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International. Founded 1970. Support for parents of children and adolescents with cancer, their families, adult survivors of childhood cancer and the professionals working with them. Links parents, families and groups. Provides free educational resource materials and advocates on behalf of childhood cancer.
American Childhood Cancer Organization
P.O. Box 498
Kensington, MD 20895-0498
Voice: 1-855-858-2226 or 301-962-3520
National. Founded 1999. Support and education for women whose family history and genetic status put them at high risk of getting ovarian or breast cancer. Open to family members. Provides resources for women to determine if they are at high risk. Forums, chats, bulletin boards, member profiles and phone support network.
16057 Tampa Palms Blvd. W, PMB#373
Tampa, FL 33647
International. Founded 1998. 4500+ members. Provides on-going support system for women, family members and friends facing issues related to cervical cancer, HPV and other HPV cancers. Offers phone pal system matching women together for support, online moderated message board, newsletter, annual conferences, information and referrals. How-to materials on starting a local NCCC chapter available.
National Cervical Cancer Coalition
PO Box 13827
ResearchTrianglePk, NC 27709
(BILINGUAL) Model. Founded 1976. Provides support to women with breast or ovarian cancer, their families and friends. Support groups led by trained survivors. Cutting edge educational forums and advocacy activities held throughout the five boroughs of New York City.
1501 Broadway, Suite 704A
New York, NY 10036
Voice: 1-866-891-2392; Breast Cancer Hotline: 212-382-2111; Ovarian Hotline: 212-719-1204; Latina Hotline Spanish: 212-719-4454; New York State Ovarian Hotline (toll-free) 1-866-537-4273
International. Founded 1984. Provides support and advocacy for prostate cancer patients, their families and the general public at risk. Information relative to the advancements in the detection, diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of prostate cancer. Information, referrals, phone help, conferences and quarterly newsletter. For local support groups or help in starting a local group call them.
1143 Parmelee Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
International. 300 affiliated groups. Founded 1990. Offers support and education men and their families through fellowship and peer counseling. Timely, personalized, unbiased and reliable information about prostate cancer. Monthly newsletter distributed through support groups and also on website.
Prostate Cancer Education and Support
5003 Fairview Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515-5286
Voice: 1-800-808-7866 or 630-795-1002 (Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm CST)
Model. 1 group in Minnesota. Founded 1990. Support, education and advocacy for black women and men with breast cancer and their families. Provides information and referrals, education, and a support group for patients and survivors to discuss issues and concerns. Open to anyone interested in supporting and working with this grass-roots organization.
P.O. Box 8981
Minneapolis, MN 55408
National. 100+ support groups. Founded 1991. Patient-directed support program offering information, encouragement, support, acceptance and self-expression for persons with oral, head and neck cancer. National Survivor Volunteer Network offering one-on-one support, phone support, educational programs and publications. Assistance in starting groups. Membership dues $25 (includes 8 newsletters).
P.O. Box 53
Locust Valley, NY 11560-0553
International. Founded 1990. Provides information about kidney cancer to patients and doctors. Sponsors research and advocates on behalf of patients. E-newsletter, literature, conferences, information and referrals.
Kidney Cancer Association
PO Box 4668 #38269
New York, NY 10163-4668
National. Over 43 affiliate chapters. Founded 1994. African American breast cancer survivorship organization that promotes the importance of breast health by empowering women through support, education, providing financial assistance and promoting early detection through mammography screenings.
Sisters Network Inc.
2922 Rosedale St.
Houston, TX 77004
Voice: 1-866-781-1808 or 713-781-0255 (9am-5pm CST)
Model. 35 groups in New Mexico. Founded 1983. Helps cancer survivors and their loved ones make informed choices and improve the quality of life by sharing in a community of people who have 'been there.' Newsletter, information and referrals, support groups and advocacy. Conducts national training for American Indians and Alaskan natives who are interested in developing cancer survivorship programs based on a grassroots program serving Pueblo Indians.
