Educating patients and families
The American Cancer Society website is an excellent online resource for anyone wanting to know more about cancer. Find cancer facts and figures, inspirational stories, and links to cancer support programs. Also, read the latest news.
To help you and your family better understand the treatment options available to you, the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) has created this website to explain how radiation therapy is used to safely and effectively treat cancer. It has links to patient videos, brochures, and presentations.
Cancer Hope Network matches cancer patients and their caregivers with trained volunteer cancer survivors who have undergone similar experiences and recovered.
Cancer.Net provides oncologist-approved information from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).
CancerCare is a nonprofit that provides free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones, and the bereaved. CancerCare programs include counseling, support groups, education, financial assistance, and publications.
Every month, the online newsletter Cancerwise, published by MD Anderson, features a cancer survivor story, along with related Q&A with experts, the latest reports on cancer treatment, and research and tips for cancer survivorship and prevention.
Gilda’s Club is a nonprofit organization where everyone dealing with cancer can come for social, emotional, and psychological support.
ManageCancer.org provides easy access to lists of resources for day-to-day organization, financial support, support and education, and loved ones.
The National Cancer Institute coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information, and programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, treatment of cancer, as well as rehabilitation and continuing care of patients.
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) is an alliance of the nation’s 27 leading cancer centers. The NCCN site offers extensive information on many types of cancer.
The NLN is a nonprofit organization that provides information about risk reduction and the management of lymphedema.
RadiologyInfo.org explains how various radiology procedures are performed, what you may experience, and how to prepare for the exams. They have a specific section on Radiation Therapy procedures that can be found here.
RT Answers gives you answers to your radiation therapy questions. There is an excellent video that walks you through the process of radiation therapy and helps you understand what to expect when you undergo treatment.
Stupid Cancer is the largest nonprofit charity that comprehensively addresses young adult (ages 15-39) cancer through advocacy, research, support, outreach, awareness, mobile health, and social media.
Helpful Cancer Resources
A wealth of information on cancer is available online. The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) offers patients valuable information and advice in this series of videos.