National Cancer Institute
Provides current information on cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, genetics, and supportive care. Lists clinical trials and specific cancer topics in NCI's Physician Data Query (PDQ®) database.
Cancer Information Service
Answers questions about cancer, clinical trials, and cancer-related services and helps users find information on the NCI Web site. Provides NCI printed materials.
Administration on Aging
Provides information, assistance, individual counseling, organization of support groups, caregiver training, respite care, and supplemental services.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Provides information for consumers about patient rights, prescription drugs, and health insurance issues, including Medicare and Medicaid.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Provides fact sheets about job discrimination, protections under the Americans With Disabilities Act, and employer responsibilities. Coordinates investigations of employment discrimination.
U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy
Provides fact sheets on a variety of disability issues, including discrimination, workplace accommodation, and legal rights.
Toll-free: 1-866-ODEP-DOL (633-7365)
American Cancer Society
National Cancer Information Center Available to answer questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Toll-free: 1-800-ACS-2345 (1-800-227-2345)
Offers free support, information, financial assistance, and practical help to people with cancer and their loved ones.
Toll-free: 1-800-813-HOPE (1-800-813-4673)
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)
Offers education and support for children who have a parent with cancer or who have lost a parent to cancer.
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
Provides information on cancer support, employment, financial and legal issues, advocacy, and related issues.
Phone: 1-877-NCCS YES (1-877-622-7937)
National Employment Lawyers Association
Can help find a lawyer experienced in job discrimination cases.
NeedyMeds - Indigent Patient Programs
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.
Patient Advocate Foundation
Offers education, legal counseling, and referrals concerning managed care, insurance, financial issues, job discrimination, and debt crisis matters.
* For a complete list of resources, see NCI's database, National Organizations That Offer Services to People With Cancer and Their Families. Or call 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237) to ask for it.