Cancer Toolbox: Get the Support You Need

I have witnessed too many babies, children, young adults and people of all ages getting diagnosed with cancer since my own diagnosis on April 9th, 2015. Each time I get wind of a newly diagnosed person, it makes me think of that car you’ve never seen on the road until your friend buys one and now you see it everywhere and wonder how you never saw it before. I’m saddened and baffled by the number of people I’m seeing who have been dealt these cards.

In an effort to decrease stress and internet time of those diagnosed with cancer, I have started a page full of cancer resources. When I was first diagnosed I had to be peeled away from my computer. I wanted to know everything I possibly could that pertained to cancer.

My intention is not to overwhelm you but to provide information all in one place to prevent you from googling yourself dizzy. Scan the list. Take what you like and leave the rest. This list is by no means all-encompassing. I will strive to update it regularly. If there’s information you’ve found useful please provide it in the comments. Likewise, if there’s something you’d like to know that is not listed here leave a comment and I’ll do my best to hunt it down. If it’s important to you, it’s important to me, and will likely benefit many others.

Rest assured that there’s a tremendous amount of support out there for people who are facing  cancer. If you are struggling with anything from depression to finances or insurance to hair loss, there’s help out there for you. Don’t despair!

I can’t say I personally endorse all of the links I’ve provided, but who am I to decide what’s right for someone else?!

Top Conventional Cancer Hospitals

Hospitals that are considered the gold standard of conventional cancer treatment.

Johns Hopkins University

Clinical Trials

Have you been diagnosed with a rare or aggressive form of cancer or just don’t like what you’ve learned so far? Search clinical trials to find new and cutting edge treatment options.

Clinical Trials

Integrative Cancer Clinics

Explore treatment centers that use conventional medicine along with incorporating nutrition and other therapies that support your body’s ability to heal.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Block MD

Alternative Clinics

Does conventional treatment not resonate with you? Check out some of the natural healing protocols and centers.

Cancer Compass Alternate Route

Cancer Consultant

Can’t decide what treatment to choose? Contact cancer consultant Ralph W. Moss to learn more about your specific type of cancer and treatment outcomes that pertain to your diagnosis. He’s not cheap, but might be a good option to narrow down the treatment that’s best for you.

Documentary

Sit back and discover more about the world of living with cancer and different treatment paths.
The Emperor of All Maladies 
The Truth About Cancer

Cancer Research and Information

Learn what NCI, ACS and others have to say about cancer.

Fertility Support 

Worried you won’t be able to have children after treatment? Look into LIVESTRONG for discounted rates on fertility preservation.

Support

Talk to thrivers who have walked in your shoes.

Breast Cancer

Connect with other women who have been diagnosed with the same kind of breast cancer. Discover breaking breast cancer news. Learn more about breast cancer and become empowered. Cultivate hope.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer

Fuck Cancer Attire 

While not for everyone, this gear got me through my toughest days. #fuckcancer

Fuck Cancer

Cancer Camps

Get your life back. Connect with other young cancer thrivers who understand what you’ve been through. Take advantage of one of the free camps offered to young people diagnosed with cancer.

First Descents

Cancer, Kids and Natural Treatment

More and more I hear about babies and young children being diagnosed with cancer. This family started a website about natural cancer therapies for children.

My Kid Has Cancer

Healing Cancer Naturally

These sites might give you a perspective on cancer you’ve never considered.

Breast Cancer Conqueror

Medical Marijuana

There are patients who swear by marijuana for easing symptoms and healing cancer. Take a look and see if it’s right for you.

Fundraising

Cancer treatment alone can set you back a pretty penny. That’s not even taking into consideration lost wages, travel, increased insurance costs, organic food, supplements, and other expenses that will come up. If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask. People want to help you heal and money is often one of the most convenient ways for people to do so .

GoFundMe

Share Your Story

Create your own website to keep friends and family updated on your progress.
CaringBridge

Online Scheduling

Rally support by scheduling your activities and asking for help.
Rallyhood

Integrative Health Summit

Learn about traditional and alternative treatments for cancer.

Oncology Conference & Social Networking for Young People 

This is one of the cancer conferences I’m really looking forward to. It takes place in Denver, CO April 28th – May 1st, 2016.
Cancercon

Books

Absorb new information to navigate the unknown waters ahead of you.

Anticancer: A New Way of Life

Detection

This is just cool. Man’s best friend hard at work.
Dogs Detect Cancer

For Laughs

People will say the dumbest things to you. These cards provide some levity and truth.
Empathy Cards

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