More Community Resources & Links


There are many great organizations here in DC and around the country that have offer more information and support that can help you along your way. We’ve listed a few to get you started.

Local Services & Support Organizations

  • DC Cancer Consortium Community Resource Guide - Downloadable guide for support and services in the DC area including things like transportation, support groups, nutrition and food assistance, hospitals and cancer centers, legal resources, health insurance, screenings, financial assistance, and more
  • Life With Cancer - Provides free education, information and support for patients, survivors, families, and friends in Fairfax, VA
  • Hope Connections for Cancer Support - Support groups, education programs, and community programs in Bethesda, MD
  • The Mindfulness Center - Integrative health programs including acupuncture, counseling, massages, nutritional counseling, in Bethesda, MD
  • Breast Cancer Care Foundation - 703.707.9491 - Services for underinsured or uninsured in the DC metro area
  • EBeauty - Supports women undergoing treatment for cancer through the EBeauty community, Wig Exchange Program and other charitable initiatives. Wig donations are excepted in soft packaging by mail at the following address: EBeauty Inc. 1350 Eye St. NW, Suite P-15, Washington, DC 20005 

Local Hotlines

  • DC Cancer Answers - 202.585.3210 - Newly diagnosed cancer patients, those living with the disease, and their caregivers can talk live with someone who can answer questions and provide support in English and Spanish
  • Lombardi Cancer Line - 202.444.4000 - Free service with certified oncology nurses provides information on treatment options, doctors, symptoms, screenings, etc.

National Cancer Organizations

  • American Institute for Cancer Research - Offers latest research in diet, nutrition, and lowering risk of cancer overall; also involved with advocacy and policy work
  • Commonweal - Smith Center’s Sister Organization in Bolinas California. West Coast model for our Weeklong Cancer Retreats; on-line text of Michael Lerner’s “Choices in Healing: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Complementary Approaches to Cancer
  • Livestrong - A national organization providing a variety of educational and support services remotely throughout the country. Particular focus on fertility and cancer education
  • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) - Using scientific research, advocates for complementary and alternative medicine and their roles in improving healthcare
  • National Cancer Institute
    - Office of Cancer Survivorship - Resource center aiming to enhance quality and length of survival, also conducts research regarding effects of cancer treatment
    - Office of Complementary & Alternative Medicine - Resource center aiming to enhance quality and length of survival, also conducts research regarding effects of cancer treatment
    - Clinical Trials - The NCI has a search engine to locate 12,000+ clinical trials that are currently accepting partiicpants
  • The Center for Mind-Body Medicine - Local educational organization that offers trainings and programs to healthcare professionals and patients in mind-body techniques for healing
  • American Cancer Society - National organization that presents research on how to prevent and treat cancer
  • American Society for Clinical Oncology - Professional organization for physicians and health-care professionals that offers tools and the latest information on cancer research
  • Annie Appleseed Project - Extensive resources about complementary and alternative approaches to mainstream medicine
  • Association of Cancer Online Resources - Online community with resources, research, information and mailing lists for cancer neuropathy and cancer pain
  • Cancer Care - Emotional support, information, toll-free counseling by oncology social workers. Information in Spanish on website
  • Cancer Information and Support Network  - Offers resources for patients and their families using community health clinics, organizations involved with cancer research, treatment, prevention, care, and patient advocacy, publications, and financial assistance
  • Cancer Treatment Centers of America - Provides information about counseling, support groups, workshops, and financial resources
  • ChemoCare - Information about chemotherapy and specific drugs
  • Mesothelioma Group - Provides education, support services, and financial guidance for mesothelioma patients and their families
  • National Cancer Institute - Information on cancer, symptoms, and side effects in English and Spanish.  1.800.4.CANCER (1.800.422.6237)
  • National Lymphedema Network - Information for patients and healthcare professionals.
  • National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship - Advocates the needs of cancer survivors to effect policy change at the national level
  • Susan G. Komen for a Cure - National leader in the fight against Breast Cancer. Offers access to research, information, and nationwide community events to support Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Living Beyond Breast Cancer - A national organization offering programs and services for women affected by Breast Cancer including national conferences and free teleconferences, publications, community programs and trainings. 

Financial Assistance

  • CancerCare - Provides limited funding and can help to coordinate financial assitance for those who need it.
  • United Breast Cancer Foundation - Provides individual grants to provide financial support for women and men who are being treated for breast cancer.

National Hotlines

  • Cancer Hope Network 1.800.552.4366
    Helps connect cancer patients with trained volunteers who have dealt with and recovered from a similar cancer experience
  • AICR Nutrition Hotline 1.800.843.8114
    AICR dieticians specialize in issues related to diet and cancer prevention as well as prevention of cancer recurrence in survivors
  • LIVESTRONG SurvivorCare 1.866.673.7205
    Provides free support and counseling to anyone affected by cancer, including patients, loved ones, friends, or caregivers in English and Spanish

Other National Cancer Retreats

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