4th Angel offers free resources on various issues for people living with, through, and beyond cancer. All of the resources can be useful to the person diagnosed with cancer as well as their family members, friends and caregivers.
CaringBridge provides free websites that connect people experiencing a significant health challenge to family and friends, making each health journey easier.
CaringBridge websites offer a personal and private space to communicate and show support, saving time and emotional energy when health matters most. Authors add health updates and photos to share their story while visitors leave messages of love, hope and compassion in the guest book.
The Gathering Place opened in January 2000 as a nonprofit, community-based cancer support center to fill an unmet need in the greater Cleveland community. The programs and services offered address the social, emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of individuals with cancer and their support network. The mission of The Gathering Place is to support, educate and empower individuals and families touched by cancer through programs and services provided free of charge.
Cancer Support Community
The Cancer Support Community is an international non-profit dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. As the largest employer of psychosocial oncology mental health professionals in the United States, the organization offers a network of personalized services and education for all people affected by cancer. Its global network brings the highest quality cancer support to the millions of people touched by cancer.
Ahead of our time is a world-wide organization of cancer patients who have banded together to share emotional support, compare medical research and educate our health care providers. If you are tired of the stares and the dismissive suggestions to “wear a wig”, you will find understanding and, indeed, empowerment among us.
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society offers free, comprehensive patient services and programs designed to help our patients with their information, day-to-day living, and emotional support needs. Contact your American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345 to find programs available in your area.
American Brain Tumor Association
The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) provides critical funding to researchers working towards breakthroughs in brain tumor diagnosis, treatment and care, with the ultimate goal of finding a cure. The ABTA is also the recognized resource for comprehensive information and compassionate support for the brain tumor patients, families and caregivers who are living with the disease.
American Liver Foundation
The American Liver Fundation's mission is to facilitate, advocate and promote education, support and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease.
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through Education, Advocacy and Research.
The organization is dedicated to assuring that all people with cancer have access to supportive care for the psychological, emotional, spiritual and social impact that this disease makes on their lives.
The mission of the foundation is to increase education and awareness of amyloidosis within the community leading to earlier diagnosis and improved treatment.
Lists numerous assisted-living facilities and, at times, other senior care options, organized by state, and then by city.
A great resource for general health, wellness and cancer specific information.
Be Bright Pink
Bright Pink is a national non-profit organization that provides education and support to young women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. We arm young women with knowledge, options and a great attitude, and offer companionship and empathy during their journey. We empower them to take control of their breast and ovarian health and in turn, grant them the freedom and peace of mind to live a beautiful and fulfilling life.
Blood & Marrow Transplant Information Network (BMT InfoNet) is dedicated to providing transplant patients, survivors and their loved ones with emotional support and high quality, easy-to-understand information about bone marrow, peripheral blood stem cell and cord blood transplants.
Delivering assistance to mastectomy retail outlets all over the United States to reach the newly diagnosed.
- Providing Nurse Navigators Organizations a valuable resource to distribute among their breast cancer patients.
- Giving advocacy to thousands of women that have/had breast cancer women with education and documented resource materials.
- Offering a true fellowship among women to assist in changing their physical health and mindset as they face their future.
- Believing and promoting wellness through body, mind and spirit. Charges women with a be proactive in body, mind and spirit for their breast cancer journey.
- Encouraging and educating women to be Ambassadors of Wellness in order that women will reach their community with more substance of education of personal responsibility in health.
- Providing Breast Cancer Thrivers Cruise, an annual experience where breast cancer thrivers and their caregivers have uninterrupted, focused opportunity in an safe and healing atmosphere. With six years of experience our cruise has experiential testimonials from women of all ages and walks of life.
- Fundraising for stage IV breast cancer thriversgiving them the opportunity to attend the annual Breast Cancer Thrivers Cruise.
Breast Cancer DIY-Do it yourself but not alone! breastcancerdiy.com
To all who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer, family member, or a friend, we welcome you here. We have devoted our efforts to provide you with the knowledge that has helped other women and men in their journey through breast cancer. We do not offer medical advice, but we do provide links to other sources of information to help take the mystery out of your diagnosis, and hopefully help you with other information you did not realize you needed to know.
Cancer.Net brings the expertise and resources of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the voice of the world’s cancer physicians, to people living with cancer and those who care for and care about them. ASCO is composed of nearly 30,000 oncologists globally who are the leaders in advancing cancer care. All the information and content on Cancer.Net was developed and approved by the cancer doctors who are members of ASCO, making Cancer.Net an up-to date and trusted resource for cancer information. Cancer.Net is supported by The ASCO Cancer Foundation, which provides funding for cutting-edge cancer research, professional education, and patient and family support.
