International Cancer Resources

International Cancer Sites
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Australia Resources

CanTeen, The Australian Organisation for Young People Living with Cancer, is a national support organisation for Young people (aged 12-24) living with cancer; this includes Patients, Sibings and Offspring. CanTeen was created by young cancer patients and its policies are guided by young people living with cancer.

Redkite is an Australian charity that supports children and their families through cancer by providing emotional guidance, financial relief and educational services. Formerly known as The Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children.

Team Revivie
The Revive education and support program is designed for and by a community of young adults affected by leukaemia, lymphoma, myleloma and other blood disorders.

The Cancer Foundation of Western Australia Inc.
The leading cancer organization in Western Australia and has a range of services and products available.

Canada Resources
Breast Cancer Now What?
Offers information, online support, and resources for young women under 45 with breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Society of Canada
Targets women’s health issues. Funds research into the detection, treatment, and prevention of breast cancer, promotes public awareness.

Burlington Breast Cancer Support Services
Provides coping information and ongoing emotional support.

Canadian Cancer Society
Provides education and awareness to the public.

Cancer Advocacy Coalition Canada
An effective, comprehensive, evidence-based cancer system that offers Canadians the best chances for preventing and treating this disease, and addresses the emotional, physical and financial needs of patients and survivors.

National Cancer Institute of Canada Cancer Trials Group
A cooperative oncology group which carries out clinical trials in cancer therapy and supportive care across Canada and internationally.

The Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada
Supports research into the cause and cure of brain tumors and strives to support and improve the quality of life of those affected.

France Resources
PITIE-SALPETRIERE Hospital, Paris, France
One of the very reputable hospitals of Paris, The PITIE-SALPETRIERE Hospita enjoys a long history of treating its community. Today, among other medical specialties, it runs a very highly regarded oncology department.

The Institut Curie: Paris, France
The Institute Curie is one of the worlds most famous private non-profit foundations of public service. It consists of two divisions. The Medical division is devoted to diagnosis and treatment of cancer and includes a 200-bed hospital. The Research division, which is in close contact with many research laboratories throughout the world, carries out basic research in physico-chemistry, pharmaco-chemistry, genetics and developmental biology on topics essential for the development of procedures to fight human cancers.

American Hospital Of Paris
In 1906 a small group of Americans living in Paris decided to found an institution that practiced medicine according to the US standards of quality. THE AMERICAN HOSPITAL of PARIS opened in 1910 with 20 beds and the US Congress granted it Federal status January 30, 1913. After the First World War as it served as a military hospital and set up a volunteer ambulance service, the French government granted it official recognition as an institution operating in the public interest. THE AMERICAN HOSPITAL of PARIS is now an international 187 surgical, medical and obstetric beds with more tha 500 physicians and 600 nursing, administrative and technical personnel. It is the only civilian institution in Europe which is currently accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). After he met Mrs. Selma R. SCHIMMEL in 2000 at Los Angeles and became General Secretary of Vital Options International for France, Doctor C.A. PLANCHON ( who is both a survivor and a specialist in Nuclear Medicine at THE AMERICAN HOSPITAL of PARIS who trained in Medical Oncology) invited her june 24, 2001 to broadcast THE GROUP ROOM® live in two languages for the very first time from three cities (Paris, New-York & Los Angeles) on two continents.

Institut Gustave-Roussy
This is an internationally recognized institution. It concentrates its activities in the fields of oncology care (providing all necessary treatments in house); a very advanced research center (permitting constant innovation in cancer care and diagnosis); and education (The institute provides a veritable school of oncology, participating in many hours of teaching, mostly for the University of Paris XI).

