Questions About Cancer? 1-800-4-CANCER

When Cancer Returns

  • Updated: 07/13/2011


Federal Resources

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.

1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237)
Chat online: Click on "LiveHelp."

Administration on Aging

Provides information, assistance, individual counseling, organization of support groups, caregiver training, respite care, and supplemental services.

Phone: 1-202-619-0724

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Provides information for consumers about patient rights, prescription drugs, and health insurance issues, including Medicare and Medicaid.

1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)
Visit: (for Medicare information)
or (other information)

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.

Toll-free:   1-800-669-4000
TTY:   1-800-669-6820

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)
TTY:   1-877-889-5627

Private/NonProfit Organizations

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)

Kids Konnected

Offers education and support for children who have a parent with cancer or who have lost a parent to cancer.

Toll-free:   1-800-899-2866

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.

Phone: 1-415-296-7629

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.

Toll-free:   1-800-532-5274

* 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.