Cancer Resources: Patient Support

In addition to the patient support services available for cancer patients at Houston Methodist, we work with a number of advocacy groups that also provide valuable information and programs.  There is a wealth of information online, including educational materials and counseling.  Much of the information online has not been evaluated for accuracy, however, and it is wise to exercise caution when obtaining information from this source. Always check with your health care team if you have questions.

Below are a few resources that our patients have found helpful:


  • National Cancer Institute, at the National Institutes of Health provides information about types of cancer and cancer treatment including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and biotherapy. Keep in mind that this site contains information for clinicians and researchers, as well as for patients.
  • The Wellness Community is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education and resources to people affected by cancer, helping them learn vital skills that will enable them to regain control, reduce isolation and restore hope regardless of the stage of their disease.
  • CancerCare offers services for cancer patients, their caregivers and loved ones. Services include online, telephone and onsite counseling and support groups, education and financial assistance. Live support groups are limited to the greater New York City area. The materials and programs cover over 50 different types of cancer. A feature of their programs is the availability of free counseling by professional oncology social workers.
  • Susan G. Komen is an international organization that offers education, counseling and support focused on breast cancer. The Komen Breast Care Helpline provides counseling via telephone or email. This organization also funds breast cancer research and supports organizations that provide medical care to medically underserved communities.