Finding Information – Cancer Survival Toolbox®
“Finding Information” explains how to use many of the different resources available to find information that will help you understand your kind of cancer and its treatment. After listening to this Toolbox program, you will be better prepared to:
- Find good information on the kind of cancer you have and on the types of treatment that offer the best records for success
- Pick the experts you respect and trust to be part of your healthcare team
- Know when and how to seek a second opinion
- Look for what is new in the treatment of your kind of cancer
- Know that the decisions you have made about your cancer and its treatment are based on the right kind and right amount of information
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- Types of Information
- Identifying Resources
- Information from Other People
Other Ways to Listen
Triage Cancer is a national, nonprofit organization that provides education on the practical and legal issues that may impact individuals diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers. Triage Cancer provides a myriad of online tools and resources, including written educational materials (e.g., Quick Guides, checklists, manuals, etc.), international, national, and state resources, a chart of state laws, and a series of animated videos.
www.CancerCare.org | (800) 813-4673
A national organization that provides free professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: including people with cancer, caregivers, loved ones and the bereaved. Programs—including counseling and support groups, education, financial assistance, and practical help—are provided by professional oncology social workers free of charge. Counseling and some materials are available in Spanish.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
www.cancer.gov | (800) 422-6237
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is the U.S. government’s principal agency for cancer research. Their Cancer.gov website provides access to many types of information resources covering different cancers, treatments, and supportive care. NCI’s toll-free Cancer Information Service (800-4-CANCER) operates Mon-Fri from 8am to 8pm ET and is staffed by information specialists who can answer cancer-related questions.
NCI Physician Data Query (PDQ)
The NCI Physician Data Query provides summaries on different cancer topics for patients and healthcare professionals.
American Cancer Society (ACS)
www.cancer.org | (800) 227-2345
Cancer.org provides information about specific cancers and has resources for supportive care and services around the country. Additionally, ACS’s toll-free number is staffed 24/7 by cancer information specialists.