Organizations for Education, Support, and Products

The following organizations and websites offer a variety of cancer services. Use the list below to find groups, arranged by cancer type. Telephone numbers and websites are listed where available.

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All Cancers

American Cancer Society
Search the Community Resources section for support services in your zip code.
Phone: 800-227-2345

Association of Cancer Online Resources
Roster of discussion sites and support groups.

California Health Collaborative
California statewide program offering assistance with transportation, personal use items, and locating childcare and caregiver resources.
Phone: 888-921-7465

 

Cancer Care, Inc.
Offering counseling, education, and limited financial assistance.
Phone: 800-813-4673

Cancer Hope Network
Peer support program
Phone: 877-467-3638

Cancer Legal Resource Center
Provides information, educational outreach, and referrals to people with cancer who are facing legal problems because of their disease.
Phone: 213-736-1455

Cancer News
Cancer education

Cancer Support Community
An international non-profit organization dedicated to providing support, education and hope for all people affected by cancer – at no cost.

National Cancer Institute
Highest ranking federal agency providing cancer resources, clinical trials, and health services.
Phone: 800-422-6237

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
Cancer survivors who work on research, public policies, and survivor programs.
Phone: 888-937-6227

NIH/National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine
Acts as a clearinghouse for alternative medicine education.
Phone: 888-644-6226

People Living With Cancer
Oncologist-approved cancer information from the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Steps For Living, Inc.

Mission: To increase quality of life for adolescents and young adults with cancer.
Phone: 877-735-4673

Breast

Breast Cancer Early Detection Program, San Diego/Imperial County Regional Partnership

Provides free clinic breast exams and mammograms to women who qualify.

If you are age 40 or older and have limited or no health insurance, please call.
Toll free: 800-400-4922 (English and Spanish)

If you are less than 40 years old, call the main line at 858-554-5561; you may qualify for other programs and services.

Living With It (sponsored by Sanofi Aventis)
Online support for patients living with breast or lung cancer, available in English or Spanish.

SHARE
A peer-led support for women with breast and ovarian cancer, and their family and friends.
Phone: 866-891-2392

Sisters Network, Inc.
Individual and group support, and community education regarding breast cancer among the African American Community.
Phone: 713-781-0255
Toll-free: 866-781-1808

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Global leader in the fight against breast cancer by funding research grants, supporting education, screening and treatment projects.
Phone: 972-855-1600 (Regional Office)
Toll-Free: 800-462-9273

Women's Cancer Task Force
A San Diego County organization acting as a political advocate regarding breast cancer issues. A monthly newsletter is also available.
Phone: 877-929-9283

Y-ME National Breast Cancer Coalition
Breast cancer 24-hour hotline, support services, and educational programs.

English 800-221-2141
Spanish 800-986-9505

Cervical & Gynecologic

Gynecologic Cancer Foundation
Supports cancer research, public awareness, and education.
800-444-4441

National Cervical Cancer Coalition
Cervical cancer public outreach and education.
800-578-1439

Women's Cancer Network
Public awareness and patient education on gynecologic cancers.
312-644-6610

Chemotherapy

Chemocare
A source for chemotherapy, including drugs and chemo side effects management.

Colon

Medicine Online for Colon Cancer
Specific education on colon cancer.

Kidney

Kidney Cancer Association
Funds medical research, patient and physician information, and patient advocacy.
Phone: 800-850-9132

Leukemia/Lymphoma

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Information resource center offering peer-to-peer support, education, and limited financial aid.
Phone: 800-955-4572
Regional Office

Lymphoma Research Foundation
Annual symposium, buddy program, education and support programs.
Toll Free: 800-500-9976

Cure for Lymphoma Foundation
Active in public policy and research, and educational materials for patient, family, and friends.

Lung

American Lung Association
Information packets on lung cancer.
Lung Health Pro: 800-548-8252
Regional Office 800-586-4872

Lung Cancer Alliance
Support phone buddies, education, and research information.
Phone: 800-298-2436

Living With It
Online support for patients living with breast or lung cancer.
Phone: 877-548-4649

Lymphedema

National Lymphedema Network
Education and guidance to lymphedema patients and health care professionals.
Phone: 800-541-3259

Melanoma

American Melanoma Foundation
In addition to funding research, AMF was founded to provide education to the public on melanoma prevention and to support melanoma patients and their families. San Diego meetings are held monthly. Call for dates and locations.
Phone: 619-448-0991

Myeloma

International Myeloma Foundation
Physician and patient education about multiple myeloma, quarterly newsletter, "Myeloma Today."
Phone: 800-452-2873

Ovarian

Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
Information on treatment options, educational materials for family/friends, public policy and research guides.
Phone: 202-331-1332

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
Promotes ovarian cancer awareness and early detection and education about the disease.
Local: 561-393-0005
National: 888-682-7426

CONVERSATIONS
An international newsletter for those fighting ovarian cancer.
Phone: 806-355-2565

SHARE
A peer-led support for women with breast and ovarian cancer, and their family and friends.
Phone: 800-891-2392

Pancreatic & Prostate

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN)
Offers peer support and pancreatic cancer information.
Phone: 877-272-6226

Prostate Cancer Foundation Research
Funds prostate research, features clinical trials, and offers a therapeutics database.
Phone: 800-757-2873

Prostate Cancer Research Institute
Disseminates information that educates and empowers patients, families and the medical community.
Phone: 310-743-2110 or 800-641-7274

Prostate Oncology Specialists
Medical treatment for prostate cancer patients who have medical insurance.
Phone: 310-827-7707

Prostate Forum
A monthly newsletter for prostate cancer patients (Rivanna Health Publications).
Phone: 800-305-2432

Prostate Patient Advocates for Advanced Cancer Treatment (PAACT)
An independent information and advocacy organization for men with prostate cancer.

Products And Services

Bikes for Kids Foundation
Foundation that supports families affected by cancer. Nominate a child for a bike and helmet.

Clean for a Reason
Free professional housecleaning and maid services to improve the lives of women with cancer.

A Pink Ribbon ... a Unique Boutique
Offers wigs, prosthetics, chemotherapy-grade skin products, books, awareness items, and free resource materials. A one-stop location owned and operated by cancer survivor, Suzanne Penny.
Location: 7740 El Camino Real, Suite B, Carlsbad, CA 92009
Phone: 760-632-7465

SK Sanctuary
The SK Sanctuary is a day spa in La Jolla that is run by a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who had a dream to benefit cancer patients.
Phone: 858-459-2400

"TLC" – Tender Loving Care
Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, featuring hair loss and mastectomy products for sale.
Phone: 800-850-9445

Hair Unlimited – Mission Valley
Offers synthetic wigs, human hair wigs, hand tied, extensions, professional styling.
A 15 percent discount is applied to wigs for medical-related hair loss.
Location: 1400 Camino De la Reina, San Diego, CA 92108
Phone: 619-299-6060

Cancer Disparities

Cancer Health Disparities
Minority-focused information about cancer.