“I can’t say enough about the good the American
Cancer Society does for my patients — and for
everyone facing cancer in Illinois.”

— Dr. Elizabeth Marcus, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Chicago

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The American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays

For nearly a century, the American Cancer Society has fought for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We take what we’ve learned through research and turn it into what we do. By doing so, we have contributed to a 15 percent decrease in the overall cancer death rate over the last two decades – the equivalent of saving 350 lives a day.  

Proof of our continuing progress lies in the nearly 12 million cancer survivors in America who will celebrate a birthday this year.

Here in Illinois:

  • We offer free resources for everyone diagnosed with cancer. 
  • We invest millions of dollars in research to help find new cures.
  • We help people of all ages prevent cancer by staying active, eating wisely, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding tobacco and getting timely cancer tests.

Our promise to cancer patients

In Illinois, the American Cancer Society surrounds those facing cancer and their families with a circle of care. We help you understand your diagnosis and treatment options and provide free resources so you can concentrate on getting well.  We are:

Focused on your needs. We listen carefully to understand your situation and respond with the right mix of resources to help you fight your cancer with confidence.

Partners with your medical team. We work closely with your health team to respond to your needs.

Easy to find. You can reach us by phone, the web, or even face-to-face at one of our patient resource centers in Illinois.

We are thankful for our generous donors and volunteers who make all of our lifesaving work possible. The American Cancer Society does not receive any government funding.