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Resources / Informational Links


GENERAL INFORMATION

American Cancer Society (ACS)
800.ACS.2345 (800.227.2345)
www.cancer.org
This voluntary organization offers a variety of services to patients and their families with information on local treatment options, services and support groups. Contact their call center 24 hours a day for information on cancer-related issues.  Spanish language assistance is also available.

American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)
800.843.8114
www.aicr.org
AICR supports research and public education regarding the relation of nutrition, physical activity and weight management to cancer.  Resources include access to newsletters, e-newsletters and practical advice on living a healthy lifestyle. 

Association of Cancer Online Resources
www.acor.org
This non-profit organization brings together a wide variety of online resources designed to provide support to everyone affected by cancer.  Resources include access to over 100 cancer related mailing lists as well as general information on cancer.

Cancer.net
703-797-1914
www.cancer.net/portal/site/patient
Cancer.Net, the patient information website of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), provides oncologist-approved information to help patients and their families make informed health-care decisions. 

Cancer Treatment Centers of America
800.333.CTCA
www.cancercenter.com/
Link to Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s main website where you can learn more about the sophisticated forms of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy that we offer in combination with complementary therapies that include; nutrition, spiritual support, mind-body medicine, and naturopathic medicine.

National Cancer Institute
800-422-6237
www.cancer.gov
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) coordinates the Nation’s research program on cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and control.  Resources on this site include: a glossary of cancer terms, NCI’s drug dictionary, information on clinical trials, and fact sheets on a wide variety of cancer issues.

Oncolink
www.oncolink.com
This site provides the latest news on cancer treatment, cancer research, oncology advances, and cancer clinical trials.

Your Guide to Cancer Care Online
www.guidetocancercare.com
Created by Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Lightbulb Press, Your Guide to Cancer Care is also available on the Web, including updates, plus additional tools and resources.

CANCER TYPE SPECIFIC INFORMATION

Bladder

Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network
www.bcan.org
888-901-BCAN
(888-901-2226)
The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network is the first national advocacy organization dedicated to improving public awareness of bladder cancer and increasing research directed towards the diagnosis, treatment and cure of the disease.

Bladder Cancer Web Cafe
www.blcwebcafe.org
The Café is dedicated to providing the latest in bladder cancer treatments, clinical trials and alternatives. It includes e-mail support. 

Brain

National Brain Tumor Society
800.770.8287
www.braintumor.org
National Brain Tumor Society brings together the best in brain tumor research and supportive patient services. We offer hope to patients, families, and caregivers during every stage of the treatment journey. We invest wisely and strategically in innovative research that will lead to advances and ultimately to a cure.

American Brain Tumor Association
www.abta.org
800-886-2282
The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) is a not-for-profit, independent organization. Not affiliated with any one institution, we serve individuals globally and award funds to researchers throughout the United States and Canada.

Breast

Susan G. Komen for the Cure
www.komen.org
800.IM.AWARE
(800.462.9273)
http://cms.komen.org/komen/index.htm
A toll-free breast cancer helpline (1.800.I'M AWARE) is answered by trained volunteers whose lives have been personally touched by breast cancer. Breast health and breast cancer materials are available.

Colorectal

Colon Cancer Alliance
www.ccalliance.org
877-422-2030
The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) is a national patient advocacy organization dedicated to ending the suffering caused by colorectal cancer. In order to increase rates of screening and survivorship, CCA provides patient support, education, research and advocacy across North America.

Colorectal Cancer Network
clickonium.com/colorectal-cancer.net/html
301-879-1500
The Colorectal Cancer Network provides information on cancer news, support groups, clinical trials and more. 

Fight Colorectal Cancer
www.FightColorectalCancer.org
Office: 703-548-1225
Answer Line: 877-427-2111
Fight Colorectal Cancer is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization formed in 2005. It is the leading colorectal cancer advocacy organization in Washington, DC, empowering survivors to raise their voices, training advocates around the country, and educating lawmakers and pushing them for better policies. They offer support for patients, family members, and caregivers, and serve as a resource for colorectal cancer advocates, policymakers, medical professionals, and healthcare providers. Additionally, they do everything they can to increase and improve research—at all stages of development and for all stages of cancer. 

