These helpful links provide more information about advance care planning and additional support resources available.
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society (ACS) 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 American Cancer Society also 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 (ASCO)
Cancer.net is the patient information website of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Visitors to Cancer.Net, formerly known as People Living With Cancer (PLWC), will have quick access to the same high quality, oncologist-approved cancer information previously available on PLWC, as well as the ASCO.org website and The ASCO Cancer Foundation website through direct links.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), part of the Department of Health and Human Services, is the agency devoted to conducting and supporting public health activities through health promotion, disease prevention and preparedness.
Lance Armstrong Foundation
The Lance Armstrong Foundation unites people with cancer and fights against cancer by educating on prevention, increasing access to screening and care, improving the quality of life for survivors, and investing in research.
National Cancer Institute
The National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the federal government’s principal agency for cancer research and training.
Local Cancer Resources
Cancer Connection is an Austin-based organization that aims to provide support and counsel to those who are dealing with cancer or caregivers. Cancer Connection focuses on providing hope, encouragement and companionship to those in their fight against cancer.
The Care Communities
This Austin-based organization is focused on providing support and encouragement to those who are battling a life-threatening illness, from cancer to HIV/AIDS.
Wonders & Worries
Wonders & Worries provides children with a specialist who can counsel them during the difficult time of coping with a parent who has a chronic or life-threatening disease. The organization also provides information and support to the parents.
Texas Department of State Health Services
The Texas Department of State Health Services strives to provide information for the citizens of Texas on all forms of disease. The department provides low-cost or free cancer services for Texans.
Advance Planning Resources
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is a nonprofit organization that focuses on providing resources and assistance to hospice and palliative care programs and individuals who work in the field. The website provides information on end-of-life care, providers and other helpful resources.
Caring Connections is an online resource for families who are caring for individuals who are going into the advance care planning stage of their illness. The website hosts information including “planning ahead,” “caring for someone,” “living with an illness,” and “grieving a loss.”
Advance Care Planning Decisions
Advance Care Planning Decisions offers a series of educational videos for individuals entering into this stage of their health care plan. Its primary goal is to educate readers about the different decisions patients are faced with so they will make the best advance care planning decision for their situation.
American Hospice Foundation
The American Hospice Foundation provides services and programs to individuals who are terminally ill and their family members. Through educational and training sessions, as well as workshops, the American Hospice Foundation helps families transition through this difficult phase, and it provides advance care planning information and resources.