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American Cancer Society resources

The American Cancer Society is here for you – before, during, and after a diagnosis of cancer. We help people by giving them up-to-date cancer information, programs, and referrals. Check your local phone book or our website for an American Cancer Society office near you or call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 to learn more about our programs and what we can do to help you get well and stay well.

Cancer Survivors NetworkSM

The Cancer Survivors Network is a free online community created by and for people with cancer and their families. This online community is a welcoming, safe place for people to find hope and inspiration from others who have “been there.” Services include discussion boards, chat rooms, and personal web space to tell your story, blog, post images, exchange private messages with members, and much more. Check it out at http://csn.cancer.org

Hope Lodge

The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Network offers people with cancer and their families a free, temporary place to stay when their best hope for quality care is far from home. By not having to worry about where to stay or how to pay for lodging, Hope Lodge guests can focus on getting well. And Hope Lodge offers much more than just free lodging. It provides a nurturing, home-like environment where patients and caregivers can retreat to private rooms or connect with others who are going through similar experiences. The Society can tell you if there are other resources offering free or low-cost lodging in cities where a Hope Lodge is not available.

I Can Cope®

I Can Cope® is a free online educational program for people facing cancer and their families and friends. The program is comprised of self-paced classes that can be taken any time, day or night. Take as few or as many classes as you like. Many topics are offered, such as information about cancer, managing treatments and side effects, healthy eating during and after treatment, communicating with family and friends, finding resources, and more. These free classes are available any time at cancer.org/onlineclasses.

Look Good Feel Better®

Some cancer treatments can change the way you look. At a Look Good Feel Better session, you can learn ways to help with side effects like hair loss and skin changes. There are also programs for men and teens. This free program is offered jointly by the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, and the Professional Beauty Association | National Cosmetology Association. For more information, call 1-800-395-LOOK (1-800-395-5665) or your local American Cancer Society office.

Reach To Recovery®

If you have breast cancer, you may want to talk to someone who knows what you’re feeling – someone who has “been there.” We can help through our free Reach To Recovery program. You will be matched with a trained breast cancer survivor who will provide you information, resource referrals, and support. Efforts are made to match you with a volunteer with a diagnosis, treatment type, and age similar to yours. They know what it’s like to hear the words “You have breast cancer” and can talk with you about coping with your breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Road To Recovery

Every day, thousands of cancer patients need a ride to treatment, but some may not have a way to get there. If finding a ride is a problem for you, we may be able to help. Our Road To Recovery program provides free rides to and from treatment and medical appointments for people with cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their cars so that patients can get the lifesaving treatments they need.

“tlc” magalog

Tender Loving Care, or “tlc,” is the American Cancer Society’s direct mail/online catalog and magazine for women. It offers helpful articles and a line of products made for women fighting cancer. Products include wigs, hairpieces, breast forms, bras, hats, turbans, swimwear, and accessories. You can order by phone at 1-800-850-9445 or online at www.tlcdirect.org. All proceeds from product sales go back into the American Cancer Society’s programs and services for patients and survivors.

More information from your American Cancer Society

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

To learn more about dealing with a cancer diagnosis

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

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

Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: Dealing With Diagnosis (also in Spanish)

Children Diagnosed With Cancer: Dealing With Diagnosis (also in Spanish)

More on cancer treatments and side effects

Understanding Cancer Surgery: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)

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

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

Anxiety, Fear, and Depression (also in Spanish)

Sexuality for the Man With Cancer (also in Spanish)

Sexuality for the Woman With Cancer (also in Spanish)

Many more topics are available, as well as information on specific types of cancer and how they are commonly treated.

Finances, work, and legal issues

Americans With Disabilities Act – Information for People Facing Cancer (also in Spanish)

Family and Medical Leave Act (also in Spanish)

Health Insurance and Financial Assistance for the Cancer Patient (also in Spanish)

Supporting a person with cancer

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

Listen With Your Heart (also in Spanish)

When Someone You Know Has Cancer (also in Spanish)

When Someone You Work With Has Cancer (also in Spanish)

Books

Your American Cancer Society also has books that you might find helpful. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit our bookstore online at www.cancer.org/bookstore to find out about costs or to place an order.

National organizations and websites*

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

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Toll-free number: 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237)
TTY: 1-800-332-8615
Website: www.cancer.gov

    Offers current information about cancer and cancer treatment, living with cancer, children with cancer in the family, cancer research; help with quitting smoking, and much more

CancerCare
Toll-free number: 1-800-813-4673
Website: www.cancercare.org

    Has phone counseling which can be one-on-one or professionally-led support groups; also offers online support groups led by oncology social workers for people with cancer and for others, including young adults, caregivers, and the bereaved; also offers many other resources

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS)
Toll-free number: 1-877-NCCS-YES (1-877-622-7937)
Website: www.canceradvocacy.org

    Offers information on work, health insurance, and more for people with cancer. The Cancer Survival Toolbox is a free, self-learning audio program developed to help cancer survivors and caregivers develop the practical tools needed to deal with the diagnosis, treatment, and challenges of cancer. Listen online or order CDs. Also available in Spanish and Chinese.

Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF)
Toll-free number: 1-888-879-4210
Website: www.patientadvocate.org

    Helps mediate between the patient and insurer, employer, or creditors to resolve insurance, job, or debt problems related to cancer. Helps people get the health care they need and keep their job and financial stability.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
Toll-free number: 1-800-526-7234
TTY: 1-877-781-9403
Website: www.askjan.org

    Offers information about asking for help (accommodations) to keep working when people have cancer-related disabilities and limitations, and ideas on how to approach employers for accommodations

* 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 www.cancer.org.


Last Medical Review: 06/26/2014
Last Revised: 06/26/2014