Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC)
11600 Nebel Street, Suite 201
Rockville, MD 20852
ACCC is the national interdisciplinary organization that promotes the entire continuum of quality cancer care for patients and communities. ACCC fulfills their mission by pursuing the following six strategies: Patient Advocacy, Quality and Economic Issues, Research in the Community, Cancer Program Management, Leadership in Policy Development and Promotion, and Support for Members. Their web site includes the latest news on public policy, oncology drugs and products, and state agencies and meetings.
Patient Advocate Foundation
The Patient Advocate Foundation is a national non-profit organization that serves as an active liaison between the patient and their insurer, employer and/or creditors to resolve insurance, job discrimination and/or debt crisis matters relative to diagnosis through case managers, doctors and attorneys. The Patient Advocate Foundation seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of financial stability.
U.S. Public Health Service’s Office of Women’s Health
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20201
This office provides national leadership in women’s health through public policy, research, service delivery, and education. Programs include eighteen Centers of Excellence in Women’s Health, which serve as models of integrated and comprehensive women’s health research and clinical services, including regular screening for breast, ovarian and cervical cancers.
Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR)
ACOR provides access to oncology mailing lists and electronic groups; an excellent resource for people with cancer who wish to find others with their same diagnosis.
Alpha Cancer Information Resource
The Alpha Cancer Information Resource is the health education website of the Coalition of National Cancer Cooperative Groups. The site offers articles, book recommendations and webcasts (lectures and discussions via the world wide web) focusing primarily on breast cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer and general cancer awareness.
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
The mission of ASCO is to facilitate the delivery of high quality health care; foster the exchange and diffusion of information and ideas related to cancer, including the biology, diagnosis, staging, treatment, and psycho-social impact of cancer; further the training of all persons in clinical research and in the total care of patients with cancer; and encourage optimal communication among the various specialties concerned with cancer. It is the premier trade association for Oncologists and its web site contains an extraordinary amount of cutting edge information. Though primarily geared towards physicians, patients and family members may find useful information under the section “People Living with Cancer”.
Blood and Marrow Transplant Information Network
This site provides information and emotional support to those contemplating or undergoing blood or marrow transplant and their families.
Cancer Care is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide free professional help to people with all cancers through counseling, education, information and referral, and direct financial assistance. The above link is to their homepage, packed with useful information. Short articles on cancer can be found at www.cancercare.org/reading_room/connect_booklets.php. Information also available in Spanish at www.cancercare.org/espanol/.
This website’s mission is to improve cancer care through the dissemination of up-to-date and accurate educational programming and information for healthcare professionals, cancer patients and their family members The site has resources for finding physicians and treatment centers, and features video and animation about common types of cancer. The Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center is actually a clinical partner to this site as is Cancer Care.
Cancer Help, sponsored by Robert W. Neill Companies, provides a broad list of cancer related web sites, bulletin boards and chat groups. As a partner with Yahoo, this site can direct you to a new area of Yahoo specifically for cancer patients and their families.
Cancer News on the Net
Cancer News on the Net is dedicated to bringing patients and their families the latest information on cancer diagnosis and treatment. Though not an extremely sophisticated site, it contains various articles on cancer and is packed with links to a variety of other useful sites. Backed by the R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation, Inc.
Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation
The mission of the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation is the prevention and early detection of cancer through scientific research and education. They focus on cancers that can be prevented through lifestyle changes or early detection followed by prompt treatment. These include breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, prostate, skin and testicular cancers.
The mission of CancerSource.com is to be the most comprehensive and accurate source of cancer information and services available online. Their site is designed for both those affected by the disease, and for professionals. Features include treatment and advocacy information, a consumer drug guide, and support groups. The site is overseen by a medical advisory board led by Dr. Vincent DeVita, Director of the Yale Cancer Center.
Complete Home Medical Guide: Cancer
This website, sponsored by Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, is a section of their larger Complete Home Medical Guide. It contains general cancer information and other support resources for the layperson.
Cycle of Hope
Cycle of Hope is sponsored by the Lance Armstrong Foundation and Bristol Myers Squibb. The site provides information on and promotes early cancer detection, talks about how to reduce fear associated with treatment, and works to encourage a team approach and foster hope in patients and families fighting the disease.
HealthWorld Online is a 24-hour health resource center — a virtual health village where you can access information, products, and services to help create your wellness-based lifestyle. This site deals primarily in natural health, wellness, self-care and alternative medicine. The link above will bring you directly to their cancer area.
Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE)
FORCE is a nonprofit organization for women who are at high risk of getting breast or ovarian cancer due to their family history and genetic status, and for members of families in which a BRCA mutation may be present. The FORCE web site can be a helpful resource for anyone who knows she is at risk, who wonders whether she might be at risk, or who cares about the issues and concerns that face those at risk.
Cancer Index.org: A Guide to Internet Resources for Cancer
Sponsored by the North of England Children’s Cancer Research Fund, this site contains links to cancer related information organized by disease, country, treatments, and other topics. Menus for researchers, patients, and a special section for children.
International Cancer Alliance (ICA)
4853 Cordell Avenue/Suite 11
Bethesda, MD 20814
The ICA provides a free cancer therapy review that includes information on specific cancer type, detection and staging, treatment, tests, clinical trials, and more. There is also a cancer breakthrough report sent quarterly that can be ordered through their site.
Mayo Clinic’s web site provides a wide array of health information. By looking up your particular type of cancer, you can access cancer related news updated daily, cancer questions answered by Mayo Clinic specialists, articles from their online library, quizzes to test your cancer knowledge and a glossary of cancer related terms.
University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center
OncoLink is designed for the general public to obtain information on various types of cancer, cancer treatment, and research advances with ease. Their “Coping with Cancer” area provides a wide variety of information for patients and caregivers, including book and video reviews, information on cancer and sexuality, and areas for sharing thoughts.
Web MD – Cancer
This site provides high quality information and interactive tools to help patients and their families manage their daily personal health. The link above is directly to Web MD’s cancer pages. MD Health is committed to providing authoritative medical content written for the consumer as well as access to professional-level content. These articles may compliment information provided by your physician and/or other scientific sites, but is not meant to replace them.
AICR’s Bi-Monthly Children’s Newsletter
The “good-news-letter” provides kids with an entertaining reminder of how much fun eating healthfully can be.
Cancer Book Store
This site provides information on books on cancer with helpful information on finding a doctor, second opinions, prostate cancer awareness and other subjects, plus links and a bibliography.
The International Newsletter for Those Fighting Ovarian Cancer
This site allows you to view a monthly newsletter written by an ovarian cancer survivor. The newsletter reports on treatment options, clinical trials, coping skills, and early detection strategies. It offers a humorous and upbeat tone, as well as a networking service to match women in similar circumstances.
This site, sponsored by the Cancer Research Institute, provides access to a variety of publications, including What to do if Cancer Strikes. This particular publication provides very useful information about how to talk to your doctor when you are diagnosed, information about treatments and clinical trials, and a resource directory.
National Library of Medicine
This is the official web site for the National Library of Medicine. On this site you can search a variety of databases for journal articles and books on any are of medical interest.
National Cancer Institute’s Patient Education Publications
The NCI has a variety of publications available for free online. Topics include clinical trials, caregiving, treatment and side effects, and overviews of different cancer types.