Gynecological

Gynecological Cancer Foundation (GCF)
800.444.4441
www.wcn.org/gcf
GCF works to increase public awareness of ways to prevent, detect and treat gynecological cancers. They also support innovative research  

National Cervical Cancer Coalition
www.nccc-online.org
800-685-5531
First founded in 1996, The National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) is a growing coalition of people battling cervical cancer and HPV related issues

Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
866-399-6262
www.ovariancancer.org
The goal of this alliance is to establish a coordinated national effort to place ovarian cancer education, policy and research issues prominently on the agendas of national policy makers and women's health care leaders

National Ovarian Cancer Commission
www.ovarian.org
888-OVARIAN
(888-682-7426)
The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) is committed to raising awareness of ovarian cancer in communities across the country and to providing education, support and hope for women with ovarian cancer and their families.

Head and Neck

Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer
800-377-0928
www.spohnc.org
SPOHNC has concentrated on providing current information for oral and head and neck cancer patients who are trying to gain a better understanding of their illness and their lives.  Resources include general information, newsletters, and access to local SPOHNC chapters.

Kidney

Kidney Cancer Association
800-516-8051
www.kidneycancerassociation.org
The Kidney Cancer Association (KCA) is a charitable organization made up of patients, family members, physicians, researchers, and other health professionals. We fund, promote, and collaborate with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO), American Urologic Association (AUA), and other institutions on research projects. We educate families and physicians, and serve as an advocate on behalf of patients at the state and federal levels.

Leukemia and Lymphoma

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
800.955.4572
www.leukemia-lymphoma.org
The goal of the society is to find cures for leukemia‚ lymphoma‚ Hodgkin’s disease and multiple myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The society provides patient financial aid for specified treatment expenses and transportation‚ family support groups‚ First Connection (a professionally supervised peer support program)‚ referrals and school re-entry materials.  

Lymphoma Research Foundation of America
www.lymphoma.org
800-500-9976
The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) is the nation's largest lymphoma-focused voluntary health organization devoted exclusively to funding lymphoma research and providing patients and health care professionals with critical information on the disease.

Lung

American Lung Association
800.LUNG.USA
(800.586.4872)
www.lungusa.org
ALA is dedicated to preventing lung disease and promoting lung health and provides information on lung cancer research and treatment, tobacco control, asthma, and much more.   

The Lung Cancer Alliance
800-298-2436
www.alcase.org
The Lung Cancer Alliance is a non-profit dedicated solely to patient support and advocacy for people living with lung cancer and those at risk for the disease.

Myeloma

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
203-972-1250
www.multiplemyeloma.org
MMRF is the world's number one private funder of myeloma specific research, providing information on clinical trials, research, medical programs, and more.
     
International Myeloma Foundation
www.myeloma.org
800-452-CURE
(800-452-2873)
The International Myeloma Foundation provides the most up to date and in-depth information about multiple myeloma including research and treatment advances, as well as information about the IMF, upcoming events and research, education, support and advocacy programs.

Oral

Oral Cancer Foundation
949-646-8000
www.oralcancerfoundation.org
The Oral Cancer Foundation is a national public service non-profit organization designed to reduce suffering and save lives through prevention, education, research, advocacy, and support. Resources include general information on oral cancer and access to the patient message board.

Pancreatic

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
877-272-6226
www.pancan.org
PanCAN's is the premier source of quality education and resources for pancreatic cancer patients, families and health professionals.   

Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research
www.pancreatic.org
310-473-5121
This organization is dedicated to helping people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer by providing information on nutrition, financial aid, and doctor referrals and by connecting patients with others who’ve been on the same journey.

