20 Cancer Resources (Part 1)

by bnmcnabb

Where To Go For Online Cancer Resources

Here are a few basic cancer resources for patients and caregivers that you may not know about. Some include places to find information on your cancer, clinical trials, help with prescription medications, information on chemotherapy and radiation, rides to treatment, help with palliative care, and ways to get connected with others who have your same type of cancer. 

1. American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery Program

Website: www.cancer.org/treatment/supportprogramsservices/road-to-recovery
Phone: 1-800-227-2345

The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program provides transportation to and from treatment for people who have cancer. Volunteer drivers give their time and the use of their cars so that patients can receive the treatments they need without jeopardizing their safety by driving themselves when they are not comfortable doing so.

2. Esophageal Cancer Education Foundation (ECEF)

Website: http://www.fightec.org
Phone: (732) 385-7461

The mission of the ECEF is three-fold. To bring awareness and educate the public and medical community about this dreaded disease, to walk the journey with patients who have this disease, and to financially support research projects that focus on the development of an early warning test for this disease.

3. American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)

Website: www.aicr.org
Phone: 800-843-8144
E-mail: aicrweb@aicr.org

AICR provides information about cancer prevention, particularly through diet and nutrition. They offer a toll-free nutrition hotline, pen pal support network, and funding of research grants. They were the first organization to focus research on the link between diet and cancer and translate the results into practical information for the public and saving lives.

4. American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

Website: www.asco.org
Phone: 888-282-2552 ; 571-483-1300
E-mail: membermail@asco.org

The ASOC contains more than 40,000 pages of information, including: cancer resources on the Internet, finding an oncologist, and up-to-date information about cancer policy issues.

5. Cancer 101

Website: www.cancer101.org
Phone: 646-638-2202
E-mail: info@CANCER101.org

Cancer101 provides newly diagnosed patients with organizational tools and planners.

6. Cancer and Careers

Website: www.cancerandcareers.org
E-mail: ksweeney@cew.org

Cancer and Careers provides a free workbook, educational resources, support and information for both cancer patients and survivors, as well as coworkers, managers, CEOs and human resources personnel about cancer patients and survivors working through their treatment and returning to work.

7. Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. 

Website: cancercontrolplanet.cancer.gov

Cancer Control PLANET (Plan, Link, Act, Network with Evidence-based Tools) developed as a joint effort between the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society, among others, this site offers new tools for cancer control planning, implementation, and evaluation.

8. Cancer Information & Counseling Line

Website: www.amc.org/counseling
Phone: 800-525-3777
E-mail: contactus@amc.org

This is a free service provided by AMC Cancer Research Center, professional counselors provide up-to-date medical information, emotional support through short-term counseling, and resource referrals to callers nationwide (8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. MST).

9. Chemo Care

Website: www.chemocare.com

ChemoCare.com is a web resource developed by cancer survivor/figure skater Scott Hamilton in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic. The site provides the latest information about chemotherapy to patients, their families, friends and caregivers. It is designed to alleviate patient concerns about chemotherapy and outline everything they need to know.

10. Lotsa Helping Hands

Website: www.lotsahelpinghands.com
E-mail: information@lotsahelpinghands.com

Lotsa Helping Hands provides a simple way for friends, family, colleagues and neighbors to pitch in with meals delivery, rides and other tasks necessary for life to run smoothly during a crisis. It uses a free easy-to-use private group calendar, specifically designed for organizing helpers.

11. Radiology Therapy Support Doc

Website: www.RTSupportDoc.com
Phone: 800-462-6420
E-mail: Info@RTSupportDoc.com

This website is dedicated to helping people undergoing radiation therapy. There is information about cancer, radiation therapy, and people can sign up for a monthly newsletter.

12. There With Care

Website: www.therewithcare.org
Phone: 303-447-CARE (2273)

There With Care is a non-profit organization that provides a range of services for families facing critical illness in order to ease the burden of life's day-to-day obligations during a medical crisis.

13. Trial Check

Wesbite: www.CancerTrialsHelp.org
Phone: 877-520-4457
E-mail: Info@CancerTrialsHelp.org

The site contains a search engine to find cancer clinical trials closest to your home, a comprehensive self-study guide, patient discussion forum and helpful information for patients and caregivers. The site was developed by the Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups, a nonprofit organization with a mission to improve patient awareness of cancer clinical trials, facilitate access and promote participation.

14. Family Caregiver Alliance

Website: www.caregiver.org
Phone: 800-445-8106
E-mail: info@caregiver.org

A community-based non-profit organization, it offers information on public policy and research for caregivers, information and advice, a navigator to help find resources and services in your area, as well as discussion groups.

15. Cancer Warriors

Website: www.cancerwarriors.org
Phone: 770-789-6346

The mission of Cancer Warriors, Inc. is to encourage and support children, siblings, and caregivers during treatment for childhood cancer. This organization raises funds for childhood cancer research while also promoting awareness and education about the devastating diagnosis of childhood cancer.

16. Working Against Cancer

Website: www.workingagainstcancer.org
E-mail: contactus@workingagainstcancer.org

Working Against Cancer supports children, adolescent and young adult cancer survivors through mentoring, self-evaluation tools, and career opportunity referrals. WAC's mission is to help adolescents and young adults navigate the emotional upheaval that accompanies a cancer diagnosis in order to become self-reliant individuals with independent, productive lives.

17. Needy Meds

Website: www.needymeds.com

This site offers information on patient-assistance programs designed to help those who can't afford their medications.

18. Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)

Wesbite: www.getpalliativecare.org
Phone: (212) 201-2670
E-mail: capc@mssm.edu

Here you will find valuable information for patients and families coping with serious, complex illness including a palliative care provider directory, a definition and detailed description of what palliative care is, direct links to palliative care-related organizations, and more.

19. Hospice Education Institue

Website: www.hospiceworld.org
Phone: 800-331-1620
E-mail: info@hospiceworld.org

Hospice Education Institute helps patients and their families find support services in their communities. They offer information about hospice and palliative care and can refer cancer patients and their families to local hospice and palliative care programs.

20. Cancer Hope Network

Website: www.cancerhopenetwork.org
Phone: 877-HOPENET ( 877-467-3638)
E-mail: info@cancerhopenetwork.org

The Cancer Hope Network provides individual support to cancer patients and their families by matching them with trained volunteers who have undergone and recovered from a similar cancer experience.

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