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Cancer organizations

There’s a broad range of psychological support services available for patients. Some provide group and telephone support, as well as information through the Internet and written materials. Contact your American Cancer Society anytime at www.cancer.org or at 1-800-227-2345. We can connect you to other resources, including those in your area that may best meet your needs.

Internet resources

A large amount of information about cancer is available online. This information can be very useful to those facing cancer. It can help them make decisions about their illness and treatment, and help them find support. But any person or group can post information online, and it’s important to look at the source of the information. Always remember, not all information is good or trustworthy. Some information can even be harmful if you act on it.

Some people find that looking online increases their distress because of the overwhelming amount of information available. If this is true for you, it may help to ask someone else to “filter” the information and give you only that which pertains to your situation.

It’s best to stay with websites that are supported by well-known cancer organizations with good reputations, where information is reviewed on a regular basis. Avoid websites that are selling a product or that make claims that can’t be proved.

To find a counselor

American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS)
Toll-free number: 1-866-276-7443
Leave a message with your name, phone number(s), patient’s city and state of residence, area code of the town where you are searching for a referral, and the cancer diagnosis. They usually call back within 24 to 48 hours.
Website: www.apos-society.org

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Last Medical Review: June 8, 2015 Last Revised: June 8, 2015

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