Organizations and Web Sites
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
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)
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 www.cancer.org. 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)
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 www.aicr.org.
Barr-Harris Children's Grief Center
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 www.barrharris.org.
Canadian Cancer Society (national headquarters)
The Canadian Cancer Society offers many of the same services as the American Cancer Society.
Cancer Care, Inc. (national office)
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 www.cancercare.org.
The Dougy Center
Sells books and videos on bereavement, in addition to offering other services.
National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations (NABCO)
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
Web site: www.asbestos.com
The Mesothelioma Center is an up-to-date resource for all mesothelioma issues ranging from mesothelioma disease to diagnostic options.
Web site: www.mesotheliomaguide.com
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 http://www.mesotheliomaguide.com.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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: www.nci.nih.gov.
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
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.
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.
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