RCCS Expands its Services for Cancer-Stricken Patients in USA and, now, Eretz Yisroel


rccs-dinnerDue to a record number of requests for help flooding the switchboard at the offices of the Rofeh Cholim Cancer Society, RCCS has broadened its scope in reaching out and assisting cancer-stricken patients in need. After fifteen years of providing insurance subsidies, advocacy, medical direction, and other assistance to thousands of cancer-stricken patients in the United States, Rofeh Cholim Cancer Society (RCCS) has initiated a unique program in Yerushalyim to help cancer patients living in Eretz Yisroel.

Medical experts in the United States agree that most cancers can be treated in Israel as well as in the US. When a patient has to travel to the United States for treatment, in most cases it uproots their entire family and causes a financial burden that they may never crawl out from. Therefore, it is advantageous to be treated in Israel, whenever possible. The problem arises when Israeli patients on the lower economic scale do not have private, supplemental insurance coverage, in addition to the standard, socialized medical Kupath Cholim coverage, then their quick access to top-tier oncologists is severely restricted.

This pilot plan, RCCS/Yerushalyim, expedites patients’ access to expert oncologists within 48 hours by paying these specialists, “privately”, for those who do not have this extra coverage. In addition, RCCS/USA will acquire “second opinions” from the leading cancer centers in the USA as an adjunct to facilitate the quickest and best medical care possible for our Israeli patients.

Under the direction of a team of top-level oncologists and medical experts, RCCS/Yerushalyim has devised a system to enable these patients to be ‘triaged’ and seen by a top-level oncologist who specializes in that patient’s particular cancer, within 48 hours. Then, once a protocol is devised and decided upon, the patient will be “escorted” back into the Kupath Cholim system, with RCCS patient liaisons accompanying the patient every step of the way.

Recognizing that many patients will want second-opinions from leading doctors in the United States, RCCS has arranged and facilitated a second-opinion program with leading cancer hospitals in the USA. Dr. Michael Zelefsky, a chief radiation oncologist in Memorial/Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, is serving as volunteer medical advisor on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.

The initial funding for the founding of this new division of RCCS came from a grant provided by Elly and Brochie Kleinman, in memory of their fathers, Reb Avraham Isaac b”r Aleczander a”h and Reb Menachem Dovid b”r Mordechai Shmuel a”h. Other major grants, by Reb Chaskel Brach and Reb Volvi Nussenzweig, were announced by RCCS founder and president, Reb Hershel Kohn, at the recent RCCS Boro Park Dinner.

In the United States, although the “flagship” service of RCCS still remains providing health insurance subsidies for cancer patients in need, the RCCS board recently voted to expand its services to include Medicaid patients and others not necessarily in need of health insurance subsidies. RCCS assistance now includes subsidies for co-pays, deductibles, emergency visits to oncological specialists, and other such medical expenses that may not be covered by Medicaid or private insurance. Currently, these subsidies are being provided to those who are not recipients of RCCS health insurance subsidies.

RCCS, a recognized 501(c)3 organization, provides an array of services for cancer-stricken patients in need; primary among them is the subsidizing of health insurance premiums, enabling them to obtain the best possible medical care. 718.RCC.2002 www.rccscancer.org.

{Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. what an amazing orginiztion i really feel this is a place to give tzedaka to they save and make better many lives kol hakavod! i give everyone a bracha they should not have to be on the recieving end of this orginization, and this orginization should have to close down because there will be no more yidden getting sick! ever!

  2. Thank you RCCS and Rabbi Yosef Chaim Golding for everything you have done for me and my family. I will never forget the amazing effort you put into helping me recover. Shokayach and may the citizens of Israel reap success with your organization.