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More information from your American Cancer Society

This information may also be helpful to you. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 to get free copies sent to you, or you can read them online at www.cancer.org.

For more detailed information on sex and cancer, see Sexuality for the Woman With Cancer (also in Spanish).

More about cancer and cancer treatment

Chemotherapy – What It Is, How It Helps (also in Spanish)

Radiation Therapy – What It Is, How It Helps

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

Fertility and Women With Cancer

More about coping with cancer

Coping With Cancer in Everyday Life (also in Spanish)

Anxiety, Fear, and Depression (also in Spanish)

Distress in People With Cancer

Get Relief From Cancer Pain

Pain Control: A Guide for Those With Cancer and Their Loved Ones (also in Spanish)

Cancer treatment side effects

Anemia in People With Cancer

Fatigue in People With Cancer

Where to Find Hair Loss Accessories and Breast Cancer Products

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 cancer.org/bookstore to find out about costs or to place an order.

National organizations and Web sites*

American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)
Website: www.aasect.org

    Has a listing of AASECT-certified counselors and/or therapists

American Sexual Health Association (ASHA)
Telephone number: 919-361-8400
Telephone number for STI (sexually transmitted infections) Resource Center: 919-361-8488
Website: www.ashastd.org
Website on teen sexual health: www.iwannaknow.org
Website on teen sexual health in Spanish: www.quierosaber.org

    For information and print materials on STIs and how to prevent and treat them

American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
Telephone number: 205-978-5000
Website: www.asrm.org

    For fact sheets and booklets on many topics related to reproduction and cancer

Fertile Hope
Toll-free number: 1-866-235-7205
Website: www.fertilehope.org

    Offers information, support, and hope to cancer patients whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility. Programs include: information on fertility risks and options for patients; financial help for cancer patients wishing to preserve their fertility (must meet eligibility criteria); referrals to fertility doctors; and information on current research studies

Foundation for Women’s Cancer
Toll-free number: 1-800-444-4441
Website: www.foundationforwomenscancer.org

    Has information about how to prevent, detect, and treat gyn cancer and the publication, “Renewing Intimacy After Gynecologic Cancer.” The Women’s Cancer Network website, www.wcn.org, also has a “survivor section” with articles on fertility, sexuality, and quality of life, and is aimed at creating an online community for women with cancer.

Health care resources for women who have sex with women*

Brownworth VA (ed.). Coming out of Cancer: Writings from the Lesbian Cancer Epidemic. Seattle, WA: Seal Press, 2000.

Gay & Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA)
Website: www.glma.org

    Has an online Provider Directory, which allows you to search for doctors, specialists, therapists, dentists, and other health professionals nearby; fact sheets just for gay, lesbian, and transgender people; and information on transgender health resources

Mautner Project: The National Lesbian Health Organization
Toll-free number: 1-866-628-8637 (1-866-MAUTNER)
Website: www.mautnerproject.org

    Offers cancer-related information; support services; and nationwide referrals to culturally-competent, lesbian-sensitive professional services (lawyers, doctors, therapists, etc.)

*Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by the American Cancer Society.

No matter who you are, we can help. Contact us any time, day or night, for information and support. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.


Last Medical Review: 05/09/2013
Last Revised: 05/09/2013