Whidbey General Hospital

Resources & Support

On these pages you will find some of the many resources available to support you and your loved ones during your cancer journey.

Sometimes the most precious resource is a compassionate, informed person who will listen patiently and provide encouragement and guidance. In addition to visiting the following sites, please contact our Patient Navigator with any questions, concerns or needs related to your cancer care.

The most common cancers treated at Whidbey General are breast cancer, hematopoietic (blood cancer/lymphoma), lung cancer, colon/rectum cancer, prostate cancer and bladder cancer. Learn more about these and other types of cancer.

Have you been prescribed an oral cancer therapy? Learn how to safely handle these medications.


Online resources for national organizations

Cancer 101The American Cancer Society website provides information on cancer prevention, detection, treatment and more. "Cancer 101" (left) is among the hundreds of videos found online at the American Cancer Society. Watch video.

The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship has created a free Cancer Survival Toolbox, an audio program that teaches people to more effectively cope with the challenge of cancer.


    • The National Cancer Institute is part of the National Institutes of Health and is the federal government’s principal agency for cancer research and training.
    • The National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service provides scientifically sound, unbiased information about all aspects of cancer, including research, prevention, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment.
    • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is dedicated to funding blood cancer research and to providing education and patient services.
    • The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com provides treatment information and other resources on mesothelioma cancer, which most commonly develops in the lungs of people who were exposed to asbestos.
    • The Mesothelioma Guide seeks to "restore hope for mesothelioma patients." Their mission is to guide mesothelioma patients to better health care options and to find a cure.
    • The Mesothelioma Group supports and encourages mesothelioma patients and their families. The organization offers free education, support services and guidance to those impacted by mesothelioma.
    • Chemocare.com is the website of cancer survivor and former Olympic gold medalist skater Scott Hamilton, which provides current information on chemotherapy for cancer patients and their caregivers, families and friends.
    • Cancercare.org offers individuals with cancer free professional assistance, including counseling, education and online support groups.
    • The United Ostomy Association provides support, information and advocacy to ostomates and their caregivers.
    • All tobacco-related cancers are preventable. Tobacco cessation is addressed by many sites, including some of those listed above as well as smokefree.gov, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Surgeon General.
    • The American Childhood Cancer Organization is dedicated to improving the lives of children and adolescents with cancer and their families. (This information provided in hopes of assisting area families coping with a child’s cancer diagnosis. Whidbey General does not treat children with cancer; children are usually referred to Seattle Children’s Hospital to address the special physical and psychosocial concerns of cancer treatment.)


Whidbey General resources

    • Home Health Care at Whidbey General provides an individualized approach to meeting your health care needs at home. Spiritual and pastoral support is also available though Home Health Care.
    • Social Services at Whidbey General are available during your inpatient stay or as an outpatient service. You may request services to help with post-hospital planning, financial concerns, accessing community resources, emotional support and counseling for you and your family. Social Work services are also available at the North and South Whidbey Community Clinics.
    • "Living with Loss" is a free, six-week class at Whidbey General designed to help you work through the normal and needed process of grief that follows the death of a loved one.
    • Whidbey General offers the Lifeline emergency response system, which puts subscribers in touch with a Lifeline monitor 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


Other Whidbey Island area resources

    • The Breast, Cervical and Colon Health Program provides free breast, cervical, and colon cancer screening to low-income people in Washington state. The program for Island County is managed by Citrine Health in Everett, Wash.
    • The Enso House on South Whidbey offers free, day-long retreats for caregivers every March, May, July and October to address the issues of burn-out and renewal.Cabin
    • The Harmony Hill Retreat Center in Union, Wash., features a Cancer Program that supports individuals affected by a cancer diagnosis, including caregivers and health professionals.
    • The Good Cheer Food Bank provides food assistance based on income guidelines and immediate need. Two Good Cheer thrift stores can assist you with clothing and other needs.
    • Help House in Oak Harbor provides food bank assistance based on income guidelines and immediate need. Call 360-675-0681.
    • The Coupeville Food Bank is located at the Boys & Girls Club on Wednesdays on North Main Street.
    • Small Miracles Medical Support Fund (no website) provides Coupeville residents with financial assistance for medical-related costs. Payments are made directly to providers. Call 360-672-5651 or write to P.O. Box 912, Coupeville, WA, 98239.
    • Friends of Friends Medical Support Fund provides South Whidbey residents with financial support for medical-related costs. Payments are made directly to providers.
    • Compass Health offers mental health services in Island, San Juan, Skagit and Snohomish counties.
    • Island Paratransit is a free, curb to curb bus service of Island Transit for individuals with disabilities or limitations who are unable to access the scheduled transit route system.
    • Senior Services of Island County is the largest non profit agency serving older adults in Island County. They provide many services, including assistance with nutrition, transportation and respite care.


Outstanding Quality


Dr. John Hassapis, Renee Yanke, ARNP and Dr. John Hoyt serve on the Whidbey General Cancer Care Committee.


The Commission on Cancer re-accredited our cancer care program in 2012 with the maximum eight commendations. Very few hospitals achieve this distinction. We also received the commission's annual Outstanding Achievement Award, an honor shared in 2012 by only 79 hospitals in the country and one other hospital in Washington. Read more about this prestigious award.


"All of you shine with love and caring!— That includes the doctors, nurses, clerical staff and others we’ve encountered and are blessed to have met. Why we’re here is not our choice, but we couldn’t think of a better place to go through this journey. We are so grateful." Read more comments about our Cancer Care Program.

Dear 16 yr. Old Me

Dear 16-year-old me

This brief video describes the dangers of melanoma and tells how to protect yourself from this aggressive form of cancer. Watch video.