ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION
The Cancer Support Community is an international non-profit dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. Likely the largest employer of psychosocial oncology mental health professionals in the United States, CSC offers a menu of personalized services and education for all people affected by cancer. Its global network brings the highest quality cancer support to the millions of people touched by cancer. These support services are available through a network of professionally-led community-based centers, hospitals, community oncology practices and online, so that no one has to face cancer alone. Visit the CSC website to learn more.
By helping to complete the cancer care plan, CSC optimizes patient care by providing essential, but often overlooked, services including support groups, counseling, education and healthy lifestyle programs. Today, CSC provides the highest quality emotional and social support through a network of more than 50 local affiliates, 100 satellite locations and online. Find a local Cancer Support Community affiliate on the CSC website.
To understand what cancer is, it is helpful to understand the behavior of a normal cell. A normal cell performs its designated job and divides only when the body signals that more cells are needed to carry out its function. Cancer cells are abnormal cells that divide and multiply without appropriate control or regulation. The genetic material (DNA) of a cell can become damaged or changed, producing mutations that affect normal cell growth and division. When this happens, cells do not die when they should and new cells form when the body does not need them. These extra cells can form a mass of tissue or the tumor. Over 200 types of cancers identified have one characteristic in common: unchecked cell growth. They multiply and can invade other tissues or spread to other parts of the body.
Cancer is a Genetic Disease
Cancer is a genetic disease because it is driven by gene mutations. Gene mutations occur when the DNA of cells is not copied perfectly into new cells. Cancer cells are created when the genetic material (DNA) that causes the cell to be destroyed is mutated. Possible causes for genetic can be:
- Genetics. It is inherited from one or both parents.
- The result of every day environmental exposures and lifestyle factors.
- Exposure to specific cancer-causing substances like ultra-violet (UV) radiation from the sun, tobacco smoke or asbestos.
- The result of certain viral infections, like hepatitis, HIV or HPV.
Typically, multiple mutations are required for an abnormal cell to arise. To prevent cancer from occurring, the human body has many checks and balances aimed at discovering and destroying mutated cells. But, given certain circumstances, even the healthiest person can develop cancer. Visit the CSC website to learn more.
SUPPORT OUR ORGANIZATION
Every gift is important. Help us carry out our mission to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. Click here to donate and support CSC.
Volunteers are essential to each Cancer Support Community local organization. There are a variety of ways you can get involved. Here are some of the ways you can help:
- Outreach: Delivering calendars and flyer’s to cancer centers and hospitals, speaking about the Cancer Support Community at local community organizations.
- Fundraising: Help with staffing fund raising events.
- Administrative: Reception, office support and mailings.
- For Professional Level Volunteers: Present workshops or lectures.
If you are interested in learning more about volunteering in your area, please click here to find a local CSC affiliate.
A portion of the proceeds from all products sold in the CSC Marketplace will support the mission and work of the Cancer Support Community. Click here to shop the CSC Marketplace.