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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to have cancer to participate in Cancer Lifeline Programs?

Cancer Lifeline serves everyone affected by cancer. You are welcome to participate if you are recently diagnosed, in treatment, or a survivor.  Cancer Lifeline also welcomes those supporting individuals with cancer; friends, family members, co-workers and caregivers.

How much do the classes cost?

All Cancer Lifeline programs are FREE of charge.

Can I take exercise and movement classes while I am in treatment?

Yes. All Cancer Lifeline classes are designed to accommodate you at any stage of your cancer process.

Do I need to talk to my doctor before taking an exercise and movement class?

We recommend checking with your medical team before beginning any new exercise and movement program.

Can I bring a friend?

Yes, please do! All Cancer Lifeline classes are open to friends, family and co-workers - anyone affected by cancer. Your friends are also welcome to attend on their own.

Do I have to register for classes?

Yes, we ask that you register for classes to ensure your space is saved and to help us contact you if a class is cancelled.

Do I have to register for support groups?

No, it is fine to drop-in to our support groups. However, we do encourage you to contact us at (206) 297-2500 before attending a support group for the first time.  We would like to help you make sure that the group is a good match for your needs.

Are you only in the Seattle area?

No. Cancer Lifeline offers services at the Dorothy O'Brien Center near Green Lake, Northwest Hospital in North Seattle, Evergreen Health in Kirkland, and Valley Medical Center in Renton.

Does Cancer Lifeline provide financial support?

Cancer Lifeline administers the Komen Patient Assistance Fund for low-income women who are within three months of treatment for breast cancer and are living or being treated in Clallam, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Thurston, Wahkiakum or Whatcom counties.  Individuals must apply through a social worker or other health care professional.

We can also refer you to other organizations that provide financial support services.

What do I do if I am having problems registering for a class (or classes) on-line?

Please call us at (206) 297-2500 if you are having difficulty using our online registration process.

I called the Lifeline and got a voice mail message, is the Lifeline down?

If you get a voice mail message when calling the Lifeline, please leave your name, phone number, best time to call you back, and whether we can identify ourselves as calling from Cancer Lifeline if we do not reach you directly.  We will call you back as soon as possible.

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