L’association pour la Recherche sur le Cancer (L’ARC)
L’association pour la Recherche sur le Cancer contribue au développement de la recherche sur le cancer :
– en attribuant des subventions aux équipes de chercheurs
– en favorisant la formation des jeunes chercheurs à travers l’octroi de bourses
– en participant au cofinancement d’équipements scientifiques en partenariat avec des organismes publics ou privés
– en organisant la diffusion rapide et directe des acquisitions récentes dans le domaine de la recherche sur le cancer
– en provoquant toute réflexion utile à la recherche sur le cancer et à sa prévention. L’ARC consacre ainsi plus de 70% de ses ressources à la recherche. Les équipes bénéficiaires de ces financements exercent pour la plupart d’entre elles, dans le cadre d’organismes de recherche (INSERM, CNRS, universités, centres hospitalo-universitaires, centres de lutte contre le cancer…).

The Association pour la Recherche sur le Cancer (Cancer Research Association) contributes to research development in the field of cancer:
– by giving support to research teams
– by supporting the formation of young researches through educational grants
– by co-financing scientific equipment in partnership with public or private organizations
– by organizing the fast and direct distribution of recent accomplishments in cancer research
– by encouraging all consideration that is useful in the field of cancer and its prevention. More than 70% of ARC’s resources go into research. Most of the beneficiaries of these financial contributions practice in the framework of research institutions ((INSERM, CNRS, universities, centers at university hospitals, cancer centres, etc.).

La Fédération Nationale des Centres de Lutte Contre le Cancer (FNCLCC)
La Fédération Nationale des Centres de Lutte Contre le Cancer est une fédération patronale qui représente, auprès des tutelles, les 20 Centres français de lutte contre le cancer et leur personnel.

The Fédération Nationale des Centres de Lutte Contre le Cancer (National Federation of Cancer Centers) is an employer organization representing the 20 French cancer centers and their staff.

Ligue Nationale Contre le Cancer
Depuis sa création en 1918, la Ligue Nationale Contre le Cancer agit simultanément sur tous les fronts de la maladie :
– soutien financier à la recherche et définition des programmes prioritaires
– actions solidaires conçues pour et avec les malades
– éducation à la santé, prévention, dépistage.

Since its inception in 1918, the Ligue Nationale Contre le Cancer (National League against Cancer) works on all cancer fields:
– financial support for research projects and identification of priority programs
– solidarity activities developed for and together with people affected by cancer
– health education, prevention, and early diagnosis.

Paris Woman Journal
Paris Woman Journal provides information that enables women in the English-speaking community to live, network, and work comfortably in Paris. Our goal is to keep international Paris women in touch by promoting warmth and friendliness, a sense of community and inspiration. Join us to explore cultures, discover Paris, share ideas and make friends. Paris Woman invites everyone to get connected and get involved with our community while staying in Paris.

Germany Resources
Deutsche Krebshilfe (German Cancer Help): Bonn, Germany
Following the motto Help -Research -Inform, German Cancer Help projects work to make the experience of diagnosis, therapy, aftercare and support easier for patients. It provides counseling, assistance and, in certain critical cases, financial support to patients; works to improve cancer care facilities; and with the help of Dr. Mildred Scheel Fund for Cancer Research, it carries out research projects for the development of new therapies and diagnostics against cancer.

Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe – Frauen gegen Krebs bei Genitaltumoren (Zervix, Vaginal, Vulva und Ovarianlkarzinom)
Founded in 2004 through Grit Gardelegen, a cervical cancer survivor, after finding limited resources for women who have had the same experiences with the disease of other types of female reproductive cancers. The organization provides a good exchange of information with the goal to learn about and fight against the disease. The group is locally organised in Halle (Saale), but through the webpage it is possible to have contact with all women in Germany. The group works not only locally but in 2008 the group was successfully integrated in the preparation of the new German guidelines for cervical cancer and vulva carcinoma.

Das Gesundheitsgespräch’ – Health Talk
Das Gesundheitsgespräch is a weekly one-hour German language radio program, streamed live via the Internet every Saturday morning at 9.00 a.m. CET. In addition to the live-call-in program, Das Gesundheitsgespräch offers a large amount of medical background information (in German) on the weekly health topic. The website also provides a streaming archive of all programs, a weekly Internet chat and experten-rat, where specialists answer patients’ questions via e-mail.

