Patients support groups
Breast Cancer Advocacy
Susan G. Komen for the Cure | Komen.org
Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and endless days in the hospital, she spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer instead of worrying about her own situation. That concern for others continued even as Susan neared the end of her fight. Moved by Susan’s compassion for others and committed to making a difference, Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever.
That promise is now Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1.9 billion since inception in 1982. As the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, we’re working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® and the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure®, and generous contributions from our partners, sponsors and fellow supporters, we have become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.
Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization | Y-Me.org
Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization is the only place in the world where someone touched by breast cancer can call – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year – to talk to a breast cancer survivor and be understood in 150 different languages. For more than 30 years, Y-ME has been working to assure that no one faces breast cancer alone. We started the Y-ME Hotline at a time when people didn’t talk about cancer, newspapers didn’t print the words “breast” or “cancer,” and doctors didn’t always tell their patients their diagnosis, much less discuss treatment options.
Times have changed. Today, we know much more about the biology of breast cancer. Patients have changed too – they have access to potentially overwhelming amounts of data, and they expect to be partners in their own treatment. Y-ME is changing to the demands of today’s breast cancer patient, while maintaining a commitment to our core mission of providing peer support for patients every step of the way, because some things haven’t changed. There is still no substitute for talking to someone who has been in your shoes after a doctor tells you that you have cancer.
Lung Cancer Advocacy
LungCancer.org | LungCancer.org
Lungcancer.org is a program of CancerCare, which helps individuals and families better cope with and manage the emotional and practical challenges arising from cancer. CancerCare services—for patients, survivors, loved ones, caregivers, and the bereaved—include counseling and support groups, educational publications and workshops, and financial assistance. All CancerCare services are provided by professional oncology social workers and are offered completely free of charge.
LUNGevity Foundation | LUNGevity.org
LUNGevity moves forward firmly resolved to provide the energy, inspiration, and resources that are critical to making lung cancer a national priority. Visit our site to connect with other lung cancer survivors, caregivers, and current patients. LUNGevity offers lung cancer patients the tools needed to research and develop an understanding of lung cancer by asking the doctors to provide their expert opinion.
Colon/Rectal Cancer Advocacy
Colon Cancer Alliance | CCAlliance.org
The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) is the leading national patient advocacy organization dedicated to increasing screening rates and survivorship. Ask the hundreds of thousands of people we help each year and they will tell you we are an active, caring community. We know first-hand how devastating this cancer can be. We also know it doesn’t have to be this way.
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Cancer Advocacy
Lymphoma Research Foundation | Lymphoma.org
Our goal is to change the future for everyone whose life has been affected by a lymphoma diagnosis. We are dedicated to funding biomedical research focused on the origins, treatment and identification of a cure for lymphoma; to raising public awareness of the disease; and providing support and services to people with lymphoma, their families and caregivers.
Urinary Bladder Cancer Advocacy
American Bladder Cancer Society | BladderCancerSupport.org
The American Bladder Cancer Society’s function is to raise awareness of bladder cancer among the general public and the medical community, to advocate through all means available the advance of research into a cure, treatment, early diagnosis and quality of life issues of survivors. The ABLCS will strive to grasp every possible opportunity to raise awareness of bladder cancer inclusive of the general public, high risk groups, elected officials, government agencies, and medical professionals. Through all means at our disposal including printed publications, utilization of the media and internet presence. As well as giving blc survivors a voice by providing a presence at bladder cancer related functions such as conventions, symposiums and conferences.
Patient Advocate Foundation
Patient Advocate Foundation is available for all patients seeking access to arbitration, mediation and negotiation to settle issues with access to care, medical debt, and job retention related to their illness. The patient can be educated by our Patient Advocate Foundation’s Patient Services when resolving their issues. Patient obstacles ranging from medical debt to insurance access issues can be removed using the Patient Advocate Foundation.