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More information from your American Cancer Society

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

Living with Cancer

Distress in People With Cancer

After Diagnosis: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)

Coping With Cancer in Everyday Life (also in Spanish)

Talking With Friends and Relatives About Your Cancer (also in Spanish)

Attitudes and Cancer

Living With Uncertainty: The Fear of Cancer Recurrence

Chemo Brain

For caregivers and friends

When Someone You Know Has Cancer (also in Spanish)

Listen With Your Heart (also in Spanish)

Caring for the Patient With Cancer at Home: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)

What It Takes To Be a Caregiver

What You Need to Know as a Cancer Caregiver

If cancer treatment stops working

When Your Cancer Comes Back: Cancer Recurrence

Advanced Cancer

National organizations and websites*

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

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA)
Toll-free number: 1-877-SAMHSA-7 (1-877-726-4727) (also for Spanish)
TTY: 1-800-487-4889
International telephone number: 240-221-4017

    Free information on mental health and substance abuse, as well as referrals to treatment

Suicide Prevention Hotline
Toll-free number: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
TTY: 1-800-799-4889

    Free, confidential prevention counseling and information for those who may be thinking of suicide or hurting themselves; available anytime 24/7. You will hear hold music while you are being routed to a nearby crisis center

American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS)
Toll-free number: 1-866-APOS-4-HELP (1-866-276-7443) – you may need to leave a message, but calls are normally returned within 48 hours

    For a free, confidential referral to a local mental health professional or cancer support group; also has recommended books and videos

Toll-free number: 1-800-813-HOPE (1-800-813-4673)

    Online, choose “our services” or “support groups” to learn about telephone or Internet support – available to anyone affected by cancer

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
NIMH Public Health Inquiries
Toll-free number: 1-866-615-6464
TTY: 1-866-415-8051

    For information on symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of mental disorders – see “Health and Education” for mental health info if you visit their website

*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

Last Medical Review: 09/20/2013
Last Revised: 09/20/2013