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Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a leader in nationwide efforts to ease the burden of cancer. Through the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC), CDC works with national cancer organizations, state health agencies, and other key groups to develop, implement, and promote effective strategies for preventing and controlling cancer. CDC provides funding and assistance to help states, tribes/tribal organizations, and territories collect data on cancer incidence and deaths, cancer risk factors, and the use of cancer screening tests. Public health professionals use the data to identify and track cancer trends, strengthen cancer prevention and control activities, and prioritize the use of resources. CDC develops communication campaigns and materials designed to teach health professionals, policy makers, the media, and the public about cancer prevention and control.

Review Date: July 13, 2011

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NIH Pediatric Oncology Branch, National Cancer Institute

The Pediatric Oncology Branch, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This division provides patients, families and physicians with an overview of the type of treatments available for children with cancer, and of the research conducted by investigators at the Pediatric Oncology Branch. Patients who participate in clinical protocols are treated at the Clinical Center located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

Review Date: August 30, 2011

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AMC Cancer Research Center

AMC Cancer Research Center & Foundation is a not-for-profit research institute dedicated to the prevention of cancer and other chronic diseases. AMC conducts important cancer research in the areas of causation and prevention, nutrition in the prevention of disease, health communications, behavioral research, and community studies.

Review Date: January 07, 2009

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American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery

The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) is the world's largest organization representing specialists who treat the ear, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. The Academy represents more than 12,000 otolaryngologist—head and neck surgeons who diagnose and treat disorders of those areas. The AAO-HNS Foundation works to advance the art, science, and ethical practice of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery through education, research, and lifelong learning.

Review Date: December 16, 2011

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American Brain Tumor Association

The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) is an independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1973. Services include over 40 publications which address brain tumors, their treatment, and coping with the disease; these publications are written in easy-to-understand language. Our materials address brain tumors in all age groups. ABTA also provides free Social Work consultations; a mentorship program for new brain tumor support group leaders; a nationwide database of established support groups; the Connections pen-pal program; networking with organizations that provide services to brain tumor patients and their families; and a resource listing of physicians offering investigative treatments. The association offers national Symposia and regional Town Hall Meetings for patients and their families. Services provided are free to patients and their families.

Review Date: December 12, 2008

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American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society (ACS) was originally established as the American Society for the Control of Cancer in 1913, and became the ACS in 1945. ACS is the voluntary organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. It conducts and supports programs of research, education, and service to the cancer patient. The Society's immediate goal of saving more lives is served through educating the public about prevention and early detection of cancer, the importance of prompt treatment, and the possibilities of cure, through educating the medical profession to the latest advances in diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and through direct service to the cancer patient and the patient's family. Public education activities include a toll-free cancer information services publication of a variety of pamphlets, educational programs conducted in schools and communities, and presentation of materials in the mass media. The Society has a comprehensive professional education program designed to motivate physicians, dentists, and nurses to use the best cancer management techniques. The Society conducts service and rehabilitation programs for cancer patients and their families. ACS supports cancer research through several types of research grants and disseminates the research results. ACS has 17 divisions as well as over 3400 local units.

Review Date: June 25, 2009

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American Head and Neck Society

The American Head and Neck Society (formerly the American Society for Head and Neck Surgery), was founded in 1958 and currently serves over 1500 fellows, most of whom are head and neck surgeons in the disciplines of otolaryngology, general surgery, and plastic surgery. The Society is dedicated to the education of both members and nonmembers seeking to advance the knowledge of treatment of diseases of the head and neck, including reconstruction and rehabilitation techniques. The Society conducts a scientific meeting annually.

Review Date: February 05, 2009

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American Institute for Cancer Research

The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), a non-profit organization, fosters research on diet, nutrition and cancer and educates the public about the results. Call toll-free to request educational materials, free subscription to our newsletter, information on specific cancers, and personalized answers to your nutrition questions.

