First Steps for Patients


The award-winning Cancer Survival Toolbox® is a free, self-learning audio program that helps people develop important skills to better meet and understand the challenges of their illness. The program contains a set of basic skills to help navigate a diagnosis and special topics on key issues faced by people with cancer. It is given to newly diagnosed patients as well as those transitioning off treatment, used by patient navigators, offered in patient resource libraries, provided at survivorship programs and conferences, and listened to in a support group setting.

Why the Toolbox is important to you

  • Deals with common issues your patients are facing

The Toolbox can help you anticipate some of these issues and figure out ways to address them in a pro-active manner. This way, you can prevent or at least minimize some of the hardships that accompany the cancer experience.

  • It saves you time

We know you are stretched to the limit for time with patients. The Toolbox helps you use your time most effectively and efficiently by giving your patients basic information to help them understand their cancer, treatment plans, resources available, and common issues and challenges.

  • Patients can learn at their own speed

All programs are broken down track-by-track, making it easy and simple for you to direct your patients to the information they care about most.

  • Stay up-to-date on what your patients care about most

As the voice of survivors, we ensure the content within the Toolbox always reflects the needs of your patients.

  • The Toolbox is based on grounded evidence

Each program is inspired by stories of real patients and survivors.

We encourage nurses, social workers, oncologists and many other health care professionals to use the Toolbox in their professional settings to address key issues cancer patients and survivors face before, during and after treatment.

Cancer Survival Toolbox – Basic Skills

Cancer Survival Toolbox – Special Topics

Cancer-Specific Toolbox Programs

The Cancer Survival Toolbox® was developed through a unique collaboration among three oncology professional organizations: The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS), the Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW), the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), and later, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).