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Community Programs & Services

The American Cancer Society offers programs and services to help the more than 1.4 million cancer patients diagnosed each year in this country, and the 11 million cancer survivors – as well as their family and friends. We provide information, day-to-day help, and emotional support. And best of all, our help is free.

Whether it is providing information to help make decisions or free services like transportation to and from cancer treatment or a free place to stay while receiving treatment far from home, the American Cancer Society is available around the clock to help people focus on getting well.


The American Cancer Society is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by phone at 1-800-227-2345 or online at cancer.org. When you call us, you will talk with a trained Cancer Information Specialist. We can also help those who speak a language other than English or Spanish find the help they need.

Day-to-day Help

Rides to treatment: Sometimes getting to cancer treatment is a challenge. If you need a ride to treatment, we may be able to help.

Lodging: If your cancer treatment is far from home and you need a place to stay, the American Cancer Society may be able to help.
Hair loss and mastectomy products: Some women use wigs, hats, breast forms, and bras to help cope with the effects of treatment. Our “tlc” Tender Loving Care® catalog offers these products, as well as helpful articles.
Personal cancer guide: You may want someone to help guide you through your cancer care. An American Cancer Society patient navigator can help. 

Emotional Support

Breast cancer support: Women with breast cancer can talk with a trained Reach To Recovery® volunteer who is a breast cancer survivor. 

Cancer education classes: If you and your family have questions about cancer, our I Can Cope® classes can help. These classes are online at cancer.org/onlineclasses.
Help with appearance-related side effects of treatment: Some cancer treatments can affect your appearance. At a Look Good…Feel Better® session, you can learn ways to help with side effects like hair loss and skin changes. This program is offered jointly by the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, and the National Cosmetology Association.
Online community: You can get share experiences, practical tips, and hope through the American Cancer Society Cancer Survivors Network®. This is a free online community created by and for people with cancer and their families.
To learn more about our programs and services, please visit our Find Support and Treatment section.