POSTED: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 12:15pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 12:19pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — The holidays are a time when most people get together with friends and family to relax and reminisce. Cancer, however, doesn’t take a holiday. Fortunately, the American Cancer Society information line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – even on holidays.
The American Cancer Society offers information and support through its nationwide help line – 1-800-227-2345 – for cancer patients, family members, friends of cancer patients, and others who have questions about cancer – at anytime, day or night.
In our 2012 fiscal year, cancer information specialists answered more than 7,750 calls from Louisiana patients, caregivers, volunteers and information seekers.
By calling the National Cancer Information Center (NCIC) at 1-800-227-2345, patients can speak to an information specialist and receive information on various types of cancer, cancer treatments, how to manage symptoms, prevention and detection guidelines, and many other topics. The NCIC can then contact a local American Cancer Society office to provide local cancer resources, such as support groups, patient service programs, and social services.
The American Cancer Society is the only national organization that can provide both comprehensive cancer information and local resources.
The Society’s National Cancer Information Center can also accommodate Spanish-speaking individuals. The NCIC uses a translation service to assist those who speak other languages, ensuring that all callers can access and receive accurate cancer-related information.