Cancer and Careers is committed to changing the face of cancer in the workplace by providing a comprehensive website, free publications, and a series of support groups and educational seminars for employees with cancer.
Good resource for all cancer types, cancer treatment, managing side effects, support & resources, clinical trials and cancer tips.
CancerCare is a national nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones, and the bereaved. CancerCare programsincluding counseling and support groups, education, financial assistance and practical helpare provided by professional oncology social workers and are completely free of charge.
A fully functional social network for people with cancer, their caregivers and others who are interested in staying up-to-date about the set of diseases known as cancer. CancerConnect is comprised of communities of individuals with similar interests in the area of cancer. Disease-specific groups as well as groups for caregivers, health and wellness, and nutrition all exist to provide patients with support during their cancer journey. In addition, the website is populated with rich content to support the many ongoing needs of individuals battling cancer.
The CICL is a toll-free, national service founded in 1981 and funded by the AMC Cancer Fund (www.amc.org
). Housed at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, the CICL provides evidenced-based counseling for the whole person. Our mission is to enrich the lives of all people affected by cancer and to be an additional resource in an overwhelmed health care system. We provide and translate up-to-date, comprehensive medical information and offer brief, personalized and professional counseling when our callers need it most. Counselors are highly trained, master’s-level psychosocial professionals.
Resources, support and information for cancer patients and their loved-ones.
The only foundation that assists all cancer families in the state of Maryland with financial and quality of life resources.
Caregiver Media Group is a leading provider of information, support and guidance for family and professional caregivers. Founded in 1995, we produce Today's Caregiver magazine, the first national magazine dedicated to caregivers, the "Fearless Caregiver Conferences", and our web site, caregiver.com which includes topic specific newsletters, online discussion lists, back issue articles of Today's Caregiver magazine, chat rooms and an online store. Caregiver Media Group and all of it's products are developed for caregivers, about caregivers and by caregivers.
Founded in 2007, Caring.com is the leading online destination for those seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses, and other loved ones. Mission-to help the helpers. We equip family caregivers to make better decisions, save time and money, and feel less alone -- and less stressed -- as they face the many challenges of caregiving.
Caring Connections, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), is a national consumer and community engagement initiative to improve care at the end of life.
- Provides free resources and information to help people make decisions about end-of-life care and services before a crisis.
- Brings together community, state and national partners working to improve end-of-life care through a national campaign called It's About How You LIVE.
The Center for Cancer Support & Education (formerly Arms Around Arlington), a 501(c)3 charitable organization provides cancer support and wellness services to those touched by cancer - patients, their caregivers, family members and health care professionals. These are available at no or low cost to cancer survivors and their care givers, regardless of where they are in their cancer journey. We are based in Arlington, MA and help residents of Arlington and communities in metropolitan Boston.
The mission of Choose Hope is to generate enough profitable revenue that it can contribute significant
donations to cancer research.
• Primarily, we accomplish this by manufacturing and selling cancer support merchandise and
donating the profits to cancer research organizations.
• Indirectly, we motivate others to give by uplifting awareness of the presence of cancer in people’s lives and the need for support.
• We also support the fundraising efforts of individuals and organizations through product donations.
CONVERSATIONS! For Women Who are Fighting Ovarian Cancer
CONVERSATIONS! The International Ovarian Cancer Connection, is an organization for the support of those fighting ovarian cancer and other related illnesses. It functions on the national and international level to increase public and professional awareness and understanding of ovarian cancer and related illnesses, to advocate for increased research and funding for more effective diagnostics and treatment, and to provide tips for coping with the side effects of ovarian cancer and its treatment. This is the only national or international ovarian cancer organization which can provide multiple matches for women seeking to contact other ovarian cancer fighters with similar circumstances, such as geographic region, unusual cell type or treatment, age or stage at diagnosis, side effects, family situation, etc.
The mission of the DES Cancer Network is to provide recovered patients with ways to contact one another and to support new patients who have been diagnosed or are undergoing treatment.
EmbodiWorks is creating a better world through integrative cancer care education and advocacy to reduce cancer risk and improve cancer-related survival, quality of life, and whole person health care.
