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General Cancer Resources
American Cancer Society
(800) ACS-2345 | 101 John James Audubon Pkwy, Amherst, NY 14228
The American Cancer Society’s (ACS) mission is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. Attacking cancer from every angle, the ACS strives to achieve its mission through research, education, advocacy, and service. In conjunction with the local chapter, located in Amherst, the ACS offers numerous free programs and services appropriate for cancer patients, caregivers and their families. These include:
- National Cancer Information Center: Available 24/7/365, the NCIC links cancer patients and their families with information, programs and resources related to a wide range of issues, from treatment questions to health insurance assistance to Clinical Trials offered for various types of cancer. These include not only American Cancer Society resources, but also those of other community agencies and providers. Simply call 1-800-227-2345, or visit cancer.org to chat live. Assistance is provided in English, Spanish and more than 200 other languages via a translation service.
- Reach to Recovery: Links newly diagnosed breast cancer patients to breast cancer survivors who can provide one-to-one information, support, and encouragement.
- Road to Recovery: Links cancer patients in need of transportation to treatment with volunteer drivers.
- Lodging Assistance: The American Cancer society has negotiated with a number of hotel partners to provide free or reduced price rates for patients traveling to Buffalo area for their cancer treatment.
- Caregiver Support: Cancer affects not only the patients, but also their families and loved ones. Visit cancer.org/caregivers for information and support for caregivers.
- Survivorship Support: Once a patient has finished treatment, guidelines are in place to help them and his/her primary care physician continue to monitor and treat the after effects of the disease and treatment. Visit cancer.org/survivors for information, guidance and support.
National Cancer Institute
The National Cancer Institute engages in certain fundamental activities such as conducting and fostering cancer research; reviewing and approving grant-in-aid applications to support promising research projects on the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer; and collecting, analyzing and disseminating the results of cancer research conducted in the United States and in other countries.
Cancer Support Community
Cancer Support Community (CSC) is dedicated to ensuring that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.
Breast Cancer Resources
Breastcancer.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing information and community to those touched by this disease.
Komen for the Cure
Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. The website provides information, education and support to those touched by breast cancer.
Lung Cancer Resources
American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the oldest voluntary health organization in the United States fighting lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control and environmental health. The American Lung Association has many programs and strategies for fighting lung disease.
Prostate Cancer Resources
- Risk factors for prostate cancer
- Reducing the risk of prostate cancer
- Symptoms of prostate cancer
- Screening for prostate cancer
- How is prostate cancer diagnosed?
- What questions should I ask my doctor?
- What is it like to live with prostate cancer?
- Where can I get more information about prostate cancer?
- AHRQ Shared Decision Making Tool
ZERO - The Project to End Prostate Cancerwww.fightprostatecancer.org
The Project to End Prostate Cancer provides comprehensive treatment information to patients, education to those at risk and conducting more free screenings than ever before. They work to increase research funds from the federal government to find new treatments, and they fund research in the pursuit of a better test for the disease.
Us TOO provides the forum for sharing, caring and learning through its many programs and services designed for both men with cancer and their loved ones. In addition to providing education and support programs, Us TOO is an active advocate for patients and committed to making sure patients have access to the programs, medications, treatments and health care professionals they need for the best possible outcomes.
American Urological Associationwww.auanet.org
The American Urological Association (AUA), founded in 1902, is the premier professional association for the advancement of urologic patient care, and works to ensure that its more than 16,000 members are current on the latest research and practices in urology. The AUA also pursues its mission of fostering the highest standards of urologic care by providing a wide range of services—including publications, research, the Annual Meeting, continuing medical education and the formulation of health policy.