Review Date: November 03, 2011

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American Liver Foundation

The American Liver Foundation (ALF) was formed in 1976 to promote and fund research on liver diseases -- hepatitis, liver cancer, pediatric liver disease, other liver diseases and injuries -- and to inform the public about these diseases. Research grants are awarded to physician, student and postdoctoral researchers, and prizes are presented for the best research projects. ALF sponsors postgraduate courses on liver disease diagnosis and management for physicians and other health professionals. A nationwide network of chapters and support groups exists to help patients and their families. ALF also sponsors a national organ donor program to increase public awareness of the continuing need for organs.

Review Date: July 28, 2009

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American Society of Clinical Oncology

This nonprofit professional organization represents more than 15,000 cancer professionals worldwide. ASCO offers scientific and educational programs and a wide range of other initiatives intended to foster the exchange of information about cancer. The Society also provides resources online for cancer patients, doctors and researchers.

Review Date: August 28, 2008

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Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training

The Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (AANCART) is a cooperative agreement between the national Cancer Institute (NCI) and the University of California, Davis. AANCART seeks to build partnerships to increase cancer awareness, to promote greater accrual of Asian Americans in clinical studies, to increase training opportunities for Asian Americans and to develop pilot programs in four targeted regions: Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle. The overall mission of AANCART is to reduce cancer health disparities by conducting community-based participatory education, training, and research by, for, and with Asian Americans in Sacramento, CA (also serves as Headquarters); San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Seattle, WA; Honolulu, HI, and Boston, MA.

Review Date: January 07, 2009

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Association of Cancer Online Resources

Provides patients and their families with access to numerous cancer-specific mailing lists.

Review Date: January 07, 2009

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Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network

The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) was created in May 2005 as the first national patient-based advocacy organization for bladder cancer. BCAN’s mission is to raise awareness of bladder cancer among the general public and medical community; to advocate for allocation of additional governmental and private funds to research programs directed to the diagnosis, treatment and cure of bladder cancer; and, to work with and provide financial assistance and grants to individuals, corporations and health and medical institutions and associations for bladder cancer research. BCAN is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and contributions made to BCAN are tax-deductible.

Review Date: October 17, 2011

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Cancer Awareness Network for Immigrant Minority Populations

The Center for Immigrant Health (CIH), in conjunction with the NYU Cancer Institute of the NYU School of Medicine has established a Cancer Awareness Network for Immigrant Minority Populations (CANIMP). This project focuses on building bridges between immigrant communities and cancer researchers in the areas of lung, prostate, breast and cervical cancers. The National Cancer Institute initially funded CANIMP as a special populations network to respond to the disparities in utilization and participation of immigrants and minorities in cancer prevention, detection and treatment services.

Review Date: January 07, 2009

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Carcinoid Cancer Foundation, Inc

This non-profit organization was founded for the purpose of encouraging and supporting research and education on carcinoid tumors and related neuro-endocrine neoplasms. Included among the organization's services for consumers is an online "Ask a Doctor" and telephone support line service that provides answers to general questions.

Review Date: February 06, 2009

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Caring for Carcinoid Foundation

The mission of the Caring for Carcinoid Foundation (CFCF) is to discover cures for carcinoid cancer, pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer, and related neuroendocrine cancers. CFCF also works to eliminate the suffering of patients, families, and caregivers affected by neuroendocrine cancers.To achieve rapid discovery of a cure, CFCF directs 100% of all individual donations to fund breakthrough scientific research of carcinoid and related neuroendocrine tumors.

Review Date: June 21, 2011

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Corporate Angel Network, Inc.

Corporate Angel Network (CAN) arranges free air transportation for cancer patients, bone marrow donors/recipients, and stem cell donors/recipients traveling to recognized treatment centers throughout the U.S. Patients are flown by CAN's participating corporations, using empty seats on their corporate jets. CAN, a not-for-profit organization, responds to inquiries from the public by telephone, mail, and electronically. Patients must be ambulatory and not on any life-support, such as oxygen or IV. Financial need is not a requirement for eligibility.

