Resources For Cancer Information
Often when someone is diagnosed with cancer, we want to learn everything we can about it, and everyone should be well informed. Information about cancer is available from many sources.
Cancer Information Services
- The National Cancer Institute is a nationwide organization that offers a telephone service for cancer patients, their families and friends, the public, and health care providers. The staff can answer questions in English and Spanish and can send free printed material about prevention, early detection, self-exam, specific types of cancer, cancer treatment and living with cancer. (1-800-4-CANCER)
- American Cancer Society is a voluntary organization with a national office and local units throughout the country. It supports research, provides educational programs and offers many services for cancer patients and their families. It provides free printed material. (1-800-ACS-2345)
- The Health Alliance offers Community Cancer Information Centers in their hospitals. The latest information about cancer, treatments, support groups and service groups is available. They have access to a national cancer data base where information can be reviewed and printed. The Health Alliance Call Center can connect you with the Community Cancer Information Center at the Alliance hospital of your choice.
- The internet is a good source of information. The Health Alliance Cancer Services web site offers monthly articles on cancer as well as other diseases. The events and program calendar provides dates, times and locations for events about cancer and other health topics.
- National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) MEDLARS program helps you locate articles on cancer published in technical journals. It provides an access to CANCERLINE, computerized database system linking you to information from technical literature, summaries of federally and privately funded current cancer research projects, and descriptions of studies of new cancer treatments. Librarians in medical libraries can retrieve this information for you.
- Magazines and journals offer articles on cancer. The Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature helps you locate articles that are published in popular magazines and journals and is available in most public libraries.
- You can find articles published in over 2,500 health-science journals by looking in Index Medicus. Medical libraries, most colleges and some public libraries will have this resource.
- Books on cosmetic aids are available.
Looking Up: The Complete Guide to Looking and Feeling Good for the Recovering Cancer Patient, by Susy K: 1987 provides tips on hair care, wigs, makeup and exercise.
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- Local Support Groups have good information as well as your local hospital’s social work department and cancer unit.
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