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General Resource Guide

The resources available were selected by NorthShore oncology clinicians, social workers, nutritionists and American Cancer Society volunteers.

Many of the following links will open up new browser windows and take you to sites that are not maintained or affiliated with NorthShore University HealthSystem. We will make our best efforts to ensure the accuracy of these external links; however we cannot guarantee any of the content or usability of any of the sites listed below.

Children and Families | Comprehensive Cancer Resources | Employment | Financial/Insurance | General Cancer Support | Integrative Medicine | Nutrition | Transportation

Children and Families

Camp Kesem
Lifelong camp community helping children affected by parent’s cancer.

Helping kids and families understand Cancer - “Kemo Shark” and “My Mom Has Cancer” available in English and Spanish.

Kids Konnected
Friendship, understanding education and support for kids and teens that have a parent with cancer or lost a parent with cancer.

Comprehensive Cancer Resources

American Cancer Society
Learn about cancer, support, research, patient services, prevention, detection, treatment and advocacy.

American Institute for Cancer Research
Information on cancer and reducing your risk and cancer research.

American Society of Clinical Oncology
Professional organization representing physicians of all oncology subspecialties who care for people with cancer.

General Cancer Information-counseling, support groups, resources and financial assistance.

The Cancer Journey
An Oncology Nursing Society website to assist patients and caregivers by providing information on common cancer treatment symptoms and management strategies.

Oncologist approved cancer information from the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Commission on Cancer
A consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.

National Cancer Institute
Federal Government’s principal agency for cancer research and training.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network
Alliance of the world's leading cancer centers devoted to patient care, research, and education, is dedicated to improving the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of cancer care.

Cancer news, trials, chemotherapy information, topics by disease/tumor.


Cancer and Careers
Empowers and educates people with cancer to thrive in the workplace.

Financial/Insurance - Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP)
Pre-existing, Federal Pre-existing plan (non insurable people) FAQs.

Illinois Department of Insurance
Health insurance exchange information (2014 state and federal plans that will be offered to residents due to the Affordable HealthCare Act).

Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA)
State of Illinois volunteers explain Medicare, Supplemental and Part D (prescription) coverage to seniors.

Patient Advocate Foundation
Protecting Patients Rights - solving insurance and healthcare access problems.

General Cancer Support

Association of Cancer Online Resources
Online support group providing information, resources and answers to patients and caregivers.

Cancer Wellness Center (Northbrook)
Local cancer support center providing programs, groups, counseling and wellness activities.

Cancer Support Community  
So that no one faces cancer alone.®

Bringing family, friends and loved ones together when it matters.

Chemotherapy and You: Support for People with Cancer
A guide to patients receiving chemotherapy. Includes treatment information, tips and resources. 

First Descents 
Young adult cancer fighters offered a free outdoor adventure experience.

Gilda’s Club Chicago
Welcoming community of support for those whose lives are touched by cancer.

Imerman Angels
Connects people touched by cancer with someone who has survived the same type of cancer.

Jennifer S. Fallick Cancer Support Center
Information, up-to-date resources, educational programs, support group services, individual and group counseling.

LGBT Widows and Widowers Support Group Meetup
Support group for LGBT individuals who have recently suffered a loss or are dealing with being a caregiver. The aim is to provide strength, direction and hope for all involved.

LIFE: Living in the Future Survivorship Program
NorthShore cancer survivorship program designed to create a bridge for continued care of post treatment cancer survivors back to the community, family and primary care setting.

Information and support for patients diagnosed with cancer. Online telephone support available.

Look Good Feel Better
American Cancer Society support group for women actively undergoing cancer treatment that teaches beauty techniques and strategies to combat appearance related side effects of radiation and chemotherapy.

Lotsa Helping Hands
Care for the caregiver-volunteer opportunities.

Largest volunteer men’s cancer support group and advocacy non-profit organization. 
Provides free websites to cancer patients and caregivers, to empower them to build an online support community of family and friends to foster connection, inspiration and healing.

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
NCCS’s mission is to advocate for quality cancer care for all people touched by cancer.

Planet Cancer   
Online community of young adults with cancer.

Helping people kick the habit! Additional resources, help and awareness on how smoking accelerates cancer.

Quit Smoking Community
A very helpful and handy website to succeed in becoming 'smoke free'!

Radiation Therapy and You: Support for People with Cancer
A book written for patients undergoing radiation therapy. Provides information, advice and resources for further reading. 

Stupid Cancer
Empowering young adults affected by cancer with programs and services.

Integrative Medicine

Dr. Weil 
Holistic care, articles on cancer and question and answer section.

Health Journeys
Resources for mind, body, & spirit.

NorthShore Integrative Medicine
NorthShore offers integrative medicine treatments for cancer patients.


Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Making informed food choices developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

Oncology Nutrition
Information on eating right to fight cancer and nutrition resources.

Wellness House
Community based independent organization offering psychosocial support, education and information as a complement to medical treatment to cancer patients, their families and friends.

Wellness Place
Education, counseling and support for people dealing with cancer.


Road to Recovery
American Cancer Society program provides rides for cancer patients who are unable to secure their own transportation to and from treatment.