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General Information & Advocacy Resources

A cancer diagnosis requires learning a lot in a short period of time. Finding the right resources to help you become familiar with your condition and what treatment involves, is an important first step.

National organizations, such as the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, and the American Society of Clinical Oncologists can help you get started. All three sites provide information about various cancer types and treatment options, as well as resources for patients, families, caregivers, and survivors. The American Cancer Society can also help connect you with chapters in your area while the National Cancer Institute has detailed information on clinical trials.

General Cancer Resources

American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide voluntary health organization fighting cancer through research, education, advocacy, patient service, and rehabilitation. ACS has more than 3,400 local offices across the country. The ACS 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 have quick access to high quality, oncologist-approved cancer information.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), part of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, is devoted to conducting and supporting public health activities through health promotion, disease prevention, and preparedness.
 

LiveStrong Foundation
The LiveStrong Foundation unites cancer patients and fights 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 National Institutes for Health, is the federal government’s principal agency for cancer research and training.
 

Texas Department of State Health Services
The Texas Department of State Health Services provides information for the citizens of Texas on all forms of disease. The department also provides low-cost or free cancer services for Texans.

Cancer Advocacy Resources

You can be part of ensuring cancer remains a top legislative priority on the federal and state levels. For more information on how to be an advocate for high quality cancer care and research, please go to our advocacy resources.

Local Cancer Resources

Your local cancer center can also assist you in finding support groups and local resources to meet your needs.

Advance Care Planning Resources

Advance care planning is the process of learning about the choices you have regarding your future medical care, and how you want to be treated if you are unable to speak for yourself. Learn more about this important aspect of healthcare.