Informed Consent

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To learn more about informed consent

More information from your American Cancer Society

Here is more information you might find helpful. You can order free copies of our documents from our toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345, or read them on our website,

Advance Directives

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

Patient’s Bill of Rights

A Guide to Cancer Surgery (also in Spanish)

A Guide to Chemotherapy (also in Spanish)

Understanding Radiation Therapy: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)

National organizations and websites*

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

Your state or city Bar Association
Check your local phone book or find it online at the American Bar Association website:

Your community’s Legal Aid Society
If your income is limited, look in your phone book or check the online information at the American Bar Association website; click on your state and look for “Free Legal Help” at

Cancer Legal Resource Center
Toll-free number: 1-866-843-2572 (leave a message for call back – it may take 2 to 3 days)
TTY: 213-736-8310

    Offers free, confidential information and resources on cancer-related legal issues, including living wills/durable powers of attorney for health care/advance directives

National Cancer Institute
Toll-free number: 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237)
TTY: 1-800-332-8615

    Offers current information about cancer and cancer treatment, living with cancer, clinical trials, and research

American Hospital Association

    Read their “Patient Care Partnership” brochure online for more on patients’ rights and responsibilities in the hospital. Also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Russian

*Inclusion on this list 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


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Last Medical Review: 05/20/2016
Last Revised: 07/28/2014