Links & Resources
Clinical Trial Resources
If you have questions about clinical trials in general, you can link to the following resources:
The Internet is a quick and easy source of information about your health – but you have to take extra steps to make sure it is also a reliable source. Reliable information without bias usually is on sites that have a URL address that ends in .edu (an educational system or university), .org (a non-profit organization such as the American Cancer Society) or .gov (the U.S. government). Use caution when reading information from sites that end in .com. Those are commercial or private sites; their commercial interests may influence their information. Also, pay attention to the date that the Website was most recently updated to help you determine how current the information is.
Your physician is a reliable source about any cancer-related information, so if you have questions about something you read online, call your physician to follow up. Also, contact your physician before you follow any health advice you read about online.
The following links will provide you with reliable information for patients and caregivers on many topics relating to cancer:
Loyola University Health System, 2160 S. First Avenue, Maywood, IL 60153
The Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center at Loyola provides multidisciplinary cancer care to patients and provides them with the latest treatments, delivered with the compassionate care for which Loyola is known.
Cancer Support Center, 2028 Elm Road, Homewood, IL 60430
The Cancer Support Center provides a range of free services to cancer patients, as well as caregivers, children, teens and friends of the patient.
Cancer Wellness Center, 215 Revere Drive, Northbrook, IL 60062
The Cancer Wellness Center offers counseling, support, programs and a library of information.
Gilda’s Club Chicago, 537 N. Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60610
Created after comedian Gilda Radner succumbed to ovarian cancer, the 15 clubs across the U.S. offer free programs for social and emotional support to men, women and children diagnosed with cancer, and for their families and friends.
LivingWell, 1803 West State Street, Geneva, IL 60134
LivingWell is a community-based, not-for-profit center dedicated to providing people with cancer, their families and friends, the support and educational services they need when going through this difficult time.
Wellness House, 131 N. County Line Road, Hinsdale, IL 60521
Wellness House provides many support and educational programs.
Wellness Place, 1619 W. Colonial Parkway, Palatine, IL 60067
Wellness Place offers information and resources, support and skills, to those whose lives have been touched by cancer.
American Cancer Society
With local chapters throughout the U.S., the American Cancer Society provides many support programs and educational resources.
CancerCare is a non-profit agency that provides both online and telephone assistance to patients and caregivers needing education, community resources, financial assistance, and support in coping throughout treatment.
Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA)
FCA supports caregivers through education, research, services and advocacy. It offers publications and caregiver training.
Men Against Breast Cancer
Men Against Breast Cancer provides services to support the husband/partner of women with breast cancer.
Mothers Supporting Daughters with Breast Cancer
Mothers Supporting Daughters with Breast Cancer offers free support services for mothers whose daughters have breast cancer.
MyPyramid from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, offers information on how to create, eat and track a balanced diet.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
The NCI, established under the National Cancer Institute Act of 1937, is the Federal government's principal agency for cancer research and training. It provides free publications for patients and caregivers.
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS)
NCCS is a patient-led organization of survivors of cancer and their families. NCCS provides information, support and advocacy, as well as access to a “Cancer Survival Toolbox,” a program that teaches patients skills to use in communicating with their healthcare team.
National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA)
NFCA supports the concerns of all family caregivers for the chronically ill, aged or disabled.
Patient Advocate Foundation
800-532-5274 or 757-873-6668
Patient Advocate Foundation is a national non-profit organization that serves as an active liaison between patients and the insurer, employer and/or creditors. Through attorneys and case managers, the foundation helps to resolve matters of insurance, job discrimination and debt crisis that are related to a patient’s diagnosis.
Well Spouse Association
Well Spouse Association provides support to wives, husbands and partners of people who are chronically ill or disabled. It offers regional support groups.
Family members and other caregivers may find the following books helpful in caring for your loved one with cancer, and coping with your concerns and emotions:
- 100 Questions & Answers About Caring for Family or Friends with Cancer
- Caregiving: A Step by Step Resource for Caring for the Person with Cancer at Home
- Cancer Caregiving A-Z: An At Home Guide for Patients and Families
- Couples Confronting Cancer: Keeping Your Relationship Strong
- Cancer in the Family: Helping Children Cope
- When the Focus is on Care: Palliative Care and Cancer
Many of these books are available through the American Cancer Society online bookstore at www.cancer.org.