Information about cancer is available from the sources listed below. You may wish to check for additional information at your local library or bookstore and from support groups in your community.
Cancer Information Service (CIS)
- The Cancer Information Service, a program of the National Cancer Institute, is a nationwide telephone service for cancer patients and their families and friends, the public, and health care professionals. The staff can answer questions and can send booklets about cancer. They also may 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. Spanish-speaking staff members are available.
- People who have cancer, those who care about them, and doctors need up-to-date, accurate information about cancer treatment. To meet these needs, PDQ was developed by NCI. PDQ contains an up-to-date list of trials all over the country. The National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service, at 1-800-4-CANCER, can provide PDQ information to doctors, patients, and the public.
Chemotherapy and You: A Guide to Self-Help During Treatment.
- Cancer patients, their families and friends, and others may find the following books useful. They are available free of charge by calling 1-800-4-CANCER.
Eating Hints: Recipes and Tips for Better Nutrition During Cancer Treatment.
Questions and Answers About Pain Control.
Taking Time: Support for People With Cancer and the People Who Care About Them.
What You Need To Know About Cancer. A series of booklets about different types of cancer; ask for the type of cancer you have.
American Cancer Society (ACS)
- The American Cancer Society is a voluntary organization with a national office and local units all over the country. It supports research, conducts educational programs, and offers many services to patients and their families. To obtain information 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.
American Cancer Society
- 1599 Clifton Road, N.E.
- Atlanta, GA 30329