Becoming a Proactive Cancer Patient

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Approximately one out of every two American men and one out of every three American women will have some type of cancer at some point during their lifetime, according to the American breasts removed, followed by clinical trials, as does WebMD. The information hot line number for ACS is (800) ACS-2345 and the number for NCI is (800) 4-CANCER.

The ACS offers a service to patients and their families that will help match them with clinical trials in their area. To find out about this service call (800) 303-5691 or click on the section entitled Emerging Medical Clinical Trials Matching Service on the ACS web site. You can find out about cancer trials through the NCI at the web site www.clinicaltrials.gov.

The ACS web site also offers a service to help patients understand their treatment options, says spokesman David Sampson. To access the service click on “Using Treatment Decision Tools” on the group’s home page.