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University of Colorado Cancer Center

University of Colorado Cancer Center, A National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cancer Information & Counseling Line

Hearing the words "you have cancer" can be very frightening, often followed by feelings of shook, numbness and disbelief. The medical terms can be confusing. It is often felt by cancer patients that they aren't being heard or understood.

The Cancer Information & Counseling Line (CICL) is a nationally recognized service that offers free telephone counseling for people with cancer, as well as their friends and family members. This unique, free service is provided by the AMC Cancer Fund, an affiliate of the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

The CICL provides:

  • Emotional Support
      • Professional counselors
      • Confidential
  • Resource referrals
      • National
      • Local
  • Medical Information
      • Up-to-Date
      • Concise and easy to understand

During a short term session via the telephone our counselors take time to talk with you about your cancer concerns. They provide simple and clear answers to medical questions. With our counselors, you can address your issues and figure out ways to communicate with others about your diagnosis.

Who Can Call?

  • Recently diagnosed cancer patients
  • Cancer patients who are in or who have finished treatment
  • Family members & friends
  • Members of the public

Callers Frequently Call About:

  • Symptoms
  • Making informed decisions
  • Coping with the emotional and psychological effects of cancer
  • How to talk about cancer with family and friends
  • How to prevent cancer
  • Screening guidelines
  • Personal and family risk factors
  • Understanding and coping with grief
  • For Friends & Family

    Friends and family members of cancer patients need help and support in coping with their feelings along with those of their loved one who has been diagnosed with cancer.

    During a telephone session with our counselors, it is possible to gain an understanding of what the patient is dealing with as well as guidelines on how to deal with your own emotions.