Relevant for both patients and caregivers, the following organizations offer a wide range of cancer-related information, including: prevention, detection, treatment options, management of side effects, finding a doctor and clinical trials.
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society (ACS) offers a variety of services to patients and caregivers, including a cancer helpline, live chat, directory of online communities, and an extensive library of information on cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and research. The ACS website allows you to search for clinical resources within your area, including: screening locations, wellness programs and treatment options.
American Institute for Cancer Research
The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) supports research and public education regarding the relation of nutrition, physical activity and weight management to cancer. To access information specifically for patients and caregivers, visit the Cancer Survival section online. You will find nutritional guidelines for before, during and after cancer treatment as well as science-based articles dispelling common myths about soy, sugar and more.
Cancer.Net, the patient information website of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), provides doctor-approved information to help patients and their families make informed health care decisions. The website offers a guide on managing the cost of cancer care, advice on finding a doctor and questions to ask when deciding where to treat. This resource will help you make decisions based on your needs and cancer type. For newly diagnosed patients, this site includes background on nearly every cancer type, including an overview of cancer, statistics, illustrations, staging information, clinical trials and treatment methods.
Hosted by Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), the CancerCenter360 blog provides up-to-date news and information on cancer-related issues, including health tips, scientific breakthroughs and resources for cancer patients and their families.
Cancer Risk Management Tool
Hosted by CTCA®, the Cancer Risk Management Tool is a free online assessment that may help you assess your cancer risk and take control, based on clinical guidelines developed by physicians on the CTCA Risk Management Task Force. Expect to spend 3-5 minutes answering questions about your personal and family medical history, which will be used to check your risk for the most common cancer types. Based on your responses, you will receive guidelines to help manage your risk for developing cancer, as well as personalized, evidence-based screening and lifestyle recommendations.
Health Hope & Inspiration
Health, Hope & Inspiration is a weekly podcast, sponsored by CTCA, designed to help people find answers to questions about cancer, cancer prevention and overall healthy living. Hosted by Rev. Percy McCray and Wayne Shepard, the program features discussions with a wide range of doctors, pastors, dietitians, behavioral health and wellness professionals and everyday people who share their experiences.
National Cancer Institute
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) coordinates the nation’s research program on cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and control. Resources on this site include: a glossary of cancer terms, NCI’s drug dictionary, information on clinical trials and fact sheets on a wide variety of cancer issues. You can connect with a designated representative of the NCI by online chat or calling the toll-free number above. Representatives are available to help you find local resources and answer questions you may have about your diagnosis.
National Comprehensive Cancer Network
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), a not-for-profit alliance of 28 leading cancer centers devoted to patient care, research and education, is dedicated to improving the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of cancer care so that patients can live better lives. The NCCN Guidelines for Patients®, translations of the NCCN clinical guidelines, are meant to help patients with cancer talk with their physicians about the best treatment options for their disease.
Our Journey of Hope
Our Journey of Hope® provides pastors and ministry leaders with the tools, training and support to raise up cancer care ministries in their churches and communities. The organization, sponsored by CTCA, offers Cancer Care Leadership Training, which is an opportunity for pastors and Christian leaders to come together to learn about the need, the vision and the process to provide hope and encouragement to people living with cancer. It is a two-day immersion experience that looks into the heart of cancer care ministry.