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

Program 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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