People Living Through Cancer
3411 Candelaria NE, Ste. M
Albuquerque, NM 87107
National. Founded 1944. Support for cancer patients and their families. Financial assistance, information and referrals, community and professional education. On-going telephone, online and in-person support groups. Free counseling.
Cancer Care, Inc.
275 Seventh Ave.
New York, NY 10001
Model. Founded 1995. Offers emotional support to the mothers of daughters newly diagnosed with breast cancer to help them to be better 'care partners' to their daughters. Helps mothers cope with stress, learn about breast cancer treatment and promote breast cancer awareness. Literature, advocacy and phone support.
25235 Foxchase Dr.
Chestertown, MD 21620
Model. Several groups in Washington, DC. Founded 1990. Cancer support and survivorship groups for lesbian, bisexual and transgender women who partner with women (WPWs), their partners and caregivers. Bereavement support groups for WPWs who have lost a partner, friend or loved one. Smoking cessation groups for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Health self-empowerment groups for black WPWs. Provides phone and online support to WPWs outside the DC-Metro area. Provides LGBT cultural competency training to health care professionals and their staff members. Information and referrals, phone support, literature, newsletter and advocacy.
1300 19th St. NW, Ste. 700
Washington, DC 20036
International network. 100+ groups in the US. Founded 1990. Mission is to improve the quality of life of myeloma patients while working toward a prevention and a cure. Educational and supportive programs, information packets, phone support and newsletter. Networks patients together for mutual support. Referrals to self-help groups nationwide. Guidelines offered to assist those interested in starting a group.
International Myeloma Foundation
12650 Riverside Dr., Ste. 206
North Hollywood, CA 91607
Voice: 818-487-7455 or 1-800-452-2873 (Mon.-Fri., 9am-4pm PST)
National. 18 chapters. Founded 1991. Devoted exclusively to funding lymphoma research and providing patients and healthcare professionals with critical information on the disease. Provides information and emotional support for lymphoma patients and their families. Offers free educational materials, lymphoma helpline, national buddy program, quarterly newsletter, annual patient educational forum and local seminars. Fundraises for research. Advocacy. Some materials available in Spanish and Chinese.
Lymphoma Research Foundation
115 Broadway, Ste 1301
New York, NY 10006
National. 17 affiliated groups. Founded 1993. Opportunity for children who have a parent with cancer to connect with other children in similar situations for support and understanding. Groups are headed by youth leaders and co-facilitated by professionals. Youth Leadership program, monthly meetings, newsletter, summer camps, information and referrals.
Voice: 1-800-899-2866 or 949-582-5443 (24 hr.)
National network. Founded 1986. Support network to help patients and families dealing with familial polyposis and hereditary colon cancer. Provides information and referrals, encourages research, educates professionals and public. Phone support network, correspondence and literature.
c/o Ann Fagan
P.O. Box 11
Conyngham, PA 18219
Voice: 570-788-1818 (day) or 570-788-3712 (eve.) / Ann Fagan
International. Founded 1997. Created by three women who were diagnosed with cancer while pregnant. Mission is to let women know that they are not alone in their facing their cancer diagnosis while pregnant. Connects women who are currently pregnant with cancer with other women who have experienced a similar cancer diagnosis. Newsletter.
The Pregnant With Cancer Network
P.O. Box 253
Amherst, NY 14226
National. Support, education and communication for people with all types of thyroid cancer, as well as caregivers. Outreach to the public for thyroid cancer awareness and early detection. Twelve online support groups, local support groups, free online newsletter, free downloadable low-iodine cookbook, free patient information booklet and packet, free regional workshops, free webinars, annual international conference and free thyroid cancer awareness brochures. Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, funding for research and educational website.
ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association
P.O. Box 1545
New York, NY 10159-1545
Online. 1800+ members. Support for teens with cancer and their parents. Weekly scheduled online support groups with professionals, discussion boards, resources, information and news about many types of cancers and their affect on teens.
National. Founded 1968. Provides support, information and educational materials to patients, caregivers and medical professionals dealing with carcinoid cancer and related neuroendocrine tumors. Support groups located throughout the United States. Online support groups, e-mail and toll-free telephone support available. Conducts conferences, supports research and maintains a carcinoid and neuroendocrine tumor database.
