Development of a Cancer Resource Center in a Rural Texas Border Community

February 2015, Vol 6, No 1
Objectives: While many hospital-based survivorship programs have been developed in large cancer centers, it is important to understand how cancer support services can be delivered in small rural communities. The purpose of this article is to describe how contextual factors have influenced the development and evaluation of a cancer navigation and support program in a small Texas border community.Study Design and Methods: This descriptive explanation of the development of the HOPE Cancer Resource Room is based on observation and records review. Results and Conclusions: The HOPE Cancer Resource Room illustrates how a small border community can come together to build support services for patients with cancer and their families. Unlike many survivorship programs that operate in large cancer centers, the HOPE Cancer Resource Room focuses its efforts on connecting its survivors who are mainly of Hispanic origin and their families with available resources in the regional community, rather than linking them to hospital-based services. Its approach to the evaluation and delivery of services is informed by the community context in which it operates.
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Last modified: March 20, 2015

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