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Community and Online Resources

 

Medical Info:

 

National Cancer Institute

http://cancernet.nci.nih.gov/

Government agency under the auspices of the National Institutes of Health. Includes up to date medical research and articles, general overviews, and a clinical trial search engine.

 

The Susan Love Research Foundation

https://www.drsusanloveresearch.org/

The Susan Love Research Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of breast cancer through innovation and generation of Education, Research and Advocacy.

 

National Ovarian Cancer Resource Center

http://www.ovarian.org/

NOCC is the leading ovarian cancer public information and education organization in the United States. NOCC initiated the first toll free ovarian cancer information line (1-888-OVARIAN), maintains the most comprehensive website for ovarian cancer support in the world (www.ovarian.org) and has built a network of many state divisions across the U.S.

 

National Bone Marrow Transplant Link

http://www.nbmtlink.org/

The National Bone Marrow Transplant Link can help patients and caregivers better understand and deal with the emotional and practical aspects of bone marrow/stem cell transplants and post-transplant concerns They offer on-line and phone support as well as other resources.

 

Oncolink

http://www.oncolink.org

University of Pennsylvania's Cancer Center information site - one of the most comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date on the Internet.

 

PubMed

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed/

Another National Institutes of Health government site, with a comprehensive library of recent medical research articles.

 

MedicineNet's Medical Dictionary

https://www.medicinenet.com/medterms-medical-dictionary/article.htm

So you can better understand lab reports and medical articles.

 

Association of Online Cancer Resources (ACOR) LISTSERV

http://listserv.acor.org/scripts/wa-acor.exe?INDEX

Many email lists for different type of cancers. These lists are a great place to connect with others who have a similar diagnosis and treatment regimen.

The Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR) has been discontinued as a non-profit organization, but a number of the ACOR affiliated cancer mailing lists continue to remain active thanks to ongoing access to LISTSERV services donated by L-Soft international Inc.bThe remaining active ACOR LISTSERV lists are now managed by Ben Parker of Best Effort Co by arrangement with Gilles Frydman, the original founder of ACOR.

 

Healing Well Community Bulletin Boards

http://www.healingwell.com/

Public bulletin boards centered around a variety of health issues, including several cancers.

 

American Cancer Society

http://www.cancer.org

The American Cancer Society provides educational and supportive services including the “Road to Recovery” program (rides to medical appointments) and “Look Good, Feel Better” for people living with cancer.

 

Mesothelioma guide

https://www.mesotheliomaguide.com/

Mesothelioma Guide is your ally in the fight against asbestos-related cancer. Their comprehensive guide includes up-to-date information about living with mesothelioma, knowledgeable doctors and treatment options.

 

Local Resources:

 

Baystate Regional Cancer Program

http://www.baystatehealth.org/cancer

Our coordinated approach to cancer care assures that all patients receive state-of-the-art cancer treatments in order to achieve the greatest likelihood of a successful outcome.

 

Cooley Dickinson Hospital Cancer Care Program

https://www.cooleydickinson.org/programs-services/mass-general-cancer-center-at-cooley-dickinson-hospital/

Cooley Dickinson Hospital's Cancer Care Program provides patients with expert care and the latest technology in a compassionate, comfortable setting close to family and friends.

 

Mercy Medical Center - Sister Caritas Cancer Center

http://www.mercycares.com/cancer

The Center offers Western Mass. residents the latest radiotherapy and treatment options available to help cancer patients receive the best possible outcome without having to travel outside the region.

 

The Cancer House of Hope

http://chd.org/adult-services/community-based-programs/cancer-house-hope/

The Cancer House of Hope offers support groups, relaxation programs and information to people with cancer and those who care about them. Located in West Springfield in a home-like setting. Cancer House of Hope is wheelchair accessible.

 

Moments House

https://www.momentshouse.org/  

Located in Pittsfield (opening soon in Dalton, MA) Moments House offers support groups, integrative therapies, a lending library, and creative programs (painting classes, jewelry making and more). All programs are offered free of charge to anyone in the Berkshires. Their services are also available to anyone impacted by a Cancer diagnosis and their caregivers.

 

The Garden - A Center for Grieving Children and Teens

The Garden provides support to grieving young people and their families. The programs and discussion groups are geared toward helping young people identify and share their feelings and begin the healing process. Parents and guardians meet separately for a chance to discuss their own concerns as the family unit navigates the grief journey. There is no charge to the families, and the funding is provided through development activities led by the program coordinator and advisory board. The Garden has served over 400 families since it was founded in 1998 by Barbara Weiner-Dubeck. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information about programs.

The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens

 

Rays of Hope

http://www.baystatehealth.com/raysofhope/

Rays of Hope is a walk-a-thon that was founded in 1994 with 500 walkers. Since its inception, Rays of Hope has raised over $14.8 million to date. All funds raised remain local in western Massachusetts to benefit local breast cancer awareness, support services (including Cancer Connection) and research. The 2019 Annual Rays of Hope – A Walk and Run Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2019 in Springfield, MA.

 

Boston Cancer Support

http://www.bostoncancersupport.org

The Boston Cancer Support website was founded to disseminate information to those who have been touched by cancer- patients, friends and caregivers. The website offers information about what can be most helpful throughout the Greater Boston area from how to make that first move, to setting up an online support system, harnessing financial aid, finding a rehabilitation facility, and support groups to fit everyone’s needs.

 

Highland Valley Elder Services

http://www.highlandvalley.org

Highland Valley Elder Services is a private, not-for-profit corporation that promotes "Quality Long Living" for elders in twenty-four communities in Hampshire and western Hampden counties of western Massachusetts.

 

The Gazebo

https://www.the-gazebo.com/post-mastectomy/

A local resource in Northampton for post mastectomy products. Gazebo has certified post-mastectomy fitters with many years of experience. They carry a variety of Post Mastectomy products from several companies. They are also contracted with most insurance companies, and funds are available for those who are uninsured or underinsured.