Every woman responds differently to the crisis of breast cancer. Some choose to confide in as many people as possible, some prefer not to talk about the cancer. Some gather as much information as possible to educate oneself, others try not to dwell on it.
The following resource lists can help you get the information and support you need:
American Cancer Society
1-212-664-9176 or 1-800-227-2345
Sponsors "Taking Charge of Money Matters," a free workshop that addresses financial issues that arise during or after cancer treatment.
after breast cancer diagnosis
ABCD provides free, personalized information and one-to-one support to people affected by breast cancer – patients, families and friends.
Cancer Care, Inc.
Provides very limited financial grants for diagnostic testing and related services. Administers the AVONCares Program for Medically Underserved Women.
Cancer Research Foundation of America
The Mautner Project for Lesbians
Click on "Support and Community."
National Lymphedema Network
Y-ME National Breast Cancer
Provides wigs and prostheses at no cost to women with limited resources.
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
877-NCCS-YES or (877-622-7937)
Advocacy group for cancer survivors offers guidance on financial, legal, insurance, and employment issues."
American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession
Breast cancer legal advocacy project offers information about and referrals to free or low-cost legal services.
Patient Advocate Foundation
Nonprofit organization provides counseling and referrals on managed care, insurance, financial issues, job discrimination, and debt crisis matters.
The Susan G. Komen
Breast Cancer Foundation
1-972-855-1600 or 1-800-IM-AWARE
Publishes free directory of prescription drug patient assistance programs offered by pharmaceutical manufacturers.
The Wellness Community
Offers support and networking groups, lectures, workshops, and social events.
medical associations + agencies
Web sites belonging to the following organizations use very technical language. As always, talk to your doctor about information you may find on these sites and information you may receive from these organizations.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American College of Radiology
American Medical Women's Association
American Society of Clinical Oncology
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Cancer Prevention and Control
National Cancer Institute
National Medical Association
Oncology Nursing Society
Visit these sites to find information about clinical trials for which you may qualify:
The National Institutes of Health developed by the National Library of Medicine
The National Cancer Institute
Comprehensive information on current clinical trials being conducted nationwide www.clinicaltrials.com
Free matching and referral service to link cancer patients with private and government-funded clinical trials for which they may qualify
books + publications
Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book
Candid, up-to-date, and reassuring information to help you make sense of your cancer diagnosis and treatment options.
by Susan M. Love, MD, and Karen Lindsay. 3rd edition.
Cambridge, MA: Perseus Publishing, 2000.
Every Woman's Guide to Breast Cancer
Practical guidance and emotional support for coping with breast cancer,
from diagnosis through recovery.
Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization, 2000.
Available online at www.y-me.org/resource_library/publication.php.
Everyone's Guide to Cancer Therapy
An authoritative and thorough resource written for the general public explaining
how cancer is diagnosed, treated, and managed day to day.
by Malin Dollinger, MD, Ernest H. Rosenbaum, MD, Margaret Tempero, and Sean Mulvihill.
4th edition. Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel, 2002
A comprehensive guide from the American Cancer Society providing an excellent
overview of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.
by Harmon J. Eyre, MD, Dianne Partie Lange, and Lois B. Morris.
2nd edition. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society, 2001.
Sexuality for Women and Their Partners
Candid advice and information on how to restore and maintain intimacy during
and after cancer treatment.
American Cancer Society, 2001. Available online at www.cancer.org.
Spinning Straw into Gold: Your Emotional Recovery from Breast Cancer
Straightforward advice from a psychotherapist and breast cancer survivor on dealing
with emotional issues that may arise following your diagnosis.
by Ronnie Kaye. New York, NY: Fireside, 1991.
100 Questions and Answers About Breast Cancer
A breast cancer survivor and a practicing oncologist give both the patient's and the doctor's perspective in answering questions related to breast cancer, including treatment decisions and physical and emotional issues.
by Zora Brown and LeSalle D. Leffall, Jr., MD. Boston, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2003.
The Human Side of Cancer: Living with Hope, Coping with Uncertainty
Compassionate advice on coping with cancer from a pioneer in the field of psycho-oncology.
by Jimmie C. Holland, MD, and Sheldon Lewis. New York, NY: Quill, 2001.
When the Woman You Love Has Breast Cancer
This booklet offers guidance to your partner on how to support your emotional needs
during every stage of your breast cancer experience.
Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization, 2000.
Be Prepared: The Complete Financial, Legal, and Practical Guide for Living with a
Offers advice on practical issues for anyone facing a life-challenging illness.
by David S. Landay. New York, NY: St. Martin's Press; 2001.
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