To learn more about caregiving and coping
The following related information may also be helpful to you. These materials may be ordered from our toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345.
What You Need to Know as a Cancer Caregiver
Caring for the Patient With Cancer at Home (also in Spanish)
Distress Checklist for Caregivers
Coping with cancer and treatment
After Diagnosis: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
Anxiety, Fear, and Depression (also in Spanish)
Choosing a Doctor and a Hospital (also in Spanish)
Talking With Your Doctor (also in Spanish)
Understanding Chemotherapy: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
Understanding Radiation Therapy (also in Spanish)
Surgery (also in Spanish)
Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment (also in Spanish)
Sexuality for the Man With Cancer (also in Spanish)
Sexuality for the Woman With Cancer (also in Spanish)
Advanced Cancer (also in Spanish)
Children and family members
Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: Dealing With Diagnosis (also in Spanish)
Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: Dealing With Treatment (also in Spanish)
Where to Turn - Patient and Family Support Program (brochure)
Job, insurance, money, and legal issues
Financial Guidance for Cancer Survivors and Their Families: In Treatment (also in Spanish)
Health Insurance and Financial Assistance for the Cancer Patient (also in Spanish)
The following books are available from the American Cancer Society. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 to ask about costs or to place your order:
Cancer in the Family
Caregiving: A Step-by-Step Resource for Caring for the Person With Cancer at Home
Couples Confronting Cancer: Keeping Your Relationship Strong
Crossing Divides: A Couple’s Story of Cancer, Hope, and Hiking Montana’s Continental Divide
What Helped Get Me Through: Cancer Patients Share Wisdom and Hope
What to Eat During Cancer Treatment
National organizations and Web sites*
Along with the American Cancer Society, other sources of information and support include:
Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA)/National Center on Caregiving
Toll-free number: 1-800-445-8106
Web site: www.caregiver.org
For free information and resources on long-term caregiving
National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC)
Web site: www.caregiving.org
Provides information and other resources focused on caregiving issues, as well as www.familycaregiving101.org, a source of answers, new ideas, and helpful advice for caregivers.
National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA)
Toll-free number: 1-800-896-3650
Web site: www.thefamilycaregiver.org
Offers a free caregiver welcome kit and www.lotsahelpinghands.com – a volunteer coordination service for friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors to help loved ones in need. The program lets a chosen “coordinator” and helpers sign up on an easy-to-use, private group calendar to help with meals, rides, and other tasks needed for life to run smoothly during a crisis.
Well Spouse Association (WSA)
Toll-free number: 1-800-838-0879
Web site: www.wellspouse.org
A national, non-profit membership organization (dues are charged) which provides emotional support for spouses and partners of chronically ill and/or disabled people.
Cancer Support Community (was Gilda's Club)
Toll-free number: 1-888-793-9355
Web site: www.cancersupportcommunity.org
Provides support for those living with cancer and their loved ones. Offers information, stress management, and online support groups led by professionals, including some in Spanish; has a special subsite (http://grouploop.org/) for teens and parents.
Toll-free number: 1-800-813-4673
Web site: www.cancercare.org
Free professional support, such as phone counseling, online support groups, and educational materials, for people with cancer, their loved ones, and caregivers. Also offers CancerCare for Kids at www.cancercareforkids.org or CancerCare’s main number, above. This program is for kids with a parent, sibling, or other family member who has cancer. It offers practical support, education, and counseling to parents and children.
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Web site: www.aamft.org
Sponsors www.therapistlocator.net which provides referrals to local marriage and family therapists. The site also contains educational materials on helping couples live with illness, as well as other issues related to families and health.
Cancer Hope Network
Toll-free number: 1-877-467-3638
Web site: www.cancerhopenetwork.org
Volunteers provide free and confidential one-on-one telephone support for people with cancer and family members.
Cancer Legal Resource Center
Toll-free number: 1-866-843-2572
Web site: www.disabilityrightslegalcenter.org/about/cancerlegalresource.cfm
A non-profit program of the Disability Rights Legal Center offering free and confidential information and resources on cancer-related legal issues to cancer survivors, their families, friends, employers, health care professionals, and others coping with cancer.
National Cancer Institute
Toll-free number: 1-800-422-6237
Web site: www.cancer.gov
An excellent source of up-to-date information about cancer for patients and their families.
No matter who you are, we can help. Contact us anytime, day or night, for information and support. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
Last Medical Review: 02/14/2012
Last Revised: 03/23/2012