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Links to Cancer Organizations

There are thousands of cancer resources on the Internet. How do you find the most helpful and reliable ones? We’ve tried to pick the best from the pot for you here! This section features government, professional, and non-profit resources focused on advocacy, education, support, site specific cancers, and more.

CISN also recommends the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship’s Resource Guide at: The guide contains over 500 associations, organizations, websites, and other resources focused on disease-specific cancers, cancer support, survivorship, quality of life, and more.

Resource Link Index:


Top Cancer Resources

American Association of Cancer Research
The AACR is the oldest and largest scientific organization in the world focused on every aspect of high-quality, innovative cancer research. The AACR is the authoritative source of information about advances in the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer. By accelerating the growth and spread of new knowledge about cancer, the AACR is on the front lines of the quest for prevention and cure.

American Cancer Society (ACS)
ACS works to eliminate cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

Personalized Medicine
Recently Diagnosed
Cancer 101
Latina Navigator Training

Annie Appleseed Project
From its inception the Annie Appleseed Project decided to Challenge the Existing treatment paradigm, to Question the existing research methods and subjects, and to Propose new directions for both, ending with true Integrative Oncology. Thus the program name Cheqpt, designed to bring complementary, alternative therapies to the mainstream as soon as may be, while serving as a place where all ideas are scrutinized.

Assistance Speaking to Your Doctor about Treatment

Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR)
ACOR aims to provide information and support to cancer patients and those who care for them through the creation and maintenance of cancer-related Internet mailing lists and Web-based resources, provide subscribers with access to varied and credible information sources through Internet resource development and partnership with trusted content providers, and more.

Cancer Care provides free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones, and the bereaved. Cancer Care programs – including counseling, education, financial assistance and practical help – are provided by trained oncology social workers and are completely free of charge. CancerCare offers educational materials and some financial support.
Cancer.Net, formerly People Living With Cancer, brings the expertise and resources of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) to people living with cancer and those who care for and care about them. ASCO is composed of nearly 25,000 oncologists globally who are widely viewed as the leaders in advancing cancer care. All the information and content on Cancer.Net was developed and approved by the cancer doctors at ASCO.

Center for Advancement in Cancer Education (CACE)
CACE is an education, counseling and referral agency providing nutritional, immunological and psychological resources for cancer prevention, prevention of recurrence, and support during and after treatment.

Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups
The Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life and survival of cancer patients by increasing participation in cancer clinical trials. They provide the most up to date information about available clinical trials.

Collaborative for Health and the Environment (CHE)
CHE is a diverse partnership of individuals and organizations working collectively to advance knowledge and effective action to address growing concerns about the links between human health and environmental factors.

Financial Resources for Cancer Patients

Gilda’s Club Worldwide
Gilda’s Club is a network of affiliate clubhouses where men, women, and children living with cancer, as well as their friends and families, meet to learn how to live with cancer, whatever the outcome.

INSPIRE Research Portal
CERTAIN Patient Advisory Network’s INSPIRE Research Portal provides easy access to existing tools and resources for the patient-centered outcomes research community. The portal includes resources for patients and researchers to use together, as well as those specific to each group. If you are a patient or researcher actively partnering on a healthcare study, visit the portal and provide reviews of resources you’ve used, and submit new resources that aren’t yet listed on the portal!

Livestrong unites people through programs and experiences to empower cancer survivors to live life on their own terms and to raise awareness and funds for the fight against cancer. They focus on cancer prevention, access to screening and care, research and quality of life for cancer survivors.

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Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic's three main Web sites provide information and services from the world's first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group medical practice. Manage your health with information and tools that reflect the expertise of Mayo's 2,500 physicians and scientists, learn how to access medical services, and discover Mayo's medical research and education offerings.

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
NCI 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 (NCCS)
NCCS is the oldest survivor-led cancer advocacy organization in the country advocating for quality cancer care for all Americans and empowering cancer survivors. They offer educational materials related to cancer.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
NCCN, an alliance of 21 of the world’s leading cancer centers, is dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of care provided to patients with cancer. NCCN provides a source of information to help patients and health professionals make informed decisions about cancer care.

