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Coping with cancer during the holidays

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The holidays are a time when most people get together with friends and family to relax and reminisce. Cancer, however, doesn't take a holiday.

The American Cancer Society information line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on holidays. It offers information and support for cancer patients, family members, friends of cancer patients, and others who have questions about cancer.

In 2012 fiscal year, cancer information specialists answered more than 8,950 calls from Alabama patients, caregivers, volunteers and information seekers.

By calling the National Cancer Information Center (NCIC) at 1-800-227-2345, patients can speak to an information specialist and receive information on various types of cancer, cancer treatments, how to manage symptoms, prevention and detection guidelines, and many other topics. The NCIC can then contact a local American Cancer Society office to provide local cancer resources, such as support groups, patient service programs, and social services.

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