Other Resources

Latino coupleHere are some of the regional, state, and national resources that provide cancer information for you or anyone you know facing cancer.

Reducing Cancer Risk

Resources from the National Cancer Institute
Cancer Causes and Risk Factors
Free Help to Quit Smoking

California resources

California Smokers’ Helpline

Every Woman Counts
Free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services for California’s underserved populations.

San Francisco Bay Area organizations

Breast Cancer Prevention Partners
Policy and advocacy organization working to prevent breast cancer by eliminating exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation.

Women's Cancer Resource Center - Berkeley
Information, referrals, and no-cost educational workshops on cancer risk reduction and detection.

Zero Breast Cancer
Promotes breast cancer risk reduction by working with diverse communities to translate scientific research and evidence-based recommendations to support health and wellness at key stages of life.

Other organizations

CanCan Health
Free one-hour workshop with a health instructor discussing risk factors, signs and symptoms, screening and early detection, and cancer myths.

Cancer Treatment and Support Services

National organizations  

  • Cancer Information Service  

    1-800-4-CANCER (422-6237)
    A nation-wide service of the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, this site is constantly revised and updated to reflect changes in treatment, clinical trials, and supportive care. The bi-lingual (English and Spanish) telephone service is available Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. NCI also offers an "instant messaging" service called LiveHelp (also bi-lingual), Monday through Friday,  9:00 am to 10:00 pm, Eastern time.
  • Lungevity
    Provides research, education, and support to people affected by lung cancer.

Cancer and Careers
Empowers and educates people with cancer to thrive in their workplace, by providing advice, tools and educational events.

Financial help

Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition
A coalition of organizations helping cancer patients manage their financial challenges.


Patient Advocate Foundation
Provides patients with arbitration, mediation and negotiation support to settle issues with access to care, medical debt, and job retention related to their illness.

San Francisco Bay Area Organizations

Breast cancer support services

Bay Area Young Survivors - San Francisco
A support and action group for young women living with breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Emergency Fund - San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara
Provides emergency financial assistance to low-income individuals battling breast cancer.

HERS Breast Cancer Foundation - Fremont and Pleasanton
A not-for-profit agency that provides patients with post-surgical products such as prostheses, bras, wigs, and lymphedema garments, regardless of their financial status.

Knitted Knockers - San Jose
A free service offering handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures of the breast.

Breast and ovarian cancer support services

Bay Area Cancer Connections -
Personalized, free services for patients and family members, including emotional support, information resources, wellness programs, and a boutique for wigs and breast prostheses.

Support and education - all cancers

Cancer CAREpoint - San Jose
Counseling, assistance, resources and education for Silicon Valley cancer patients, cancer survivors, families & caregivers.

Cancer Support Community - Walnut Creek
Provides counseling, nutrition, exercise and education for cancer patients and their loved ones.

Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic - Oakland
A California licensed free clinic and non-profit providing acupuncture, bodywork, and other therapies to complement mainstream cancer treatments.

Círculo de Vida - San Francisco
Spanish-language support group offering translation, case management and in-hospital and in-home support during surgery and treatment.

National Lymphedema Network - Oakland  
Information, referrals, guidance and education about primary and secondary lymphedema. 

Shanti's Margot Murphy Women's Cancer Program - San Francisco
Provides multilingual care navigation services to help women apply for practical assistance, to enroll in health and wellness activities, and to support the continuum of the cancer journey.

Women's Cancer Resource Center - Berkeley
Free support groups, in home support, and support line.

Transportation assistance

Drivers for Survivors - East Bay
Provides free transportation service for ambulatory cancer patients living in Fremont, Newark, Union City, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Castro Valley, Ashland and Cherryland going to all cancer-related medical appointments within a 60-mile radius of zip code 94538.


Bay Area Tumor Institute - Oakland
Nonprofit organization offering patients in the East Bay with investigational cancer treatments approved by the National Cancer Institute, as well as opportunities for populations at risk to participate in cancer prevention trials.

Lazarex Cancer Foundation - Danville
Provides advanced stage cancer patients and the medically underserved with clinical trial participation assistance including cost support for FDA trials and identification of clinical trial options.

thesecondopinion  - San Francisco
thesecondopinion provides free comprehensive second opinions to adults in California diagnosed with cancer, using a panel format.


Peninsula Jewish Community Center - Palo Alto
8-week program provides breast cancer survivors with 30-minute individual training sessions twice a week.

Sunflower Wellness - Locations throughout the Bay Area
Exercise classes for people living with cancer, both during active treatment and post-treatment.

Women's Cancer Resource Center 
- Berkeley
No-cost workshops on healthy cooking and nutrition, mindfulness, therapeutic art, and yoga practice.

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