Prostate

Prostate Cancer Foundation
www.pcf.org
800.757.CURE
(800.757.2873)
The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is the world’s largest philanthropic source of support for prostate cancer research to discover better treatments and a cure for recurrent prostate cancer. PCF pursues its mission by reaching out to individuals, corporations and others to harness society’s resources— financial and human—to fight this deadly disease.

Sarcomas

The Sarcoma Alliance
415-381-7236
www.sarcomaalliance.com 
The Sarcoma Alliance is striving to extend and improve the lives of sarcoma patients through accurate diagnosis, improved access to care, education and support. Resources include links to medical centers, chat rooms, sarcoma-related news stories and a discussion board.

Skin

The Skin Cancer Foundation
800-754-6490
www.skincancer.org
The mission of the Foundation is to decrease the incidence of skin cancer through public and professional education, medical training, and research.  Resources include information on prevention, detection and diagnosis of skin cancer.

Thyroid

ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivor's Association
877-588-7904
www.thyca.org
Current information about thyroid cancer and support services available to people at any stage of testing, treatment, or lifelong monitoring for thyroid cancer, as well as their caregivers. This site also serves as a resource for anyone interested in thyroid cancer survivors' issues.  

FINANCIAL/LEGAL

CancerandCareers.org
www.cancerandcareers.org
This website, sponsored by Cosmetic Executive Women, is a resource and community for working women with cancer.

Cancer Legal Resource Center
www.lls.edu/academics/candp/clrc.html
866.THE.CLRC
The Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC) provides information and education on a broad range of cancer-related legal issues, including health insurance, employment, government benefits, estate planning, advance directives, family law and financial assistance.

National Insurance Consumer Help Line
www.iii.org
212-346-5500
Insurance Information Institute.

Patient Advocate Foundation
www.patientadvocate.org
Toll free: 800-532-5274

TRAVEL

Air Charity Network
877-621-7177
http://aircharitynetwork.org/
Angel Flight America is a national network of seven autonomous regional members--arranges free flights of hope and healing by transporting patients and their families in private planes to hospitals for medical treatment.

National Patient Travel Helpline
800-296-1217
www.patienttravel.org
The NATIONAL PATIENT TRAVEL HELPLINE provides information about all forms of charitable, long-distance medical air transportation and provides referrals to all appropriate sources of help available in the national charitable medical air transportation network.

ADVOCACY

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
877-622-7937
www.canceradvocacy.org/
The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship is the oldest survivor-led cancer advocacy organization in the country and a highly respected authentic voice at the federal level, advocating for quality cancer care for all Americans and empowering cancer survivors.   

Patient Advocate Foundation
www.patientadvocate.org
800.532.5274
This national, non-profit group helps patients resolve disputes with their insurers and handle financial and professional issues. 

MAGAZINES, PERIODICALS, & ARTICLES

CancerWise
This online newsletter is published monthly by the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
www.cancerwise.org

Coping with Cancer
Published by Media America, this magazine offers knowledge, hope, and inspiration to people affected by cancer.
www.copingmag.com

CURE: Cancer Updates, Research, and Education
Published by CURE Media Group, this quarterly magazine is free to people with cancer, survivors, and caregivers. 
www.curetoday.com

Heal: Living Well After Cancer
Published by CURE Media Croup, this quarterly magazine focuses on issues of concern to survivors.
www.healtoday.com

I Can
Published by Hayward Group in England, this magazine, which can be viewed online, focuses on information issues and ideas for people affected by cancer.
www.ican4u.com

MAMM: Women, Cancer and Community
This bimonthly magazine focuses on the needs of women with breast and reproductive cancer.
www.mamm.com

PSA Rising
This news, information and support website is designed for people with prostate cancer and survivors.
www.psa-rising.com

Women and Cancer
Published by Omni Health Media, this print and online quarterly addresses cancer prevention, wellness and management topics for women.
www.womenandcancermag.org