Support and Advocacy Groups: All Cancers – United States

Dear Friends,

We are diligently working on a breakdown of cancer advocacy organizations by cancer type.  People will be able to link there from this exact spot.  To ensure that you are listed, please email Terry Wilcox at twilcox {at} with your exact listing preferences.

Thank you for your patience,


American Cancer Society
1-800-ACS-2345 (1-800-227-2345)
1875 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 730
Washington, DC 20009

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.

Black Women’s Health Imperative
1420 K St., N.W., Suite 10000
Washington, DC 20005

The Black Women’s Health Imperative is a health education, research, advocacy and leadership-development institution. Its website provides information, educational materials, news and other resources related to cancer and other health issues facing black women.

BC Cancer Agency
675 West 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia, V52 1L3

The BC Cancer Agency (BCCA) educates the people of British Columbia and the Yukon about cancer. The BCCA provides information about prevention, screening and early detection. It also educates people about treatment options, including alternative therapies. In addition to its informational services, the BCCA also has one-on-one support services and support groups.

1-800-813-HOPE (1-800-813-4673)
275 Seventh Ave.
New York, NY 10001

CancerCare provides counseling, online and telephone support, educational information and financial assistance to patients, families and caregivers who are dealing with all types of cancer. The organization offers specialized programs that focus on the unique needs of caregivers, children and young adults, patients with rare or advanced cancers, and individuals facing end-of-life issues. CancerCare’s services are available in English and Spanish. Programs are provided by trained oncology social workers and are completely free of charge.

Cancer and Careers

Cancer and Careers provides support to women who are either working during cancer treatment or returning to work after treatment. The organization’s website hosts discussion boards on which women can talk to career coaches about the challenges they face in returning to the workplace. The website also provides information about employees’ legal rights in the workplace and offers advice about how to talk to supervisors and co-workers about cancer. Cancer and Careers publishes informational booklets in both English and Spanish and also publishes a booklet specifically for women living in the United Kingdom. The organization also offers information for employers about how they can support employees who are working during cancer treatment.

Cancer Hope Network
1-877-HOPENET (1-877-467-3638)
2 North Road, Suite A
Chester, NJ 07930

The Cancer Hope Network provides free and confidential one-on-one support to cancer patients and their families. All of its support volunteers are specially trained cancer survivors.

Cancer Legal Resource Center

919 Albany St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

The Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC) is a joint program of the Disability Rights Legal Center and Loyola Law School. The CLRC provides free and confidential information and resources on cancer-related legal issues to cancer survivors, caregivers, health care professionals, employers and others coping with cancer. These resources include a telephone assistance line, educational seminars, teleconferences and webinars, and public policy updates.

Cancer Really Sucks
P.O. Box 11264
Cedar Rapids, IA 52410-1264

Cancer Really Sucks is designed to help teenagers who have a loved one with cancer. The website hosts forums and monthly chat rooms in which teens can connect with other teens to discuss cancer-related issues. The website also offers advice from mental health professionals and social workers about how to cope with a loved one’s cancer.

Cancer Wellness Center
215 Revere Drive
Northbrook, IL 60062

The Cancer Wellness Center provides support groups for people living with cancer in and around Northbrook, Ill., as well as individual support services and services for couples and families. The center also hosts a variety of stress-reducing workshops including Qigong, meditation and yoga classes, and spirituality discussion groups.

The Center for Patient Partnerships
975 Bascom Mall, Suite 4311
Madison, WI 53706

The Center for Patient Partnerships is an advocacy and education program that advocates for the needs and rights of people facing life-threatening diseases, including cancer, all around the world. The Center for Patient Partnerships helps patients understand their diagnoses and treatment options, deal with illness-related work issues, and handle insurance issues.

Corporate Angel Network
Westchester County Airport
One Loop Road
White Plains, NY 10604-1215

The Corporate Angel Network arranges free travel on corporate jets for cancer patients, bone marrow donors and bone marrow recipients who are traveling to cancer treatment centers. Its website has information on how patients can make arrangements for their flights. The website also has a short list of resources for cancer patients.

