What resources are available to cancer patients and families?

General information about cancer is widely available. Some helpful resources and publications are listed below. Others may be available at a local library or from support groups in your community.

The Cancer Information Service, a program of the National Cancer Institute, is a nationwide telephone service for cancer patients, their families and friends, the public, and health professionals. The staff can answer questions in English and Spanish and can send booklets about cancer. They also know about local resources and services. One toll-free number, 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237), connects callers with the office that serves their area.

The American Cancer Society is a voluntary organization with a national office (at the above address) and local units all over the country. It supports research, conducts educational programs, and offers many services to patients and their families. To obtain free booklets about services and activities in local areas, call the Society’s toll-free number, 1-800-ACS-2345 (1-800-227-2345), or the number listed under “American Cancer Society” in the white pages of the telephone book.

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