Oncology Resources

If you're looking for general information about different types of cancer, including treatment options and support, the following resources may be helpful.

Note: These links are provided for reference and informational purposes only and do not constitute any form of endorsement by Avella.

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Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR)

As people make the difficult mental transition into a life with cancer, it’s easy to begin feeling isolated and unsure of themselves. Fortunately, organizations like ACOR strive to eliminate that mindset. Thanks to the 142 online communities on the ACOR website, individuals living with cancer (or those whose lives have been touched by a cancer) can communicate with others in the same situation to exchange knowledge, hope and support. 

This is a private, anonymous forum where individuals can feel comfortable sharing details about their personal experiences, psychological issues, physical pain and treatment.

American Cancer Society

For more than a century, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and “create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.” Thanks to its millions of supporters worldwide, the organization helps people stay well, get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer. The ACS website includes online communities for discussion and support, educational resources, and articles on topics ranging from annual cancer screenings to dealing with chemotherapy. 

The resources are abundant – and thanks to the organization’s strong fundraising efforts, they are all free. Although the ACS is national, local chapters exist virtually everywhere in the country and can be found on the organizations’ website. 

Cancer Support Community

The Cancer Support Community understands that physical treatment of cancer is essential, but also that sometimes hope is the best medicine. That’s why this website contains resources, articles, support group information and tips that are both informative and uplifting. This organization uniquely focuses on mental well-being in addition to coping with the physical disease. As a result, visitors share stories about their own journeys with cancer in order to help others cope and prepare for what is ahead. The website also provides hotlines for 24/7 support.

Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation

Cutaneous Lymphoma is a cancer of white blood cells that primarily affects the skin. For patients suffering from this particular type of cancer, the Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation website is an ideal resource for support and education—from diagnosis and treatment to the healing/remission process. 

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. It is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer and funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world. For patients diagnosed with these conditions, the organization also provides free information and support services on its website. This includes tips for managing specific symptoms and cancer treatment as well as the latest clinical research. 

LIVESTRONG

LIVESTRONG is a comprehensive source of information about all types of cancers, including diagnosis, treatment, screenings and prevention. In addition to informative articles, the LIVESTRONG website also contains a variety of helpful tools and calculators for general health issues like weight loss and exercise tracking. The LIVSTRONG community section of its website is also a highly active message board where individuals can seek advice and share personal experiences. 

Lymphoma Research Foundation

The Lymphoma Research Foundation is the largest nonprofit dedicated exclusively to funding lymphoma research in the nation. It is a network of patients, caregivers and researchers all focused on seeking a cure for this disease. In addition to hundreds of pages with the latest information about lymphoma diagnosis, treatment and clinical trials, the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s website also contains a link to Focus On Lymphoma

This is the first mobile application that provides patients and caregivers comprehensive content based on their lymphoma subtype and tools to help manage their diagnosis and treatment.

OncoLink

OncoLink is a comprehensive source of information on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all types of cancer. The website provides specific tips and resources designed for patients and their families and friends, as well as a section dedicated to information for healthcare professionals. Since the articles are divided up by region of the body where cancer is present, it is extremely easy to find reference information based on a specific disease or set of symptoms.

Oncofertility University

Oncofertility University is an agnostic, virtual learning institution created by and for clinicians, researchers and advocates dedicated to helping cancer survivors become parents across the globe. They develop and distribute education for oncology or reproductive students, staff, nurses, physicians, survivors and caregivers around the world.
Their inaugural course, “Advocating for Your Patient’s Fertile Future trains oncology professionals on the complex nature of fertility risk, fertility preservation and parenthood options, as well as, experimental treatments.