Resources & Tools

Prevention 101

  • 3 Steps Toward Preventing Infections During Cancer Treatment (3 Steps) is an evidence-based, interactive online program designed to help assess a cancer patient’s risk for developing both a low white blood cell count during chemotherapy and subsequent infections.
  • Action on Smoking and Health
    Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) is a national nonprofit legal action and educational organization fighting for the rights of nonsmokers against the many problems of smoking.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Promotes health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability.
  • FirstGov
    Bringing Government Closer to the People. FirstGov connects Americans to all 27 million federal agency web pages, providing citizens with a single point of entry to one of the largest and most useful collections of web pages in the world. FirstGov began as a challenge by President Clinton in June, 2000. 90 days later, the President announced the opening of FirstGov.
  • Food and Drug Administration
    FDA is a public health agency, charged with protecting American consumers by enforcing the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and several related public health laws
  • Healthcare411
    Healthcare 411 is an audio podcast series produced by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • How You Can Help Medical Research: Donating Your Blood, Tissue, and Other Samples
    Sample donation is critical to medical research, yet many people have no idea what it is or what it involves. The National Cancer Institute’s Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research Branch (BBRB) has produced a booklet for patients that explains what human samples are, the sample donation process and how samples can help researchers look for ways to prevent, find and treat health problems.
  • National Cancer Institute
    NCI is one of 27 Institutes and Centers that comprise the U.S. National Institutes of Health, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It was established by Congress in the National Cancer Institute Act of 1937. It’s responsibilities include conducting and fostering cancer research; reviewing and approving grant-in-aid applications to support promising research projects on the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer; collecting, analyzing, and disseminating the results of cancer research conducted in the United States and in other countries; and providing training and instruction in cancer diagnosis and treatment.
  • National Library of Medicine
    The NLM is a part of the National Institutes of Health, US Department of Health and Human Services. Since its founding in 1836, NLM has played a pivotal role in translating biomedical research into practice. It is the world’s largest biomedical library and the developer of electronic information services that deliver trillions of bytes of data to millions of users every day. Scientists, health professionals, and the public in the US and around the globe search the Library’s online information resources more than one billion times each year.
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s Cancer Prevention newsletter
    Cancer Prevention is a national and international newsletter and website produced under the auspices of the Cancer Prevention Program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. The first of its kind in the United States and abroad, this educational publication is written by leading physician-scientists and public health experts and presents the latest advances in cancer prevention for physicians and the public at large.

Treatment/Care Resources

  • Americans for Better Care of the Dying
    Every dying person needs to be able to count on excellent care at the end of life. ABCD aims to improve end-of-life care by learning which social and political changes will lead to enduring, efficient, and effective programs. We work with the public, clinicians, policymakers, and other end-of-life organizations to make change happen.
  • Association of Community Cancer Centers
    Helps oncology professionals adapt to the complex challenges of program management, cuts in reimbursement, hospital consolidation and mergers, and legislation and regulations that threaten to compromise the delivery of quality cancer care.
  • Cancer Care
    Cancer Care is dedicated to providing emotional support, information, and practical help to people with cancer and their loved ones. Cancer Care provides a toll-free Counseling Line and teleconference programs through its office-based services, and via the Internet. All services are provided free of charge and are available to people of all ages, with all types of cancer, at any stage of the disease. Cancer Care’s reach, including its cancer awareness initiatives, also extends to family members, caregivers, and professionals, providing vital information and assistance.
    Provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers. gives you information about a trial’s purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details.
  • National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
    NHPCO provides educational programs and technical assistance, and works to influence health programs and public policies related to end of life care.
  • Resource Guide for College Students Living With Chronic Health Issues
    Managing a chronic illness is challenging under the best of circumstances, but add the stress of college and things can quickly spin out of control. This guide focuses on how to balance studies with disease management and lists a number of scholarships specifically for students dealing with illness – an important feature considering the financial aid pitfalls these students sometimes encounter. 

Healthcare/Insurance Resources

  • A Resource Guide for Students Living with Health Issues
    This resource provides information on how to balance studies with disease management, and lists scholarships specifically for students dealing with illness. 
  • The Cancer Insurance Checklist
    This resource (available in English and Spanish) is designed to help consumers who are living with cancer (or are at risk for cancer) when shopping for insurance on state Health Insurance Marketplaces/Exchanges. Users can compare insurance plans, compare costs and choose the plan that is best for them. 
  • FAIR Health Consumer
    This resource helps consumers understand health care costs and health coverage to bring transparency to health care costs and insurance. FAIR Health is an independent, national nonprofit organization known for providing fair and neutral information to consumers.

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