CancerCare® Partners with Siemens to Provide $1M in Hearing Aids to Cancer Patients

Hearing aids will be distributed through leading hospitals across the nation

NEW YORK, NY (MARCH 27, 2014) – CancerCare®, the leading national non-profit organization providing free support services to anyone affected by cancer, is partnering with Siemens Hearing Instruments and a network of leading hospitals to provide hearing aids to cancer patients.

Siemens Hearing Instruments will donate $1 million in top-of-the-line hearing aids and audiology services to cancer hospitals.

“Cancer treatment side effects can drastically alter a person’s life and present tremendous physical, emotional and practical challenges,” said CancerCare Chief Program and Communications Officer Brian Tomlinson, MPA, BSW. “Our clients will now be better able to cope with one of the most devastating treatment side effects—hearing loss—thanks to the generosity of Siemens. We commend Siemens for their pledge to provide a higher quality of care for people living with cancer and for raising ototoxicity awareness.”

The hearing aids will be distributed via CancerCare and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s partnering hospitals to benefit patients dealing with permanent hearing loss due to chemotherapy and radiation treatment – a condition know as ototoxicity.

“We’re honored to donate our most advanced hearing aids to those who have lost their hearing as a consequence of cancer treatment,” said Scott Davis, CEO, Siemens Hearing Instruments. “Children and adults undergoing treatment have enough to worry about, and hearing loss shouldn’t be one of them. That’s why we’re so proud to partner with these two recognized organizations and their network of leading cancer institutions to provide the gift of hearing to as many patients as possible.”

About CancerCare®

Founded in 1944, CancerCare® is the leading national organization providing free support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer. Our comprehensive services include counseling and support groups over the phone, online and in-person, educational workshops, publications and financial and co-payment assistance. All CancerCare services are provided by professional oncology social workers. To learn more, visit www.cancercare.org or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).

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