Cancer Patient Resource Websites

Finding the answer to your cancer requires many different resources. If you are dealing with or diagnosed with cancer, it is important to have information to make informed choices about your treatment options. The websites listed below are valuable sources of cancer information for patients and their families, including support and advocacy groups and financial assistance programs.

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Information on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
Recommendations for cancer patients

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Latest public health recommendations and guidelines

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Emergency and preparedness. For up-to-date information and recommendations for people with cancer during the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation

World Health Organization (WHO)
Latest global health news and basic protective measures

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Helpful links for cancer information

American Cancer Society
Organization providing cancer information, educational programs, and community outreach, both nationally and internationally

American Medical Association “DoctorFinder”
Professional information on over 690,000 licensed physicians in the U.S. Search for doctors by name, medical specialty, and zip code

Association of American Cancer Institutes
Site includes directory of member cancer research centers, an annual report, and information on current initiatives

1-on-1 support, free of charge, to find the best options for your advanced cancer with a team of nurse navigators, PhD scientists, physicians, and national experts
Patient information from the American Society of Clinical Oncology that includes cancer types, treatments, survivorship, advocacy, and resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Comprehensive information on cancer and many other health and safety topics, including a resource library and links to publications and reports. Site also offers recommendations on preventive cancer screening
Search for information on both over-the-counter and prescription drugs, including new drug approvals.

U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health site with comprehensive health education, drug information, and medical news

National Cancer Institute
Part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Comprehensive site with information on cancer types, topics, and statistics as well as clinical trial enrollment and results. Also includes Physician Data Query (PDQ) database of summaries on cancer treatments and related issues.

The National Health Information Center (NHIC)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services site with health information and searchable resource database to link people to health organizations and government offices with the information they need

Associated with the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Offers information on types of cancers and treatments, coping resources, “Ask the cancer expert” feature, and an online library.

Provides disease education, treatment options, and clinical trial information for cancer and many other topics. Also supplies comprehensive information on prescription and over-the-counter drugs as well as herbal medicines and nutritional supplements.

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Financial and legal assistance programs

A national nonprofit organization that provides free, professional support services for anyone affected by cancer

Cancer and Careers
A national nonprofit that empowers and educates people with cancer to thrive in their workplace, by providing expert advice, interactive tools, and educational events

Hill-Burton Free and Reduced-Cost Health Care
Facilities that offer services at no or reduced cost upon eligibility, application, and acceptance according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services guidelines

Social Security Disability (SSDI)
A federal insurance program managed by the Social Security Administration and designed to provide income supplements to people who are physically restricted in their ability to be employed

Patient navigators that can help you with the costs associated with participating in a clinical trial, including transportation, lodging, and certain medical expenses not covered by insurance and necessary for clinical trial treatment

Ronald McDonald House
A “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost with home-cooked meals, private bedrooms, and playrooms for children

Triage Cancer
A national, nonprofit organization that provides education on the practical and legal issues that may impact individuals diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers

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Emotional support services

A national nonprofit organization that provides free, professional support services for anyone affected by cancer

Cancer Support Community
Free comprehensive integrative care—including counseling, support groups, nutrition, exercise, and patient education programs—for people with cancer and their families or caregivers

Gilda’s Club New York City
Programming of free emotional and social support for everyone living with cancer, including yoga workshops, educational programs, and knitting and crochet circle workshops

Imerman Angels
A cancer support community that provides personalized one-on-one connections among cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
A nonprofit advocate for quality cancer care for all people touched by cancer

Nursing at Georgetown: Managing Mental Health After a Cancer Diagnosis
​Georgetown University discusses the emotional heaviness that a patient might experience following a cancer diagnosis. The three main topics covered are distress, depression and anxiety, but this article encourages an open dialogue for any mental illness that may come from such a heavy life experience.

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Cancer-specific resources

Colorectal Cancer Alliance
Organization that empowers allies to provide genuine supportfor patients and families, caregivers, and survivors; to raise awareness of preventive measures; and inspire efforts to fund critical research

Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE)
Organization to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by hereditary breast, ovarian, and related cancers

Organization that offers peer-to-peer support through our mentor program and online message board, opportunities to connect with other patients, survivors, and caregivers in private Facebook groups and weekly Virtual Meetups, and a HELPLine staffed by oncology social workers

The Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF)
Organization that provides print and digital materials for patient/caregiver education as well as tools for healthcare professionals

Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF)
Find educational resources and support services for melanoma, including the Melanoma Patient Guide, Patient and Caregiver Meetings, and Financial Assistance

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC)
Organization educating communities and increasing awareness about ovarian cancer

Patient Empowerment Network (PEN)
Actionable advice and downloadable resources to help you communicate clearly and effectively with your healthcare team

Organization that supports, educates, and empowers women affected by breast, ovarian, uterine, or metastatic breast cancer, with a special focus on medically underserved communities

Stupid Cancer
Leading national advocacy organization serving the adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer community

Organization with more 200 support groups throughout the U.S. and abroad that help men and their families make informed decisions about prostate cancer 

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Medical literature and scientific organizations

Cancer Immunology Research
An academic journal published monthly by the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR), in collaboration with the Cancer Research Institute, reporting major advances in cancer immunology that span basic investigations in host-tumor interactions to developmental therapeutics in model systems, early translational studies in patients, and clinical trials.

National Academy of Sciences
Society of distinguished scholars in scientific and engineering research, including members of the CRI Scientific Advisory Council

U.S. National Library of Medicine Searchable catalog of medical articles. Covers medical literature from the 1950s to the present.

U.S. National Library of Medicine
Part of the National Institutes of Health. Site provides health news bulletins on different medical conditions including cancer and the history of medicine.

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