Review Date: January 27, 2012

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CureSearch for Children's Cancer

CureSearch for Children's Cancer is a national non-profit foundation whose mission is to fund and support targeted and innovative children's cancer research with measurable results, and is the authoritative source of information and resources for all those affected by children's cancer.

Review Date: February 26, 2013

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Educational Institution--Follow the Resource URL for More Information

The Internet resource you selected is based at a university or other educational institution, and the resource exists primarily as an Internet-based activity that does not have a conventional information and referral counterpart. For this reason, we do not include traditional contact information; instead, we recommend you follow the Internet URL for the resource to obtain more information.

Review Date: June 24, 2011

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Foundation for Women's Cancer

The Foundation for Women’s Cancer, formerly the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation was founded by the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) in 1991. The Foundation for Women’s Cancer is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization dedicated to funding research and training, and ensuring education and public awareness of gynecologic cancer prevention, early detection and optimal treatment.

Review Date: February 26, 2013

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Gynecologic Cancer Foundation

The mission of the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF) is to ensure public awareness of gynecologic cancer prevention, early diagnosis and proper treatment as well as supports research and training related to gynecologic cancers. GCF advances this mission by increasing public and private funds that aid in the development and implementation of programs to meet these goals. All members of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO) are members of the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF). They are financially separate although they jointly fund some projects. The SGO works primarily with physicians and other health professionals, whereas the GCF's efforts are directed toward the public. They are viewed as complementary organizations.

Review Date: May 04, 2009

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Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research

Founded in 1997, the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing pancreatic cancer research, and providing information, resources and support to pancreatic cancer patients and their families.

Review Date: February 08, 2012

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Intercultural Cancer Council

The Intercultural Cancer Council (ICC) promotes policies, programs, partnerships, and research to eliminate the unequal burden of cancer among racial and ethnic minorities and medically underserved populations in the United States and its associated territories. The ICC works in partnership with both federal and private agencies and institutions.

Review Date: December 11, 2008

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International Myeloma Foundation

The International Myeloma Foundation, (IMF), founded in 1990, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for multiple myeloma patients while working toward prevention and a cure. IMF disseminates information regarding the latest in treatment and management for multiple myeloma. IMF provides many services including a toll-free hotline, a web site, sponsoring patient and family seminars, clinical conferences and funding myeloma research.

Review Date: December 04, 2008

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Kidney Cancer Association

The Kidney Cancer Association works to improve care and increase survival of kidney cancer patients through information, research and patient advocacy with employers, government and insurance companies. Local meetings are held for patients, but there are no organized local chapters.

Review Date: November 03, 2010

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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is a national voluntary health agency dedicated to curing leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and Hodgkin's disease, and to improving the quality of life of patients and their families.

Review Date: October 13, 2010

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LIVESTRONG.- Lance Armstrong Foundation

The Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) believes that in the battle with cancer, unity is strength, knowledge is power and attitude is everything. Founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist, Lance Armstrong, the LAF provides the practical information and tools people living with cancer need to live strong. The LAF mission is to inspire and empower people with cancer to live strong, through education, advocacy, public health and research programs.

Review Date: May 25, 2011

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Lung Cancer Alliance

Lung Cancer Alliance is the only national nonprofit organization advocating on behalf of lung cancer patients, survivors, families, and caregivers. Their mission is to lead the movement to reverse decades of stigma and neglect by empowering those with or at risk for the disease, elevating awareness and changing health policy. Programs include the Lung Cancer Hotline, a toll-free informational service for lung cancer patients and their caregivers; "Phone Buddies," a peer-to-peer support service; “LCA Survivors Community”, an online support community; “Lung Cancer Alliance Clinical Trials Matching Service”; "Lung Cancer Awareness Month," a national education and advocacy campaign; "Spirit and Breath," newsletter, and "Advocacy Alerts," to keep advocates informed.

Review Date: June 14, 2011

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Lymphoma Coalition

The Lymphoma Coalition, a nonprofit network organization of patient groups, is a global initiative dedicated to raising awareness of lymphoma, an increasingly common form of cancer. (This is an Internet-based coalition and it does not have a mailing address or telephone number.)

