Support Services

When you receive a cancer diagnosis, your world changes, and we want to provide real resources—people—you need to navigate your next steps. We offer Cancer Care Navigators to help you with every part of your journey so you can focus your energy where it needs to be: defeating the disease.

"We're there to help people and remove those barriers." - Kristin Sides, BS

Oncology patient navigators are available to help guide patients through the healthcare system as well as locate community resources that meet their needs. Assistance can be provided for many things, including practical problems such as transportation, finances, childcare, housing and insurance or clinically oriented problems such as treatment side effects, nutrition and home health needs. Our Care Navigators can also help coordinate your care and treatment by communicating with members of your medical team.

Mount Nittany Medical Center's oncology patient navigators offer the support that you and your family need and are available at no cost to patients.

Kristin Sides Updated

Kristin Sides, BS
Oncology Patient Navigator
Phone: 814.234.6175

Pam Mc Laren 4x6 W

Leslie Finton
Oncology Patient Navigator
Phone: 814.231.7005

Angelique Cygan

Angelique Cygan, RN
Oncology Breast Navigator
Phone: 814.231.6870

Mount Nittany Health Resources

At Mount Nittany Health, we strive to provide our oncology patients with all the resources they need when it comes to fighting cancer. We hope that these resources will help you connect to the person who can best meet your needs.

Resource Phone Numbers
Genetic Counseling and Testing 1.800.243.1455 ext. 1631
Breast Health Navigator 814.231.6870
Oncology Social Workers 814.234.6153
Ostomy/Wound Clinical Nurse Specialist 814.234.6195
Pastoral Care 814.231.7090
Service Excellence (problem resolution) 814.234.6706
Case Management Department 814.234.6153
Rehabilitation Services (speech, physical and occupational therapy) 814.234.6169
Rehabilitation Services (speech, physical and occupational therapy) 814.234.6169
Lady Lion Basketball Cancer Resource Center 814.231.7030


Local Support Groups

The list below includes oncology-related support groups in the Central Pennsylvania area. Details for these support group meetings are listed in our events section.

Group Contact Information
Let's Talk —All Cancers Cancer Survivors Association, 814.237.2120
Breast Cancer Support and Education Group Angelique Cygan, 814.231.6870
Lymphedema Support Group Amy Flick, 814.861.6608
Central Counties Ostomy Association Judy Faux, 814.234.6195
Taking Charge of Your Health—Mindfulness Meditation Bill Torretti, 814.360.3492
Tides—Grief Support for Children and Those Who Care for Them Holly Torbic, 814.692.2233
Centre Crossings Hospice Support Group Nichole Crawford, 814.237.7400
Compassionate Friends Amanda Fedisson, 814.383.9904
Fertility Issues and Loss Support Group,
Healing From Loss Support Group Marie Radziak, 814.235.8906
Home Nursing Agency Bereavement Support Group Ann Foust, 814.237.1404
HEART Support Group,
Survivors of Suicide Support Group Evelyn Wald, 814.237.0567
Understanding Your Grief Support Group Marie Radziak, 814.235.8906
Young Survivor Coalition (YSC) Face 2 Face (meets bimonthly) - for women diagnosed with breast cancer at age 40 or younger. Heather Sanford,, 814.441.0682


Additional Cancer Resources

We strive to offer the most personalized cancer care possible, but we know that there's no such thing as too much support when it comes to fighting cancer. That's why we've collected these trusted resources for your convenience—it's just another way for our team to partner with you in your battle against cancer.

American Cancer Society Programs

These programs are offered in the State College community throughout the year.

Find upcoming events near you by visiting the ACS website

Reach to Recovery
This program involves trained volunteers who are breast cancer survivors offering practical tips on self-care and a listening ear to anyone with breast cancer at diagnosis, throughout treatment and during remission.
I Can Cope
This free education series for cancer patients, their families and friends addresses topics related to the cancer journey.
Look Good...Feel Better
This is a workshop in which specially trained volunteer beauty professionals teach women undergoing cancer treatment how to care for changes that may occur in skin and hair.
These are meetings for men with prostate cancer to provide education and the opportunity to connect with others who have the same diagnosis.
Road to Recovery
Trained Road to Recovery volunteers provide cancer patients transportation to and from outpatient cancer treatments.

State & National Cancer Resources

Resource Phone Number
American Cancer Society 800.ACS.2345
National Cancer Institute (NCI) 800.4.CANCER
Association of Cancer Resources Online  
Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund 814.231.2692
National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) 888.909.NCCN
Cancer Survivors Association, Inc. 814.237.2170
Lance Armstrong Foundation 866.673.7205
Pennsylvania Department of Health Quitline 877.724.1090
Alliance for Lung Cancer Advocacy, Support and Education (ALCASE) 800.298.2436
Support for People with Oral, Head and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC)  
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society 800.726.2873
Fax: 412.395.2888
National Lymphedema Network Inc. (NLN) 800.541.3259
National Bone Marrow Transplant Link 800.LINK.BMT
Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition 717.738.9567
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation 800.IM.AWARE  
ABCD Breast Cancer Support Center 800.977.4121
Women's Cancer Network (WCN) 800.444.4441
Colon Cancer Alliance Inc. 877.422.2030
Kidney Cancer Association (KCA) 800.850.9132
Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) 800.673.1290
USToo! International, Inc. 630.795.1002
Saved by the Scan (American Lung Association)