Children Diagnosed With Cancer: Understanding the Health Care System

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More information from your American Cancer Society

We have selected some related information that may also be helpful to you. These materials may be ordered from our toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345, and most can be read on our website, www.cancer.org.

Pediatric Cancer Centers

Talking With Your Doctor (also in Spanish)

Health Professionals Associated With Cancer Care

Clinical Trials: What You Need to Know (also in Spanish)

Cancer Information on the Internet

We also have detailed information available about most types of childhood cancer. Call us or check our website.

Books from your American Cancer Society

The following books are available from the American Cancer Society. Call us to ask about costs or to place your order.

Angels & Monsters: A Child’s Eye View of Cancer (for adults and teens)

Jacob Has Cancer: His Friends Want to Help (coloring book for an elementary school child whose friend has cancer)

Imagine What’s Possible: Use the Power of Your Mind to Take Control of Your Life During Cancer (visualization techniques for children with cancer in grades 4 through 7)

Caregiving: A to Z (for adults taking care of someone with cancer at home)

National organizations and websites*

Along with the American Cancer Society, other sources of information and support include:

For more on treatment centers

The Joint Commission
Toll-free number: 1-800-994-6610
Website: http://jointcommission.org

    Evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States; the website provides “Quality Check,” a comprehensive guide to health care organizations in the United States, including Joint Commission accredited or certified organizations, and includes “Quality Reports,” which provide the public with information about the quality and safety of accredited organizations. These may also be found at www.qualitycheck.org, or by calling 630-792-5800

The Children's Oncology Group (COG)
Website: www.childrensoncologygroup.org

    Has a list of COG-approved treatment centers that can be searched to find the location closest to you

Support and information for adults

American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO)
Toll-free number: 1-855-858-2226
Website: acco.org

    Website offers support for families with cancer, as well as parent support groups, insurance and legal advice, and long-term/follow-up information. Also has books for children, caregivers, and teachers.

CureSearch for Children’s Cancer
Toll-free number: 1-800-458-6223
Website: www.curesearch.org

    Provides resources and information so no child faces a cancer diagnosis without a fully equipped support team behind them.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Toll-free number: 1-800-955-4572
Website: www.lls.org

    Offers family support groups for children with blood cancers and their parents. Also has free educational publications and Webcasts.

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC)
Telephone: 630-623-7048
Website: www.rmhc.org/

    Provides low-cost or no-cost temporary lodging for families of seriously ill children being treated away from home; must be referred by medical staff or social workers from the child’s treatment center.

Websites to help teens and children learn about and cope with cancer treatment

Starlight Children’s Foundation
Toll-free number: 1-310-479-1212
Website: www.starlight.org

    Website has animated stories and interactive programs to teach kids about chemo and procedures that may be done in the hospital; provides a safe, monitored online support group for teens with cancer.

Teens Living with Cancer
Website: www.teenslivingwithcancer.org/

    An online-only resource dedicated to teens coping with a cancer diagnosis and treatment. It focuses on teen issues and provides resources to support teens, their families, and friends.

*Inclusion on these lists does not imply endorsement by the American Cancer Society.

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: 12/17/2014
Last Revised: 03/11/2015