How can I find out more?

If you need more information about informed consent, you can talk with your local Legal Aid Society, the Cancer Legal Resource Center, or a lawyer. (See the “To learn more” section for contact information.) You can contact your American Cancer Society, too (1-800-227-2345 or www.cancer.org). 

National organizations and websites*

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

Your state or city Bar Association
Check your local phone book or find it online at the American Bar Association website: www.abanet.org/barserv/stlobar.html

Your community’s Legal Aid Society
If your income is limited, look in your phone book or check the online information at the American Bar Association website; click on your state and look for “Free Legal Help” at www.abanet.org/legalservices/findlegalhelp/home.cfm

Cancer Legal Resource Center
Toll-free number: 1-866-843-2572 (leave a message for call back – it may take 2 to 3 days)
TTY: 213-736-8310
Website: www.cancerlegalresources.org

    Offers free, confidential information and resources on cancer-related legal issues, including living wills/durable powers of attorney for health care/advance directives

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

    Offers current information about cancer and cancer treatment, living with cancer, clinical trials, and research

American Hospital Association
Website: www.aha.org/advocacy-issues/communicatingpts/pt-care-partnership.shtml

    Read their “Patient Care Partnership” brochure online for more on patients’ rights and responsibilities in the hospital. Also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Russian

*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 information and support. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

The American Cancer Society medical and editorial content team
Our team is made up of doctors and master’s-prepared nurses with deep knowledge of cancer care as well as journalists, editors, and translators with extensive experience in medical writing.

Last Medical Review: May 20, 2016 Last Revised: July 28, 2014

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