Deutsche Krebsgesellschaft e.V.
The German Cancer Society is the largest scientific non-profit organization in oncology in Germany, including over 5.000 scientific members. The organization is actively involved in different areas in oncology including Cancer Research, Clinical Studies, Quality assurance in Oncology, Primary and Secondary Cancer Prevention, Psycho-Oncology and Psychosocial Counciling, and Education and Training of Oncology Professionals. One of the major issues for the Society is to improve to status and the role of cancer patients and their families.

Iceland Resources
Iceland Cancer Society: Reykjavik, Iceland
The Iceland Cancer Society consists of 29 regional divisions and cancer patients’ self-help groups, It runs a Cancer Detection Clinic which carries out a nation-wide screening program for cervical and breast cancer. It also organizes an annual spring screening day for skin cancer for the general public. It provides housing for Icelanders having to travel to Reykjavic for treatment of Diagnosis. Provides palliative home care service as well as offering telephone information and support lines. Its Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory conducts projects related to cancer. It organizes an annual health run and has just founded a new patient organization for young cancer patients, their friends and family.

International Resources
Us Too International, Inc.
Independent network of support group chapters for men with prostate cancer and their families.

Global Lung Cancer Coalition
The GLCC is the international ‘voice’ of lung cancer patients. Established in 2001, the GLCC comprises 22 non-government patient organisations from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK and US. The GLCC is committed to improving disease outcomes for all lung cancer patients and aims to address the following issues: place lung cancer on the global healthcare agenda; change public perceptions and lessen the stigma of lung cancer; empower lung cancer patients to take an active role in their care, and effect change in legislative or regulatory policies to optimise treatment and care.

ICARE (International Cancer Alliance)
Provides high quality user-friendly cancer information to patients as well as their physicians on an ongoing person to person basis.

International Myeloma Foundation
The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) is the oldest and largest myeloma organization, reaching more than 135,00 members in 113 countries worldwide.

International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS)
It seeks to be an alliance of the support, advocacy and information groups for brain tumour patients and carers in different countries and also includes researchers, scientists, clinicians and allied health professionals who work in the area of brain tumours.

Myeloma Euronet
Myeloma Euronet, a non-profit network organization of multiple myeloma patient groups, is a European initiative dedicated to raising the awareness of multiple myeloma, an increasingly common form of bone marrow cancer. Myeloma Euronet also seeks to provide information on the diagnosis, treatment and care of persons living with multiple myeloma as well as support for their families and loved ones.

Ireland Resources
Irish Cancer Society: Dublin, Ireland
The Irish Cancer Society, founded in 1963, is the national charity dedicated to preventing cancer, saving lives from cancer and improving the quality of life of those living with cancer through patient care, research and education. Volunteers run much of the Society’s activities, and the Society is solely funded by volunteers in the public.

Israel Resources
Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel
Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel is the only comprehensive, highly specialized care hospital of its kind in the country and in the Middle East, dedicated exclusively to the well-being of all children and adolescents.

Italy Resources
AIMaC Associazione Italiana Malati di Cancro, parenti e amici
The Italian Association for Cancer Patients, Family and Friends
Danno sostegno psicologico, opuscoli e diverse informazioni su gli supporti indispensabili, le possibilita di cura per conoscere la malattia e ad affrontarla.
Provides psychological support, information and pamphlets on vital support groups, the possibilities of cure, latest research to better know your cancer and be able to face it.

The Italian Federation of Pediatric Oncology Parent Associations: Bologna, Italy
Provides better living conditions for children with cancer and their accompanying parent during the long hospital stays, adapts the chidren’s cancer wards to the needs of the children for a friendlier environment, supports the families during the cancer experience through solidarity, education, and practical aid and assistance.

The Italian League for the Fight Against Cancer: Rome, Italy
The League Against Tumors is a 60 year old organization. It provides home care, support during the time of diagnosis (mainly for tumors in the breast, uterus, skin and intestines) as well as patient counseling. The League also carries out prevention campaigns, disseminates educational information and supports clinical and base research by financing young laureates with study grants.