Foundation for Women's Cancer
The Foundation for Women's Cancer, formerly the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, was established in 1991 by the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO) to promote public awareness about the prevention, early detection and treatment of gynecologic cancers. SGO, with approximately 1,300 members, is the only national professional organization for gynecologic oncologists. All SGO members are members of the Foundation. Gynecologic oncologists are board-certified obstetrician/gynecologists with an additional three to four years of specialized training in treating gynecologic cancers from an American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology-approved program. This subspecialty program provides training in the biology and pathology of gynecologic cancers, as well as in all forms of treatment for these diseases, including surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and experimental treatments. In addition to engaging in public education, the Foundation also supports research and training related to gynecologic cancers. The Foundation is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization that advances its mission by increasing public and private funds that aid in the development and implementation of programs to meet these goals.
Examples of these programs include:
•Educational brochures on each of the major gynecologic cancers, including cervical cancer, endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer
•Educational presentations on the major gynecologic cancers
•Public education campaigns, such as the National Cervical Cancer Public Education Campaign
•Web-based educational information via the Women’s Cancer Network
•Courses on the major gynecologic cancers for women living with these cancers taught by leading experts and offered through the United States
•Annual research awards and grants to encourage young investigators to pursue gynecologic cancer-related research
•Collaborative programs with gynecologic cancer advocacy organizations facilitated by the Foundation's Allied Support Group, consisting of 31 national organizations committed to women’s gynecologic health
The Foundation of Women's Cancer believes that where there is knowledge, there is hope.
Phone number 800-444-4441
The National Health Information Center (NHIC) is a health information referral service sponsored by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. NHIC puts health professionals and consumers who have health questions in touch with those organizations that are best able to provide answers. Using a database that contains descriptions of health-related organizations, NHIC staff refer people to the most appropriate resource. Spanish language information specialists are available
The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is the largest independent, national organization devoted to melanoma in the United States. Committed to the support of medical research in finding effective treatments and eventually a cure for melanoma, the MRF also educates patients and physicians about prevention, diagnosis and the treatment of melanoma. The MRF is an active advocate for the melanoma community, helping to raise awareness of this disease and the need for a cure. The MRF's website is the premier source for melanoma information seekers.
Joe's House is a 501 (c) 3 non profit organization that was created by Ann W Calahan in memory of her late husband Joe. Joe battled cancer for six years, having treatment in Texas and New York. Finding a suitable place to stay was a challenge and after Joe's death in 1997 Ann vowed to find a way to help others in the same situation. In 2003 Joe's House website launched and fulfilled that promise.
Joe's House website lists thousands of places to stay across the country near hospitals and treatments centers that offer a discount for traveling patients and their loved ones.
Kidney Cancer Association
The Kidney Cancer Association (KCA) is a charitable organization made up of patients, family members, physicians, researchers, and other health professionals globally. We fund, promote, and collaborate with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO), American Urological Association (AUA), and other institutions on research projects. We educate families and physicians, and serve as an advocate on behalf of patients at the state and federal levels.
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. LLS's mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
LiveStrong: Resource for Cancer Survivors
Since 1997, we've been working to improve the lives of people affected by cancer. We started as a small group trying to raise money to fight this disease. As cancer has quietly become the world’s leading cause of death, our work has expanded and now reaches every corner of the globe.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer
Living Beyond Breast Cancer is a national nonprofit organization dedicated
to empowering all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life. Programs and services include lbbc.org
, the Survivors' Helpline at (888) 753-LBBC (5222), conferences, teleconferences, community meetings, newsletters, publications and recordings.
Provides a free caregiving and volunteer service that allows for the creation of private web-based communities to organize help for people in need. The hallmark of our platform is an intuitive group calendar where members can schedule and sign up for tasks that provide respite for the family including meals, rides to medical appointments and visits. In every Lotsa Helping Hands community, there are also standard community sections including Announcements, Message Boards, Photo Gallery, and Well Wishes which facilitate broader community engagement.
Lung Cancer Alliance is the only national non-profit organization devoted solely to support and advocacy for all those living with or at risk for lung cancer.
The Caring Ambassadors Program mission is to help improve the lives of those affected by lung cancer through advocacy, information, and support.
Lung Cancer Circle of Hope
Lung Cancer Circle of Hope is committed to educating the public and members of the medical community about lung cancer; advocating on behalf of lung cancer patients, their families and others at risk, influencing public policy decisions relating to lung cancer and promoting increased funding for lung cancer research
The Lymphoma Research Foundation
(LRF) is the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to funding innovative lymphoma research and providing people with lymphoma and healthcare professionals with up-to-date information about this type of cancer. LRF’s mission is to eradicate lymphoma and serve those touched by this disease.
