VCU Massey Cancer Center


Resources by cancer type

To find informational resources by cancer type, click on a category from the list below. 

Bladder cancer
Blood cancers
Brain tumors
Breast cancer
Cervical cancer
Colon and rectal (colorectal) cancer
Genetic Counseling & Information
Gynecologic cancers
Hospice & Palliative Care
Insurance & Legal Assistance
Kidney (renal cell) cancer
Lung cancer
Oral, head & neck cancers
Ovarian cancer
Pancreatic cancer
Prostate cancer
Risk Reduction
Skin cancer


Bladder Cancer

Blood cancers

Brain tumors

Breast cancer

Cervical cancer 

Colorectal cancer

Genetic Counseling & Information

  • Breast Cancer Gene Screen – Breast Cancer Genetics Referral Screening Tool (B-RST)
  • FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered – Fighting Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer
    Telephone: 1-866-288-RISK (7475)
  • National Society of Genetic Counselors
    Telephone: 1-312-321-6834

Gynecologic cancers (see also cervical cancer, ovarian cancer)

Hospice & Palliative Care

  • Five Wishes – Living Will document available from Aging with Dignity
    Telephone:  1-888-5WISHES (594-7437)
  • Hospice Foundation of America
    Telephone:  1-800-854-3402
  • National Association for Home Care & Hospice
    Telephone:  1-202-547-7424
  • Center to Advance Palliative Care
    Telephone:  1-212-201-2670
  • CaringInfo – a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
    Telephone:  1-800-658-8898

Insurance & Legal Assistance

  • Local Enrollment Specialists or Certified Application Counselors for the Health Insurance Marketplace – available through:
    Sovah Health, Danville & Martinsville
    PATHS, Boydton, Chatham, Danville, Martinsville, South Boston
  • American Cancer Society’s Managing Insurance Issues & Understanding Financial and Legal Matters – a series of booklets and related information on financial topics for those with cancer
    Telephone: 1-800-227-2345
  • Cancer and Careers – everything you need to know about dealing with issues in the workplace
    Telephone: 1-646-929-8023
  • – information about healthcare coverage, using the marketplace and portals to sign up for and/or change a plan
    Telephone: 1-800-318-2596
  • insureUStoday – information about healthcare reform and the benefits of the Affordable Care Act
    Telephone: 1-800-532-5274
  • Kaiser Family Foundation – national non-profit organization focusing on national health issues, global health and insurance matters, including Medicare/Medicaid/Private/Uninsured
  • National Cancer Legal Services Network (NCLSN) – supports the efforts of individuals and organizations focused on meeting the legal needs of the cancer-affected community
  • National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship – survivorship information and resources, including employment rights and what survivors need to know about health insurance
    Telephone: 1-877-NCCS-YES
  • Virginia Legal Aid Society – a nonprofit law firm providing free civil legal services to eligible low-income residents; services include free information, advice and representation in such areas as housing, healthcare, income and benefits, family issues, consumer and education; with local offices as follows:
    • Lynchburg / Main – serving the city of Lynchburg and counties of Campbell and Halifax
      Address: 513 Church Street, Lynchburg, VA 24505
      Telephone: 1-866-534-5243
    • Danville – serving the cities of Danville and Martinsville and the counties of Pittsylvania, Henry and Patrick
      Address: 519 Main Street, Danville, VA 24541
      Telephone: 434-799-3550
    Lawline number: 1-866-534-5243

Kidney (renal cell) cancer


  • American Cancer Society – Hope Lodge & Hotel Lodging
    Telephone: 1-800-227-2345
  • The Children’s Inn at NIH
    Telephone: 1-800-644-4660
  • Joe’s House
    Telephone: 1-877-563-7468
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
    Telephone: 1-630-623-7048

Lung cancer


  • American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)
    Telephone: 1-800-843-8114
  • Cook for Your Life
    Telephone: 1-212-799-3894
  • USDA: Choose My Plate – ideas and tips to help you find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime

Oral, head & neck cancers

Ovarian cancer

  • Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
    Telephone:  1-866-399-6262


  • American Chronic Pain Association
    Telephone: 1-800-533-3231
  • The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy
    Telephone: 1-877-883-9942
  • National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
    Telephone: 1-888-644-6226
  • National Lymphedema Network
    Telephone: 1-800-541-3259
  • Virginia Cancer Pain Hotline – managed by VCU Massey Cancer Center, this is a free service for patients, families and health care professionals who need help with pain management
    Telephone: 1-866-990-HURT (4878)

Pancreatic cancer


  • Chemocare – drug information, as well as information on managing side effects and acronyms
    Telephone: 1-844-268-3901
  • MedlinePlus – the National Institutes of Health’s MedLine Plus website is now the American Cancer Society’s go-to source for reliable, timely cancer drug information that meets ACS standards and patient needs
    Telephone: 1-888-346-3656
  • National Cancer Institute: A to Z List of Cancer Drugs
    Telephone: 1-800-4-CANCER (422-6237)


