American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a voluntary organization that offers a variety of services to patients and their families. The ACS also supports research, provides printed materials, and conducts educational programs. Staff can accept calls and distribute publications in Spanish. A local ACS unit may be listed in the white pages of the telephone directory under "American Cancer Society."
Atlanta, GA 30329-4251
American Cancer Society (ACS) Supported Programs:
- Cancer Survivors Network (http://www.acscsn.org)
This is both a telephone and Web-based service for cancer survivors, their families, caregivers, and friends. The telephone component (1–877–333–HOPE) provides survivors and families access to pre-recorded discussions. The Web-based component offers live online chat sessions, virtual support groups, pre-recorded talk shows, and personal stories.
- I Can Cope
I Can Cope is a patient education program that is designed to help patients, families, and friends cope with the day-to-day issues of living with cancer.
- International Association of Laryngectomees (http://www.larynxlink.com)
This program assists people who have lost their voice as a result of cancer. It provides information on the skills needed by laryngectomees and works toward total rehabilitation of patients.
- Look Good. . .Feel Better (http://www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org)
This program was developed by the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association Foundation in cooperation with ACS and the National Cosmetology Association. It focuses on techniques that can help people undergoing cancer treatment improve their appearance. The entire program is also available in Spanish.
- Reach to Recovery
The Reach to Recovery Program is a rehabilitation program for men and women who have or have had breast cancer. The program helps breast cancer patients meet the physical, emotional, and cosmetic needs related to their disease and its treatment.