Population served: Anyone affected by cancer and needing information
ACF™ is dedicated to the education, support and empowerment of those diagnosed with cancer by organizing and clarifying information. Provides information about:
- Living with Cancer
- Clinical Trials
- Complementary and Alternative Medicine
- Nutrition and Exercise
- Oral Health
Population served: People affected by a cancer internationally; programs and services offered to patients and caregivers residing in the United States
Other language(s): Spanish, Chinese, Korean, VietnameseMission:
In the U.S., ACS is a community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.
- Provides educational materials both online and in print about cancer, including blood cancers, as well as related information on topics such as diet, exercise, complementary and alternative medicine, and disease statistics
- Offers support services via online discussion boards and in-person support groups through local chapters
- Cancer Survivors NetworkSM, a global online community, transcends geographic boundaries and builds bonds among cancer survivors and caregivers through shared experiences and feelings.
- Road to Recovery, a program offered locally by some chapters, has volunteer drivers who transport patients to and from treatment appointments
- Look Good, Feel Better program for female adults and teens helps with self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments
- Hope Lodges are temporary housing accommodations for patients traveling far from home for treatment. There are more than 30 lodges
- American Cancer Society’s Wig Bank - Provides free wigs from limited supply to needy patients suffering hair loss due to cancer treatment. Intended for those with insufficient insurance coverage for cranial prostheses (wigs).
Population served: Patients, caregivers and oncology professionals in the U.S.
To connect cancer patients and their caregivers to psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers and counselors skilled in the management of cancer-related distress/psychosocial issues. APOS strives to advance the science and practice of psychosocial care for people affected by cancer.
Population served: Health professionals
To improve patient care through education, clinical practice, advancement of science and advocacy.
- Provides members with the continuing medical education, health policy analysis, patient information resources and advocacy that they need to succeed in today’s ever-changing health care delivery system.
Population served: Patients with Aplastic Anemia, Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS), Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH), and related bone marrow failure diseases and their families
To support patients and families worldwide living with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), aplastic anemia, paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), and related bone marrow failure diseases.
- Free educational materials: The latest medical and treatment information, and clinical trials information
- Online Academy: Webcasts, interviews with experts, interactive learning modules, live webinars
- Guidance for living well with bone marrow failure diseases
- Peer Support Network: Enables patients to talk with trained patient volunteers who share treatment experiences and provide emotional support
- Communities Connections : Volunteer-led local groups connecting patient and families for peer support and information exchange
- Online Community: MarrowCommunity.org is an online community for patients with bone marrow failure and their families. Members can connect with others, share resources, learn about upcoming events and have their questions answered.
- Travel Assistance: AAMDSIF seeks to ensure that patients can see a specialist to seek the best course of treatment. Financial aid may be available for U.S.-based patients with demonstrated financial need.
Population served: People diagnosed with cancer and their families in the U.S.
Other language(s): Spanish, French, additional translation services available by phone Mission:
To provide one-on-one support to people undergoing treatment for cancer and their families.
- Provides training to individuals who have recovered from cancer so they can be matched with cancer patients currently undergoing a similar experience.
Population served: People affected by cancer in the U.S.
Other language(s): SpanishMission:
To provide support, education and hope to people affected by cancer; to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.
- Offers support through a network of more than 50 local affiliates and 100 satellite locations
- Cancer Support Helpline® - offers resources and emotional support via phone or live chat, and is staffed by licensed mental health professionals
- MyLifeLine - create a private, personal webpage to help keep family and friends involved and informed
- The Living Room - an online support community where you can connect 24/7 with others going through similar cancer experiences. Includes a variety of online groups by diagnosis, as well as groups for Teens with Cancer and Teens with Cancer in the Family.
- Frankly Speaking About Cancer® – education series that provides trusted information on a variety of topics important to people affected by cancer; information is available in a variety of formats
- Open to Options – helps patients identify important questions about treatment options and decisions based upon personal needs
- CancerSupportSource® - a tool that assesses distress in key areas (such as sleep, nutrition, worry about the future) and provides referral and follow-up care for all patients
- Cancer Experience Registry - a unique online community that brings people impacted by cancer together to make their voices heard, connect with each other, share experiences, learn from and help others
- Cancer Transitions – an evidence-based programs for cancer survivors who have completed their treatment (in partnership with LIVESTRONG).