Malecare works worldwide to improve the lives of people diagnosed with cancer, their families and communities by making health services safe, available, understandable and sustainable.
Melanoma International Foundation
The Melanoma International Foundation (MIF) is a 501( c) (3) non-profit organization established in 2003, to serve a growing national and international melanoma patient population. MIF provides personalized navigation to optimal treatment including clinical trials. Melanoma International’s HonCode-designated website empowers patients with scientifically backed information. Webinars are regularly presented by MIF with top researchers leading the discussion on all aspects of melanoma, including the latest treatments and the status of important clinical trials. MelanomaForum.org provides truth and substance as well as much-needed emotional support in a moderated on-line forum attracting 2000 members from 70 countries. Find out more at www.MelanomaInternational.org
Melanoma International Foundation
250 Mapleflower Road
Glenmoore, PA 19343
Patient/Family Helpline: 866-463-6663
The MMRF relentlessly pursues innovative means that accelerate the development of next-generation multiple myeloma treatments to extend the lives of patients and lead to a cure.
MyLifeLine.org believes a strong support community is critical for cancer patients. Everyday, we provide free, personal websites to cancer patients and caregivers to easily connect with family and friends, because no patient should ever feel alone.
The mission of the National Bone Marrow Transplant Link is to help patients, caregivers, and families cope with the social and emotional challenges of bone marrow/stem cell transplant from diagnosis through survivorship by providing vital information and personalized support services.
National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) is a leader in the brain tumor community, bringing together the best of research and patient services to be a comprehensive resource for patients, families, caregivers, researchers, and medical professionals.
Database of cancer resources and organizations.
Maintain an on-going support system for women, family members and friends facing issues related to cervical cancer, HPV and other HPV cancers.
Goals-Continue growing its existing recognition in the United States and ongoing recognition worldwide as a primary clinical and public education resource clearinghouse on cervical cancer, HPV related topics and other related cancers. Advocate for patient access to quality care and regular testing and vaccination to prevent cervical cancer/HPV disease. Reduce the stigma associated with cervical cancer and HPV disease.
National Health Information Center
NIH’s mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.
The goals of the agency are:
- to foster fundamental creative discoveries, innovative research strategies, and their applications as a basis for ultimately protecting and improving health;
- to develop, maintain, and renew scientific human and physical resources that will ensure the Nation's capability to prevent disease;
- to expand the knowledge base in medical and associated sciences in order to enhance the Nation's economic well-being and ensure a continued high return on the public investment in research; and
- to exemplify and promote the highest level of scientific integrity, public accountability, and social responsibility in the conduct of science.
National Marrow Donor Program
The National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP) and our Be The Match Foundation® are nonprofit organizations dedicated to creating an opportunity for all patients to receive the bone marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant they need, when they need it.
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
The mission of the NOCC is to raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer. The Coalition is committed to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer.
National Cancer Institute
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is one of 11 agencies that compose the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The NCI, established under the National Cancer Institute Act of 1937, is the Federal Government's principal agency for cancer research and training. The National Cancer Act of 1971 broadened the scope and responsibilities of the NCI and created the National Cancer Program. Over the years, legislative amendments have maintained the NCI authorities and responsibilities and added new information dissemination mandates as well as a requirement to assess the incorporation of state-of-the-art cancer treatments into clinical practice.
The National Cancer Institute coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship is the oldest survivor-led cancer advocacy organization in the country, advocating for quality cancer care for all Americans and empowering cancer survivors. NCCS believes in evidence-based advocacy for systemic changes at the federal level in how the nation researches, regulates, finances, and delivers quality cancer care.
The goal of this website is to educate people about cancer so you can have more informed conversations with your doctors and other health care providers and ultimately live longer and better quality lives. NCCN.com includes information on all facets of cancer, from prevention and screening through life after cancer.
Through OncoLink you can get comprehensive information about specific types of cancer, updates on cancer treatments and news about research advances.
Founded in 1996, Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) is a national non-profit, 501(c)3 direct patient services organization with a mission “to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability.” PAF serves as an active liaison between patients and their insurer, employer and/or creditors to resolve insurance, job retention, and/or debt crisis matters relative to their diagnosis through professional case managers and a national network of health care attorneys. PAF case managers work with patients to determine local, state, and federal programs that provide assistance for their individual needs.