Carcinoid Cancer Foundation
333 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 492
White Plains, NY 10605
Voice: 1-888-722-3132 or 914-683-1001 (Tues.-Thurs., 10am-4pm EST)
International. Founded 1998. Support and education for young women (age 40 and under) living with a diagnosis of breast cancer. Addresses the concerns and issues that are unique to young women and breast cancer (such as higher mortality rates, fertility issues and early menopause). Information, resources, advocacy, one-to-one Point of Contact Program and online support forums.
Young Survival Coalition
61 Broadway, Suite 2235
New York, NY 10006
Voice: 1-877-972-1011 or 646-257-3000
Online. Click on 'Mailing Lists' for over 150 e-mail support groups where patients, caregivers and survivors share their experiences with many different cancers: lung, colon, pancreatic, melanoma, endometrial, esophageal, leiomyosarcoma, male breast, metastatic, myeloproliferative disorders, mycosis fungoides, various sarcomas, stomach, testicular, thyroid, pediatric, retinoblastoma, etc., as well as possible related issues such as fatigue, finance, depression, bone marrow transplant, facing the death of a loved one and other situations.
National. Support and advocacy to thse living with, or at risk for, lung cancer. Support services include toll-free information line, packets of lung cancer information, telephone support group, a peer-to-peer matching program, clinical trial matching service and listing of lung cancer support groups across the United States and an online community support.
Lung Cancer Alliance
888 16th St. NW, Ste.150
Washington, DC 20006
Online. 350+ members. Support group for all patients with thymic-related cancers and thymomas.
National. Provides support, information, advocacy and research for those with oral cancer.
Oral Cancer Foundation
3419 Via Lido, Ste 205
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Offers mesothelioma telephone support groups for patients, families and caregivers. Groups include peritoneal, chemo, caregivers, grief, extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP)/pleurectomy decortication (PD) and spousal support. Pre-registration required.
The Meso Foundation
1317 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Voice: 1-877-363-6376 / Mary Hesdorffer
National. Support for people who are affected by cancer.
Cancer Support Community
1050 17th Street NW, Ste 500
Washington, DC 20036
Online. Support for young women, under 45 but will welcome anyone, who has been diagnosed with cancer.
PO Box 101283
Denver, CO 80250
Online. Provides support and inspiration to young adults in their teens, twenties, thirties and forties who are diagnosed with GBM (Glioblastoma mutiforme), the most common primary and aggressive brain cancer.
Online. Provides support and education for individuals with colorectal cancer. Raises awareness of the symptoms that indicate colon cancer and provides financial assistance to young adults undergoing treatment for colon cancer.
The Colon Club
17 Peach Tree Lane
Wilton, NY 12831
Online. Professionally-run. Support network for those diagnosed with cancer and cancer survivors. Site gives the user the ability to create circles of individuals with common diagnosis, write one's own journey through blog, use built-in communication services to meet or mentor others, live chat group or person-to-person chat, post face-to-face events or attend other members' events, and create and lead one's own live chat or support group.
Online. Professionally-run. Providing support and advocacy for Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered individuals with cancer. Committed to improving the health of LGBT cancer survivors through direct and support service, patient navigation, education and advocacy.
Website: https://www.facebook.com/lgbtcancerproject or http://www.lgbtcancer.com
National. Prostate cancer support groups, newly diagnosed cancer support groups, advanced prostate cancer, men diagnosed under age 50 and gay cancer survivor support groups throughout the United States.
419 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003
Online. Professionally-run. Support for advanced prostate cancer and recurrent prostate cancer. Treatment information and support for men with prostate cancer that did not respond adequately to primary treatment and PSA is rising after initial prostate cancer treatment.
Website: http://www.advancedprostatecancer.net and http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/advancedprostatecancer and http://facebook.com/advancedprostatecancer
A cancer support network that connects individuals who are cancer survivors and their supporters. Site has a Community page, a Discussion page and offers individuals the opportunity to connect with others who have been through cancer.