Population served: Individuals, families, caregivers and the bereaved in the U.S. affected by a cancer diagnosis
Other language(s): SpanishMission:
To provide free, professional support services to individuals, families, caregivers and the bereaved to help them cope with and manage the emotional and practical challenges of cancer.
- Oncology social workers are available for telephone counseling services to provide support, information and resources to help in coping with cancer
- Offers online support groups and educational publications
- Connect Education Workshops in which leading experts in oncology provide up-to-date information in one-hour workshops over the telephone or online
- Door to Door Program for patients with multiple myeloma provides grants to cover transportation costs such as gasoline, taxi, bus or train fare to and from their doctor's office; must meet certain eligibility criteria
- Financial assistance for transportation, medications, home care, child care, or durable medical equipment may be available for patients in active treatment. Eligibility guidelines vary depending on diagnosis, gender and geographic location. Call for details
- Healing Hearts Family Bereavement Camp - a free retreat for families with children coping with the loss of a loved one to cancer
Financial assistance for insured cancer patients in treatment in the US to help with co-payments for chemotherapy and targeted treatment medications who meet certain financial, medical and insurance eligibility criteria. Check the website (http://cancercarecopay.org/) or call 866-552-6729 for details.
Population served: Anyone seeking information on chemotherapy or cancer
Other language(s): Spanish and additional languages Mission:
Chemocare.com® is a website designed to provide the latest information about chemotherapy to patients and their families, caregivers and friends. The site focuses on care during chemotherapy including information about FDA approved chemotherapy medications, nutrition, managing side effects and self-care tips. The content is continually updated and reviewed by oncology specialists.
Population served: Patients with life-threatening illness and their caregivers
To increase the availability of quality palliative care services for all people living with serious illness.
- Provides information about palliative care: specialized medical care which provides patients with relief from symptoms, pain and stress
- Explains how palliative care helps people with specific diseases
- Provides a directory of hospitals with palliative care teams
- Offers videos, blog, printed material and other resources including a quiz to help individuals know if palliative care is right for them.
Population served: U.S. troops and families affected by the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and other post-9/11 conflicts
Give an Hour™ asks mental health professionals nationwide to literally donate an hour of their time each week to provide free mental health services to military personnel and their families. Individuals who receive services will be given the opportunity to give an hour back in their own community.
- In addition to direct counseling services, the providers are working to reduce the stigma associated with mental health by participating in and leading education, training, and outreach efforts in schools and communities and around military bases.
Population served: People with blood cancer (and lung or head & neck cancer), caregivers, health professionals
To provide expert-mediated information on current and emerging cancer management options in order to empower patients, caregivers, and health professionals to become direct partners in cancer care.
- Offers cancer information and video library, podcasts, email newsletter and online discussion forums.
Population served: Anyone seeking mental health clinicians in the U.S.
To improve the public's access to the services of mental health clinicians and organizations. Our vision is that every person in America can readily find mental health services to meet their needs.
- Therapist Finder carefully identifies users’ needs and interests and matches these with our therapists’ capabilities. Matching process increases the likelihood that users and therapists will make positive, lasting connections from their very first meeting. Database contains detailed information on thousands of mental health professionals, their services and their organizations across the country.
Population served: Anyone with cancer
To provide personalized connections that enable one-on-one support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers.
- Provides a unique matching program in which a “Mentor Angel” is partnered with an individual seeking cancer support. These one–on–one relationships inspire hope and offer support from someone who is uniquely familiar with the experience.
Population served: Children and teens in the U.S. who have a parent diagnosed with a cancer or who have lost a parent to cancer
Provides "friendship, understanding, education, and support" for children and teens who have a parent with cancer or have lost a parent to cancer.
- Support groups are headed by Youth Leaders and co-facilitated by licensed professionals; they help kids share their feelings and gain strength from one another
- Karen’s Kids is a bereavement program for kids who have lost a mom or dad to cancer; the five-week program takes a child through the steps of grieving and teaches them how to cope with their tremendous loss
- Hope the Bear Care Packages are individually tailored to each family; every package includes a “Hope” teddy bear for each child in the family, plus books, workbooks, brochures, and additional information to help the family better cope with cancer
- Junior Camp is for children from 7 to12 years old; Teen Camp is for those between 13 and 18. Camps provide a fun atmosphere and an opportunity to share and connect with other peers and adults who understand what they are dealing with.
