ACS Programs and Services

Open Enrollment Under Way for Health Care Law

The open enrollment period to sign up for individual health insurance under the health care law known as the Affordable Care Act begins November 15, 2014 and runs through February 15, 2015.

CHANGE Grants Help Save Lives in Underserved Communities

The CHANGE Grant Program helps bring education, screenings, and follow-up care to people who otherwise might not have access to those services. The program helps provide access to screening tests for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer, and helps participants diagnosed with cancer find treatment.

Reach To Recovery Marks 45 Years of Supporting Women With Breast Cancer

For many women diagnosed with breast cancer, Reach To Recovery is a ray of hope during a dark time. This year marks the program’s 45th anniversary with the American Cancer Society.

CVS Stores Quit Selling Cigarettes

CVS pharmacies have taken all tobacco products, including cigarettes, off the shelves as of today and will no longer sell them. It’s the first nationwide pharmacy chain to take this step, which is being praised by health organizations including the American Cancer Society.

Buffalo Hope Lodge Marks 30th Anniversary

Since it opened its doors 30 years ago, the Hope Lodge facility in Buffalo, New York has welcomed more than 21,000 cancer patients and their caregivers, providing more than 150,000 nights of free lodging that saved them $17.25 million in hotel expenses.

Look Good Feel Better: Helping Cancer Patients for 25 Years

Look Good Feel Better, a free, national public service program, a cooperation with the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, and the Professional Beauty Association, teaches cancer patients to manage the appearance side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

Help Others, Help Yourself

Want to do a lot of good with a little of your time? Whether it’s giving a cancer patient a ride to chemotherapy, putting together a team for Relay For Life®, or sending an email to friends and family about our cancer screening guidelines, there are many different ways you can join the fight against cancer.

Road to Recovery Volunteer: Driven to Serve

American Cancer Society volunteer Jim Runyan has driven more than 100 people to their cancer treatments during the 12 years he’s been with the Society’s Road To Recovery program.

Navigators Help Cancer Patients Manage Their Care

Receiving support from a patient navigator can make a difference in the way newly diagnosed cancer patients feel about their care.

Quit with the Great American Smokeout

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout.

Extended Stay America Donates Hotel Rooms to Cancer Patients

Extended Stay America is partnering with the American Cancer Society to provide 10,000 free nights and 10,000 discounted nights in its hotels to cancer patients who must travel to another city to receive treatment.

Look and Feel Your Best During Cancer Treatment

Treatment for cancer may cause changes in your appearance that you may or may not have expected. These can include hair loss, fingernail changes, skin discoloration, weight gain, and weight loss.

Resolve to Help Researchers Learn More About Cancer

The new year is a natural time to try for a new start. Many people resolve to lose weight, exercise more, or quit smoking. But did you know you can help researchers learn more about cancer?

Hope Lodge Founder Turns 105

Margot Freudenberg, the American Cancer Society’s longest serving volunteer, still works to drum up donations for the program she founded, the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge.

Fighting Cancer: A Team Effort

It may not be time for March Madness quite yet, but there are plenty of reasons to be excited about basketball season – especially when so many teams are helping fight cancer.

Cancer Survivors and Caregivers Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

About 35 cancer survivors and caregivers have begun a week-long climb to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa.

Workshops Help Survivors Cope During and After Cancer Treatment

A new series of free workshops from Cancer Care offers survivors and their loved ones practical information to help them cope with the concerns that can arise after treatment ends.

American Cancer Society Changes Its Screening Guideline Process

The American Cancer Society has revised its cancer screening guideline process to make the guidelines more clear and consistent and help people better understand how such decisions are made.

New Web Site Helps Cancer Patients Connect

The American Cancer Society is offering a new Web site that promises to help people facing cancer more easily find the peers, resources, and information they need.

Bang! Zap! Pow!

The newest graphic novel in a series designed to explain cancer to children depicts superhero medical experts and cartoon cancer cells.

Look Good… Feel Better Offers Virtual Workshop

The American Cancer Society Look Good… Feel Better program is hosting an online session to show women how to use wigs and makeup during cancer treatment.

Improving Patients’ Quality of Life Through Palliative Care

The American Cancer Society is being honored for its efforts in the field of palliative care.

Give Back, Celebrate Service on September 11th

In April 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which expanded volunteer opportunities for Americans and established September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Cancer Survivor Gives Voice To Young Adults Fighting Cancer

By 2020, the number of cancer survivors is expected to grow from 11 million to 20 million.

Navigating Difficult Waters: The History of the Patient Navigators

In the 45 years he's practiced as a surgical oncologist at Harlem Hospital in New York – 25 as director of surgery – Harold P. Freeman, MD, has been frustrated by the high numbers of women he's seen with late stage breast cancer.

How to Control Your Cancer Risk

While recent research has shown that racial disparity in cancer death rates is decreasing, minority groups continue to bear a greater cancer burden than whites. However, there are things you can do to help reduce your cancer risk.

Lodges Bring Hope, Holiday Cheer to Cancer Patients

Coping with a cancer over the holidays can be overwhelming, especially if you're faced with having to travel hundreds of miles from home to get treatment.

A Personal Stake in Cancer Research

Society Stakeholder Program Seeks Committed People to Help Choose Research Grants

New Book Offers Practical Advice and Hope for Cancer Survivors

If you were recently diagnosed with cancer or are currently going through cancer treatment, you will find a lot of practical advice and encouragement in Julie K. Silver, MD's new book, What Helped Get Me Through: Cancer Survivors Share Wisdom and Hope, published by the American Cancer Society.

Need Help Navigating the Medical Minefield?

Society joins with patient advocacy group to offer free, personalized service for cancer patients

'Patient Navigator' Serves As Guide On Cancer Journey

After 30 years of teaching 3rd grade in suburban Birmingham, Ala., Louise Price McCleery knows something about how to settle first-day jitters and soothe family anxieties.