Here are links to organizations that offer support to cancer patients. The sites typically include information on current research, treatment, stories of other cancer survivors and links to other sites.
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The American Cancer Society, a national advocacy group headquartered in Atlanta, is dedicated to fighting cancer in the areas of research, education, prevention and legislation. It offers both practical and emotional support to patients with the help of volunteers and donors.
Cancer.net, provided by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, offers current information on cancer prevention and care. The site includes podcasts.
CancerCare is a national non-profit that provides several services free to patients, families and caregivers, including counseling with an oncology social worker over the phone or in person and live conference calls with oncology experts. Conferences are also recorded as podcasts. CancerCare also has limited financial aid for transportation and child care in some situations.
Hope for Two, The Pregnant With Cancer Network, strives to provide information on all available options to women diagnosed with cancer while pregnant. It also gives support by matching newly diagnosed women with others who have experienced cancer while pregnant.
Patients diagnosed with Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST) and their caregivers can find answers and support at GIST Support International. The organization also has limited financial aid for patients needing a second opinion.
The Life Raft Group serves as an advocacy group for patients with a rare form of cancer, gastrointestinal stromal tumors. Its mission, to ensure the survival of such patients while maintaining the quality of their lives, embraces four other areas besides advocacy. The four are: research; treatment surveillance; information and support, and patient outreach and assistance.
Look Good, Feel Better is celebrating 20 years of providing beauty make-overs for women with cancer. Participants receive free beauty products and guidance from cosmetologists in either small groups or one-on-one's in salons. Online videos also offer make-up and skin care tips. Sponsor: American Cancer Society, National Cosmetology Association and the Personal Care Products Council Foundation.
National Cancer Institute offers information on coping with cancer.
A copy of TLC Tender Loving Care is full of pretty scarves, caps, wigs and hair pieces for women who have suffered hair loss because of cancer treatment. Gift certificates are also available. The catalog is a not-for-profit service. Sponsor: American Cancer Society.
Totes from The Lydia Project: This Augusta-based volunteer organization creates one-of-a-kind bags as a free gift to any woman undergoing treatment for cancer. Volunteers add a prayer card, a pen, a blank journal and personal care items depending on availability.