Review Date: January 12, 2011

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Lymphoma Research Foundation of America

The Lymphoma Research Foundation of America is a national non-profit organization providing funds for lymphoma research and educational information for lymphoma patients. Founded in 1991, the Foundation has funded 43 lymphoma research projects at top universities and cancer centers in the U.S. since its inception. Grant applications are evaluated for scientific excellence and applicability to lymphoma by a prestigious Scientific Review Committee.The Foundation sponsors free local support groups for patients and their families, and has also developed a buddy system called Cell Mates to link lymphoma patients to others with the same diagnosis and treatment.

Review Date: May 25, 2011

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Lynch Syndrome International

The primary mission of Lynch Syndrome International (LSI) is to serve our global communities by focusing on providing support for individuals afflicted with Lynch syndrome, creating public awareness of the syndrome, educating members of the general public and health care professionals and providing support for Lynch syndrome research endeavors. LSI, an all volunteer organization, is founded and governed by Lynch syndrome survivors, their families, and health care professionals who specialize in Lynch syndrome. If diagnosed early, Lynch syndrome survivors may have favorable outcomes which enhance survival, the longevity and quality of life as well as the emotional well-being of the afflicted.

Review Date: September 20, 2012

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M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

The mission of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation and the world through outstanding integrated programs in patient care, research, education and prevention.

Review Date: December 11, 2008

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ManageCancer.org

ManageCancer.org is a service provided by Christina’s Garden, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to assist those battling cancer. Their free cancer resource website provides cancer patients and their loved ones with information and links to valuable resources to assist with finances, medication and doctor schedules, communication, support, assistance, education, travel, housing and more. They also provide suggestions on ways that loved ones can help.

Review Date: March 22, 2013

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Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

The mission of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) is to accelerate the search for a cure for multiple myeloma. MMRF seeks to achieve its purpose through the following goals: Building Awareness, Funding Research, Fostering Collaboration, Providing Information, Advocating for Optimal Patient Care.

Review Date: September 07, 2011

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National Brain Tumor Society

National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization committed to finding a cure for brain tumors. We aggressively drive strategic research, advocate for public policies that meet the critical needs of the brain tumor community, and provide patient information. Headquartered in Watertown, Massachusetts, with offices in San Francisco, California and Wilmington, Delaware, we host activities throughout the United States.

Review Date: June 08, 2011

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National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Inc.®

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), an alliance of 19 of the world's leading cancer centers, is an authoritative source of information to help patients and health professionals make informed decisions about cancer care. Through the collective expertise of its member institutions, the NCCN develops, updates, and disseminates a complete library of clinical practice guidelines. These guidelines are the standard for clinical policy in oncology. NCCN's complete spectrum of programs emphasizes improving the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of oncology practice. Programs include: Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology, Treatment Guidelines for Patients, Oncology Outcomes Database, Clinical Trials Network, educational conferences and sympsia for clinicians, the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and collaborations with managed care organizations.

Review Date: August 27, 2008

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National Lymphedema Network, Inc.

The National Lymphedema Network (NLN) is an internationally recognized non-profit organization founded in 1988 to provide education and guidance to lymphedema patients, health care professionals and the general public by disseminating information on the prevention and management of primary and secondary lymphedema.

Review Date: January 12, 2011

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Native American Cancer Research

Native American Cancer Research (NACR) is dedicated to helping improve the lives of Native American cancer patients and survivors. NACR seeks to reduce Native American cancer incidence and mortality, and to increase survival from cancer among Native Americans. Projects and studies are primarily supported by federal agencies (e.g., the National Institutes of Health) and national organizations (e.g., the National Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation).

Review Date: April 21, 2011

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Native CIRCLE: The American Indian/Alaska Native Cancer Information Resource Center and Learning Exchange

The American Indian/Alaska Native Cancer Information Resource Center and Learning Exchange (Native C.I.R.C.L.E.) exists to stimulate, develop, maintain and disseminate culturally appropriate cancer information materials for American Indian/Alaska Native educators, healthcare leaders and students.

