Support Services

American Cancer Society: Support Programs and Services - The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. At this site, you can find an online magazine for cancer survivors, information about financial planning workshops, as well as information about housing for those receiving treatment far from home. You can also learn about Look Good...Feel Better, a free service for women with cancer that teaches beauty techniques to help enhance appearance and self-image during treatment.

Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR) - ACOR supports a large collection of cancer-related Internet mailing lists as well as develops and hosts state-of-the-art Internet-based knowledge systems that allow the public to find and use credible information relevant to their illness.

Cancer in the Family Relief Fund - This is a charitable organization that encourages and facilitates grants to children whose parent or guardian is struggling with a diagnosis of cancer. These grants support the children's extracurricular activities so that they may feel some sense of normalcy as their parent focuses on treatment and recovery.

Cancer Hope Network - This organization provides free and confidential one-on-one support to cancer patients and their families. This is accomplished by matching cancer patients and/or family members with trained volunteers who have themselves undergone and recovered from a similar cancer experience. 

CancerCare - CancerCare is a national nonprofit organization that provides free, professional support services for anyone affected by cancer.  Here you can find services by cancer type or register for an informative telephone education workshop. CancerCare also offers financial assistance for some types of costs.

Cleaning for a Reason - This nonprofit offers free professional housecleaning and maid services to improve the lives of women undergoing treatment for cancer.

Imerman Angels - Through a unique matching process, Imerman Angels partners anyone seeking cancer support with someone just like you – a “Mentor Angel”. A Mentor Angel is a cancer survivor or survivor’s caregiver who is the same age, same gender, and most importantly who has faced the same type of cancer.

Joe's House - The mission of Joe's House is to be a housing resource for cancer patients and their families who must travel away from home for medical treatment.

Livestrong - Founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist, Lance Armstrong, the Lance Armstrong Foundation provides the practical information and tools people living with cancer need to live strong. You can find support services on the following topics: physical, emotional, practical, and diagnosis and treatment by cancer type.

Mary's Place by the Sea - Provides a respite for women with cancer to heal their minds, bodies and souls.

Mayo Clinic: Reduce Stress With a Strong Social Support Network - This in-depth article examines how to build social support networks during times of illness and other stress.

MedlinePlus: Living With Cancer - Developed by the National Library of Medicine, this consumer health site directs the user to selected online resources on many common diseases, conditions, and concerns. Information on financial issues and tips for working during treatment are just a few of the topics that can be found at this site.
Also in Spanish.

National Cancer Institute: Support and Resources - This government site will provide you with a wealth of support information.

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship: What Cancer Survivors Need to Know About Health Insurance - This booklet (in pdf format) will help you understand the types of health insurance and also explores ways that cancer survivors can make the most out of their coverage.  

Rutgers Helps NJ Resource Guide - Here you will find links to social, legal and health-related services.

State of New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services: Support Services - This web site will help you find financial and support services in New Jersey.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Medicare & Medicaid Services - Learn about Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children's Health Insurance Program at this government site.

The Wellness Community - The Wellness Community (TWC) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and resources to people affected by cancer. Make sure you look at the the The Virtual Wellness Community that has rooms devoted to lung, breast, ovarian, colorectal and pancreatic cancer as well as lymphoma.  There are also rooms on nutrition, mind-body, and caregiving. You can also find local chapters from this site.

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Meal Train - Meal train is an online calendar that can help organize ans chedule meals for someone living with cancer. It gives patients an easy way to ask for help, and also an easy way for friends and the community to contribute.

February 2015