Cancer Resources

People with cancer and their families need help with the practical and emotional issues of the disease. Don’t be afraid to reach out.

Search our list of resources for agencies and non-profit organizations for information on specific gastrointestinal cancers, patient and survivor issues.

General Information and Support

American Cancer Society (ACS)
800-ACS-2345 (800-227-2345)
A voluntary organization that offers a variety of services to patients and their families. The ACS also supports research, provides printed materials, and conducts educational programs.

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
888-282-2552; 571-483-1300
Contains more than 40,000 pages of information, including: cancer resources on the Internet, finding an oncologist, and up-to-date information about cancer policy issues.

Provides newly diagnosed patients with organizational tools and planners.

Cancer and Careers
Provides a free workbook, educational resources, support and information for both cancer patients and survivors, as well coworkers, managers, CEOs and human resources personnel about cancer patients and survivors working through their treatment and returning to work.

Cancer Information and Counseling Line (CICL)
A free service provided by AMC Cancer Research Center, professional counselors provide up-to-date medical information, emotional support through short-term counseling, and resource referrals to callers nationwide (8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. MST)

888-651-3038; 888-273-3508
Formerly People Living With Cancer. Links all ASCO information and materials in addition to giving other communication access to people with all kinds of cancer.

Commission on Cancer
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) is a consortium of professional organization dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.

Fighting Chance
A network of individuals who have been touched by cancer and can offer support and understanding. Offers “Coping with Cancer on the East End: A Practical Resource Guide” for free.

Gilda’s Club, Inc.
888-GILDA-4-U (888-445-3248)
In July 2009, Gilda’s Club joined forces with The Wellness Community to become The Cancer Support Community.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital Health Learning Center
312-926-LINK (5465)
A resource where patients can go talk with someone about where to find the best info.   These centers are on 3rd Floor Galter or 1st floor Prentice Women’s Hospital and there is no charge.
Imerman Angels
Through a unique matching process, Imerman Angels partners anyone seeking cancer support with someone just like you – a “Mentor Angel”. A Mentor Angel is a cancer survivor or survivor’s caregiver who is the same age, same gender, and most importantly who has beaten the same type of cancer.

I’m Too Young for This! Cancer Foundation
I’m Too Young For This, i[2]y, is an online support community for young adults with cancer. The organization hosts “The Stupid Cancer Blog” and weekly talk show “The Stupid Cancer Show,” has 13 local chapters across the U.S., Australia, and Canada, and provides an extensive compilation of resources including links to forums, books, coping literature and other young adult cancer organizations.

Lance Armstrong Foundation
877-236-8820; 866-673-7205
Helps people with cancer and their loved ones live strong through advocacy, education, public health and research, as well as the LIVESTRONG Resource for Cancer Survivors.

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
800-4-CANCER (800-422-6237)
An excellent and comprehensive site for people wanting to know more about cancer, including cancer prevention, definitions, clinical trial information, recipes, links to cancer centers, and a whole lot more. The NCI’s Center for Cancer Research also publishes a free quarterly e-newsletter, the “BethesdaTrials News,” designed to help community physicians stay informed of investigational approaches, including clinical trials, to treating, diagnosing and preventing cancer.

Patient Advocate Foundation
The PAF provides education, legal counseling, and referrals to cancer patients and survivors concerning managed care, insurance, financial issues, job discrimination, and debt crisis matters.

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
Offers support to cancer survivors and their loved ones. Provides information and resources on cancer support, advocacy and quality-of-life issues.

Voices of Survivors Foundation
Devoted to exploring what survivorship means in a variety of documentary formats. Survivors can share their stories and help define what ‘survivorship’ means to themselves, and provide insight to others.

Gastrointestinal Cancer Types

Anal Cancer

The HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation
This site that provides up-to-date information and resources about HPV, anal cancer and the connection between the two.

Colorectal Cancer

Colon Cancer Alliance
Offers patient support, a resource center, news, research, advocacy, and events.

Colorectal CareLine
The Patient Advocate Foundation’s Colorectal CareLine offers a national toll-free telephone hotline designed to offer assistance to colorectal cancer patients and health care providers seeking educational resources, direct assistance with access to care issues, and financial aid for select patient needs, including lodging, transportation, childcare, and other expenses associated with out-of-town treatment. Sponsored by Patient Advocate Foundation and Amgen Oncology.

Fight Colorectal Cancer
A national organization whose mission is to demand a cure for colorectal cancer while educating patients and survivors, pushing for policy changes that will improve research and empowering survivors.

Ostomy Associations of America
Helps ostomy patients through mutual aid and emotional support, and provides educational information for patients and the public.

Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association
Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association, Inc. is an organization promoting worldwide understanding and support for esophageal cancer patients and caregivers.

Liver Cancer

Living with Liver Cancer
A worldwide awareness program to provide information and resources for patients, caregivers, and other affected by liver cancer. The site has an international and U.S. portal available.

Provides education and support for people with liver tumors. YES programs include a toll free survivor line, a friend for the journey, tele-groups, teleconferences, a newsletter and treatment and advocacy updates.

Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN)
877-2-PANCAN (877-272-6226)
A nonprofit advocacy organization that educates health professionals and the general public about pancreatic cancer to increase awareness of the disease. Information about support networks, clinical trials, and reimbursement for care also available.

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