The American Cancer Society offers many programs and services to support women throughout cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. Women with cancer have needs and concerns that go far beyond medical treatment. There are concerns related to appearance, energy levels, pain, and mobility. Some women need to find a place to stay during treatment; others need a support group or someone to talk to who has “been there.”
Information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
The American Cancer Society is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week at our website, www.cancer.org, or by calling 1-800-227-2345. Callers are connected with a cancer information specialist who can help them locate a hospital, understand cancer and treatment options, learn what to expect and how to plan, address insurance concerns, find financial resources, find a local support group, and more. The Society can also help people who speak languages other than English or Spanish find the assistance they need, offering services in more than 200 languages.
The cancer information specialists can also let you know more about the Society’s community-based programs and services where you live, including those that help with appearance-related side effects during treatment, breast cancer support from those who have been there, online cancer education classes, and more.
Help with appearance-related side effects of treatment
The Look Good Feel Better® program is a collaboration of the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, and the Professional Beauty Association that helps women with cancer manage the appearance-related side effects of treatment. The free program engages certified, licensed beauty professionals trained as Look Good Feel Better volunteers to teach simple techniques on skin care, makeup, and nail care, and give practical tips on hair loss, wigs, and head coverings. To learn more, visit the Look Good Feel Better web site at www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org, or call 1-800-395-LOOK (1-800-395-5665).
Breast cancer support
Through the American Cancer Society Reach To Recovery® program, trained breast cancer survivor volunteers provide one-on-one support, information, and resource referrals to people facing breast cancer. Patients are matched with a volunteer who has had a similar breast cancer experience as well as other similar characteristics. These volunteers will meet one-on-one, either in person, by telephone, or via email, with women to help them cope with their disease, treatment, or long-term survivorship issues so they can focus on their clinical needs. For more information, or to locate a Reach To Recovery program in your area, call us toll-free at 1-800-227-2345.
Cancer education classes
The I Can Cope® online educationalprogram is available free to people facing cancer and their familiesand friends. The program consists of self-paced classes thatcan be taken anytime, day or night. People are welcome to takeas few or as many classes as they like. Among the topics offeredare information about cancer, managing treatments and side effects, healthy eating during and after treatment, communicatingwith family and friends, finding resources, and more. Visitcancer.org/icancope to learn more about the classes that areavailable.
Finding hope and inspiration
People with cancer and their loved ones do not have to face cancer alone. The American Cancer
Society Cancer Survivors Network® is a free online community created by and for people living with cancer and their families. At csn.cancer.org, they can get and give support, connect with others, find resources, and tell their own story through personal expressions like music and art.
Lodging during treatment
The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge® program provides free overnight lodging to patients and their caregivers who have to travel away from home for treatment. Not having to worry about where to stay or how to pay for it allows patients to focus on what’s important: getting well. Through its Hotel Partners Program, the Society also partners with local hotels across the country to provide free or discounted lodging to patients and their caregivers in communities without a Hope Lodge facility.
For more information
To learn more about these and more of our programs and services, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.
Para solicitar información en español, llame al 1-800-227-2345. Un especialista en información sobre el cáncer le asistirá en español.