It’s the diagnosis that no person or family member wants to hear from a physician. “You have cancer.” Even though cancer research and treatment has made incredible gains over the past few decades, the diagnosis is still devastating. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, there were 12.7 million new cancer cases in 2008. And even though surgery and treatment has become more effective and has extended the lives and livelihood of cancer patients, it can still be a lonely walk. Your community may offer resources to help you or a loved one deal with the devastating news of cancer. But if you are looking for additional support, these websites can help you find the strength and resources you need.
Cancer Support Community
Personalized services and education for cancer patients
Cancer Support Community is dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. Cancer Support Community was formed in 2009 when The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club Worldwide merged. Through CSC you can find access to more than 50 local affiliates, 100 satellite locations and online support. These resources can provide emotional and social support for cancer patients and their loved ones.
Support, education and hope > > cancersupportcommunity.org
Cancer awareness and outreach
Lance Armstrong was only 25 when he received the word that he had cancer. His cycling career had taken off. He had won the World Championships, the Tour Du Pont and multiple Tour de France stages. Then he learned that he had testicular cancer, the most common cancer in men aged 15-35. Since 1997, Livestrong has been working to improve the lives of people affected by cancer. Millions wear the yellow Livestrong bracelet and the work of the organization is known around the world.
A relevant, vibrant cancer movement > > livestrong.org
National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health
Under the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Cancer Institute is part of the National Institutes of Health. NCI coordinates the National Cancer Program. This program supports and conducts research, the dissemination of health information, training and other programs.
Coordinating cancer research and information > > cancer.gov
American Cancer Society
Reducing the global threat of cancer
The American Cancer Society knows that healthier lifestyles, quitting smoking and recommended cancer screenings can help to avoid nearly half of all cancer related deaths. ACS has the resources and information to help those with a cancer diagnosis. The best defense against cancer is early detection and a healthy lifestyle. ACS offers those resources.
Stay well, get well, find cures, & fight back > > cancer.org
CancerCare was incorporated in 1944 as the National Foundation for the Care of Advanced Cancer Patients with the goal of helping advance cancer patients. Today CancerCare provides pratical help and counseling to more than 110,000 people affected by cancer. In 2010 they gave $4.2 million to more than 26,000 people to cover transportation needs, child care and home care costs in the course of their treatment.
Help and Hope > > cancercare.org
Stand Up to Cancer
Where the end of cancer begins.
Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) seeks to accelerate cancer research that will get new therapies to cancer patients and increase the survival rate. Bringing together the best and the brightest of the cancer community and in doing so, galvanizing the entertainment industry, SU2C builds awareness and support.
Fight to end cancer > > standup2cancer.org