Resources for Patients

American Cancer Society provides cancer information specialists available by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for in-depth information on cancer types, treatments, clinical trials, research, local support programs and services for patients, families, and caregivers. The ACS also supports research, provides printed materials and conducts educational programs. All services are free. 1-800-227-2345

American Institute for Cancer Research AICR funds cutting-edge research and gives people practical tools and information to help them prevent – and survive – cancer. Scientists estimate that about a third of the most common cancers could be prevented by eating a healthy dietbeing physically active and maintaining a healthy weight.

Breast Cancer Alliance: The mission of the Breast Cancer Alliance is to improve survival rates and quality of life for those impacted by breast cancer.

Cancer and Careers is committed to changing the face of cancer in the workplace by providing a comprehensive website, free publications, and a series of support groups and educational seminars for employees with cancer.

CancerCare is a source for online and telephone support groups for patients and caregivers. They offer education, counseling, financial assistance, and diagnosis specific resources. All services are free. 1-800-813-4673 en Espanol and Health Information Translations.

CancerHelp UK is the patient information website of Cancer Research UK. They provide free information service about cancer and care for people with cancer and their families. They believe that information about cancer should be freely available and understandable to all.

Cancer Links provides resources and valuable information for both patients and professionals on how to improve and promote high-quality cancer care. This includes ways to improve quality of life and reduce toxicities of therapy through more effective and efficient means of promoting a cooperative and mutual association between the medical profession, cancer patients, and their families.

Chemotherapy and Beyond is Scott Hamilton’s chemotherapy site, offering the latest chemo information for cancer patients and their families, caregivers, and friends. This resource can supplement what you may already have learned from your healthcare professional.

The Dana Farber Cancer Institute has a collection of patient information including treatment resources for a range of specific cancers. Look at their collection of  Resourceson the Web for an enormous list of references.

Fertile Hope is dedicated to educating cancer patients about fertility issues. 888-994-4673

Gilda’s Club South Jersey’s mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.

Know Cancer Community is dedicated to connecting, educating, and empowering all people affected by the many forms of cancer. is an online community that provides social and professional support to patients and their loved ones.

The Lance Armstrong Foundation helps people with cancer and their loved ones through advocacy, education, public health, and research. 512-236-8820

The LIVESTRONG SurvivorCare Program provides education, information about treatment options and new treatments in development, counseling services, and assistance with financial, employment, or insurance issues. 866-235-7205

MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of the world’s most respected centers devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research, education, and prevention. 800-392-1611

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  The world’s oldest and largest private cancer center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) has devoted more than a century to patient care as well as to innovative research, making significant contributions to new and better therapies for the treatment of cancer.

Mouths Made Good provides information and advice for cancer therapy patients about how to prevent and treat the common and often debilitating side effect of oral mucositis.

National Cancer Institute offers education on cancer types, clinical trials, treatment, coping, finding support, and resources (financial, insurance, homecare, etc.) 1-800-422-6237

National Cancer Institute has a variety of patient resources and is particularly helpful with palliative care, and coping with cancer. The National Cancer Institute has an informational fact sheet on understanding prognosis.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health is the Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). NCCAM sponsors and conducts research using scientific methods and advanced technologies to study CAM. CAM is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine. 888-644-6226

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship provides Cancer Keys (survival skills), Cancer Survivor Toolbox (skills to meet the challenges of cancer), and links to cancer-specific organizations. 1-877-622-7937

Patient Advocate Foundation provides education, legal counseling, and referrals to survivors concerning managed care, insurance, financial issues, job discrimination, and debt crisis matters. 800-532-5274

Planet Cancer is an online community for young adults with cancer that also offers retreats.

Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults provides support programs, education, and resources to young adults with cancer. 888-393-3863

What is Cancer? from The American Cancer Society

Wig Buyer’s Guide from Consumer Affairs: This easy-to-read guide answers common questions about wigs and identifies various online retailers.

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