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our mission

Cancer Care Services supports cancer patients, cares for caregivers, and empowers survivors to reduce the impact of cancer in Tarrant County.

inclusiveness statement

We actively seek to promote access, equity, and inclusiveness, and to discourage discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, or other factors which deny the humanity of all people. Cancer Care Services’ policies reflect the principle that organizational performance is greatly enhanced when people with different backgrounds and perspectives are engaged in an organization’s activities and decision-making process.

First ratified by the Board of Directors in 2010, this statement was updated and re-approved in 2018. We welcome your input and participation as we continue to fulfill our mission.

Please share your thoughts with us by emailing James Earl, Director of Outreach and Health Equity.

Our history

In 1946, a group of Fort Worth physicians observed that many low-income cancer patients faced financial and practical challenges. 

Together with other community leaders, they created a unique and inventive organization for cancer patients in the local community. Cancer Care Services has a history of “firsts”: opened the first breast and cervical cancer detection clinic in Tarrant County, paid the salary of the first oncology nurse at John Peter Smith Hospital, and hired the first oncology social worker in Tarrant County.

To evolve with client needs, Cancer Care added registered oncology dietitians in 2013 and licensed counselors in 2017. We also added advocacy to our services in 2019 and visited with State lawmakers to encourage their support of the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas. 

In 2020, Cancer Care hired a financial advocate for those impacted by the financial trauma of cancer.

"Community leaders including the then mayor, had this vision 75 years ago, that the community needed to recognize the tremendous need of the cancer survivor, family, and friends."

- Sally Werst McKeen, Long-Time Cancer Care Services Supporter and Previous Board Member

Cancer Care Services uses a social work navigation model to reduce disparities and distress in our community. Cancer Care offers financial, emotional, and educational resources to improve patient access to care and the efforts of healthcare professionals. Together we can support our community’s ability to care for patients and their families. Your help = hope for those impacted by cancer!