The Columbus Cancer Clinic
Columbus Cancer Clinic, a program of LifeCare Alliance, is a Medicare-certified service that provides education about cancer prevention and early detection, head-to-toe cancer screenings and examinations and mammograms, regardless of a client’s ability to pay. In 2011, the program served 3,469 clients providing 1,593 mammograms, 1,163 head-to-toe cancer screenings, and 713 clients with home care support services.
The program provides low-income, under insured or uninsured individuals living with active cancer with medical supplies, medical equipment, medication assistance, transportation to and from cancer related medical appointments, pantry items, nutritional supplements and emergency financial assistance to those home care support patients who are about to lose daily necessities such as housing and/or utilities. The program provides skilled nursing care, home health aide, social work, therapy and/or dietitian if needed to maintain the patient in the home setting. All home care support services are free of charge. In 2011, the Home Care Support service served 713 Central Ohioans living with active cancer. Wigs and breast prostheses are also available to clients free of charge. Twenty-two percent (22%) of all Columbus Cancer Clinic clients are age 65 or older, 60% have incomes less than $20,000 annually, 86% are female, and 42% are minority. Established in 1921, the Columbus Cancer Clinic is the oldest free cancer clinic in the United States and merged into LifeCareAlliance in 2005.