Attivecomeprima è un’associazione senza fini di lucro, con sede a Milano, Italia. Lo staff è composto di medici, psicologi, donne operate (fiduciarie) ed esperti in attività psicofisiche e creative che lavorano per aiutare a considerare il cancro nella sua globalità: fisica, umana, psichica. L’ associazione aiuta le donne prima, durante e dopo le terapie oncologiche, offrendo servizi, che comprendono: consulenze, sostegno psicologico e di medicina generale, gruppi di discussione con specialisti, attività psicofisiche e creative e corsi d’alimentazione sana e naturale. Attivecomeprima pubblica anche della documentazione molto interessante e soprattutto ispiratrice compreso riviste, testi e libri come «M’amo non m’ amo », disponibile in Inglese e Italiano. Ciò è un libro incantevole, narrato nello stile di poesia da Ada Burrone, Presidente e Fondatrice di Attivecomeprima, raccontando la sua lotta fisica, mentale e spirituale per sormontare un tumore al seno. Per informazioni supplementari, per piacere rivolgetevi al website di Attivecomeprima.

Attivecomeprima (Active like before) is a not-for-profit organization, based in Milan, Italy, composed of physicians, psychologists, cancer survivors and psychophysical and creative experts whose goal it is to have cancer considered in it’s entirety: physical, human and psychological. The organization supports women before, during and after oncology treatments by providing services including counseling, support groups, discussion groups and nutritional, physical and creative activities and courses. Attivecomeprima also publishes some very interesting and inspirational documentation including journals, course guides and books including «I love myself, I don’t love myself » (M’amo non m’amo), available in English and Italian. This is a charming book narrated in poetry style by Ada Burrone, President and Founder of Attivecomeprima, about her struggle to overcome breast cancer physically mentally and spiritually. For further information on publications and services please go to the above website.

Italian Neuroblastoma Cancer Association
The Italian Association for the Fight against Neuroblastoma was founded in 1993 by an initiative set-up by parents of children suffering from Neuroblastoma and by Doctors specialized in Oncology at the ‘Gaslini’ Hospital in Genoa, whose Paediatric Division of Haematology and Oncology forms the main focus point in Italy for the research and cure of Neuroblastoma tumors in children. The objective of the Association is to find sufficient funding to support scientific research, whilst increasing awareness of the illness itself and creating essential links between the centres of treatment and those of research, thus strengthening the available resources and bringing them together to find a cure for Neuroblastoma.

New Zealand Resources
Cancer Society of New Zealand
To minimize the impact of cancer on New Zealanders by providing funding for cancer research, cancer related information, support for cancer patients and their families, prevention and early detection programmes and advocacy on behalf of patients and families.

Norway Resources
Norwegian Cancer Society
A national non-profit organization that supports national and international cancer research projects, supplements the public health and social services in cures and treatments for cancer patients and disseminates information on the causes, manifestations, prevention and treatment of cancer.

Romania Resources
Romanian Cancer League

Singapore Resources
Breast Cancer Foundation
To advocate for more constructive and co-ordinated action to increase public awareness of breast cancer in Singapore. To emphasis the importance of early detection through regular breast cancer screenings.To work closely with various breast cancer- related support groups and organisations in order to complement and optimise efforts to eradicate breast cancer as a life threatening disease in Singapore.To increase awareness of breast cancer at all levels of society, family members, employers, at community centres and the medical professional community.To identify and help implement opportunities to provide easier access to regular breast cancer screening and at affordable rates.

Spain Resources
Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer: Madrid, Spain
In accordance with its objectives, the Spanish Association Against Cancer centers its activities in areas of breast cancer, child cancer, palliative care, tobacco and nutrition. All the services and programs of the AEC are free of charge to cancer patients and their families.

