General Cancer Information
American Association for Cancer Research – www.aacr.org
A professional organization for scientists and researchers studying oncology, but also includes information and materials specifically for patients. Features links to cancer support groups and informative websites. AACR’s Scientist-Survivor program connects two key cancer communities: researchers and patients.
The American Cancer Society – www.cancer.org
A comprehensive informational Website replete with resources. ACS support efforts include clinical trial matching and an online community. Visitors seeking direct aid are encouraged to call the helpline or contact their local ACS branch.
Cancer ActionNOW.org – www.canceractionnow.org
Works to help cancer patients find appropriate clinical trials or gain access to an experimental medication. Describes various treatment options, the drug development process, and how clinical trials work.
Cancer Support Community – www.canceractionnow.org
The Cancer Support Community works hard to provide support to those battling cancer. They offer resources to help find support groups and a variety of resources to assist those going through cancer.
ClinicalTrials.gov – www.clinicaltrials.gov
This site is a searchable database of more than 82,000 federally and privately funded clinical trials in the US and throughout the world. You can search by condition, medication, sponsor, location, and other criteria. Each trial listing includes the treatment protocol, eligibility criteria, and contact information. The site includes a glossary and general information on clinical trials.
Mesothelioma – www.mesotheliomahelpnow.com
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the protective linings (mesothelium) that cover different organs. It is becoming a well-known health crisis due to its association with asbestos exposure. By nature, mesothelioma takes 20-50 years to produce symptoms after the initial asbestos exposure, making a diagnosis shocking and devastating to patients and their families.
National Cancer Institute – www.cancer.gov
NCI offers an exhaustive informational site addressing every type of cancer. The database is updated regularly to include information on the newest treatments and breakthroughs. NCI provides a helpline and live online chat assistance for patients and caregivers. The site also includes a link to the NCI clinical trials database, with more than 8,000 trials currently enrolling patients.
National Comprehensive Cancer Network – www.nccn.com
Excellent site recommended by Dr. Masoud Khorsand, Kymera’s President. This site is devoted to Cancer Patients, Caregivers, and their families. Doctors and other healthcare providers around the globe use the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology to help determine the best approaches to diagnosing, treating, managing, and monitoring patients with cancer at every stage. The NCCN Treatment Summaries for People with Cancer translate this critical information to the one it impacts the most, you the patient. Knowledge is power in the fight against cancer and NCCN.com is one of the best resources for that knowledge, for patients, family, and friends.
Navigating Cancer – www.navigatingcancer.com
Navigating Cancer brings together the most helpful information, patient education materials and latest research from trusted resources including the National Cancer Institute and non-profit advocacy groups.
OncoLink – www.oncolink.org
Provides general information on cancer but also includes advice on diagnosis and therapy for multiple types of cancer. Patients can also find information on coping with their diagnosis. The Website’s interactive database generates treatment advice based on patients’ responses to the programmed questions. Interactive blogs and a clinical trial matching service are also available.
Cancer Care – www.cancercare.org
CC’s financial assistance grants appropriate funds toward copays, medication, transportation, childcare, and homecare. Free one-on-one counseling from professional oncology social workers is also available, as are telephone and online support groups and workshops. The site contains myriad downloadable publications searchable by topic and cancer type.
Chaves County Cancer Fund – www.walkforhopechavescounty.com
Chaves County Cancer Fund is dedicated to providing financial support to residents in Chaves County battling cancer. They are a non-profit organization with the majority of their funds going directly to cancer patients. Their goal is to help ease everyday expenses of patients outside of their treatment expenses.
Lance Armstrong Foundation – www.livestrong.org
Besides raising money for all types of cancer research, the LAF offers several programs for patients and caregivers. LAF provides one-on-one support through the LIVESTRONG SurvivorCare program. The Website has a blog, clinical trial matching service, survivor stories, tools to assist with treatment decisions, videos and Podcasts, downloadable brochures, and more.
Light of Lea County – www.lightofleacounty.com
Light of Lea County is a local non-profit organization dedicated to helping community members of Lea County battling cancer. They help individuals with non-medical related expensenses during their treatment.
Patient Advocate Foundation – www.patientadvocate.org
PAF may be best known for the wealth of financial assistance programs it offers, including one that helps patients with the copayments. It has abundant informational resources on various aspects of treatment for solid tumors and blood cancers. This includes newsletters and downloadable audio files, a guide to chemotherapy-related anemia, and brochures on filing for disability, health savings accounts, and clinical trials. Visitors to the Website can chat online with a PAF case manager about their questions and concerns. PAF has established an African American outreach program and a Hispanic/Latino outreach program to address disparities in care.
The Simple Dollar – www.thesimpledollar.com
The Simple Dollar provides an in-depth look at the financial obligations that generally come with cancer treatment and how to make it more affordable. Their guide looks at how to make cancer treatments more affordable, which discusses payment options, important questions to ask insurance providers, and recommendations from experienced medical professionals.
Financial Resources for Cancer Patients
Cancer Screening Guidelines by Age
What to Expect During Your Prostate Exam
Skin Cancer Screening: What to Expect
What to Expect During, Before, and After Radiation Treatment
This is a series of short, informative videos that share exactly what to expect throughout the process of radiation treatment.
What are the Short and Long Term Side Effects of Chemotherapy?
Managing Phantom Pain in Sobriety: A Guide for Amputees
Mesothelioma Prevention – How to Prevent Asbestos Cancer
Asbestos: What You Need to Know When Buying, Selling or Remodeling
Cancer-Causing Agents – Carcinogens
Coping with Cancer: 10 Steps Towards Emotional Well-Being
Confronting a Terminal Diagnosis as a Family
The Conversation: A Guide to Talking About End-of-Life Arrangements with Your Loved Ones
Assistance Speaking to Your Doctor about Treatment
Looking Good with Cancer: Tips for Looking Your Best
Online Communities For Cancer Patients
Legal Resources for Cancer Patients