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American Cancer Society (ACS)
People affected by a cancer internationally; programs and services offered to patients and caregivers residing in the United States
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
- Hope Lodges are temporary housing accommodations for patients traveling far from home for treatment. There are more than 30 lodges.
Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education (GRACE)
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.
International Myeloma Foundation (IMF)
Anyone needing information on myeloma, including patients, caregivers and health professionals
To improve the quality of life of myeloma patients and their families while working toward prevention and a cure through four founding principles: research, education, support, and advocacy.
- Offers disease and treatment information via toll free number and publications in multiple languages
- Makes referrals to support groups and hosts an on-line support group
- Offers seminars, workshops and webcasts
- Provides Veterans Against Myeloma (VAM), a resource for patients who have served in the military and developed myeloma through their service
- IMF Advocacy group helps guide individuals to advocate for critical health issues that affect the myeloma community
- Supports research initiatives.
Patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals
To empower patients each step of their disease journey from diagnosis, through education, care and on to a cure.
- Provides integrated software platforms to help blood cancer patients and their caregivers learn more and better navigate their disease.
- Website provides tools to find a specialist, find solutions for side effect, search for clinical trials and treatment options.
- You can also listen to disease podcasts, join community forums, join a fitness challenge, and learn from experts in HealthTree University
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
Patients with myeloma, caregivers, professionals, researchers
To pursue innovative means that accelerate the development of next-generation multiple myeloma treatments to extend the lives of patients and lead to a cure.
- Provides disease and treatment information including clinical trials
- Offers patient and professional educational programs and publications
- Funds multiple myeloma research.
National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service
Cancer patients, caregivers, family, friends, healthcare providers, researchers
To provide accurate, up-to-date, and reliable information on cancer that is easy to understand; this free service is a federally funded cancer education program.
- Offers trained information specialists who can answer cancer-related questions on a range of cancer topics (but is not a substitute for medical advice).
National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc. (NORD)
Patients in the U.S. with rare diseases
NORD is leading the fight to improve the lives of rare disease patients and families. We do this by supporting the rare community – its people and organizations – and by working together to accelerate research, raise awareness, provide direct assistance and drive public policy.
- Administers Patient Assistance Programs to help patients obtain life-saving or life-sustaining medication they could not otherwise afford
- The Patient Information Center provides information on thousands of rare disorders and resources
- The Rare Caregiver Respite Program offers limited financial assistance to eligible caregivers so that they can take a break from caregiver responsibilities
- Hosts regional and national meetings for patients and families
- Works collaboratively with a growing roster of member organizations.
Patients and caregivers
To provide cancer patients with the resources and information needed to live well with cancer.
- Provides an online portal of cancer information in a library of programs, organized into ‘health centers’. Information from medical conferences as well as interviews featuring top medical experts are continually added to the site.