Cancer Resources for Patients, Caregivers, and Families
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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the major operating components of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The CDC website has information on types of cancer, health tips for cancer survivors and caregivers, educational campaigns, and more.
The CDC’s “Talk to Someone” simulation provides advice to cancer survivors on four different topics. Linda, a cancer survivor, discusses alcohol, tobacco, anxiety and distress, and physical activity and nutrition.
The NCI is the U.S. government’s principal agency for cancer research. The NCI offers free information about common cancer types, tips to prevent cancer, information on clinical trials, help with quitting smoking, informational materials, and news and links to other NCI websites.
American Cancer Society (ACS)
ACS is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. The ACS is available 24/7 to provide resources, information, social networking opportunities, and support to those experiencing cancer and/or caring for a person with cancer. The ACS website offers more information on patient navigation, lodging, transportation, and support programs.
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The American Lung Association (ALA) website offers information and support for lung cancer patients, family, and friends.
The world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all, and energize science to find the cures. The Susan G. Komen® website offers safe, accurate, current, and evidence-based breast cancer information and programs to help those facing financial challenges, and provides information, assistance, and emotional support to anyone with questions or concerns about breast cancer.
BCRC offers informational videos on topics you care about. Topics include advance care planning, cancer and health insurance coverage, grief and loss, and more.
Livestrong helps cancer survivors, caregivers, and their loved ones through direct services, community programs, and system change. Livestrong offers free, confidential, individual support for those dealing with a cancer diagnosis. Navigators can help with physical, emotional, and financial issues related to cancer. Services are free and available in English and Spanish.
CancerCare provides professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical, and financial challenges of cancer.
Texas Cancer Information (TCI)
TCI helps connects patients, caregivers, medical professionals, and the public with reliable, online cancer information. The TCI website offers information on national, state, and community level cancer-related support. This includes support groups, counseling, transportation, housing, and medical equipment assistance programs, and access to cancer care for low-income and uninsured patients in Texas.
HealthCare.gov provides information on health insurance options, including insurance exchanges, Medicaid, and Medicare.
Phone: 1-800-222-3986, extension 6467
The County Indigent Health Care Program helps low-income Texans who don't qualify for other state or federal health care programs get access to health care services.
Phone: 211 or 1-877-541-7905
2-1-1 Texas has information from state and local health and human services programs, including Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program, Breast and Cervical Cancer Services, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
TPCP offers tobacco cessation services and resources statewide, including through the Texas Tobacco Quitline (TTQL).
Quitting is hard but finding resources does not have to be. TTQL offers free, confidential, and convenient cessation services to Texas residents ages 13 and older. This includes quit coaching and up to 2 weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy. If you are ready to get started, quit by phone or online today.