Population served: People affected by a cancer internationally; programs and services offered to patients and caregivers residing in the United States
Other language(s): Spanish, Chinese, Korean, VietnameseMission:
In the U.S., ACS is a community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.
- Provides educational materials both online and in print about cancer, including blood cancers, as well as related information on topics such as diet, exercise, complementary and alternative medicine, and disease statistics
- Offers support services via online discussion boards and in-person support groups through local chapters
- Cancer Survivors NetworkSM, a global online community, transcends geographic boundaries and builds bonds among cancer survivors and caregivers through shared experiences and feelings
- Road to Recovery, a program offered locally by some chapters, has volunteer drivers who transport patients to and from treatment appointments
- Hope Lodges are temporary housing accommodations for patients traveling far from home for treatment. There are more than 30 lodges
- American Cancer Society’s Wig Bank - Provides free wigs from limited supply to needy patients suffering hair loss due to cancer treatment. Intended for those with insufficient insurance coverage for cranial prostheses (wigs).
Population served: Anyone seeking information on chemotherapy or cancer
Other language(s): Spanish and additional languages Mission:
Chemocare.com® is a website designed to provide the latest information about chemotherapy to patients and their families, caregivers and friends. The site focuses on care during chemotherapy including information about FDA approved chemotherapy medications, nutrition, managing side effects and self-care tips. The content is continually updated and reviewed by oncology specialists.
Population served: Women with cancer in the US
To help women with cancer hold on to their strength and sense of themselves during treatment by providing personalized sets of accessories
- Provides a free set of accessories (such as scarves, turbans, jewelry) to women going through cancer treatment and hair loss
- Website offers a list of additional resources.
Population served: Women in the US undergoing cancer treatment
To provide all women, regardless of economic status, access to wigs in order to restore their self-image and confidence during cancer treatments
- Offers a Wig Exchange Program in which donated wigs are refurbished and sent free of charge to women in need. Patients may select style, color and other options via an interactive online platform.
- The EBeauty Resource Center provides online listings of local and national services, providers, support groups, etc.
Population served: US residents with permanent hair loss due to a medical condition (cancer, alopecia, autoimmune disease, trauma)
To help maintain dignity, confidence and self-esteem to those affected by medical hair loss.
- Provides a wig free of charge to children 18 years old and under with a medical hair loss condition; if over 18 years old, offers a free wig based on financial need and approval
- Accepts hair donations; see website for details
- Builds public awareness about the psychological devastation of medical hair loss
Population served: Cancer patients and other medical patients who lose their hair due to a disease or the treatment of a disease.
To provide brand-new hats for cancer patients and other medical patients who lose their hair due to a disease or the treatment of a disease; to provide hats to individuals and hospitals in order to help the patients feel better about themselves and to give them the extra courage and hope to win their fight.
Population served: People who may be undergoing chemotherapy, or who are burn victims, brain surgery patients, head trauma patients, or individuals with alopecia
To warm the hearts and heads of those experiencing traumatic hair loss by knitting and crocheting caps with love.
- Hats are delivered free of charge to patients across the country
Population served: Financially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis
Mission: To return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need.
Population served: Cancer patients worldwide
Other language(s): SpanishMission:
To teach beauty techniques to people with cancer to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of treatment and to help them find a sense of support, confidence, courage and community.
- Look Good Feel Better is a non-medical, brand-neutral public service program that includes resources and hands-on workshops on skin and nail care, cosmetics, wigs and turbans, accessories and styling. Though geared primarily to women, teens and men can find helpful information on the website.
- Website provides an online “Program Finder” to search in–person workshop locations; virtual workshops are offered as well.
Population served: Anyone affected by cancer in the U.S.
To brighten the day of a cancer patient with a gift of a cheerful, new hospital gown.
- Provides gowns in a variety of sizes to men and women battling cancer
Population served: Women in treatment for cancer and survivors of breast cancer
To help women cope during and after cancer treatment by providing wigs and other hair loss products, as well as mastectomy products, all at affordable prices.
- TLC is part of ACS Products, Inc., an affiliate of the American Cancer Society
- Many ACS offices distribute free wigs to women who are experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatment; call 800-ACS-2345 to see if an office near you participates in this free wig program.
Population served: Patients 18 years and under (sometimes older if still in school) who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues, worldwide
Helping Children Look Themselves and Live Their Lives
- Hair replacement systems and support for children is provided at no cost to children or their families
- Provides complimentary, custom-made hairpieces
- Candidates must be referred by their doctor, nurse or social worker
- Accepts hair donations