country, especially in rural and other geographically remote areas (IOM, 2006). However, the committee found the ready and nationwide availability of a number of key psychosocial health services to patients with cancer. Table 3-2 highlights information services and Table 3-3 other key psychosocial health services available nationwide at no cost to patients. Information such as this may be helpful to cancer care providers as they seek to provide their patients with information on sources of psychosocial health services. The next two chapters address how such providers can identify patients with psychosocial problems and help them receive the psychosocial health services they need.

TABLE 3-2 Selecteda Nationwide Sources of Free Patient Information on Cancer and Cancer-Related Services


Information Available On

How to Access

American Cancer Society (ACS) Cancer Reference Information

Specific cancers, treatment, and psychosocial services

1-800-ACS-2345 (toll free)

American Institute of Cancer Research

Nutrition, diet, and exercise to combat cancer

1-800-843-8114 (toll free)

Its online Nutrition Hotline allows survivors to e-mail a personal nutrition and diet question to a registered dietician

Asian and Pacific Islander National Cancer Survivors Network

Information on where to obtain psychosocial services, and languages spoken by sources of the services

Association of Cancer Online Resources

Types of cancer, treatment options, clinical trials, and locating support groups

Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network

Bladder cancer, other organizations with information on bladder cancer and that offer support services, finding clinical trials

1-888-901-BCAN (toll free)

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