October 8, 2009
Help in dealing with all stages of breast cancer is available by phone, online and in person. Finding the right support for you depends on your communication preference, your immediate needs and your cancer stage. Some organizations offer support mostly for the newly diagnosed, for instance. Other groups may deal with recurrent cancers. Here are some options to get you started:
American Cancer Society: In My Community lets you plug in your ZIP code and find support groups and events going on near your home. It also directs you to cancer discussion boards. cancer.org.
Susan G. Komen for The Cure: The site offers a wealth of information on physical and emotional support. It also has a breast care help line at 877-GO-KOMEN. komen.org.
Breast Cancer Network of Strength. The YourShoes program includes a 24-hour support center staffed by trained breast cancer survivors. Interpreters are available in more than 150 languages. The toll-free hot line at 1-800-221-2141 provides immediate emotional support by matching you with a survivor who has had experiences similar to yours. networkofstrength.org.
National Breast Cancer Foundation. Here you can look under categories such as "1-year survivor" or "husbands of survivors" or "Midwest" to join in community conversations. nationalbreastcancer.org.
Breastcancer.org. Chat rooms are open 24/7 for worldwide discussion on a variety of topics.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. For patients and their families looking for help in making end-of-life plans, this site helps in locating the right provider. You can also call the help line at 1-800-658-8898. nhpco.org.
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