Family Caregiver Alliance
180 Montgomery St., Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA 94104

The Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA), which provides information and support to caregivers, publishes factsheets about caregiving issues in English, Spanish and Chinese. The organization also offers advice about how to handle caregiving responsibilities and the health impacts that stress can have on caregivers, and it also provides online support groups.

Fertile Hope
1-888-944-HOPE (1-888-944-4673)
P.O. Box 624
New York, NY 10014

Fertile Hope provides information about fertility and fertility risks to cancer patients and survivors. The organization offers information about fertility options and adoption, and maintains a database of reproductive specialists and resources around the country. It also helps people find financial aid to help cover the cost of fertility treatments. Additionally, Fertile Hope provides an online message board on which individuals can discuss a fertility issues with others facing similar challenges.

Fighting Chance
P.O. Box 1358
Sag Harbor, NY 11963

Fighting Chance provides services for people living with cancer in Long Island, N.Y. Among its resources are monthly support group meetings and oncology social workers who are available for individual support and counseling. The organization publishes a resource guide with information about treatment and clinical trials as well as listings for support and transportation services.

Friends of Cancer Research
2231 Crystal Dr.
Suite #200
Arlington, VA 22202

Friends of Cancer Research is a nonprofit organization that aims to accelerate progress toward better tools for the prevention, detection and treatment of cancers. The organization raises awareness about cancer and educates the public about cancer research. It also publishes a monthly newsletter.

Intercultural Cancer Council
Baylor College of Medicine
Suite #1025
1709 Dryden St., Suite 1025
Houston, TX 77030

The Intercultural Cancer Council (ICC) is an advocacy group devoted to promoting policies, programs, partnerships and research aimed at eliminating the unequal burden of cancer on racial and ethnic minorities and medically underserved populations in the United States and its territories. It provides cancer fact sheets on its website and sponsors a biennial symposium to promote discussions of cancer in minorities and medically underserved communities.

International Union Against Cancer
62 route de Frontenex
1207 Geneva, Switzerland

The International Union Against Cancer (UICC) is a global association of cancer-fighting organizations that aims to educate people about cancer and control the disease worldwide. The UICC has fellowship and training opportunities for scientists and publishes the International Journal of Cancer. The UICC brings together an international network of patient advocate groups, cancer societies, public health officials, and research and treatment centers.

Know Cancer
email: support {at}

Know Cancer has created an environment where the members of the global cancer community interact and learn together to find the information, support, and resources they need to overcome their illness. The site hosts the world’s largest online directory of cancer resources (from cancer treatment centers to yoga centers), an information section with more than 400 articles, cancer news, the Know Cancer Blog, and an interactive online community complete with an Ask the Expert column.

Lance Armstrong Foundation
1-866-467-7205 (toll-free support services)
P.O. Box 161150
Austin, TX 78716-1150

The Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) seeks to promote the optimal physical, psychological and social recovery and care of cancer survivors and their loved ones. The LAF focuses its activities on survivorship education and resources, community programs, national advocacy initiatives, and scientific and clinical research grants. The organization’s website features a variety of information and resources for people living with cancer.

Marti Nelson Cancer Foundation
1520 East Covell Blvd., Suite B5103
Davis, CA 95616

The Marti Nelson Cancer Foundation and its website,, work to make effective and safe cancer treatments available to cancer patients. The website provides information on standard and non-standard treatment options, clinical trials and experimental drugs. The organization is volunteer-driven and provides its services free of charge.

Mautner Project, the National Lesbian Health Organization
1707 L St., N.W., Suite 230
Washington, DC 20036

The Mautner Project is a support and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health of lesbians and their families, especially those with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The Mautner Project aims to educate lesbians about their health and to educate health care providers about their lesbian patients. Among its many activities, the Mautner Project coordinates in-person support groups and offers phone support services.

National Cancer Institute (NCI), 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237)
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6116 Executive Blvd.; Suite 300
Bethesda, MD 20892-8322

NCI has comprehensive research-based information on cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, genetics, and supportive care. We also have a clinical trials database and can offer tailored searches.


