A cancer diagnosis requires learning a lot in a short period of time. Finding the right resources to help you become familiar with your condition and what treatment entails, is an important first step.
National organizations, such as the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, and the American Society of Clinical Oncologists can help you get started. All three sites provide information about various cancer types and treatment options, as well as resources for patients, families, caregivers, and survivors. The American Cancer Society can also help connect you with chapters in your area, while the National Cancer Institute has detailed information on clinical trials.
General Cancer Resources
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide voluntary health organization committed to fighting cancer through research, education, advocacy, patient service, and rehabilitation. ACS has more than 3,400 local offices across the country. The ACS hosts a 24-hour hotline for patients, family members, and anyone with questions regarding cancer or treatments. Hotline: 1-800-227-2345.
Cancer.Net / American Society of Clinical Oncology
Cancer.net is the patient information website of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Visitors have quick access to high quality, oncologist-approved cancer information.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, part of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, is devoted to conducting and supporting public health activities through health promotion, disease prevention, and preparedness.
The LiveStrong Foundation unites cancer patients and fights cancer by educating on prevention, increasing access to screening and care, improving the quality of life for survivors, and investing in research.
National Association for Proton Therapy
The National Association for Proton Therapy is a nonprofit organization providing education and awareness about proton therapy.
National Cancer Institute
The National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes for Health, is the federal government’s principal agency for cancer research and training.
Texas Department of State Health Services
The Texas Department of State Health Services provides information for the citizens of Texas on all forms of disease. The department also provides low-cost or free cancer services for Texans.