  • Hope for Two… the Pregnant with Cancer Network
    Telephone: 1-800-743-4471

Prostate cancer

Risk Reduction

  • 15-40 Connection – promotes early detection of cancer for this age group, for which cancer is the #1 disease-related cause of death
    Telephone: 1-508-869-5200
  • American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)
    Telephone: 1-800-843-8114
  • Colorectal Cancer Alliance [offering financial assistance] – the Blue Hope Financial Assistance program provides financial support to individuals for colon and rectal cancer screening or for those going through treatment
    Telephone: 1-877-422-2030
  • Every Woman’s Life [offering financial assistance] – Virginia’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
    Telephone: 1-866-EWL-4YOU (395-4968)
    Managed by the Virginia Department of Health with local chapters as follows:
    • Pittsylvania/Danville Health District | Pittsylvania County Health Department
      Address: 200 H.G. McGhee Drive, Chatham, VA 24531
      Telephone: 1-434-432-7232
    • Southside Health District | Halifax County Health Department
      Address: Mary Bethune Office Building, 1030 Cowford Road, Halifax, VA 24558
      Telephone: 1-434-476-4863 x136
    • West Piedmont Health District | Martinsville Health Department
      Address: 295 Commonwealth Boulevard West, Martinsville, VA 24112
      Telephone: 1-276-638-2311 x152
    Provides: Every Woman's Life (EWL) is a public health program that helps uninsured, low income women, ages 40-64, who are residents of Virginia, gain access to free breast and cervical cancer screening services. Women ages 18-39 may be eligible, if they are symptomatic. Screening and early detection reduces death rates, improves treatment options, and greatly increases survival.
  • My Family Health Portrait – create your family health history using this tool from the National Institutes of Health
    Telephone: 1-888.478.4423 (for technical questions)
  • HPV/Related Cancers Awareness – information may be found via the following:
    American Academy of Pediatrics: HPV Champion Toolkit
    National Cervical Cancer Coalition
    Centers for Disease Control
  • Lung Cancer Screening – Low-Dose CT (LDCT) Chest Screening available to asymptomatic individuals 55-77 years of age, considered to be at high risk for lung cancer (guidelines include a history of smoking). Select locations as of this printing, to include:
    • Danville Diagnostic Imaging Center
      Address: 125 Executive Drive, Suite D, Danville, VA 24541
      Telephone: Scheduling 1-434-799-3883 or Information 1-434-799-9729
    • UVA Lung Cancer Screening Program at Pioneer Community Hospital of Patrick (Telemedicine)
      Address: 18688 Jeb Stuart Highway, Stuart, VA 24171
      Telephone: 1-434-924-9333
  • Mammography Services – available through local imaging service providers, hospitals and gynecology offices; UVA and Centra have mobile mammography units that travel to PATHS and also to other area locations for special events, often in conjunction with Susan G. Komen.
  • The National LGBT Cancer Network – risk assessment tool and screening information
    Telephone: 1-212-675-2633
  • Prevent Cancer Foundation
    Telephone: 1-800-227-2732
  • Six-Step Screening – best practice in oral care
    Telephone: 1-610-258-3763
  • Smoking Cessation


Skin cancer


Extended Survivorship

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO); various resources for survivors, including printable survivorship care plans
    Telephone: 1-888-651-3038
  • The Journey Forward – offers care plans & a survivorship library
    Telephone: 1-888-651-3038
  • National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship – survivorship information and resources, including employment rights and what survivors need to know about health insurance
    Telephone: 1-877-NCCS-YES
  • New Life After Cancer – information, retreats and workshops meant to help breast cancer survivors embrace change and adopt healthy, sustainable lifestyles
    Telephone: 1-919-901-0351


  • The Bone Marrow Foundation
    Telephone: 1-800-365-1336
  • National Marrow Donor Program / Be the Match
    Telephone: 1-888-999-6743
  • United Network for Organ Sharing
    Telephone: 1-888-894-6361

Wigs, Makeup & Hair; Breast Prosthesis

  • Children with Hair Loss
    Telephone: 1-734-379-4400
  • Locks of Love
    Telephone: 1-888-896-1588
  • Virginia Pittsylvania and Technical Center, located on US Highway 29, Chatham – School of Cosmetology provides free manicure or pedicure (per visit) to cancer patients; call first
    Telephone: 1-434-432-9416
  • Wigs for Kids
    Telephone: 1-440-333-4433


This list was compiled by the Cancer Research and Resource Center as a free resource for the benefit of cancer survivors and others. We do not evaluate or in any way endorse the organizations and businesses listed herein, but hope you find it helpful. Please bear in mind that there is a lot of information on the Internet which may or may not be credible. Always consult with your doctor regarding any health concerns and remember to use established organizations when seeking help.