosi St.
Las Vegas
NV
89146
(702) 252-4663

The Ronald McDonald House program provides a "home-away-from-home" for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost. The Las Vegas Ronald McDonald House allows f

The Ronald McDonald House program provides a "home-away-from-home" for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost. The Las Vegas Ronald McDonald House allows families to access specialized medical treatment by providing a place to stay at little or sometimes no cost. The House can accommodate up to twelve families at a time with the average length of stay being 10 days. Families are eligible to stay at the Ronald McDonald House if: They have a child age 21 or under receiving medical treatment at a local hospital or medical facility and they live 25 miles or more outside of the Greater Las Vegas area.  All families must be referred by a doctor, nurse, social worker, or other medical source who can verify patient information.

 

Children/Adolescents, For Caregivers & Family
323 Maine Street
Reno
NV
89502
(775) 322-4663

The Ronald McDonald House program provides a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost. The northern Nevada Ronald McDonald House al

The Ronald McDonald House program provides a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost. The northern Nevada Ronald McDonald House allows families to access specialized medical treatment by providing a place to stay at little or sometimes no cost. The House can accommodate up to twelve families at a time with the average length of stay being 10 days. Families are eligible to stay at the Ronald McDonald House if: They have a child age 21 or under receiving medical treatment at a local hospital or medical facility and they live 30 or more miles from the house.  All families must be referred by a doctor, nurse, social worker, or other medical source who can verify patient information. Ronald McDonald House in northern Nevada also provides travel assistance to parents when a child’s medical treatment is not available locally. Our goal is to ensure that the cost of travel does not affect a child’s ability to get the care they need.

For Caregivers & Family, Transportation, Free/Low-Cost Services, Other, Patient Advocates
2621 Northgate Lane, Suite 6
Carson City
NV
89706
(775) 687-4680

RSVP is the only organization in Nevada that provides caregivers with lifesaving regular breaks utilizing Volunteer Respite Workers (VRW) at no charge in the family's home.

RSVP is the only organization in Nevada that provides caregivers with lifesaving regular breaks utilizing Volunteer Respite Workers (VRW) at no charge in the family's home. Donations are accepted; the program turns no one away because of inability to pay. RSVP collaborates with family caregivers, volunteers, physicians, social workers and other agencies to form a care-partnership where the care recipient is at the center of the relationship.

Programs include:

Transportation Program – Volunteers provide escorted door-to-door safe transportation for seniors and disabled persons giving them access to critical services including medical appointments, to pick up prescriptions, socialization and shopping.

Home Companion Program – Volunteers provide essential daily services such as talking to and spending time with seniors. Volunteers provide the emotional support, socialization, and human contact that is necessary for the homebound elderly.

RSVP’s CARE Law Program – provides pro bono legal services for low-income and homebound seniors. The program focuses on estate planning, durable power of attorney, wills, guardianships, Medicare, Medicaid, help with debt problems, probate issues and elder abuse issues.

Philips Lifeline emergency response system – provides an emergency response system that gives immediate access to emergency services.

Farmer’s Market Coupons – provides free coupons each summer for fresh fruits and vegetables, serving as a nutritional supplement for eligible seniors.

Respite Care Program – provides 24/7 caregivers who are exhausted, overwhelmed and stressed with regular breaks to provide relief and help them continue the care of their loved ones who are elderly as well as care for adults with a disability. Volunteers provide breaks 2 to 4 hours or more per week.

Homemaker Services – provides frail homebound seniors assistance with housekeeping such as dusting, kitchen and bathroom cleaning, floor maintenance, laundry and linen changing.

Resistance Exercise Program – provides light weights training; helping to keep seniors active and healthy, improving mobility, cognitive ability, and muscle strength.

 

Navigators
645 N. Arlington Ave., Ste. 120
Reno
NV
89503
(775) 770-7410

A nurse navigator is an oncology-certified nurse who is available to guide patients and their family through the entire process of cancer diagnosis and treatment.

A nurse navigator is an oncology-certified nurse who is available to guide patients and their family through the entire process of cancer diagnosis and treatment. Nurse navigators provide a consistent point of contact for education, advocacy, and emotional support. 

