Questions About Cancer? 1-800-4-CANCER

When Someone You Love Is Being Treated for Cancer

  • Updated: 05/16/2014


Federal Resources
Nonprofit Organizations

Federal Resources

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Provides current information on cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, genetics, and supportive care.

NCI's 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.

Toll-free1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237)
Chat online:Click on LiveHelp from the home page

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.

Toll-free:1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) (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.


National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Eldercare Locator
The Eldercare Locator is a nationwide directory assistance service designed to help older persons and caregivers find local resources for support. Areas of support include transportation, meals, home care, housing alternatives, legal issues, and social activities.


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 (1-866-633-7365

Nonprofit Organizations

American Cancer Society
Provides a variety of cancer information and support to patients, families, and caregivers.The organization's National Cancer Information Center answers questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Also supports research, education, advocacy, and public policy issues.

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, education, and hope to people affected by cancer.

Toll-free:1-888-793-WELL (1-888-793-9355)

Cancer Hope Network
Cancer Hope Network matches patients and families with trained volunteers who have recovered from a similar cancer experience.

Toll-free1-877-HOPENET (1-877-467-3638)

Family Caregiver Alliance
Family Caregiver Alliance addresses the needs of families and friends who provide long-term care at home.


Fertile Hope
Fertile Hope provides reproductive information, support, and hope to cancer patients who are at risk for treatment-related infertility.

Toll-free:1-888-794-HOPE (4673)

Livestrong seeks to inspire and empower people living with, through, and beyond cancer to live strong. It provides education, advocacy, public health and research programs.

Phone:1-512-236-8820 (general number)
Toll-free:1-866-235-7205 (LIVESTRONG SurvivorCare Program)

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
Provides information on cancer support, employment, financial and legal issues, advocacy, and related issues.

Toll-free:1-877-NCCS YES (1-877-622-7937)

Caregiver Action Network
NFCA provides information, education, support, public awareness, and advocacy for caregivers.


Lists medicine assistance programs available from drug companies.
NOTE: Usually, patients cannot apply directly to these programs. Ask a doctor, nurse, or social worker to contact them on behalf of your loved one.

Patient Advocate Foundation
Offers education, legal counseling, and referrals concerning managed care, insurance, financial issues, job discrimination, and debt crisis matters.


The Well Spouse Foundation
The foundation provides support to wives, husbands, and partners of chronically ill and/or disabled persons.