The American Cancer Society (ACS) conducts educational
programs and offers many services to people with cancer and to their families.
Staff at the toll-free numbers have information about services and activities
in local areas and can provide referrals to local ACS divisions.
1-800-658-8898 help line
1-877-658-8896 multilingual line (toll-free)
Caring Connections, a program of the U.S. National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), seeks to improve care at the end of life. Caring Connections provides free resources, including educational brochures, advance directives and hospice information, and a toll-free help line for people looking for quality end-of-life information.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
6116 Executive Boulevard
https://cissecure.nci.nih.gov/livehelp/welcome.asp# for live help
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is a U.S. government
agency that provides up-to-date information about the prevention, detection,
and treatment of cancer. NCI also offers supportive care to people who have cancer
and to their families. NCI information is also available to doctors, nurses,
and other health professionals. NCI provides the latest information about
clinical trials. The Cancer Information Service, a service of NCI, has trained
staff members available to answer questions and send free publications.
Spanish-speaking staff members are also available.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative
Medicine (NCCAM), National Institutes of Health
9000 Rockville Pike
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
(NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) explores complementary and
alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science, trains
complementary and alternative medicine researchers, and gives out authoritative
National Pain Foundation
300 East Hampden Avenue
Englewood, CO 80113
Through information, education, and support, the
National Pain Foundation (NPF) promotes the recovery of persons in pain. The
NPF website provides information and resources in an interactive way that
encourages patients to take an active role in managing their chronic pain. The
My Pain section of the website includes a Personal Inventory section to help
pain patients identify the information they need to manage their pain. The NPF
has information about pain conditions such as arthritis, back and neck pain,
and cancer pain. The NPF addresses the many approaches to pain management, such
as medicines, injections, surgery, acupuncture, biofeedback, chiropractic, and
physical therapy. The NPF also provides support for the special needs of
children in pain and information about psychological factors related to pain.
The website also provides information on clinical trials that are studying
pain management and treatment.