National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship

NCCS logoIf you’re reading this message, you probably know someone who is affected by cancer. Many of us – an estimated 12 million of us – are survivors ourselves, and no matter what type of cancer we or our loved ones have, we all need to be empowered to take charge of our care. National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) is the nation’s oldest survivor-led organization advocating for quality cancer care for all people affected by cancer.

Life completely changes when someone hears the words, ’You have cancer’. In addition to the havoc it wreaks on our bodies, cancer affects us emotionally, spiritually, and financially. NCCS provides tools and resources to help survivors navigate their cancer journey and deal with many complex issues we face from diagnosis through and beyond treatment.

Listen. Learn. Act. The Cancer Survival Toolbox®

CST_logoListen to scenarios that address many common topics and issues cancer patients face during their cancer journey. The program uses real patient stories to teach a set of basic skills to help navigate your cancer diagnosis. The conversations touch on issues from how to communicate with your doctor, family and loved ones, to understanding complicated financial issues.

Your Care Guide In Your Pocket

app-record-screenThe emotional aspects that accompany cancer, together with the complex details of treatment, can be overwhelming. You need to know that it’s okay to ask your doctor questions and expect answers in terms you can understand.

That’s why NCCS has created the Pocket Cancer Care Guide, an iPhone app for you and your family, friends and loved ones to help you quickly and easily build lists of practical questions used to guide conversations between you and your doctors or nurses.

Charting Your Journey Forward

Cancer changes a person’s healthcare needs forever, and NCCS believes every person with cancer should receive written care plans and summaries that follows them from the time they are diagnosed through all their years of their survivorship. These plans can help survivors and their loved ones understand their cancer treatment and follow-up needs.

The Journey Forward program guides survivors and their doctors through post-treatment schedules, managing late and long-term effects, and compiling time-saving treatment summaries. Survivorship doesn’t end after active cancer treatment has ended.  Speak to your doctor about the free Journey Forward Care Plan Builder and Medical History Builder and take charge of your post-treatment care.

We are proud to partner with Amgen and three other national cancer nonprofits in the Breakaway from Cancer® initiative. This wonderful partnership gives us a chance to raise awareness and put helpful resources directly into the hands of people who need them. Together, the Breakaway from Cancer partners are helping many individuals navigate their cancer journey – from prevention through long-term survivorship. Together, we are part of a powerful team fighting cancer.