You can get information about cancer from many sources. Some are listed here. You may also want to check for more information from support groups in your community.
For More Resources:Go to the NCI resource National Organizations That Offer Services to People With Cancer and Their Families to search for organizations that provide cancer patients and their families with financial and emotional support and advocacy.
- National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Has current information on cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, genetics, and supportive care. NCI's web site (www.cancer.gov) lists clinical trials and specific cancer topics in NCI's Physician Data Query (PDQ®) database.
NCI's Cancer Information Service
Gives clear, up-to-date information on cancer to patients, families, health professionals, and the general public. It translates the latest scientific information into plain language in English, in Spanish, or on TTY equipment.
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Has information about patient rights, prescription drugs, and health insurance issues, including Medicare and Medicaid.Toll-free:1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)Online:
- National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
Part of the National Institutes of Health. It funds and studies medical practices that are not commonly used as standard care. It rates how well these different practices work and shares this information with the public.Toll-free:1-888-644-6226TTY:1-888-644-6226Online:
- American Cancer Society (ACS)
Mission is to end cancer as a major health problem through prevention, saving lives, and relieving suffering. ACS works toward these goals through research, education, advocacy, and service. The organization's National Cancer Information Center answers questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.Toll-free:1-800-ACS-2345 (1-800-227-2345)TTY:1-866-228-4327Online:
- American Pain Foundation
Serves people with pain through information, advocacy, and support; pain and resource information, practical help and publications are available through toll-free telephone service and website.Toll-free:1-888-615-PAIN (1-888-615-7246)strong>Online:
Offers free support, information, and financial and practical help to people with cancer and their loved ones.Toll-free:1-800-813-HOPE (1-800-813-4673)Online:
- Cancer Support Community
Cancer Support Community is a national organization that provides support groups, stress reduction and cancer education workshops, nutrition guidance, exercise sessions, and social events.Toll-free:1-888-793-WELL (1-888-793-9355)Online:
- Center to Advance Palliative Care
Goal is to increase the availability of quality palliative care services for people facing serious illness. Offers training and assistance to health care professionals.
- National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS)
Gives out information on cancer support, employment, financial and legal issues, advocacy, and related issues.Toll-free:1-877-NCCS-YES (1-877-622-7937)Online:
- National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)
Has information on hospice care, local hospice programs, advance directives in different states, and finding a local health care provider. It offers education and materials on palliative and end-of-life issues through its Caring Connections program, as well as links to other organizations and resources.Toll-free:1-800-658-8898Online:
Lists medicine assistance programs available from drug companies.
NOTE: Usually patients cannot apply directly to these programs. Ask your doctor, nurse, or social worker to contact them.Online:
- Patient Advocate Foundation
Offers education, legal counseling, and referrals concerning managed care, insurance, financial issues, job discrimination, and debt crisis matters.Toll-free:1-800-532-5274Online: