About the American Cancer Society

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is attacking cancer from every angle.


While most people know us for our research, we do so much more. We attack cancer from every angle. We promote healthy lifestyles to help you prevent cancer. We research cancer and its causes to find more answers and better treatments. We fight for lifesaving policy changes. We provide everything from emotional support to the latest cancer information for those who have been touched by cancer. And we do it all 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


We're attacking cancer by backing visionaries, investing in long shots, and building on hard-won knowledge to find powerful new weapons.

We're attacking cancer by making it less scary and confusing, less stressful, less lonely.

We're attacking cancer by showing up every day, driving people, boosting people, picking them up when they're down.


We're attacking cancer by providing a free place to stay, by building a community. A home for healing.

We're attacking cancer with stubborn hope, relentless energy, and a promise that everywhere cancer rears its despicable head, we will be there to blunt its effects and lesson its power.​  From the cellular level to street level, with brilliant new thinking and in the darkest hours.

The American Cancer Society is attacking cancer from every angle.

About American Cancer  Cancer Action Network

ACS CAN is the nation's leading cancer advocacy organization that is working every day to make cancer issues a top national priority. 


Many of the most important decisions about cancer are made outside of your doctor's office.  Lawmakers play a critical role in determining how much progress our country makes toward defeating cancer.  ACS CAN empowers regular people to part of the growing national movement that is fighting back against cancer.


ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society supports proven measures that are helping to defeat cancer.  We mobilize cancer advocates to hold lawmakers accountable to their constituents for the decisions they make related to cancer research, prevention, early detection and treatment.


Together, we CAN beat cancer! 

 Join ACS CAN - find out how you can become a member of ACS CAN today!

 Volunteer - Join the growing number of people who are making a difference in the fight against cancer.

COVID-19 Response

Cancer doesn’t stop for a pandemic, and neither has the American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society has transitioned services to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic, including: 


  • Hope Lodges are being converted to house front line health care workers. With the spread of coronavirus, we had to make the difficult decision to close Hope Lodges to cancer patients, to protect those we serve. With Hope Lodges standing empty and health care workers being called on to work longer shifts and are often afraid to go home for fear of infecting their families, we stepped in. We are offering Hope Lodges free-of-charge to front line health care workers who need a safe place to stay.


  • Our 24/7 helpline for answers and support is still operating, and we are investing in capabilities for video chat. 80% of our calls in March were related to coronavirus, and we can’t stop taking those calls. Reach To Recovery, our peer-to-peer breast cancer support network, is also still operating during this time, and has transitioned to be phone and video based.


  • We are dedicated to providing fact-based answers and support for cancer patients and caregivers, especially with misinformation about the coronavirus circulating. We built a hub on our website, with resources for patients, survivors, and caregivers; we invited Dr. Len, our deputy chief medical officer, on our podcast to talk about what cancer patients need to know about coronavirus; and we’re producing a series of short videos answering common questions that we are sharing across our social media channels.


We’re continually adapting to meet this crisis, and we feel hope because of how our community has risen to the occasion around us. If you want to know more about what the American Cancer Society is doing to support cancer patients during this time, click here