National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF)
NPAF provides the patient voice in improving access to, and reimbursement for, high-quality healthcare through regulatory and legislative reform at the state and federal levels. NPAF translates the experience of millions of patients who have been helped by our companion, Patient Advocate Foundation, which provides professional case management services to individuals facing barriers to healthcare access for chronic and disabling disease, medical debt crisis and employment-related issues at no cost.

Oncology Nurses Society
The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) is a professional organization of over 35,000 registered nurses and other healthcare providers dedicated to excellence in patient care, education, research, and administration in oncology nursing. It's also the largest professional oncology association in the world. They have a wonderful patient education section.

Online Communities For Cancer Patients

Prevent Cancer Foundation
The mission of the Prevent Cancer Foundation is cancer prevention and early detection through research, education and community outreach to all populations, including children and the underserved.

Resources For Future Nurses

The Wellness Community
The Wellness Community is an organization dedicated to providing free support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones. Through participation in professionally-led support groups, educational workshops, nutrition and exercise programs, and stress-reduction classes, people affected by cancer learn vital skills that enable them to regain control, reduce isolation and restore hope regardless of the stage of their disease.

World Health Organization
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.


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Site Specific Cancer Resources


Sarcoma Alliance (SA)
SA provides guidance, education, and support for those affected by sarcoma free of charge.

Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA)
SFA focuses on supporting sarcoma research, advocating for increased government funding, creating alliances with companies developing sarcoma treatments, increasing public awareness regarding early detection, educating sarcoma patients about access to optimal sarcoma care, and more.



American Brain Tumor Association
ABTA exists to eliminate brain tumors through research and to meet the needs of brain tumor patients and their families through education, support, and advocacy.

The Brain Tumor Society (BTS)
BTS strives to improve the quality of life of brain tumor patients, survivors, and their families by providing access to psychosocial support, information and resources. They also raise funds to advance carefully-selected research projects to enhance treatments and to find a cure.

Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation (CBTF)
CBTF exists to improve the treatment, quality of life and the long term outlook for children with brain and spinal cord tumors through research, support, education, and advocacy to families and survivors.

National Brain Tumor Foundation (NBTF)
NBTF is dedicated to promoting a cure for brain tumors, improving the quality of life and giving hope to the brain tumor community by funding meaningful research and providing patient resources, timely information and education.


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Breast Cancer Action (BCA)
BCA carries the voices of people affected by breast cancer to inspire and compel the changes necessary to end the breast cancer epidemic by providing information, organization people, and advocating for policy change.

Breast Cancer Fund (BCF)
BCF identifies – and advocates for elimination of – the environmental and other preventable causes of the disease. 

Susan G. Komen
The Susan G. Komen organization is committed to saving lives, empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.

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National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC)
NBCC’s mission is to eradicate breast cancer. They inform, train, and direct patients and others in effective advocacy efforts. NBCC’s three primary goals are promoting research, improving access, and increasing influence.



Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA)
CCA provides patient support, education, research and advocacy across North America.

Colorectal Cancer Coalition (C3)
C3 fights colorectal cancer through research, empowerment and access. C3 pushes for research to improve screening, diagnosis, and treatment of colorectal cancer; for policy decisions that make the most effective colorectal cancer prevention and treatment available to all; and for increased awareness that colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable, and beatable.

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN)
PANCAN is a network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer.



Thyroid Cancer Survivor’s Association (ThyCa)
ThyCA is a network of services that link thyroid cancer survivors and health care professionals around the world focused on education, support, and funding research.



Retinoblastoma International (RBI)
RBI is committed to support education, clinical care, research, early diagnosis, and awareness.



Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN)
BCAN works to raise awareness of bladder cancer among the general public and medical community; to advocate for funds to research programs directed to bladder cancer; and, to work with and provide financial assistance and grants for bladder cancer research.

