In addition to the extensive resources City of Hope offers directly to caregivers, there are outside organizations and resources that provide valuable services to those entrusted with helping patients through their cancer experience.

Caregiving-specific resources

  • Support Groups for Caregivers in Your Community , Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties 
  • LA Caregiver Resource Center, the USC Family Caregiver Support Center (FCSC) providing education, resources, information and respite care to qualified caregivers in Los Angeles County. Visit  www.fcscgero.org or call  855-USC-6060 for more information.
  • Inland Caregiver Resource Center, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties
    Helping families and communities cope with and manage the challenges of caregiving with education classes, respite care for qualified caregivers, help with resources. Visit www.inlandcaregivers.com or call 800-675-6694 for more information.
  • ASA Foundation Family Care Resource Connection - Provides a list of resources of interest to caregivers
  • National Alliance for Caregiving - A national nonprofit organization that provides support to family caregivers and increases public awareness of issues facing family caregivers
  • National Cancer Institute - 800-422-6237
  • Palliative Care Communication Institute - Questions, please contact: [email protected]
    • A Communication Guide for Caregivers - Communication with one another is important when someone in your family is told they have cancer.  This guide is based on four main ideas:
      • The patient needs support from the family.
      • The family caregiver should also be supported.
      • Cancer affects the patient’s body, heart and mind.
      • Communication is a process created among patient, family and health care providers.


Online Communities

  • CancerCare - Join private online support groups led by oncology social workers, for caregivers or patients, at no charge.
  • Cancer Support Community - Provides emotional and educational support and hope for people affected by cancer, at no charge.
  • CaringBridge - Through CaringBridge, you can start a free personal website to share important information quickly with family and friends during a health journey.  The site is easy to use and you have complete control over the privacy settings, so your site is as private or public as you want it to be. Family and friends can stay informed without overwhelming you. Plus, they can post messages and photos straight toyour site. Your site also helps you coordinate care and organize daily tasks. As a non-profit, CaringBridge sites are free and ad-free for those who need it, whenever they need it.
How to create a website for yourself or someone else:
  • Go to CaringBridge.org
  • Follow the simple steps to start a site.
  • Tell your friends and family about your new site.
 
  • Hopeful Community - Hopeful.org is an online community, a space for everyone who has been touched by cancer to make connections, share their stories, offer support and seek advice.It features new stories weekly on everything from recipes to news about immunotherapy and other groundbreaking treatments. To connect with fellow cancer fighters, caregivers and supporters alike, join our community of the Hopeful today.
 

Organizations that Focus on Cancer

  • American Cancer Society - 800-227-2345 Provides information and support to patients and their families.
  • CancerCare - 800-813-4673 A national nonprofit organization that provides help to people with cancer and their caregivers through counseling, education, information, referrals and direct financial assistance.
  • National Cancer Institute - 800-422-6237 Part of the National Institutes of Health, the Cancer Information Service provides education and support to cancer patients and their families.