Patient and Caregiver Support
American Cancer Society
1599 Clifton Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30329
The American Cancer Society, with offices nationwide, has a variety of services for cancer patients and their families and friends. Through the Ostomy Rehabilitation Program, Look Good...Feel Better, What About Me? and I Can Cope, they provide direct assistance to patients and their families, who need help with the physical and emotional problems they face. Also available are a variety of pamphlets, brochures and booklets providing information. Materials are available in Spanish and Chinese in addition to English.
C3Life Online Ostomy Community
A website dedicated to helping people with ostomies live their lives to the fullest. Up-to-date and accurate information about ostomies, interaction with like-minded people, recipes, hints and tips for healthy living with an ostomy.
Camp Kesem provides free summer camps to children affected by a parent’s cancer. When a parent is diagnosed with cancer, the entire family is affected. Our goal is to serve the children whose emotional needs are often unmet, offering them an opportunity to spend a week with peers who can relate to the worries and challenges they face. Our camps are operated, organized and run by college students, offering student leaders a chance to channel their passion for making a difference. In 2012, we will operate 37 camps in 22 states across the country.
Cancer Care, Inc. is a nonprofit social service agency that assists families and patients in coping with the emotional, psychological, and financial consequences of cancer. It has a toll-free counseling line and teleconference programs providing assistance to individuals and families. Information about cancer and treatment, financial counseling, financial assistance and referrals to other support services are also available. The Helping Children Cope program offers resources to help children deal with cancer in a parent or close relative.
Cancer Hope Network
877-HOPENET (877-467-3638), 908-879-4039 (NJ Residents)
2 North Road, Suite A
Chester, NJ 07930
One-on-one support for cancer patients and their families by trained volunteer cancer survivors.
The Cancer Support Community
1050 17th Street, NW - Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036
The Cancer Support Community is an international non-profit dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. Likely the largest employer of psychosocial oncology mental health professionals in the United States, CSC offers a menu of personalized services and education for all people affected by cancer. Its global network brings the highest quality cancer support to the millions of people touched by cancer. These support services are available through a network of professionally-led community-based centers, hospitals, community oncology practices and online, so that no one has to face cancer alone.
1715 Yankee Doodle Road
Eagan, MN 55121
CaringBridge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing free websites that connect family and friends during a serious health event, care and recovery.
Center to Advance Palliative Care
Getpalliativecare.org provides clear, comprehensive palliative care information for people coping with serious, complex illness. Key components of the site include a Palliative Care Provider Directory of Hospitals, a definition of palliative care and detailed descriptions of what palliative care does and how to get it. It also provides an interactive questionnaire to assist you in determining whether palliative care might be appropriate for you or a loved one. The site is provided by the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC).
A website dedicated to helping parents dealing with cancer talk to their children about their cancer. Emotional, group-support programming for children.
Cleaning for a Reason
P.O. Box 146
Lewisville, TX 75077
Fighting cancer is difficult enough, but living with it is even tougher -- and that's where the Cleaning for A Reason Foundation steps in. This nonprofit offers free professional housecleaning and maid services to improve the lives of women undergoing treatment for cancer -- any type of cancer.
65 Broadway, Suite 603
New York, NY 10006
Founded in October 2001, Fertile Hope is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility.
For 27 years, the Great Comebacks® Program has honored individuals who, by sharing their stories, give hope and encouragement so that others, too, can reclaim their lives and pursue their dreams.
In the Face of Pain
In the Face of Pain is an online pain advocacy resource. As an advocacy toolkit, it provides pain-related information, statistics and resources to empower health care professionals, people with pain, caregivers, and other concerned individuals to take action and advocate for appropriate and effective pain care.
Lotsa Helping Hands
2 Clock Tower Place, Suite 610
Maynard, MA 01754
Lotsa Helping Hands offers free tools designed to make life easier for caregivers and volunteers. The hallmark of the service is the caregiver-focused Help Calendar, which enables members to schedule and sign up for tasks that provide respite for the caregiver including meals for the family, rides to medical appointments, and visits. Members can also communicate with one another through message boards, post personal blogs, share photos, and send well wishes to the family. And Coordinators can safely store and retrieve vital information for the family – from medical and health records to financial and legal documents. Caregivers benefit from the gifts of much needed help, emotional support, and peace of mind, while volunteers find meaning in giving back to those in need.
Caregiving is difficult work and brings many personal challenges. We are here to support you: Expert information, access to a community of caregivers, and your own "Personal Community" web page to help you share caregiving with friends and family members.
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 770
Silver Spring, MD 20910
An advocacy organization for insurance, employment and legal rights for people with cancer. Also available is the Cancer Survival Toolbox, a free set of six audiotapes designed to help develop tools and practices to deal with cancer diagnosis and treatment.
NCI's Facing Forward Series
The series is designed to educate and empower cancer survivors as they face the challenges associated with life after cancer treatment.
The National Family Caregivers Association has a toll free information line, through which it provides education, respite care, counseling, and advocacy for caregivers.
Sharing Miracles is a forum for people to relate their own personal stories of hope and survival. Every patient's battle is unique, but the collective power of shared experiences can offer great help and courage to others who are fighting for their lives. Before his death Tony Snow was featured on the Web sites accompanying public access television show and he is still remembered through his testimonial on the Web site.
The Social Security and Disability Resource Center
The Social Security Disability Resource Center provides information on federal disability benefit programs, SSD (social security disability) and SSI (supplemental security income), in addition to answering questions about social security retirement benefits and providing resource links on topics such as Medicare.
The Wellness Community Executive Office
919 18th Street, NW Suite 54
Washington, DC 20006
Provides psychosocial support to people with cancer and their families. There are many locations throughout the United States. Services are free of charge.