These resources offer personalized services to help patients cope with various aspects of a cancer diagnosis, including: emotional support, education, patient navigation and mediation with employers and insurers.
Cancer Support Community
888-793-9355 (CSI helpline)
877-793-0498 (CSI Airbnb helpline)
The Cancer Support Community (CSC) is an international non-profit dedicated to ensuring that all people affected by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. CSC is a global network of 175 locations, including CSC and Gilda's Club centers, health-care partnerships and satellite locations deliver more than $50 million in free support services to patients and families. The organization administers a toll-free helpline, provides educational resources and partners with Airbnb to provide free housing for patients and caregivers meeting specific criteria.
I HAD CANCER
I Had Cancer is a cancer support community that empowers people to take control of life before, during and after cancer. This peer-to-peer support is crucial in allowing survivors, fighters, supporters and caregivers to share firsthand experiences about treatment, side effects, long-term effects and more. The website includes an online community that allows you to connect with survivors and caregivers by cancer type, age and location.
Through a unique matching process, Imerman Angels partners anyone, any age, any gender, anywhere and any cancer type seeking support with someone just like them—a Mentor Angel. A Mentor Angel is a cancer survivor or caregiver who has faced the same type of cancer. Mentor Angels can lend support and empathy, and help cancer fighters and caregivers navigate the system, determine their options and create their own support systems.
LIVESTRONG is dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by cancer. The organization provides free, personalized support for the practical, physical and emotional concerns that people face when dealing with a cancer diagnosis. It also partners with community organizations, including YMCA, to offer low-cost exercise and rehabilitation programs to cancer survivors.
LIVESTRONG Fertility is dedicated to providing educational information and access to resources that support cancer patients and survivors whose cancer and its treatment present risks to their fertility. Through the LIVESTRONG Fertility Discount Program, we help cancer survivors access discounted rates on fertility preservation services.
Stupid Cancer provides resources for those affected by adolescent and young adult cancer. The organization builds online and offline support communities nationwide through meet-ups (local and digital events), social media, webinars, blogs and an annual conference.
The Ulman Foundation welcomes young adults (between the ages of 15-39) who are experiencing issues specific to their cancer diagnosis, treatment or survivorship. Young adults face complex issues of independence, personal finance, education or career interruption as well as emotional concerns such as dating, fertility and hopelessness. The organization provides a variety of support services for young adult patients and survivors, including one-on-one support, patient navigation, community meet-ups and national events, as well as resources for educational scholarships and fertility preservation.