The Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County is a grassroots organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for those in Mendocino County faced with cancer.

The Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County’s Patient Navigation program provides cancer patients, cancer survivors, and the circle of family and friends who support them the information and support they need to understand and manage diagnostic and treatment options, surmount financial and logistic hurdles, and maintain their family and professional life while undergoing treatment. As one of only two stand-alone centers between Marin County and the California-Oregon border, CRCMC’s services are a vital resource for Mendocino County residents. Ask us how we can help you today.
Consultation Planners help our clients prepare for an upcoming medical appointment by working with them to organize and prioritize questions and concerns they may have. Consultation Recorders accompany our clients to the appointment and facilitate the session with the doctor to ensure that the client has all questions and concerns addressed and understands the information that is dispensed.
In cooperation with the Community Foundation’s Foster Fund, CRCMC works with paitents who are undergoing treatment away from their hometown to help them access transportation and lodging services. We understand the financial burden placed on families who need to travel to access critical medical services. Let us help you ease that burden.
We offer a collection of the latest books, audio and video tapes on a variety of subjects related to health and cancer. Books may be checked out for two weeks. Ask our patient navigatiors if they have any titles to recommend!
We offer support groups for men and women through both offices. To learn more about the times and dates, please visit support group listings or events.
The Cancer Resource Centers is completely funded through donations and grants. Our funders and donors make it possible for our services to be provided at no cost from offices located in Mendocino and Ukiah. Make a donation today!

 

A book in our lending library.

A book in our lending library.

We sponsor a variety of support groups located in Mendocino, Fort Bragg, and Ukiah.Our offices house up-to-date lending libraries on subjects such as diagnosis specific information, stress management, relaxation, nutrition, and personal stories from people facing cancer. We provide referrals to community resources. We offer our clients hats, wigs, breast prosthesis, and bras. Our medical consultation support services include:

  • Assistance in preparing questions for medical appointments
  • Accompaniment to medical appointments
  • Audio recording services and written summarization of the appointment
Around a table in a house in the woods, the first ideas sprang forth to provide our communities with access to cancer-related services. We were women living with cancer who had sought information and resources and found there was no one place to go to locally. With this very real need in mind, we worked hard, formed a board and opened our doors in the summer of 1995 in an alley way in a room off a garage. We became the first non facility- based cancer resource center from Marin County to the California-Oregon border. Today, over eighteen remarkable years later, CRCMC has become a central, depended-upon, absolutely essential part of our rural community, not only for people who have cancer but for the community as a whole. The Centers has grown beyond our wildest imaginings. So too has the spread of cancer; some are healing , some have died. More and more of us are touched. Our hope is that someday our work will not be needed, that prevention will be foremost on the minds of research funders, governments and citizens of the world, and that the Precautionary Principle will be in place globally. Until then we will continue serving. Thank you friends, for allowing us to do just that.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

One of our Ukiah volunteers sorts  bras for clients, 2008

One of our Ukiah volunteers sorts
bras for clients, 2008

Volunteers are Vital to our Organization! If you are in any town around the county it may be a good thing to hear that business is booming, but in our business it implies that there is someone is our community who needs help. We always need more volunteers to staff the office. We provide training, you provide time and compassion. Below is a list of jobs for which we need more volunteers to provide a variety of services. For more information, call CRCMC or fill out the Volunteer Form and Confidentiality Form, located here, and mail them in. Remember, many hands make light work. All of these jobs can be done by more than one person. Even if you cannot volunteer on a regular basis, let us know your schedule and we’ll work with you. If you are interested in volunteering for driving, please print out the Drivers Volunteer Enrollment Form and Drivers Confidentiality Form, located here, and mail them to CRCMC, Volunteer Application, P.O. Box 50, Mendocino, CA, 95460.

Community Presentation / Workshop

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iRest Yoga Nidra Workshop

Led by Karla Downing, RN

&

Maggie Norton, Co-founder of Yoga Mendocino

Presented by the Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County and Yoga Mendocino

Sunday, May 3rd 2015, 1PM-4PM at the Stanford Inn, Mendocino*

 Offered free of charge

to those living with cancer & those who care for them

 Join us for a practice that will give you tools to connect with the underlying peace of mind that is always present even amidst life’s most challenging circumstances.  iRest is an evidence-based practice of relaxation and inquiry that brings a deep sense of connection and well being.

