Organizations and Web Sites

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
1133 15th Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: 202-452-0109
Fax: 202-223-2329
Web site:

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy is the professional association for the field of marriage and family therapy, including the specialty of "medical family therapy." Medical family therapists help families who are having difficulty functioning because of a current or recent health crisis. Contact the Association for help in identifying a local medical family therapist.

American Cancer Society (ACS)
1599 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
Phone: 404-320-3333
Toll-free number: 1-800-ACS-2345
Web site:

The American Cancer Society offers many free support services to patients and their families, including the Reach to Recovery program for breast cancer patients and transportation to and from treatment. The ACS also offers extensive informational materials and an online community for survivors and caregivers. For free booklets, or to obtain information about local programs and services, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit online at You can also find the telephone number for your local ACS branch in the white pages of the telephone book.

American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)
1759 R Street NW
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: 800-843-8114 (202-328-7744 in DC)
Web site:

The American Institute for Cancer Research provides information about the link between diet and cancer. For free brochures, or to print copies of articles and recipes online, go to the Institute's Web site at

Barr-Harris Children's Grief Center
Institute for Psychoanalysis

122 South Michigan Avenue
Suite 1300
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312-922-7474
Web site:

The Barr-Harris Children's Grief Center offers, among other services, short and long-term treatment for children who have lost a parent through death, divorce, or abandonment, and children who have lost a sibling or other family member through death. The Center also offers child guidance to the surviving parent. No family is denied services for financial reasons. To obtain answers to frequently-asked questions, and a list of books about death, grief and mourning for children and adolescents, go to the Center's Web site at

Canadian Cancer Society (national headquarters)
10 Alcorn Ave., Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M4V 3B1
Phone: 416-961-7223
Fax: 416-961-4189

The Canadian Cancer Society offers many of the same services as the American Cancer Society.

Cancer Care, Inc. (national office)
275 7th Ave.
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212-302-2400
Toll-free number: 1-800-813-HOPE (4673)
Fax: 212-719-0263

A national, nonprofit organization that provides free professional help to people with all types of cancer, and to their families and caregivers. Cancer Care's services are free of charge, and include information, one-to-one counseling, specialized support groups, educational programs, and telephone contact. Call their toll-free number 1-800-813-HOPE or visit online at

An Internet-wide e-mail discussion group for children who know someone who is ill. Automatic subscription is available at Oncolink's Web site. Click to visit site.

The Dougy Center
The National Center for Grieving Children and Families
P.O. Box 86852
Portland, OR 97286
Phone: 503-775-5683
Fax: 503-777-3097
Web site:

Sells books and videos on bereavement, in addition to offering other services.

Kids Konnected
27071 Cabot Road, Suite 102
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Toll-free number: 800-899-2866
Fax: 949-582-3983
Web site: http//

Maintains a hotline, provides packets of information to children, and helps communities start their own local support groups for children who have a parent with cancer. The toll-free number for the Kids Konnected Hotline is 1-800-899-2866.

National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations (NABCO)
9 East 37th Street
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212-889-0606
Web site:

NABCO's web site has links to most major breast cancer organizations in the United States, and provides news and information about treatment resources and clinical trials.

The Mesothelioma Center
20 North Orange Ave.

Suite 1450
Orlando, FL  32801

Web site:

The Mesothelioma Center is an up-to-date resource for all mesothelioma issues ranging from mesothelioma disease to diagnostic options.

Mesothelioma Guide
121 South Orange Ave.

Suite 1450
Orlando, FL  32801

Web site:

The mission of Mesothelioma Guide is to guide mesothelioma patients and their loved ones toward answers, information, and healthcare solutions. An extensive, free guide is available at


National Cancer Institute (NCI)
NCI Public Inquiries Office
Building, 31, Room 10A03
31 Center Drive, MSC 2580
Bethesda, MD 20892-2580
Phone: 301-435-3848
Toll-free number for Cancer Information Service: 1-800-4-CANCER.
Web site:

The National Cancer Institute is a division of the National Institutes of Health. NCI sponsors the Cancer Information Service , a nationwide telephone service for cancer patients and their families and friends, the general public, and health care professionals. There is no charge for this service. Its staff can answer cancer-related questions in English or Spanish, as well as send free National Cancer Institute informational materials. Call 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237. NCI booklets are also available through its Web site:

A University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center Online Resource

This online resource is a clearinghouse of cancer information, offering information about specific types of cancer and current cancer treatments. It also provides in-depth reviews of books for children (e.g., The Year My Mother Was Bald) and adults. Updated daily, the information is provided at various levels, from introductory to in-depth. A helpful article, titled "What To Tell the Kids When Mom Has Cancer" can be found on the Oncolink site.

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 370
Dallas, TX 75244
Toll-free number for hotline: 1-800-462-9273
Web site:

The Komen Foundation has a national toll-free Breast Care Helpline that is answered by trained volunteers whose lives have been personally touched by breast cancer. Call 1-800-I'M-AWARE (1-800-462-9273), 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Central Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization
212 W. Van Buren Street, Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60607-3908
Office Telephone: 312-986-8597
Fax: 312-294-8597
24-hour Y-ME National Breast Cancer Hotlines:
1-800-221-2141 (English)
1-800-986-9505 (Spanish)
Web site:

For breast cancer information or support, call Y-ME's 24-hour toll-free hotline at 1-800-221-2141 (English) and 1-800-986-9505 (Spanish). Also offers information and support through its mailings, peer support groups, and web site.