National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
1010 Wayne Ave., Suite 770
Silver Spring, MD 20910

The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) offers online resources for cancer patients, including information on clinical trials and financial advice . The NCCS also provides survivors with a Cancer Survival Toolbox, which is a free audio program designed to help cancer survivors and caregivers develop practical skills to deal with the diagnosis, treatment and challenges of cancer.

Native American Cancer Research
3022 South Nova Rd.
Pine, CO 80470

Native American Cancer Research seeks to reduce cancer incidence and mortality in Native Americans. It offers culturally sensitive information and support to Native Americans living with cancer. The organization’s website includes information on clinical trials and treatment, as well as materials and support for caregivers.

Native People’s Circle of Hope
9770 S.W. Ventura Court
Tigard, OR 97223

Native People’s Circle of Hope is an organization of Native American cancer survivors that offers culturally sensitive support and counseling for Native Americans facing cancer. Native People’s Circle of Hope operates several chapters in the United States and Canada.

Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce St. – 2 Donner
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283

Oncolink is a website of cancer resources operated by the University of Pennsylvania. It provides information on cancers by type and cancer treatment options. The website also offers information on support and survivorship. The Oncolink website has an Ask the Experts page through which survivors can pose questions to the University of Pennsylvania’s team of cancer experts.

Patient Advocate Foundation
700 Thimble Shoals Blvd, Suite 200
Newport News, VA 23606

The Patient Advocate Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that serves as a liaison between patients and their insurers, employers or creditors. The foundation seeks to ensure access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of financial stability. The Patient Advocate Foundation also has services available in Spanish.

PearlPoint Cancer Support (Formerly The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation)
310 25th Ave. N, Suite 103
Nashville, TN  37203

PearlPoint Cancer Support is a nonprofit organization that provides personalized and compassionate guidance to any adult impacted by cancer, free of charge. Services include: My PearlPoint, an innovative tool to track personalized information and milestones; an online Cancer Library with medically trusted articles, videos, and other resources on cancer and its treatment; clinical trial education and an easy-to-use clinical trial locator; nutrition consultations with registered dietitians; and one-on-one guidance from our supportive services professionals.

Prevent Cancer Foundation
1600 Duke St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

The Prevent Cancer Foundation (previously known as the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation) focuses on advancing cancer research and education. The foundation raises money for cancer prevention research and education and provides fellowships for early career scientists. It also advocates for the needs of cancer patients and their families by lobbying at the federal level.

Research Advocacy Network
309 E. Rand Rd., Suite 175
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

The Research Advocacy Network (RAN) focuses on education, support and connecting patient advocates with the research community to improve patient care. It develops materials to advance patient-focused research and works to equip advocates for more effective advocacy. The organization hopes to collapse the amount of time it takes for research results to reach community practice.

South Carolina Cancer Alliance
P.O. Box 2722
Columbia, SC 29202

The South Carolina Cancer Alliance (SCCA) is dedicated to reducing the impact of cancer on all people in South Carolina and eliminating disparities in access, prevention and care. The SCCA hosts a quarterly meeting at the Columbia Conference Center, in Columbia, S.C.

The Cancer Support Community
1-888-793-WELL (1-888-793-9355)
919 18th St., N.W., Suite 54
Washington, DC 20006

The Cancer Support Community is a nationwide organization that provides online support groups in English and Spanish and has an online resource guide with information about various types of cancer, clinical trials, and advice on managing treatment side effects. The Cancer Support Community was formerly known as the Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club.

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
1-888-393-FUND (1-888-393-3863)
5575 Sterrett Place, Suite 320
Columbia, MD 21044

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults is an organization dedicated to the needs of young men and women facing the challenges of cancer. The organization offers educational programs about the science of cancer for teens and young adults, runs support groups across the country, and conducts outreach programs that aim to educate communities about cancer. The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults also maintains a scholarship fund for young people who are facing or who have overcome cancer.