Cancer Resources for Patients and Their Families

If you’ve been diagnosed , certain resources can help you better understand and cope with your condition. Here’s a collection of some of our favorite organizations, articles, and websites for more information and support.

Favorite Cancer Organizations

American Cancer Society (ACS) 

Cancer.org

The ACS was founded in 1913 by 10 doctors and five laypeople determined to raise awareness about cancer. Since then, its mission has expanded to include providing education, support, services, advocacy, and funding.

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Cancer.gov

The NCI is the hub of government-funded cancer research in the United States. On its site, you’ll find information about specific types of cancer, ongoing research, and clinical trials.

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 

ASCO.org

ASCO is an organization that represents physicians and oncology professionals who care for people with cancer. It aims to advance the care of patients through clinical research, policy, and educational resources.

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) 

AACR.org

The AACR is the world’s oldest professional organization dedicated to cancer research. It works to promote cancer awareness through education, research, and its publications.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network

NCCN.org

This not-for-profit organization is an alliance of 27 comprehensive cancer centers committed to improving the research, education, and efficiency of high-quality cancer care.

American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO)

ACCO.org

Formed by a group of parents whose children had cancer, the ACCO is now one of the largest grassroots organizations committed to the fight against childhood cancer. It provides support and assistance to families while offering programs to improve the lives of kids with cancer.

Gateway for Cancer Research

GatewayCR.org

The Gateway is a nonprofit organization that funds cancer research and clinical trials worldwide. Ninety-nine cents of every dollar Gateway receives goes directly to fund phase 1 and phase 2 cancer clinical trials, which investigate the safety and efficacy of new treatments.

Favorite Online Support and Advocacy Networks

CancerCare

CancerCare.org

If you’re looking for support, CancerCare is a good place to start. The organization provides free services to anyone affected by cancer. It offers information about financial assistance and support from oncology social workers and cancer experts.

Cancer Support Community (CSC) 

CancerSupportCommunity.org

The CSC uses direct service delivery, research, and advocacy to ensure that everyone affected by cancer lives a better life. We love their Cancer Experience Registry — a place where patients, survivors, and caregivers can make their voices heard.

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS)

CancerAdvocacy.org

The NCCS advocates for quality cancer care. The nonprofit coined the widely accepted definition of survivorship and defines someone as a cancer survivor “from the time of diagnosis and for the balance of life.”

Stupid Cancer 

StupidCancer.org

Sometimes, younger people with cancer feel overlooked. Stupid Cancer fills the gap for young adult (ages 15 to 39) cancer advocacy, research, and support. Its mission is to make sure that the young cancer community has age-appropriate information and resources.

Cancer Hope Network (CHN)

CancerHopeNetwork.org

The CHN is a nonprofit organization that matches cancer patients, survivors, and their families with trained support volunteers for free. We love that the volunteers are cancer survivors who help and support patients through diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.

Friend for Life Cancer Support Network

Friend4Life.org

Everyone who battles cancer needs a friend to lean on. Friend for Life matches cancer patients with trained volunteers to support them through treatment. The volunteers are cancer survivors themselves who had the same kind of cancer or went through the same course of treatment.

Patient Power

PatientPower.info

Patient Power provides resources for cancer patients so they can make informed decisions about their health and care. It connects you with a community of survivors, medical professionals, and organizations through its website and events.

Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF)

PatientAdvocate.org

Navigating finances is difficult for many people with cancer. PAF acts as a liaison between a patient and their employer, insurer, and creditors. With the help of skilled case managers, patients get access to quality care and financial assistance.

Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition

CancerFAC.org

The CFAC aims to help cancer patients manage their financial challenges. It’s a coalition of financial assistance organizations that have joined forces to help cancer patients experience better health and well-being by overcoming financial challenges.

Favorite Apps, Products, and Gadgets

Choose Hope

ChooseHope.com

From ribbons to apparel, Choose Hope offers a variety of cancer awareness merchandise and gifts for anyone touched by cancer. You can search and purchase products based on cancer type. The best part is that the organization uses some of its proceeds to make a monthly corporate donation to a leading cancer research facility.

Just Don’t Send Flowers

JustDontSendFlowers.com

Looking for the perfect gift for someone battling cancer? Just Don’t Send Flowers provides practical and personal options. Their chemo baskets and cancer care packages are loaded with thoughtful items for people being treated for cancer. You can even customize your gift with colors or ribbons to match a specific cancer type.

LivingWith App

ThisIsLivingWithCancer.com

This free app is designed to help users manage life with cancer. It lets you connect with loved ones, ask for support, stay organized, and keep track of your health goals, all in one place. We like that you can invite friends and loved ones to support you and see your updates.

My Cancer Coach App

MyCancerCoachApp.org

The free My Cancer Coach app offers information about personalized breast, prostate, and colon cancer treatment options. Some of the top features include questionnaires and treatment reports, videos, a calendar, a journal, and a glossary of common terms.

Cancer.Net Mobile

Cancer.net

This free app, sponsored by ASCO, includes features that allow you to get up-to-date information on more than 120 types of cancer, track your treatments, log medication, and receive advice on how to manage side effects. You’ll also be able to access cancer-related podcasts, videos, and blogs. We love that the app is also available for Spanish speakers.

Favorite Cancer Blogs

Cancer Blog Community

BlogforaCure.com

Looking for a place to share your story? Blog for a Cure lets cancer patients document their journey. The free service is a way for the community to support each other and share their experiences and tips.

IHadCancer

IHadCancer.com

IHadCancer is a community of cancer survivors helping patients and their caregivers move forward in their cancer journey. Their blog page offers personal stories about living with and beating cancer.

NavigatingCare

NavigatingCare.com

Inspirational Cancer Blogs is a directory of blogs arranged according to cancer type.

OncoLink

OncoLink.org

Information is power when it comes to fighting cancer. The OncoLink blog provides up-to-date cancer information for patients, caregivers, and practitioners. It aims to empower patients with the right information so that they can be their own advocate and make informed treatment decisions.

Favorite Patient-Centered Annual Meetings

Patient-Centered Oncology Care Meeting

AJMC.com

At this meeting, industry-leading experts collaborate on ways to improve value-based care. Patient-centered cancer care is the main topic covered.

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Meeting

AACR.org

The AACR Annual Meeting features the latest discoveries in cancer research. It highlights the work of the best minds from institutions around the world.

Favorite Information on Nutrition for Cancer

NCI’s Nutrition in Cancer Care

Cancer.gov

The NCI’s Nutrition in Cancer Care page provides a comprehensive overview that covers the role of nutrition for cancer patients. We like that the site highlights popular supplements and the studies that support their use.

Favorite Retreats

Commonweal Cancer Help Program (CCHP) 

Commonweal.org

CCHP is a weeklong retreat located on a 60-acre site in California. The goal is to help attendees live better, and when possible, longer lives. The program includes daily group support sessions, massage, yoga, meditation, deep relaxation, imagery work, symbolic learning through a practice called Sandtray, poetry, and other healing exercises. CCHP is for people at any stage in the cancer journey and their significant others. The all-inclusive cost is around $2,500 a person.

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