The goal of Patient Resource LLC is to empower people who are suffering with life-altering diseases by giving them the most comprehensive and up-to-date guides to treatment and facilities for their disease free of charge. The information is written for ease of understanding and is offered in printed publications and online at PatientResource.com.
The Pink-Link Breast Cancer Support Network provides valuable community and support resources for women affected by Breast Cancer. Pink-Link is a nonprofit organization and all breast cancer support services are free. Pink-Link's key service, our online database of Breast Cancer patients and survivors, creates an intimate and personal link between breast cancer patients and survivors.
PCF is the leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating prostate cancer research globally.
The Sarcoma Alliance strives to improve the lives of people affected by sarcoma through accurate diagnosis, improved access to care, guidance, education and support.
Skin Cancer Foundation
The Skin Cancer Foundation has set the standard for educating the public and the medical profession about skin cancer, its prevention by means of sun protection, the need for early detection, and prompt, effective treatment. It is the only international organization devoted solely to combating the world’s most common cancer, now occurring at epidemic levels.
SPOHNC homepage. Support groups and information for those with head and neck cancers.
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Official site for Race for the Cure. Everything you wanted to know about breast cancer.
The Thyroid, Head and Neck Cancer (THANC) Foundation was incorporated in April 2003 and has quickly grown to become the largest private funder of research in the country for these areas of cancer. In addition to research, THANC sponsors continuing professional medical education, community awareness and education, as well as patient outreach and support programs. Under the medical direction of Dr. Mark Urken, THANC is housed within the Institute for Head and Neck and Thyroid Cancer at the Phillips Ambulatory Care Center at Beth Israel Medical Center.
What is The Day I Found Out Project?
The day you find out that you or your loved one has cancer can be one of the toughest days of your life. A hundred questions race through your head: Why me? What will I do? What will happen to my family? What’s next? For many, there is an overwhelming sense that they are alone.
The truth is: You are not alone. People have stood where you stand now. They have weathered similar battles. And many have emerged from the fray transformedstronger, wiser, a benefactor of their scars.
While we created ‘The Day I Found Out’ primarily as a place where the recently diagnosed could find inspiration from the people who’ve been there, we also hope the storytellers will find healing in the telling, as well.
Vital Options International is a not-for-profit cancer communications, support, and advocacy organization with a mission, to facilitate a global cancer dialogue.
The nation’s largest private supporter of pancreatic cancer research, The Lustgarten Foundation provides patients and caregivers with free information, including a comprehensive handbook, Expert information series, and a Web site linking to an array of resources. Thanks to a multi-year commitment from Cablevision Systems Corporation to underwrite all of the Foundation’s administrative expenses, 100% of every donation goes directly to pancreatic cancer research.
The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance works to advance the interests of women with ovarian cancer by advocating at a national level for increases in research funding for the development of an early detection test, improved health care practices, and life-saving treatment protocols.
Treatment Diaries a Real Life Social Network
Connect with a global community who lives your journey with illness – NOT based on who you are, but through the intimate experiences YOU share in living with a disease or in caring for a loved one with a medical condition.
with individuals just like you – REAL people…REAL experience…ACTUAL treatment insight!
INSPIRATION from those living with a like diagnosis.
SHARE exactly how you feel, what you fear and need to know without revealing your true identity - Anonymity coupled with comfort for those isolated by an illness experience.
Joining the TreatmentDiaries community is FREE and takes seconds. Words of encouragement and treatment insight are available 24/7…start your diary today! YOUR diary…SHARED healing!
The United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. (UOAA) is a national network for bowel and urinary diversion support groups in the United States. Its goal is to provide a nonprofit association that will serve to unify and strengthen its member support groups, which are organized for the benefit of people who have, or will have intestinal or urinary diversions and their caregivers.
Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education & Support Network is a grassroots, registered 501(c)(3) non-profit prostate cancer education and support network of 325 support group chapters worldwide, providing men and their families with free information, materials and peer-to-peer support so they can make informed choices on detection, treatment options and coping with ongoing survivorship. The organization was founded in 1990 by five men who had been treated for prostate cancer.
ZERO leads the fight to end prostate cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer among men.
By promoting greater awareness of the need for early detection and leveraging public resources for life-saving research and new treatments for those with advanced disease, we will win this fight. Our ultimate goal is to create a life-giving legacy for our sons and grandsons: the first generation of men who are free from prostate cancer – "Generation ZERO." Join us in creating this new generation, where prostate cancer becomes an obsolete health condition, much like polio. This new day is coming sooner than you may think.