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Community Resources

Organizations, Agencies, and Websites

Sources of information and support within the cancer community can sometimes seem hard to find, and at other times the options are overwhelming. We’ve organized more than a hundred resources here to make it easier for you to identify the information, services and assistance you’re trying to find. Search below for information on cancer-related nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups, government agencies, research and professional organizations, and informational websites.

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Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure

The organization Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2) funds the development of new treatments and also offers information about patient care, clinical trials and research advances for brain cancer patients.

Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Organization International

Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Organization International provides information about adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare head and neck cancer, to people affected by the disease. It also offers support services in several different languages. On its website, the organization maintains a list of international resources, information on treatment options, a directory of doctors who treat adenoid cystic carcinoma, and information about clinical trials.

American Academy of Dermatology

The American Academy of Dermatology was founded in 1938. It is the largest, most influential and most representative dermatology group in the United States. With a membership of more than 17,000, it represents virtually all practicing dermatologists in the United States, as well as a growing number of international dermatologists.

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide community-based health organization. The ACS educates the public about cancer, raises funds for cancer research, and runs support groups across the country. The society’s website provides educational materials such as a guide to treatment options, information on how to find a clinical trial, and information on finding resources in your own community.

American College of Gastroenterology

The mission of the American College of Gastroenterology is to advance the medical treatment and scientific study of gastrointestinal disorders. The college strives to serve the evolving needs of physicians in the delivery of high quality scientific, humanistic, clinical, ethical, and cost-effective health care to gastroenterology patients.

American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is a national organization dedicated to the prevention of lung diseases. The association provides educational materials on lung health, treatment decisions and research, including information related to lung cancer. It also provides smoking cessation support programs and information on the dangers of smoking and secondhand smoke. The American Lung Association advocates for antismoking laws and for tougher penalties for tobacco companies. The association has affiliate branches nationwide and operates a toll-free information hotline.

American Pain Society

The American Pain Society is a multidisciplinary community that brings together a diverse group of scientists, clinicians and other professionals to increase the knowledge of pain and transform public policy and clinical practice to reduce pain-related suffering.

American Skin Association

The American Skin Association is a unique collaboration of patients, families, advocates, physicians and scientists. American Skin Association has evolved over the past two decades as a leading force in efforts to defeat melanoma, skin cancer, and disease.

American Society of Clinical Oncology

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is an organization of health care professionals who conduct clinical cancer research and treat patients with cancer. ASCO’s primary website includes news releases, articles about cancer research and survivorship, and information on new drugs. ASCO also operates Cancer.Net, a website for patients that provides information on different types of cancer, clinical trials, managing side effects, and other topics. Cancer.Net also features an oncologist database. ASCO holds an annual conference at which physicians and scientists meet to share advances in cancer treatment. It also publishes the Journal of Clinical Oncology, a peer-reviewed biomedical journal.

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons

The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) is the premier society for colon and rectal surgeons and other surgeons dedicated to advancing and promoting the science and practice of the treatment of patients with diseases and disorders affecting the colon, rectum and anus. More than 1,000 of the Society’s 2,800+ members are certified by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.