To REGISTER, please contact Rita Martinez @

the Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County

(707-937-3833) / rita@crcmendocino.org

 

Testicular Cancer Awareness & Prevention

The Cancer Resource Centers’ 2015 information series on cancer types: risk factors and symptoms is sponsored by CRC in collaboration with the Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency. The information presented is for educational purposes and is not intended to replace the advice of your health care provider. We encourage you to discuss with your health care provider any questions or concerns that you may have.
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 Although testicular cancer is rare, it is the most common cancer for American males between the ages of 15 and 35. It is highly treatable, especially when discovered at an early stage.

RISK FACTORS OF TESTICULAR CANCER:

  • An undescended testicle.       (The majority of men who develop testicular cancer don’t have a history of undescended testicles.)
  • Abnormal testicle development. Family history. If family members have had testicular cancer, you may have an increased risk.
  • Age. Although testicular cancer can occur at any age, it mostly affects males between the ages of 15 and 35.
  • Race. Testicular cancer is most common in Caucasian men.

 

SYMPTOMS OF TESTICULAR CANCER:

  • A lump or enlargement in either testicle
  • A feeling of heaviness in the scrotum
  • A dull ache in the abdomen or groin
  • A sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum
  • Pain or discomfort in a testicle or the scrotum
  • Enlargement or tenderness of the breasts
  • Back pain

Testicular cancer usually affects only one testicle.

See your health care provider if you detect any pain, swelling or lumps in your testicles or groin area, especially if these signs and symptoms last longer than two weeks. Your health care provider may refer you to an urologist and/or an oncologist.

PREVENTION / EARLY DETECTION:

  • Currently, there is no evidence on strategies to prevent testicular cancer, but early detection can increase the possibility of successful treatment.
  • Some health care providers recommend regular testicle self-examination so that you become familiar with your testicles and aware of any changes.

 

How to do a Testicular Self Examination:

  • Stand in front of a mirror.       Look for any swelling on the skin of the scrotum.
  • Examine each testicle with both hands. Place the index and middle fingers under the testicle while placing your thumbs on the top.
  • Gently roll the testicle between the thumbs and fingers. Remember that the testicles are usually smooth, oval shaped and somewhat firm.       It’s normal for one testicle to be slightly larger than the other. Also, the cord leading upward from the top of the testicle is a normal part of the scrotum.
  • If you find a lump, make an appointment with your health care provider.

(Sources: ACS www.cancer.org; Mayo Clinic www.mayoclinic.org)

To learn more, please contact the Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County.

Inland Office: 590 S. Dora Street, Ukiah (707-467-3828)

Coast Office: 45040 Calpella Street, Mendocino (707-937-3833)

 

 


 2015 Cancer Awareness and Prevention Campaign

 

Presented by the Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County in collaboration with the Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency.

The Cancer Resource Centers mission is to improve the quality of life for those in Mendocino County faced with cancer.

 

 

Coastal Office: 45040 Calpella Street, Mendocino, CA 95460 | (707) 937-3833

Inland Office: 590 South Dora Street, Ukiah, CA 95482 | (707) 467-3828

Health and Human Services Agency | (707) 472-2333

 


Latest From The Blog

Being a woman is the greatest risk factor leading to a breast cancer diagnosis.

The Avon Foundation for Women has released its new Check Yourself campaign to increase awareness of breast cancer.

Other general risk factors include increasing age and certain ethnic heritages. In addition, every woman has unique risk factors.

Breast cancer incidence and mortality rates generally increase with age; in the United States 79% of new cases and 88% of breast cancer deaths occur in women ages 50 years and older.

Breast cancer incidence rates are higher in non-Hispanic white women than African American women for most age groups. However:

  • African-American women have a higher incidence rate before the age of 40.
  • At any given age, African-American women are more likely to die from breast cancer than non-Hispanic white women.

For more information, visit the Avon Foundation for Women’s Check Yourself page!

 

Coastal Office: 707.937.3833  |  Inland Office:  707.467.3828 | info@crcmendocino.org | P.O. Box 50, Mendocino, CA 95460