Cancer Information Service Credited with Saving Lives

Darla E McKay

In our family, everyone always called Uncle Dale to ask any questions that were remotely medical in nature. After going to our family doctors and being diagnosed with a very long, unpronounceable word, we knew we could ask our "family doctor" to explain it to us in a way we would understand. But what about those families who are not lucky enough to have a medical professional in their midst? What if you or someone you care about has just been diagnosed with cancer? What if you are getting questions about cancer and want to be able to tell people where they can get credible information about cancer?

The Canadian Cancer Society's Cancer Information Service (CIS) was launched in October 1996. The CIS is used by cancer patients and their families and friends to get information quickly to help them manage and cope with their disease. Information can be provided by telephone, mail, and via the Internet.

The toll-free, bilingual service is available to all Canadians Monday to Friday (9 am to 6 pm) by calling 1-888-939-3333.