Review Date: September 15, 2011

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NIH National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is one of 11 agencies that compose the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The NCI is the Federal Government's principal agency for cancer research and training. It coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.

Review Date: August 03, 2011

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Oncology Nursing Society

The Oncology Nursing Society, ONS, was officially incorporated in 1975. ONS is a national specialty nursing organization of more than 33,000 registered nurses and other healthcare professionals dedicated to excellence in patient care, teaching, research and education in the field of oncology. The mission of ONS is to promote excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care.

Review Date: August 26, 2008

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Ovarian Cancer National Alliance

The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is the foremost advocate for women with ovarian cancer in the United States. To advance the interests of women with ovarian cancer, the organization advocates at a national level for increases in research funding for the development of an early detection test, improved health care practices, and life-saving treatment protocols. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance educates health care professionals and raises public awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Review Date: April 07, 2011

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Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Inc. (PanCAN), established in 1999, is the first national patient advocacy organization for the pancreatic cancer community. PanCAN works to focus national attention on the need to find a cure for pancreatic cancer. We provide public and professional education embracing the urgent need for more research, effective treatments, prevention programs and early detection methods. PanCAN also funds research grants for pancreatic cancer, as well as providing patient services. Volunteers across the country help us to accomplish our goals.

Review Date: May 12, 2011

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Prevent Cancer Foundation

The Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation, formerly the Cancer Research Foundation of America, is a national, non-profit health foundation whose mission is the prevention and early detection of cancer through scientific research and education. The Foundation focuses its energies and resources on those cancers—including lung, breast, prostate, colorectal, cervical, skin and testicular—that can be prevented through lifestyle changes or detection and treatment in their early stages.

Review Date: February 24, 2009

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Prostate Cancer Foundation

The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is a primary source for new standard-of-care and research information. PCF connects patients, care providers and scientists to critical updates, the latest developments, best practices and news from the treatment pipeline. Many important discoveries in the fight against prostate cancer since 1993 resulted from PCF funding or coordination—including the development of new medications, gene therapy approaches and the development of vaccines that may soon work with the body’s immune system to kill prostate cancer cells.

Review Date: November 10, 2011

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Society of Gynecologic Oncologists

The Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) is a national medical specialty organization of physicians, surgeons and healthcare professionals who are trained in the comprehensive management of women with malignancies of the reproductive tract. The purpose of the society is to improve the care of women with gynecologic cancers by encouraging research and disseminating knowledge, raising the standards of practice in the prevention and treatment of gynecologic malignancies and collaborating with other organizations interested in women’s health care, oncology and related fields.

Review Date: September 26, 2011

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The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative (CARES)

The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative (CARES) was founded in 1999 as a partnership between Scott Hamilton, Olympic ice-skating champion and cancer survivor, and the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute where he was treated. CARES was created to promote cancer awareness while raising significant funds for cancer research. Key components of CARES include 4th Angel Mentoring Program – designed to match newly diagnosed patients with trained volunteers who are also cancer survivors and to match a caregiver of a cancer survivor to a current caregiver of a cancer patient; Chemocare.com – a unique website designed to help patients better understand the chemotherapy experience; Research Funding and Annual Ice show and Gala – the primary fundraising event for CARES.

Review Date: August 23, 2011

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ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc.

ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc. provides education and support services to patients and families to help them better understand thyroid cancer, learn from others' experiences, and communicate with professionals. Support services and resources include an educational Web site that links survivors and health care professionals around the world, local support groups, eleven e-mail support groups, additional online communities, person-to-person support matched by diagnosis, a free downloadable low-iodine cookbook, free booklet Thyroid Cancer Basics, free patient information packets, a free newsletter, awareness materials, Neck Check cards, Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, seminars, workshops, and the annual International Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Conference. ThyCa also sponsors thyroid cancer research grants, as well as awareness programs and outreach to the public, for early detection.

Review Date: November 10, 2011

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