National Cancer Institute
NCI provides current information on cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis,
treatment, genetics, and supportive care. It also lists clinical trials and
specific cancer topics in NCI's Physician Data Query (PDQ®) database. The
following free material may also be helpful. To order, visit NCI's Web site
or call NCI's Cancer Information Service (CIS) tollfree.
|For a Complete List of Resources|
|NCI's Web site contains comprehensive
information about coping with cancer, cancer causes and prevention,
screening and diagnosis, treatment and survivorship; clinical trials;
statistics; funding, training, and employment opportunities; and the
Institute and its programs. |
|See the fact sheet, "National
Organizations That Offer Services to People With Cancer and Their
Families," at www.cancer.gov,
search terms "national organizations." Or call 1-800-4-CANCER
(1-800-422-6237) to ask for it. |
Cancer Information Service (CIS)
CIS answers questions about cancer, clinical trials, and cancer-related
services and helps users find information on the NCI Web site. It also
provides NCI printed materials.
Administration on Aging
The Administration on Aging provides information, assistance, individual
counseling, organization of support groups, caregiver training, respite
care, and supplemental services.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services provides information for
consumers about patient rights, prescription drugs, and health insurance
issues, including Medicare and Medicaid.
Phone: Web site: (for Medicare information)
Equal Employment Opportunity
EEOC provides fact sheets about job discrimination, protections under the
Americans With Disabilities Act, and employer responsibilities. It also
coordinates investigations of employment discrimination.
National Association of Area
Agencies on Aging/Eldercare Locator
The Eldercare Locator is a nationwide directory assistance service designed
to help older persons and caregivers find local resources for support. Areas
of support include transportation, meals, home care, housing alternatives,
legal issues, and social activities.
U.S. Department of Labor/Office of
Disability Employment Policy
The U.S. Department of Labor provides fact sheets on a variety of disability
issues, including discrimination, workplace accommodation, and legal rights.
American Cancer Society/National
Cancer Information Center
ACS provides cancer information and support to patients, families, and
caregivers. It also supports research, community education, and advocacy and
public policy issues.
CancerCare provides free, professional support services to anyone affected
by cancer: people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones, and the
bereaved. CancerCare programs - including counseling, education, financial
assistance and practical help - are provided by trained oncology social
workers and are free of charge.
Cancer Hope Network
Cancer Hope Network matches patients and families with trained volunteers
who have recovered from a similar cancer experience.
Family Caregiver Alliance
FCA addresses the needs of families and friends who provide long-term care
Gilda's Club, Inc.
Gilda's Club provides social and emotional support for patients, families,
Lance Armstrong Foundation
The Lance Armstrong Foundation seeks to inspire and empower people living
with, through, and beyond cancer to live strong. It provides education,
advocacy, and public health and research programs.
1-866-235-7205 (LIVESTRONG SurvivorCare program)
National Coalition for Cancer
NCCS provides information and resources on cancer support, advocacy, and
quality-oflife issues to cancer survivors and their loved ones.
National Family Caregivers
NFCA provides information, education, support, public awareness, and
advocacy for caregivers.
The NeedyMeds Web site lists medicine assistance programs available from
drug companies. NOTE: Usually, patients cannot apply directly to these
programs. Ask a doctor, nurse, or social worker to contact NeedyMeds on your
Patient Advocate Foundation
PAF provides education, legal counseling, and referrals to cancer patients
and survivors. It specializes in matters related to managed care, insurance,
financial issues, job discrimination, and debt crisis.
The Well Spouse Association
The association provides support to wives, husbands, and partners of
chronically ill and/or disabled persons.
The Wellness Community
The Wellness Community is a national organization that provides support
groups, stress reduction and cancer education workshops, nutrition guidance,
exercise sessions, and social events.