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Appendix D: American Cancer Society support services for people facing cancer

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 for an American Cancer Society office near you or reach us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or online at www.cancer.org to learn more about these programs and what we can do to help you get well and stay well.

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.” The American Cancer Society can help through our free Reach To Recovery program. We can match you with a volunteer who will talk with you about coping with a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Every volunteer is trained and is a breast cancer survivor. They know what it’s like to hear the words “You have breast cancer.”

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 www.cancer.org/onlineclasses.

Look Good…Feel Better®

Some cancer treatments can change the way you look. Our Look Good...Feel Better program helps you 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.

“tlc” magalog

Tender Loving CareTM, or “tlc” TM 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.

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.

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 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.


Last Medical Review: 07/13/2012
Last Revised: 07/13/2012