These resources may help you with your diagnosis and some of the legal problems you are confronting as a result of your diagnosis. If you have suggestions for additional resources or questions regarding any of the below, please email us.

  • Legal Services Directory: Find a legal services organization in your area that may be able to help you.
  • Employment Resources: Employment related resources, with explanations of your rights, and guides to navigating work with a cancer diagnosis.
  • Cancer Legal Resource Center develops and maintains a large digital library of educational materials on national and state topics, such as health and disability insurance, finances, estate planning, employment, insurance navigation, genetic discrimination and more. Furthermore, their Patient Legal Handbook was created as a resource for patients coping with cancer and provides valuable information about cancer-related legal issues from diagnosis through survivorship.
  • National Cancer Institute: General Information
  • American Cancer Society’s Understanding Your Diagnosis: Information from the American Cancer Society on understanding your diagnosis.
  • Employment Resources
  • Employment and Disability Issues: Your cancer diagnosis and treatment may also affect your employment. This link provides information on navigating employment and disability issues.
  • Advance Directives: Are you worried that your treatment will leave you unable to communicate your concerns and decisions about medical care to family, friends, and health care professionals? Creating a living will or a power of attorney will allow you to designate someone to make these decisions should you be unable to make them yourself.
  • NCI Directory of Cancer Terms and NCI Directory of Drugs: Are you confused about the terms your doctor used, your new medication, or want to better understand your diagnosis? The directories of terms and drugs may help, but always speak with your doctor to fully understand your unique condition.
  • Coping with Cancer
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure: Komen addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts such as research, community health, global outreach and public policy initiatives in order to make the biggest impact against this disease. Visit their website to find resources or a local affiliate.
  • New York State Bar Association. Things to Consider If You Have a Serious or Chronic Illness. 2013 by LegalHealth, a Division of the New York Legal Assistance Group