Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines

Cancer Services, Inc.

Enhancing Health, Life, and Survivorship

Winston Salem, NC


Cancer Services, Inc., a United Way partner agency, was established in 1955 with a mission to enhance the quality of life for individuals living with cancer and to provide the gift of life through education. The agency serves Forsyth, Davie, Stokes and Yadkin counties of North Carolina and offers the following free services: medication assistance, home health supplies, wellness groups, Pink Broomstick® breast cancer program, educational programs, information and referral, patient advocacy, a telephone peer support program and transportation assistance. It is the only service agency in the Piedmont Triad that addresses these needs for all types of cancer patients. Cancer Services accepts individual contributions, corporate contributions, matching gifts, memorials and honorariums.

Ruling Year



Mrs. Tara O'Brien

Main Address

3175 Maplewood Ave

Winston Salem, NC 27103 USA


support, resources, cancer, medication, information, referral, financial, supplies, education, equipment, health fair, breast cancer, library, advocacy





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Cancer (G30)

Health (General and Financing) (E80)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Our programs

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Educational Programs & Direct Patient Services

Patient Advocacy

Medication & Financial Assistance

Equipment, Supplies, Wigs & Prostheses

Transportation to Treatment

Peer Support for Survivors

Pink Broomstick ® Support Program

GYN Support Program

Cancer Care Team

Healing Hands Program

Wellness Groups

Nutrition Programs

Body & Soul Church Wellness Program

BAPCAPS Barbershop Education Program

Chicas de Salud Wellness Program

Cooking Matters

Active Living Every Day

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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Percentage of funds spent on direct services

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Annually, we strive to spend over 90% of our expenses on direct services.

Number of cancer survivors assisted with improved access to cancer care

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We help clients identify and access physical, financial, and emotional resources to assist during their cancer journey.

Percentage of risk reduction education programs provided to targeted at-risk populations

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Over 90% of all community education programs were provided to targeted at-risk populations.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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Over 600 volunteers annually provide thousands of hours of service.

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Cancer Services' mission is “Enhancing Health, Life & Survivorship".

We strive to provide comprehensive treatment support to anyone with any type of cancer in our community through financial, physical, and social support. Additionally, we provide risk-reducing behavior education on all cancers to targeted audiences.

Our agency works collaboratively with a wide range of partners to ensure that we identify clients early in their cancer diagnoses and can help them ensure they have access to a full range of treatment support resources.

We have a presence in both local medical centers and a wide range of community partners to ensure referrals, reduce barriers, and expedite assistance.

Cancer Services utilizes a Patient Advocate Team for implementing our direct patient services and a Community Outreach Team to implement our targeted community education programs.

Our Patient Advocate Team works to access treatment medications and financial resources to ensure access to services regardless of patient resources as well as providing peer support programs, equipment, wellness programs, resources, and information.

Our Community Outreach Team utilizes evidence-based programs to target high-risk populations in order to help reduce risk, increase early detection, and promote a wider range of treatment options if a cancer is diagnosed, ideally at an earlier stage.

Cancer Services has a Strategic Plan that is reviewed annually and marks and reports progress to our Board of Directors and community partners.

Internally, we have proprietary software to track client needs, services, data, and value of services. Patient Advocates identify and address unmet client needs.

With education programs, we utilize evidence-based programs with multi-session designs so that we can track progress, provide follow-up and promote ongoing behavior changes.

All of this information is reviewed consistently and reported to funders and community partners.

In 2017, Cancer Services: - Assisted over 4,500 cancer survivors annually with an average of 14 contacts per person - Secured over $30 million in resources and support to help ensure access to treatment medications and treatment support to individuals with all types of cancer - Ensured that 95% of program participants would recommend our programs to a friend - Utilized over 600 volunteers who provided thousands of hours of service helping to impact survivors and families - Expended over 93% of expenses for direct services, with under 8% being used for management and fundraising expenses. Cancer Services continues to: - Identify target populations with barriers to care that we strive to address - Meet growing needs of cancer patients due to growing populations, aging populations, and increased diagnoses of cancer - Need more resources to accommodate services to thousands in our community - Become an immediate resource to anyone diagnosed with any type of cancer in our community.

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Cancer Services, Inc.

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?