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American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society (ACS) is committed to fighting cancer through balanced programs of research, education, patient service, advocacy and rehabilitation. Through their comprehensive website, patients and their families can access detailed cancer information, the latest cancer news and statistics, programs to get involved, and links to local chapters for support and advocacy. 1-800-ACS-2345 (1-800-227-2345)

American Academy of Dermatology
Promotes leadership in dermatology and excellence in patient care through education, research and advocacy.

Cancer Care is a national nonprofit organization that provides free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones, and the bereaved. Cancer Care programs-including counseling and support groups, education, financial assistance and practical help-are provided by professional oncology social workers and are completely free of charge.

Cancer Hope Network
Cancer Hope Network is a non-profit organization that provides free and confidential one-on-one support to cancer patients and their families. 1-877-HOPE-NET (1-877-467-3638)

Cancer Information Service (CIS)
CIS information specialists are trained to answer cancer related questions by telephone, instant messaging, and e-mail. In addition to answering questions about cancer and clinical trials, the NCI's CIS also operates the NCI's Smoking Quitline (1-877-44U-QUIT) which provides free cessation information and support to smokers who wish to quit. Services are provided in English and Spanish and are free of charge. 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237) TTY (for deaf and hard of hearing callers): 1-800-332-8615

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

Chronic Disease Fund
Chronic Disease Fund® is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization that helps patients with chronic disease, cancer and other life-altering conditions obtain the life-saving medications they need. (877) 968-7233.

LIVESTRONG provides free, confidential, one-on-one support to anyone affected by cancer, including those who have been diagnosed with cancer, loved ones, friends, health care professionals and caregivers. For assistance, call toll-free 855.220.7777.

Latino Health Access
The mission of Latino Health Access is to assist in improving the quality of life and health of uninsured, under-served people through quality preventive services and educational programs, emphasizing responsibility and full participation in decisions affecting health.

Medline Plus (National Library of Medicine)
Medline Plus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. Medline Plus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

National Cancer Institute
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is the federal government's principal agency for cancer research and training. The NCI coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination and other programs related to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Online assistance is available through Live Help link on the NCI's website

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship is the oldest survivor-led cancer advocacy organization in the country, advocating for quality cancer care for all Americans and empowering cancer survivors. NCCS believes in evidence-based advocacy for systemic changes at the federal level in how the nation researches, regulates, finances, and delivers quality cancer care.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), an alliance of nineteen of the world's leading cancer centers, is the leader in the development of cancer clinical guidelines. The organization focuses on increased access to high quality cancer care, the improvement of clinical practice and patient outcomes through the collection and analysis of data, the provision of expert advice from the specialists at the member institutions, and the enhancement of the availability and viability of the clinical trials process.

This non-profit organization provides help to patients who cannot afford medicine or health care costs. Its website enables you to search by generic or brand name drug names, program name, or drug company name. NeedyMeds also provides access to numerous cancer-based assistance programs, some of which may provide financial assistance. Helpline: 800.503.6897

The Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) is dedicated to building a healthier and stronger community be enhancing the well-being of Asians and Pacific Islanders through inclusive partnerships in the areas of service, education, advocacy, and research.

Orange County Cancer Coalition
The Orange County Cancer Coalition maintains an online resource directory that serves as a central repository of information on cancer related resources and services in Orange County. Coalition members work together to continually update and add to this resource directory in an effort to increase access to care and resources for the community.

Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation
PAN is an independent non-profit organization that provides assistance to underinsured patients for their out-of-pocket expenses for life-saving medications. PAN supports patients through nearly 60 oncology, chronic, and rare disease funds that cover conditions such as multiple myeloma, metastatic breast cancer, and lung cancer (non-small cell). Since 2004, PAN has provided nearly $400 million in assistance for out-of-pocket expenses through more than 200,000 patient grants. Patients and their advocates can apply for assistance by calling 866.316.7263 or start the application process online at

Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) Co-Pay Relief (CPR)
PAF CPR provides direct financial assistance to qualified patients, assisting them with prescription drug co-payments their insurance requires relative to their diagnosis. CPR call counselors work directly with the patient as well as with the provider of care to obtain necessary medical, insurance and income information to advance the application in an expeditious manner. 866.512.3861

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance brings together America's pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that's right for them. Many will get them free or nearly free. Among the organizations collaborating on this program are the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, the Lupus Foundation of America, the NAACP, the National Alliance for Hispanic Health and the National Medical Association. 888.4PPA.NOW 888.477.2669

Patient Advocate Foundation
Provides mediation and arbitration services to patients to remove obstacles to healthcare including medical debt crisis, insurance access issues and employment issues.

Public Law Center
The Public Law Center (PLC), Orange County's pro bono law firm, is committed to providing access to justice for low income residents. As such, those receiving legal services from PLC must live in Orange County, CA and meet certain income eligibility requirements. Through volunteers and staff, PLC provides free civil legal services, including counseling, individual representation, community education, and strategic litigation and advocacy to challenge societal injustices.

Skin Cancer Foundation
The Skin Cancer Foundation has set the standard for educating the public about skin cancer, its prevention by means of sun protection, the need for early detection, and prompt, effective treatment. It is the only international organization devoted solely to combating the world's most common cancer, now occurring at epidemic levels.

Triage Cancer
Triage Cancer is a national, nonprofit organization providing information and resources on the full spectrum of cancer survivorship issues to patients, survivors, caregivers, advocates, and healthcare professionals, through a national Speakers Bureau, educational events, and online tools. Triage Cancer also offers an educational blog at

Vietnamese American Cancer Foundation
The Vietnamese American Cancer Foundation is dedicated to preventing cancer, improving quality of life, and saving lives through cancer education, research, advocacy and services in the Vietnamese community.

Weaving an Islander Network for Cancer Awareness, Research, and Training (WINCART) is a unique, collaborative, community participatory effort to reduce cancer health disparities among Pacific Islanders in Southern California. The WINCART network involves eight community-based agencies (Ainahau O Kaleponi Hawaiian Civic Association, Guam Communications Network, Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance, Pacific Islander Health Partnership, Samoan National Nurses Association, Sons and Daughters of Guam Club, Tongan Community Service Center/Special Service for Groups, Inc., Union of Pan Asian Communities) along with researchers from five universities (California State University-Fullerton, University of Southern California, University of California-Irvine, University of California-Los Angeles, and University of California-Riverside). Together, they work to promote community education, research and training for five of Southern California's Pacific Islander populations: Chamorros, Marshallese, Native Hawaiians, Samoans, and Tongans.