Ways they can help you:

​Saint Mary's cancer support team works with people who have all types of cancer, in addition to their specialty areas listed below. The primary roles of their team is to:

  • Help patients understand diagnosis and treatment options
  • Connect patients to helpful resources and facilitate referrals
  • Assist with coordination and communication of care between providers

Saint Mary's Care Team:

  • Gladys Dolor, RN, OCN
    • GI/Thoracic & GYN Nurse Navigator
    • (775) 770-3806
    • GDolor@primehealthcare.com
  • Amy Thompson, RN OCN, CN-BN
    • Breast Nurse Navigator
    • (775) 770-3244
    • AThompson2@primehealthcare.com
  • Marisa Giovannoni, RN, BA
    • Cancer Research Nurse for Clinical Trials
    • (775) 770-3853
    • MGiovannoni@primehealthcare.com
  • Dolores Cooler, LSW
    • Outpatient Social Worker
    • (775) 770-6029
    • DCooler@primehealthcare.com
Cancer Screening, Cancer Treatment, Survivorship During & After Treatment, Support Programs & Services, Hospice, Children/Adolescents
645 N. Arlington Ave., Suite 120
Reno
NV
89503
(775) 770-7410

Saint Mary’s Center for Cancer is accredited as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and features the latest technology availab

Saint Mary’s Center for Cancer is accredited as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and features the latest technology available in the region’s newest, most-comfortable facility. Designed for the comfort and convenience of patients, the 15,000-square-foot Center for Cancer is located in Saint Mary’s Center for Health, immediately adjacent to Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center. Saint Mary’s Center for Cancer is accredited from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), becoming the first accredited breast program in the state of Nevada. The program provides patients with a top-notch program from screening to diagnosis, and throughout treatment to survivorship. Breast Nurse Navigators offer assistance to patients throughout the process. The center features a variety of support groups and an American Cancer Society Resource Center, along with research and clinical trials, outpatient nutrition and more. Support Groups and programs include: On With Life Breast Cancer Support Group General Cancer Support Group Empower Your Journey, a 4-part survivorship program series covering physical health and wellness, nutrition and your diet, spiritual and mental wellness, and symptom and side effect management. Each session is 1.5 hours and sessions are offered once a month and cycle through each topic. Sessions are open to all cancer patients and are led by a team of physicians, certified oncology nurses, research nurses, and social workers. Call 775-770-7414 for details.

Support Programs & Services, Exercise & Nutrition
645 N. Arlington Ave., Ste. 100
Reno
NV
89503
(775) 954-0185

The Cancer Rehabilitation Program at Saint Mary's Center for Health & Fitness is a specialized program offering two phases of rehabilitation to focus on recovery and promotion of exercise and h

The Cancer Rehabilitation Program at Saint Mary's Center for Health & Fitness is a specialized program offering two phases of rehabilitation to focus on recovery and promotion of exercise and health for current cancer patients and/or cancer survivors. The program is medically based and requires a doctor referral.

Hospice, Home Services, Palliative Care
690 Sierra Rose Dr.
Reno
NV
89511
(775) 525-6700

Saint Mary’s Hospice of Northern Nevada is a for profit, home-based hospice serving Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Virginia City, Minden, Smith Valley, Fallon, Fernley, and several surrounding areas.

Saint Mary’s Hospice of Northern Nevada is a for profit, home-based hospice serving Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Virginia City, Minden, Smith Valley, Fallon, Fernley, and several surrounding areas. Through a philosophy of intense caring, Saint Mary's Hospice of Northern Nevada gives patients the support and comfort they need to live a fuller, more meaningful life--even in the wake of life-limiting illness. By helping to control the symptoms which may be associated with terminal illness, hospice allows patients to remain at home, surrounded by their loved ones, during their final days.

  • What kinds of care are involved?
    • The goal of this type of care is to help you feel better. And it can help you get the most out of the time you have left. But you no longer get treatment to try to cure your illness.
  • When does care happen?
    • In most cases, you can choose hospice care when your doctor believes that you have no more than about 6 months to live.
  • Where does the care happen?
    • Most hospice care is done in the place the patient calls "home." This is often the person's home. But it could also be a place like a nursing home or retirement center. Hospice care may also be given in hospice centers, hospitals, and other places.
  • Who provides the care?
    • In hospitals, hospice centers, and other facilities, care is given by doctors, nurses, and others who are trained in hospice care. In the home, a family member is often the main caregiver. But the family member gets help from care experts. They are on call 24 hours a day.
Lymphedema, Survivorship During & After Treatment, Support Programs & Services
645 N. Arlington Ave., Ste. 350
Reno
NV
89503
(775) 770-3104

What is Lymphedema?

