There are many organizations and foundations that work to improve the lives of those with asbestos-related lung cancer. These foundations may offer connections to treatment or doctors, host support groups, or fund research to find a cure.
Learn about some of the top foundations helping those with lung cancer and other asbestos-related diseases.
American Cancer Society
Founded in 1913, the American Cancer Society (ACS) provides information and resources for those diagnosed with lung cancer, mesothelioma (an asbestos-caused cancer that affects the linings of major organs), and many other cancers. Patients can also access resources like support groups, rides to treatment, and more.
Call the ACS Cancer Helpline at (800) 227-2345. You can also explore the ACS resource database to find helpful cancer programs in your area.
American Lung Association
The American Lung Association (ALA) was founded in 1904 and has remained a leading organization in the fight against lung cancer.
The ALA offers support to those fighting lung cancer, works to find a cure, and encourages smokers to quit. Its website also has information on other asbestos-related diseases like asbestosis and mesothelioma.
Call 1-800-LUNG-USA toll-free to speak with ALA specialists about your lung cancer diagnosis.
Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded in 2004 by families of those who died from asbestos-related diseases. It has since become one of the biggest groups fighting for those with asbestos lung cancer and other diseases.
The organization educates people on the dangers of asbestos, connects patients and families with others so they feel less alone, and advocates for a total ban on asbestos.
Visit the ADAO’s official website to see how you can get involved.
CancerCare was established in 1944 to help cancer patients get the support they deserve.
Lung cancer patients can access support groups, financial aid, case management services, and much more through CancerCare.
Get help for lung cancer from CancerCare right now.
GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer
The GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer was founded by lung cancer patients and survivors.
This foundation provides many resources to lung cancer patients, including a list of support groups by state, a Phone Buddy program (which matches lung cancer patients to other patients or survivors), and another program that connects patients to clinical trials. Clinical trials test new treatments that may help patients live longer.
Learn more by visiting the Go2 Foundation for Lung Cancer website.
Seven lung cancer patients came together to form the LUNGevity Foundation in 2001. The foundation provides many different support options to patients, including online forums and a one-on-one mentorship program with lung cancer survivors. It also raises funds for lung cancer research.
You can reach the LUNGevity Foundation’s lung cancer helpline at (844) 360-5864.
Support for Caregivers of Lung Cancer Patients
Asbestos-related lung cancer doesn’t just impact the patient — it also affects families, relatives, and friends. Spouses, adult children, or friends may need to become the lung cancer patient’s primary caregiver outside of a hospital setting.
Caring for someone with lung cancer can be physically and emotionally taxing. Thankfully, there are support options for caregivers as well.
Caregivers of lung cancer patients can get support from:
Caregiver support groups: Support groups build a sense of community among caregivers, allowing them to share tips and coping strategies. There are many lung cancer support groups for caregivers.
Respite care: Respite care allows a temporary caregiver to step in if a primary caregiver is overwhelmed or needs a break. The ACS can help you find respite services in your area — call 1-800-227-2345 to learn more.
Home health services: Home health services are similar to respite care except they’re offered on a long-term basis. These services allow lung cancer patients to get care from registered nurses and other trained professionals if needed. Find home health services using Medicare’s online database right now.