Cancer Care of Western North Carolina

CCWNC Recommended Resources

Web Site Resource List:

Integrative/Complimentary/Herbal Medicines

National Center for Complementary/ Alternative Medicine The mission of NCCAM is to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and alternative medicine interventions and their roles in improving health and health care.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center This information resource, presented by the MSKCC Integrative Medicine Service, provides evidence-based information about herbs, botanicals, supplements, and more.
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Integrative Medicine MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Complementary/Integrative Medicine Education Resources (CIMER) Web site is offered to help patients and physicians decide how best to integrate such therapies into their care.
Cancer Supportive Survivorship Care Supplement interactions with Chemotherapy
Society for Integrative Oncology The mission of the Society for Integrative Oncology is to advance evidence-based, comprehensive, integrative healthcare to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.
American Botanical Council At the American Botanical Council, we are passionate about helping people live healthier lives through the responsible use of herbs, medicinal plants. We are an independent, nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to providing accurate and reliable information for consumers, healthcare practitioners, researchers, educators, industry and the media.
NIH Office of Dietary Supplements The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) fact sheets give a current overview of individual vitamins, minerals and other dietary supplements.
HerbMed HerbMed® – an interactive, electronic herbal database – provides hyperlinked access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. It is an impartial, evidence-based information resource provided by the nonprofit Alternative Medicine Foundation, Inc.
Pub Med PubMed comprises more than 22 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.

 

Tobacco Cessation

American Cancer Society For nearly 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we’re helping people stay well, helping people get well, finding cures, and fighting back against cancer.
ACS: Quit for Life The American Cancer Society Quit For Life Program operated by Alere Wellbeing is a phone-based coaching and Web-based learning support service to help people quit smoking.
American Lung Association The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through Education, Advocacy and Research.  (1-800-586-4872)
ASCO American Society Clinical Oncology ASCO has developed a new set of resources to help oncology providers integrate tobacco cessation counseling services into practice.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Studies have shown that these five steps will help you quit and quit for good. You have the best chances of quitting if you use them together. (1-800-232-4636)
Freedom from Smoking Freedom From Smoking® Online, or FFS Online, is a program specifically designed for adults, who want to quit smoking.
Mission Hospital’s Nicotine Dependence Program Mission Hospital’s nicotine dependence program has a high success rate in helping people get off and stay off tobacco. (1-828-213-5525 and/or 5528, 5527)
National Cancer Institute (NCI): Smokefree Local and state quitline 800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) NCI quitline (1-800-332-8615)
North Carolina QuitLine QuitlineNC provides free cessation services to any North Carolina resident who needs help quitting tobacco use. (1-800-784-8669)

 

Nutrition

ACSNutrition for the Person with Cancer ACS has phone service of free personalized nutrition counseling for cancer patients (1-800-227-6333)
www.fsis.usda.gov Food Safety: For People with Cancer (printable booklet). Access by one of two sites or phone (1-888-674-6854) and order free of charge.
FDA Food Safety for People with Cancer A need-to-know guide for those who have been diagnosed with cancer
Caring4Cancer Printable and orderable material as well as nutrition videos
American Institute of Cancer Research American Institute of Cancer Research has free resources on nutrition
National Comprehensive Cancer Network Nutrition Handout for Cancer Survivors

 

Exercise

LIVESTRONG.com Livestrong web site has good resources for exercise and nutrition but require you to register to use them. They are free.
YMCA of Western North Carolina LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is established at the Y Centers in Buncombe and McDowell Counties. This is a free, 12 week program for small groups of 12 participants led by Y staff who have been specially trained in the physical and emotional needs of cancer survivors. For more information about LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, please contact Misty Guinn at mguinn@ymcawnc.org or (1-828-210-9601).

 
Support Services

Mission Cancer Our affiliate Mission Health Center’s of WNC
CancerCare.org CancerCare offers counseling, education, financial assistance and practical help provided by oncology social workers free of charge. 1-800-813-4673
Cancer Hope Network Cancer Hope Network matches patients and families with trained volunteers who have recovered from a similar cancer experience. 1-877-467-3638
Cancer Support Community Cancer Support Community is a national organization that provides support groups, stress reduction, cancer education, nutrition and exercise guidance. 1-888-793-9355
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship provides resources and advocacy on quality of life issues to cancer survivors and their loved ones. 1-877-622-7937
Patient Advocate Foundation Patient Advocate Foundation provides education, legal counseling, and referrals. PAF specializes in matters related to managed care, insurance, financial issues, job discrimination, and debt crisis.
1-800-532-5274
Family Caregiver Alliance Family Caregiver Alliance addresses the needs of family and friends who provide long-term care at home. 1-800-445-8106
The Well Spouse Association The Well Spouse Association provides support to wives, partners, husbands of chronically ill and/or disabled persons. 1-800-838-0879