After Diagnosis: A Guide for Patients and Families

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American Cancer Society programs

The American Cancer Society programs listed below may be offered in your area. Check your local phone book for your nearest Society office or call 1-800-227-2345.

Finding hope and inspiration

The American Cancer Society Cancer Survivors Network is a free online community created by and for people with cancer and their families. You can get and give support, connect with others, find resources, and tell your own story through personal expressions like music and art. Visit to find out more.

Lodging during treatment

The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge® program provides free overnight lodging to cancer patients and their caregivers who have to travel away from home for treatment. Not having to worry about where to stay or how to pay for it allows patients to focus on the most important thing: getting well. And Hope Lodge communities offer much more than just free lodging. They provide 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 also partners with local hotels across the country to provide rooms for cancer patients who aren’t able to travel back and forth from home to the hospital while receiving treatment.

Cancer education classes

I Can Cope® classes are available free online for people facing cancer and their families and friends. The program is made up of self-paced classes that can be taken anytime, day or night. Visit to use this resource.

Transportation to treatment

Having cancer is hard. Finding a ride to treatment shouldn’t be. The American Cancer Society Road To Recovery® program provides free rides to cancer patients to and from treatments. Trained volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their personal vehicles to help patients get to the treatments they need.

Breast cancer support

The American Cancer Society Reach To Recovery® program matches trained volunteer breast cancer survivors to people facing or living with breast cancer. Our volunteers give cancer patients and their family members a chance to ask questions, talk about their fears and concerns, and express their feelings. Our Reach To Recovery volunteers have been there, and they offer understanding, support, and hope.

Help for women with appearance-related side effects of treatment

Look Good Feel Better® workshops help women with cancer manage the appearance-related side effects of treatment. Trained volunteer beauty professionals teach simple techniques on skin care, makeup, and nail care, and give practical tips on hair loss, wigs, and head coverings. Each registered program participant receives a complimentary beauty kit to use during the workshop and take home. The program is a collaboration of the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, and the Professional Beauty Association. For more information, visit or call 1-800-395-LOOK (1-800-395-5665).

Mastectomy and hair-loss products

The “tlc”TM catalog is the American Cancer Society’s publication that offers affordable hair loss and mastectomy products, as well as advice on how to use these products, for women fighting cancer. Products include wigs, hairpieces, breast forms, bras, hats, turbans, swimwear, and accessories. You can order at or by calling 1-800-850-9445. 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

The following information may also be helpful to you. These materials can be read at or ordered from our toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345.

Dealing with the medical system

Choosing a Doctor and a Hospital (also in Spanish)

Talking With Your Doctor (also in Spanish)

Health Professionals Associated With Cancer Care

More on treatment

A Guide to Cancer Surgery (also in Spanish)

A Guide to Chemotherapy (also in Spanish)

Understanding Radiation Therapy (also in Spanish)

Stem Cell Transplant (Peripheral Blood, Bone Marrow, and Cord Blood Transplants) (also in Spanish)

Coping with cancer

Coping With Cancer in Everyday Life (also in Spanish)

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

Caring for the Patient With Cancer at Home (also in Spanish)

Nutrition for the Person With Cancer (also in Spanish)

We have many other sources of information, including books. If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, please contact us. We’re available anytime, day or night, to help you with cancer information, answers, and support at or 1-800-227-2345.

Last Medical Review: 02/20/2015
Last Revised: 02/20/2015