What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is the accumulation of lymphatic fluid in the tissues resulting in swelling of a body part, most frequently the extremities. It may also occur in the face, neck, trunk or genitals. This protein-rich fluid causes chronic inflammation and reactive fibrosis of the tissues.

Classifications of Lymphedema

  • Primary lymphedema is the result of an insufficient lymph system and can demonstrate itself at birth (congenital), during puberty (most common) or later in life. This most commonly affects the legs and occurs more often in women.
  • Secondary lymphedema occurs when lymph vessels are damaged or lymph nodes are removed. This includes trauma, infectious episodes such as cellulitis, excision/surgery, radiation and malignant tumor blockage. Combination edemas include Phlebolymphostatic edema and combinations of lymphedema, lipedema and venous edema.

Symptoms of Lymphedema

  • A sense of heaviness or ache in the area
  • Swelling — skin is tight, pits in the early stage and becomes fibrotic (thick) in later stages
  • Condition may worsen over time
  • Difficulty fitting into clothing or jewelry
  • Limitation of movement/function
  • Lymph leakage
  • Psychological issues associated with cosmetic changes

Key Facts About Lymphedema:

  1. Lymphedema is a form of swelling resulting from insufficiency, impairment or trauma to a part of the vascular system known as the lymphatics. This impairment is unavoidable with some cancer treatments. More than 5 million Americans are living with this progressive yet manageable condition.
  2. Lymphedema tends to gave a gradual onset and develops slowly, worsening over time. Symptoms may appear for a long time and then get better - this can be misleading, as if everything is okay when it's really not.
  3. Don't wait. The more time passes, the more likely lymph fluid will build up in the tissue, causing damaging changes in the appearance and function of the limb and the skin. Waiting for treatment is likely to take more time and energy than if you had sought help at the first signs of trouble.
  4. Generally, lymphedema is most likely to happen within 5 years after cancer treatment, although the risk never entirely goes away. Lymphedema occurs at the affected quadrant. 

Saint Mary's Services

Saint Mary's physical therapist's has a team of certified lymphedema specialists who can assess and treat this condition and help you manage your symptoms. 

Early Diagnosis and Treatment Improves Overall Prognosis and Condition

At Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center we are excited to assist you in learning about your condition, aid in the reduction of swelling and teach management skills. Ask your physician about a referral to their program. A variety of insurances are accepted. Some insurances may require prior authorization and their staff will assist you in this process.

Treatment of Lymphedema

Lymphedema can be a serious condition. It is typically life long. Effective management is available with Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). Tailored combinations of compression, manual lymph drainage (massage), exercise, skin care as well as self management skills are addressed. Treatment is gentle and thorough. In the initial phase the therapist will work to reduce swelling and soften the skin tissue.

Long-term success requires commitment and ability to carry out a specific home program. You will be gradually taught these skills. Follow up in the clinic is encouraged for ongoing support and to assure proper technique and fit of garments. 

Palliative Care, For Caregivers & Family

Palliative care aims to relieve suffering in all stages of disease and is not limited to end of life care.

Palliative care aims to relieve suffering in all stages of disease and is not limited to end of life care. Palliative care is provided at the same time as curative or life-prolonging disease treatments. 

Palliative care can help reduce pain or treatment side effects. Palliative care may help you and your loved ones better understand your illness, talk more openly about your feelings, or decide what treatment you want or do not want. It can also help with communication among your doctors, nurses, and loved ones. You may talk about anything and everything during a palliative care visit, including:

  • Specialized treatment of pain, nausea, fatigue itching and other symptoms and side effects related to illness and/or treatment
  • Emotional and social challenges, such as helping your family get along better
  • Guidance, clarity, and support to help understand your illness and short and long-term treatment options
  • Holistic care for a patient, family, mind, body and spirit 
  • Goals and dreams
  • Hospice care
  • Advanced care planning: Facilitating decisions regarding life-sustaining treatment before a crisis occurs. Advance directives are instructions to your doctor and loved ones about what kind of care you want if you become unable to speak for yourself

Saint Mary's Inpatient Palliative Care:

  • 235 West 6th St. Reno, NV 89503
  • Phone: 775-770-7256

Outpatient Palliative Care:

  • 595 Bell St. Reno, NV 89503
  • Phone: 775-770-3304

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