Introduction to Cancer

What is Cancer?

MedlinePlus Encyclopedia: https://medlineplus.gov/cancer.htm

How do you treat it?

MedlinePlus Encyclopedia: https://medlineplus.gov/cancer/treatment.htm

Cancer Organizations with Helpful Services

American Cancer Society: 1.800.227.2345, www.cancer.org
Focuses on cancer research, education and advocacy; and provides patient and family support services, which vary by locality.

American Society of Clinical Oncology: www.cancer.net
This website provides timely, oncologist-approved information to help patients and families make informed health-care decisions. All contents are composed of more than 150 medical, surgical, radiation, and pediatric oncologists, oncology nurses, social workers, and patient advocates.

CancerCare: 1.800.813.HOPE (4673), www.cancercare.org
Provides free professional support services to anyone affected by cancer including counseling, education, financial assistance and practical help and are provided by trained oncology social workers free of charge.

National Cancer Institute: 1.800.422.6237, www.cancer.gov
Information specialists can answer questions about cancer and provide materials. The NCI website provides comprehensive information on cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, statistics, research, clinical trials and news

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship: 1.877.622.7937, www.canceradvocacy.org
Advocates for quality cancer care for all Americans and the empowerment of cancer survivors through federal policy initiatives.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: www.nccn.com
The goal of this website is to educate patients with cancer to engage in more informed conversations with health care providers. This website includes resources to help patients, families, friends, and cancer survivors make treatment decisions for both early and late-stage disease, locate financial assistance for cancer care. Learn how to find the best types of insurance plans. Learn the best ways to exercise during and after treatment. Track and maintain medical records.

OncoLink: www.oncolink.com
Through OncoLink you can obtain comprehensive information about specific types of cancer, get updates on cancer treatments, and news about research advances.

Easy-to-Read Resources

Cancer Research UK: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/easy-reading

Easy Health UK: http://www.easyhealth.org.uk/listing/cancer-(leaflets)

Macmillan Cancer Support: http://www.macmillan.org.uk/easy-reading

Resources in Other Languages

American Cancer Society: https://www.cancer.org/cancer-information-in-other-languages/spanish.html

Be the Match: https://bethematch.org/for-non-english-speaking-patients/

CancerCare: https://www.cancercare.org/spanish

Macmillan Cancer Support: http://www.macmillan.org.uk/cancer-resources/other-formats

NIH National Cancer Institute – AccrualNet: https://accrualnet.cancer.gov/literature/patient_related/non_english