Gumdrop Trials is a DC-based non-profit helping bladder, kidney, and prostate cancer patients find promising clinical trials. Clinical trial research and opportunities change frequently, which is why GUMDROP created a database of all available bladder, kidney, and prostate trials in the Mid-Atlantic. Patients can browse trials by cancer type, and even filter results based on specific factors related to their diagnosis and prior treatments. The tool is both free to use and very new. You can try it yourself by visiting any of the following pages:

Bladder Cancer Trials:

Kidney Cancer Trials:

Prostate Cancer Trials:

Kidney Cancer Association (KCA)
KCA funds research projects, educates families and physicians, and advocates on behalf of patients through local and national advocacy.

Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF)
PCF funds prostate cancer research. They also advocate for greater awareness of prostate cancer and increased government funding.

US TOO International
US Too is dedicated to communicating timely and reliable information enabling informed choices regarding detection and treatment of prostate cancer to enhance the quality of life for all those affected by prostate cancer.



Gynecological Cancer Foundation (GCA)
GCA works to ensure public awareness of gynecologic cancer prevention, early diagnosis and proper treatment, and fund research into gynecological diseases.

National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC)
NCCC focuses on education, support, and advocacy for women affected by cervical cancer.

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC)
NOCC is committed to raising awareness of ovarian cancer in communities across the country and to providing education, support and hope for women with ovarian cancer and their families.

Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA)
OCRFA is a global organization dedicated to fighting ovarian cancer.  They advance research to prevent, treat and defeat ovarian cancer.  They support women and their families before, during and beyond diagnosis. And they work with all levels of government to ensure ovarian cancer is a priority.

Find an OCRFA Event:


Head and Neck:

Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC)
SPOHNC is dedicated to meeting the needs of oral and head and neck cancer patients to address the broad emotional, physical and humanistic needs of this population.



International Myeloma Foundation (IMF)
IMF is dedicated to improving the quality of life of myeloma patients while working toward prevention and a cure.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS)
LLS works to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF)
MMRF’s mission is to urgently and aggressively fund research that will lead to the development of new treatments for multiple myeloma.



Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA)
LCA is dedicated to patient support and advocacy for people living with lung cancer or those at risk for the disease.

Lung Cancer Online (LCO)
LCO aims to improve the quality of care and quality of life for people with lung cancer by funding lung cancer research and providing information to patients and families.

Mesothelioma Group
The Mesothelioma Group is a small team of caring healthcare professionals, patient advocates, and communication specialists dedicated to helping you and your loved ones understand what is mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma Guide
Mesothelioma Guide is an advocacy organization dedicated to helping patients diagnosed with asbestos illnesses.

Cancer Treatment Facility Locator
Cancer treatment facility locator was created to allow users to input their current location or zip code, and locate the most suitable cancer-related facilities based on the type of care they seek.

National Lung Cancer Partnership (NLCP)
NLCP works to decrease deaths due to lung cancer, and help patients live longer and better, through research, awareness, and advocacy.



Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF)
SCF works to decrease the incidence of skin cancer through public and professional education, medical training, and research.


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Resources For Caregivers

Art Therapy & Cancer: How Art Can Help Those With Cancer Clinical Trials

Cancer Statistics and Facts

For Caregivers, Family and Friends - National Cancer Institute

Locate an Oncology Specialist


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Resources For Patients

Identity Theft | Consumer Information

Legal Resources for Cancer Patients
Raises awareness of the consequences of smoking and helps communities become smoke-free.

Vaping Daily
Supports QuitSmokingCommunity's cause of promoting a healthier lifestyle through education and awareness.
SingleMothersGrants is a website that helps financially disadvantaged families with finding assistance programs. Our directory lists assistance programs that help with utility, energy, mortgage, rent, medication, education and medical bills.

Help Fight Medicare Fraud



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Senior Resources

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid: Regulations and Guidance

Resources for Ensuring a Long, Happy and Healthy Life

Search by Insurance for Geriatric Care

Help Guide
Trusted guide to emotional and mental health.

From Help Guide: Article on Aging Well


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