Mission: The American Cancer Fund® (ACF) is an organization dedicated to the education, support and empowerment of those diagnosed with Cancer by organizing and clarifying information. We elevate the level of understanding of Cancer.
ACF provides free clear, independent information and research to enable patients and their families to make smarter choices for Cancer treatment with an emphasis on dignity, functionality and cure. We have been doing this for more than 30 years.
We Inform, You Decide!
Cancer education is among the most important facets of surviving cancer. An individual who has been given a diagnosis of cancer and provided with information such as stage and possible treatment options desperately needs additional facts in order to make an educated, empowered decision.
Among some of the questions that must be answers are:
What does it mean to be at stage….?
Do I need a second opinion?
Is there more than one treatment option?
Though the patient’s physician may make every effort to offer answers to offer answers to these questions, more often than not the patient is not able to hear the physician’s information. Shock, disbelief, grief, and anger among other emotions take the place of rational thought when confronted with this diagnosis. Further, individuals have different learning styles an needs. Some learn by listening, others by reading, while others learn by talking things out. Some individuals can handle medical terms and concepts, while others must be provided the information in very basic language.
Regardless of how an individual receives and processes the information provided, the critical aspect is that the information be easily accessible, be offered repeatedly, and at the level at which the patient can grasp it. Cancer, much like any other serious medical condition, does not afford the patient the luxury of misinformation. We seek to eliminate misinformation by doing the research for the patient; seeks to decrease the precious time wasted in research and data collection by providing a clear understandable source of information; seeks to offer comfort and support by ensuring that the information provided is useful and offered in a caring respectful manner.
Results: In just the last 8 years we have helped more than 12 million people find all the resources they need to fight cancer.
Target demographics: empower cancer patients with knowledge.
Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 1.5 million people find the resources they needed to fight cancer.
Geographic areas served: the total world
Programs: Online resources to educate, empower and fight cancer. Offline cancer patient advocacy and outreach programs to people dealing with a cancer diagnosis.
Love, Love Love this charity. They do great things for people who were just diagnosed with cancer. Have volunteered and helped with 5k events. Saw first hand the impact they have on the lives of everyone who calls them or goes to the website.
My name is Wendy and I called these people to get help for my cousin in the Florida Keys. I live and work in NC at the carolinas healthcare.org and was unable to find the information needed to help Tammy. Here is the note I sent to Paula at ACF who helped me. "Wow, what a plethora of information. I really appreciate all you have done to help my cousin. She will be overwhelmed from your kindness. I will get this information over to her now."
Great people, great help. My friend needed a mammogram and they found places where she could get it for free. I checked out the skin cancer pix and thought I had skin cancer. They helped me understand what skin cancer is and how to get a local doctor.
Wonderful website. VERY helpful support.