To learn more

National organizations and websites*

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

American Bar Association – Consumer’s Tool Kit for Health Care Advance Planning
Website: www.americanbar.org/groups/law_aging/resources/consumer_s_toolkit_for_health_care_advance_planning.html

    Free online tool kit includes worksheets, tips, guides, and resources to help you think and talk about your values, priorities, the meaning of your life, and your quality of life to help you put together the best advance directive for you

Caring Connections, from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)
Toll-free number: 1-800-658-8898 (answers as “End-of-Life Consumer Helpline”)
Website: www.caringinfo.org/AdvanceDirectives

    Website lists each states’ requirements for advance directives and has free downloads of “State-Specific Advance Directives” with forms and instructions for each state

Compassion and Choices
Toll-free number: 1-800-247-7421
Website: www.compassionandchoices.org

    Offers worksheets, forms, and help in completing advance directives, and in talking to families, friends, and health care providers about your health care wishes

Aging with Dignity
Toll-free number: 1-888-5WISHES (1-888-594-7437)
Website: www.agingwithdignity.org

    To learn about and buy the Five Wishes advance directive, which is available in 26 languages and in Braille

Cancer Legal Resource Center
Toll-free number: 1-866-843-2572 (1-866-THE-CLRC)
Website: www.cancerlegalresources.org

    Offers free and low-cost legal information and referrals to people with cancer. If no one answers the phone, leave a number and message for call back.

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

    Has information on advance planning and advance directives

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

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