Population served: Cancer patients and survivors in the U.S.
Other language(s): SpanishMission:
To inspire and empower people affected by cancer; to provide support to guide people through the cancer experience, bring them together to fight cancer—and work for a world in which their fight is no longer necessary.
- Provides information on topics that influence the “physical, emotional and practical” effects of cancer
- Provides free, confidential, one-on-one support to anyone affected by cancer, not just patients, through education, referrals and counseling services
- Planet Cancer connects young adults and helps them access support, advocacy and resources.
- LIVESTRONG Fertility - Dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility.
- Maintains a list of LIVESTRONG Survivorship Centers of Excellence, which is comprised of National Cancer Institute(NCI) Comprehensive Cancer Centers
- Offers The LIVESTRONG Guidebook to help cancer patients and survivors as they navigate the health care system.
Population served: Patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms (Essential Thrombocythemia, Idiopathic Myelofibrosis, Polycythemia Vera), caregivers, professionals worldwide
Other language(s): All European, Spanish, Arabic, JapaneseMission:
To make a difference in the lives of those affected by myeloproliferative neoplasms.
- Offers disease, treatment and clinical trial information
- Website lists online and in-person support groups worldwide
- Offers an email digest, educational events and webcasts
- Provides outreach to the entire MPN community to grow awareness, understanding, and a better quality of life for MPN patients.
Population served: Patients diagnosed with Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPNs), caregivers, professionals
To provide a directory of resources for people living with MPNs (Essential Thrombocythemia, Polycythemia Vera and Myelofibrosis)
- Curated by MPN patients and advocates
- Provides links to reputable MPN-related resources, such as for support services, financial assistance, clinical trials, transplant information, etc.
Population served: People touched by cancer in the U.S.
Other language(s): SpanishMission:
To advocate for quality cancer care for all people touched by cancer.
- Advocates for changes in how the nation researches, regulates, finances and delivers quality cancer care
- Empowers cancer survivors through its publications and programs, which provide tools for self-advocacy
- Convenes other cancer organizations to address nationwide public policy issues affecting cancer survivors
- Cancer Survival Toolbox is a free, self-learning audio program to help people develop important skills to better meet and understand the challenges of their illness.
Population served: Young adult cancer patients ages 18-24 in the US
To provide enrichment opportunities and encouragement to young adult cancer patients
- Apply online to request a wish for respite, travel, technology or other needs.
Population served: Patients and caregivers
Other language(s): SpanishMission:
To empower people who are suffering with life-altering diseases by giving them the most comprehensive and up-to-date guides to treatment and facilities for their disease free of charge.
- Provides free educational materials, written for ease of understanding, in print and online.
Population served: Anyone affected by cancer in the U.S.
To brighten the day of a cancer patient with a gift of a cheerful, new hospital gown.
- Provides gowns in a variety of sizes to men and women battling cancer
Population served: Single fathers due to cancer
To help the thousands of fathers who each year lose their spouses to cancer and must adjust to being sole parents.
- Free online resources
- Information about local support groups
Population served: Young adult cancer patients and survivors, caregivers
To empower young adults affected by cancer by building community, improving quality of life and providing meaningful survivorship.
- Formerly known as I’m Too Young For This
- Provides listings of resources as well as books, magazines and other media
- Offers online support groups, forums and message boards, social communities
- Offers “The Stupid Cancer Show” an international talk radio webcast
- Presents “The OMG! Cancer Summit for Young Adults” annual oncology conference and social networking event for the young adult cancer movement
- Offers Stupid Cancer Boot Camps - evidence-based, single-topic, one-day mini-OMG! Summits hosted in your local community
Population served: All women cancer survivors
The Women Survivors Alliance has undertaken a national call to action to address the burdens of survivorship issues on women, their families, and by extension, society as a whole.
- Hosts an annual National Women Survivors Convention
- Develops a comprehensive resource with an online magazine format, its dynamic content will include nutrition, exercise, the latest in survivor news, a marketplace, a blog, a directory of cancer organizations across the internet, and more.
- One day educational events held in cities across the country, the first one scheduled for 2014. These events will be hosted in partnership with Triage Cancer.