Psycho-oncology resources

Survivorship An ESMO-ECPC guide for patients in collaboration with IPOS

Survivorship is a unique and ongoing experience, which is different for each person and those close to them. A key to survivorship is to regain, as far as possible, the important aspects of your life before cancer, and to find new pathways to a satisfactory life going forward. This Patient Guide on Survivorship is created by European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) and European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) in collaboration with International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) in order to help you and people like you at this important time in your life. In this guide you can find information on support in coping with the new reality, life after initial treatment, preventive health, and follow-up care. It also enables keeping a personal health record / survivorship care planning.

Click here to download the Guide (PDF)

Patient Forums and Support Groups in Cancer

Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services:
Information for older persons, families, practitioners, researchers, students, and the aging network.

American Cancer Society:
Dedicated to helping persons who face cancer. Supports research, patient services, early detection, treatment and education.

American Urological Association:
Written material, access to about 400 national support groups, no physician referrals.

Bone and Cancer Foundation:
Information for patients and families on the causes and treatment of cancer involving bone.

Canadian Virtual Hospice:
Information and support on palliative and end-of-life care, loss and grief.

Cancer Care, Inc:
Written material, telephone support groups and counseling; will locate other community services in patient area.

Caregiver Survival Resources:
Caregiving resources.

FEFOC (Fundación para la Educación Pública y la Formación en Cáncer):
A Spanish resource for the public and patients regarding many different cancer topics. Most of the websites are in Spanish, but FEFOC expects to have all of the translated to English as well in the near future.
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Breast Cancer:
Prostate Cancer:

Living Beyond Breast Cancer:
Helpline and a wide variety of breast-cancer related information.

For five years, this nonprofit group has been providing men’s cancer support and psychosocial programs free and open to the public, and serves as a proven critical resource to men and their families world wide. Their website contains two hundred pages of helpful prostate cancer information, including dozens of pages in English, Spanish, French, Italian and Hebrew.

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance
Provides a range of information that talks about Mesothelioma cancer itself, the types of treatment that is expected, and preventative measures. Since mesothelioma is a rare cancer, they put a big focus on the care a patient needs.

Mesothelioma Hub
Treatment info and advice though US focus.

Mesothelioma Fund
Helping victims and their families get assistance with medical treatment and travel costs.

Mesothelioma Guide:
Our mission is to guide mesothelioma patients toward answers, information, and healthcare solutions.

Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center
An educational resource for patients and caregivers looking to learn more about mesothelioma such as cancer care, treatment, and community support.

Mesothelioma Center at
provides free informational books, packets and a Patient Advocacy program that works 1-on-1 with individuals to help them find local doctors, treatment centers and support groups.

Mesothelioma Help Now
Our main focus is to provide accurate and helpful information, support and resources to patients and their loved one. We want to help them better understand their diagnosis, how to find treatment, and all options available to them.

Mesothelioma Treatment Community
Mesothelioma Treatment Community presented on is dedicated to assisting, guiding, and helping mesothelioma patients from around the world. The key focus for them is to promote palliative and immediate care because they exist to not only inspire hope during these unbearable times but to also provide the information needed to improve the life expenctancy of the patient. has compiled over 120 pages of resources, infographs, articles, and educational videos so that you can learn everything you need to know about mesothelioma cancer. If by chance you need a bit more guidance, they have a team of volunteers ready to answer any questions you may have. is also the largest online resource for mesothelioma treatment options and alternative/complementary therapies.  Be earning this title, they are designed to help guide patients and their loved ones toward the answers and support they need to improve their mesothelioma prognosis, life expectancy, and equally important… their quality of life.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation:
Goal is to find better treatments and a cure for recurrent prostate cancer. Provides funding for cutting-edge prostate cancer research and works with research scientists, physicians, government officials and biopharmaceutical industry executives to remove barriers that impede progress toward a cure. Advocates for greater awareness of prostate cancer and more governmental resources for fighting the disease.

Pain Management and Policy in Oncology

Agency for Health Care Policy and Research:
Lists various resources on pain and cancer pain.

American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM):
Collection and reporting of clinical outcomes information.

American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute:
Questions and answers about pain control.

Cancer Net:
Wide range of accurate, credible cancer information from the National Cancer Institute.

City of Hope Pain and Palliative Care Resource Center:
Clearinghouse of information & resources on improving the quality of pain management.

The International Association for the Study of Pain:
Dictionary of pain terminology and curriculum outline on the study of pain in medical schools.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Web Site:
provides a wide range of information for medical professionals, patients, their families, and the general public.

Cancer statistics, disease information, and abstracts from National Cancer Institute.

Compassion in Dying:
Resources, news, support materials, legal advocacy, affiliates etc.

Dying Well:
Resources for patients and families facing life-limiting illness.