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More information from your American Cancer Society

The following related information may also be helpful to you. These materials may be read on our website at www.cancer.org or ordered from our toll-free number at 1-800-227-2345.

Talking about and coping with cancer

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

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

Talking With Your Doctor (also in Spanish)

Distress in People With Cancer

More on radiation side effects

Radiation Therapy Side Effects Worksheet

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

Fatigue in People With Cancer

Fertility and Women With Cancer (also in Spanish)

Fertility and Men With Cancer (also in Spanish)

Guide to Controlling Cancer Pain (also in Spanish)

Sexuality for the Man With Cancer (also in Spanish)

Sexuality for the Woman With Cancer (also in Spanish)

Nutrition for the Person With Cancer: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)

Nutrition for Children With Cancer (also in Spanish)

Understanding Your Lab Test Results

Understanding Lymphedema for Cancers Other than Breast Cancer

Lymphedema: What Every Woman With Breast Cancer Should Know (also in Spanish)

Other cancer treatments

A Guide to Cancer Surgery (also in Spanish)

A Guide to Chemotherapy (also in Spanish)

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

Complementary and Alternative Methods and Cancer


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:

Radiological Society of North America, Inc. (RSNA)
Website: www.radiologyinfo.org

    Has a lot of free information on radiation therapy and medical imaging tests, as well as a database you can use to find a medical imaging or radiation oncology provider near you

American College of Radiology (ACR)
Toll-free number: 1-800-227-5463
Website: www.acr.org

    The website has information on radiology procedures, radiation safety, FAQs, and a radiology glossary. It also offers a listing of accredited treatment facilities.

American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)
Toll-free number: 1-800-962-7876
Website: www.rtanswers.org

    Online brochures on radiation therapy are available, as is a locator to find registered radiation oncologists

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

    The website includes accurate, up-to-date information about cancer for patients, their families, and the general public that covers a variety of cancer-related topics. It also provides clinical trial information and a matching service for patients.

*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 cancer-related information and support. Visit www.cancer.org or call us at 1-800-227-2345. We want to help you get well.

Last Medical Review: 06/30/2015
Last Revised: 06/30/2015