Sweden Resources
Lungcancerföreningen Stödet (Lungcancerallaince Support)
committed to decreasing incidents and mortality rates through advocacy, education and promotion of lung cancer research

Switzerland Resources
Union Internationale Contre le Cancer (UICC)
International Union Against Cancer
The fight against cancer knows no boundaries, and the International Union Against Cancer (UICC) is the only global cancer organisation with members and activities covering all aspects of cancer control. Founded in 1933, UICC is an independent, international, non-governmental association of 290 member cancer fighting organisations in 87 countries.

UK Resources
Action Cancer: Belfast, Ireland, UK
Action Cancer is a local charity in Ireland, committed to fighting breast and cervical cancer since 1978. Action Cancer has a full-time clinic and mobile unit for early detection screening and provides one-to-one counseling. Services are free of charge. Action Cancer also funds a leading research team at Queen’s University.

Breakthrough Breast Cancer: London, UK
Breakthrough Breast Cancer is a charity committed to fighting breast cancer through research and awareness.

Breast Cancer Campaign: London, UK
The BCC is small but independent and innovative. It is the only charity in the UK that focuses exclusively on breast cancer research and will fund projects at any centre of excellence anywhere in the UK.

Breast Cancer Care: London, UK
Breast Cancer Care is a national organization offering information and support to women and men with breast cancer, and their partners, families and friends. Services are free, confidential and accessible, and include: a national help line, information, volunteer services, aftercare services and regional services. It also provides information to the general public; health professionals; and the media.

Cancerlink: London, UK
Cancerlink is a leading national charity working in cancer Self Help and Support. All work is based on the value of the shared experience of cancer, however, while the organization aims to complement medical help it is very distinct from it.

Supportive and Palliative Care, National Electronic Library for Health (NHS)
This site provides an introduction to supportive and palliative care as well as simple explanations and more in depth sites on individual diseases covered in the library. For example on Cancer, HIV/AIDS, etc.

Tevonus: Cardiff, UK
Tenovus is a charitable organization committed to the control of cancer through: quality research, prevention, counseling, and patient care.

The Bray Cancer Support & Information Centre: Bray, UK
The Centre offers emotional support and practical help to people with cancer and their families and friends. It helps people to take the fear out of the word cancer. It provides a daily Drop-In Centre where people with cancer can access support & information and also be sure of a sympathetic ear. The Centre is open and available to all those whose lives have been affected by cancer, and continues to grow and expand to meet the needs of its members.

The British Acoustic Neuroma Association: Mansfield, UK
The British Acoustic Neuroma Association (B.A.N.A.) was formed in 1993. It is a patient organized and administered information and mutual aid group. B.A.N.A. is a registered charity and exists for mutual support, information exchange and mutual listening.

The British Brain Tumor Association: Merseyside, UK
The British Brain Tumor Association exists to disseminate information about brain and spinal tumors and to raise awareness and funds for brain tumor research.

The British Colostomy Association: Reading, Berkshire, UK
British Colostomy Association (BCA) is the national registered charity which represents the interests of people with a colostomy and which provides support, reassurance and practical information to anyone who is about to have a colostomy, or who already has a colostomy

The Cancerkin Centre: London, UK
Website under construction

The Lymphoma Association: Bucks, UK
The Lymphoma Association provides emotional support and information on a range of issues to anyone with lymphatic cancer and to their families, carers and friends.

The Macmillan Cancer Relief Fund: London, UK
Macmillan Cancer Relief is a UK charity supporting people with cancer and their families with specialist information, treatment and care. The Organization works closely with the NHS and others to develop and pioneer a network of services for people with cancer, working together so that standards of treatment and care can be improved for everyone.

The Prostate Cancer Charity: London, UK
The Prostate Cancer Charity has one primary objective, which is to improve the care and welfare of people whose lives are affected by prostate cancer. This includes patients and their family and friends as well as anybody who wishes to learn more about the dangers of prostate cancer. The Organization achieves this by carrying out and funding patient orientated prostate cancer research and by providing a nationwide support and information service.

