Support & Assistance

American Cancer Society
1599 Clifton Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30329
1-800-227-2345

ACS provides support programs for colorectal cancer patients, including “I Can Cope” and “Look Good…Feel Better.” “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. “Look Good…Feel Better,” focuses on techniques that can help people undergoing cancer treatment improve their appearance.

Cancer Care, Inc.
275 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10001
212-712-8400

Cancer Care provides free, professional assistance to people with any type of cancer, at any stage of illness in addition to assistance to their families. Offerings include education, one-on-one counseling, specialized support groups, financial assistance for nonmedical expenses, home visits by trained volunteers and referrals to community services. Staff can respond to Spanish-language calls and e-mails, and some Cancer Care publications are available in Spanish.

Colon Cancer Alliance
175 Ninth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
1-877-422-2030

The Colon Cancer Alliance Web site presents a collection of stories in which people touched by colorectal cancer: colorectal cancer survivors, individuals who are gene carriers and caregivers. The CCA Buddies Program is a peer-to-peer support system that links survivors with survivors and caregivers with caregivers, for one-on-one support. CCA’s Buddy Program is currently available through the Web site. CCA online chat sessions offer group support in an online environment.

Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada/Association canadienne du cancer colorectal
5 Place Ville Marie
Suite 1203
Montreal, QC
H3B2G2
888-318-9442

The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada works to support and improve the quality of life of Canadians with colorectal cancer, their families and caregivers. In addition to offering support groups and discussion forums, the organization coordinates programs focused on public awareness, prevention, education and colorectal cancer advocacy.

Patient Advocate Foundation
700 Thimble Shoals Boulevard
Suite 200
Newport News, VA 23606
1-800-532-5274

PAF provides education, legal counseling and referrals to cancer patients and survivors concerning managed care, insurance coverage, financial issues, job discrimination and debt crises. Patients can access “The National Financial Resources Guide for Patients: An Interactive State-by-State Directory” through the PAF Web site.

The Wellness Community
919 18th Street, NW
Suite 54
Washington, DC 20006
1-888-793-WELL

The Wellness Community provides free psychological and emotional support to cancer patients and their families with online support groups facilitated by licensed therapists, stress-reduction and cancer-education workshops, nutrition guidance, exercise sessions and social events.

In addition, the Wellness Community has created the program “Frankly Speaking About Colorectal Cancer,” which can be viewed here. This site offers information on colorectal cancer and addresses the issues, concerns and questions that are frequently asked by colorectal cancer patients and their families.

Colorectal Cancer Coalition
1225 King Street, 2nd Floor
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-548-1225

The Colorectal Cancer Coalition provides links to information about clinical trials and education about what participating in this type of research means for patients.