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: Anyone seeking information on chemotherapy or cancer
Other language(s): SpanishMission: 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: Children with cancer and their families
To educate, empower and raise awareness and the necessary funds to support programs that benefit children living with cancer. Programs improve health literacy, increase self-esteem and empower cancer victims with hope. CLF believes that by working together, we can make a difference one child at a time.
- Hugs u wear- offers human hair wigs to young cancer patients who have lost their own hair due to chemotherapy treatments. The Hug U Wear is a 100% human hair wig that is sewn into a lightweight cap and comes with a detachable hat. The child can choose from several styles to help deal with the stress and embarrassment of hair loss.
- Wish Baskets- provides Wish Baskets to help lift the spirits of these young cancer patients during a particularly difficult time in their lives. The baskets are filled with age appropriate items such as pajama bottoms with a matching pillow case, an MP3 player, individual games and a $50 Gift Card to purchase another wish item(s) of their choice.
- Hope Binder- to help improve a patient's level of health literacy. Pediatric oncology patients and their families are often overwhelmed with the amount of medical and insurance information associated with a chronic illness such as cancer. The Hope Binder has 12 sections to reference and record, in their own words, medical information regarding the child's treatment. The binders also include an assortment of informational booklets regarding pain management and dietary tips, as well as, a 75 minute pre-paid telephone calling card to keep in close contact with friends and family.
Population served: Cancer patients and other medical patients who lose their hair due to a disease or the treatment of a disease.
Mission: To provide brand-new hats for cancer patients and other medical patients who lose their hair due to a disease or the treatment of a disease; to provide hats to individuals and hospitals in order to help the patients feel better about themselves and to give them the extra courage and hope to win their fight.
Population served: People who may be undergoing chemotherapy, or who are burn victims, brain surgery patients, head trauma patients, or individuals with alopecia
To warm the hearts and heads of those experiencing traumatic hair loss by knitting and crocheting caps with love.
- Hats are delivered free of charge to patients across the country
Population served: Financially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis
Mission: To return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need.
Population served: Women cancer patients
Other language(s): SpanishMission:
To improve the self-esteem and quality of life of people undergoing treatment for cancer; to improve their self-image and appearance through complimentary group, individual, and self-help beauty sessions to create a sense of support, confidence, courage and community.
- Holds group workshops that teach beauty techniques to female cancer patients to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment.
Population served: Teens 13 to 17 who are dealing with cancer
Look Good Feel Better for Teens is a hospital-based public service program created by the Personal Care Products Council Foundation and its collaborators to help girls and guys between the ages of 13 and17 deal with the appearance, health, and social side effects of cancer treatment.
- On-site groups available at participating cancer centers. Please see website for locations
- 2bMe.org serves as an online component of Look Good Feel Better® for Teens, a free public service program for adolescents 13 to 17 that provides information dealing with the appearance and sociological side effects related to cancer and its treatment.
Population served: Young adults between 18- 30 who have been diagnosed with a life threatening, malignant medical condition.
To provide financial assistance to young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 diagnosed with a life threatening, malignant medical condition.
- Funding may help with car payments, clothes, hair or makeup, purchasing a camera, computer, or travel costs.
Population served: Anyone willing to donate hair
To create free, real-hair wigs for women with cancer. The program promotes healthy hair, and emphasizes appearance of healthy hair to women battling cancer.
- Call or check website for hair donation requirements and instructions
- Donates free real-hair wigs to the American Cancer Society’s wig banks. To inquire if there are wigs available in your area, please call 877-227-1596.
Population served: Women in treatment for cancer and survivors of breast cancer
To help women cope during and after cancer treatment by providing wigs and other hair loss products, as well as mastectomy products, all at affordable prices.
- TLC is part of ACS Products, Inc., an affiliate of the American Cancer Society
- Many ACS offices distribute free wigs to women who are experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatment; call 800-ACS-2345 to see if an office near you participates in this free wig program.
Population served: Patients 18 years and under (sometimes older if still in school) who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues, worldwide
Helping Children Look Themselves and Live Their Lives
- Hair replacement systems and support for children is provided at no cost to children or their families
- Provides complimentary, custom-made hairpieces
- Candidates must be referred by their doctor, nurse or social worker
- Accepts hair donations
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