The Royal Marsden Hospital: London, UK
An internationally recognized institution, it is also the oldest cancer hospital in the world, and was supported by Diana Princess of Whales. The Royal Marsden NHS Trust’s strategic aim is to achieve excellence in the treatment, investigation and research of cancer, through partnership and collaboration.

The Scottish Breast Cancer Campaign: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
The Scottish Breast Cancer Campaign (a non party-political pressure group made up of breast cancer patients, their families and friends) strive for ALL women throughout Scotland to receive the best possible treatment, to be aware of breast cancer and their rights as patients, and for increased (equally-shared throughout Scotland) funding for treatment, staffing and research.

UK Breast Cancer Coalition: London, UK
The UK Breast Cancer Coalition is a voluntary network of regional groups, organizations, charities and individual members. The Coalition was founded in 1995, by women with personal experience of breast cancer. Its three main aims are: that all patients should have access to the best and most appropriate treatment; that there should be increased spending on research with a higher priority given to causes and prevention; and that patients should take a full and influential role in decisions regarding breast cancer issues.

Cancer Bacup
Aims to help people live with cancer by providing information and emotional support for patients, their families and health professionals.

Cancer Buddies Network
Cancer Buddies Network (CBN) is a brand new online support network for anyone affected by cancer. CBN is dedicated to putting people directly in touch with each other on a one to one basis from the comfort of their own homes via a simple, safe and easy to use database and search engine.

Cancer Net
Provides information to cancer patients, families and health care professionals.

Cancer Research UK
We are committed to beating cancer by understanding its causes, finding ways to prevent it, developing new treatments – then making sure that the best new treatments reach patients in the clinic in the UK and all over the world.

Cancer Web
Provides information for cancer patients.

Childhood Eye Cancer Trust
A national charity offering support and information to people with retinoblastoma and their families. The Organization’s aims are to: link families in the same situation and geographical area; provide up-to-date information relating to treatment and facilities available for children with visual impairment; provide opportunities for parents to share experiences; form links with the medical profession, social services, education advisory bodies and others concerned with retinoblastoma; fund-raise for research into retinoblastoma and its treatment and to maintain the family support service; and to publish and distribute newsletters.

Colon Cancer Concern
Colon Cancer Concern (CCC) is the UK´s leading charity dedicated to reducing deaths from bowel cancer and improving the quality of life of those affected by the disease.

Europa Donna: Europe
Europa Donna is the European breast cancer coalition, which currently involves membership from 19 countries. The goals of the organization are to increase public awareness of the issues concerning breast cancer, to encourage breast cancer research and to support and the breast cancer patient. Each country welcomes membership to its Europa Donna National Forum, which undertakes a variety of activities in support of its priority goals. International exchange of information and experience is encouraged between member countries. A Newsletter is published and an International Conference is held bi-annually.

International Brain Tumour Alliance (IBTA)
The International Brain Tumour Alliance (IBTA) was established during the conference of the World Federation of Neuro Oncology held at Edinburgh (UK) in May 2005. It seeks to be an alliance of the support, advocacy and information groups for brain tumour patients and carers in different countries and also includes researchers, scientists, clinicians and allied health professionals who work in the area of brain tumours.

Let’s Face It (United States)
Individuals and families dealing with craniofacial or other facial anomalies

Lynn’s Bowel Cancer Campaign
The Bowel Cancer Campaign has been set up by patients, health professionals, NHS managers, people with bowel cancer in their families and many others to support the wonderful work initiated and carried out by Lynn Faulds Wood over the last six years.

Teen Info on Cancer
Get honest cancer information written specifically for you, advice and support on how to cope with cancer, and the space to share your experiences of cancer with other teenagers. TIC is produced and maintained by Cancerbackup, Europe’s leading cancer information charity.

The Roy Castle Lung Foundation: Throughout the UK
The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation is a UK-wide charity, wholly dedicated to defeating lung cancer. Its work includes: lung cancer research, support for those affected by lung cancer and educating children as to the effects of lung cancer.


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