Resources

We’ve rounded up some resources to help you make the most out of your breast cancer treatment and even get a few surprising perks along the way. Check out our list of support services to help with insurance, travel and treatment costs, find the help you need today!

National Organizations 

AdvancedBC.org advancedbc.org
Information and support for patients, family members and friends on metastatic breast cancer.

After Breast Cancer Diagnosis abcdbreastcancersupport.org
Provides free, personalized information and one-to-one support to patients, families and friends affected by breast cancer.

American Cancer Society cancer.org
Provides comprehensive information for patients, family members and friends coping with cancer.

American Institute for Cancer Research aicr.org
Advocates about the link between cancer and diet.

American Society of Clinical Oncology asco.org
Aims to improve cancer care and prevention.

Be the Match marrow.org        
Helps people receive bone morrow transplants.  

Breastcancer.org breastcancer.org
Provides extensive educational information on breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Research Foundation bcrfcure.org
Seeks to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer for providing funding for research and increasing public awareness about good breast health.

CancerCare cancercare.org
Offers free counseling, online support groups and educational workshops.

Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center hopkinsbreastcenter.org
Provides educational information for newly diagnosed people.

Komen for the Cure ww5.komen.org
Offers education programs about breast cancer and raises money for breast cancer research.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer lbbc.org
Assists you whether you are newly diagnosed or in treatment for metastatic breast cancer.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Network mbcn.org
Dedicated to the concerns of those living with metastatic breast cancer.

METAvivor metavivor.org
Aims to provide awareness, support and research for metastatic breast cancer.

Mothers Supporting Daughters with Breast Cancer mothersdaughters.org
Offers support to mothers who have daughters with breast cancer.

National Breast Cancer Foundation nationalbreastcancer.org   
Aims to save lives through early detection and to provide mammograms for those in need.  Seeks to increase awareness through education, providing diagnostic breast care services for those in need, and offering nurturing support services.      

National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service cancer.gov/aboutnci/cis
Helps people find local healthcare providers and treatment facilities.

National Cancer Institute's Clinical Trials cancer.gov/clinicaltrials
Maintains a list of clinical trials. Searchable by cancer type, stage, trial type and location.

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship canceradvocacy.org
Advocates for quality cancer care for all touched by cancer.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network nccn.com
An alliance of cancer centers devoted to patient care, research and education.

Stupid Cancer stupidcancer.org
Founded in 2007 by a young adult cancer survivor, Stupid Cancer is a nonprofit organization that empowers young adults affected by cancer through innovative and award-winning programs and services.

Support for Patients and Families

HealthKeep healthkeep.com
HealthKeep is a totally anonymous way to connect and share with thousands of patients like you about your conditions, symptoms and medications. Log in today to become more engaged in your own health, and maybe help someone along the way.

Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators aonnonline.org
Dedicated to improving patient care and quality of life by defining, enhancing, and promoting the role of oncology nurse and patient navigators.

Breakaway From Cancer breakawayfromcancer.com
Offer people affected by breast cancer and other cancers a broad range of support services complementing those provided by their healthcare professionals.

Breast Friends breastfriends.org
A nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for female cancer patients. Teaches friends and family specific ways to offer support, helps them understand what their loved one is going through, and suggests resources for the woman and for those who care about her.

CancerCare cancercare.org
Provides free, professional services for anyone affected by cancer, including counseling, online support groups and free educational workshops.

Cancer.Net cancer.net
Has oncologist-reviewed cancer information to help patients make informed healthcare decisions.

Cancer Support Community cancersupportcommunity.org
Aims to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community.

fertileHOPE fertilehope.org
Provides reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility.

National Lymphedema Network lymphnet.org
Provides guidance on the prevention and management of lymphedema.

Patient Advocate Foundation patientadvocate.org
Serves as a liaison between the patient and their insurer or creditors to resolve insurance or debt-crisis matters.

Pink Link pink-link.org
Links you with a network of fellow survivors, medical pros and others who, in essence, become your “pen pals.”

Young Survival Coalition youngsurvival.org
Dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. YSC offers resources, connections and outreach so women feel supported, empowered and hopeful.

Support for Caregivers

Caregiver Action Network caregiveraction.org
The nation’s leading family caregiver organization.

Savings and Financial Assistance

American Cancer Society cancer.org
For various types of financial help, search for "financial guidance for cancer survivors and their families."

The Breast Cancer Charities of America thebreastcancercharities.org
Dedicated to ending breast cancer as a life-threatening illness.

CancerCare cancercare.org
Offers assistance and resources for cancer-related costs.

Cancer Care Copay cancercarecopay.org
Helps defray chemotherapy copays and cost of targeted treatment drugs.

Fifth Season Financial FifthSeasonFinancial.com
Provides loans to people living with advanced cancer, secured solely by the face value of their life insurance policy.

Money Management International moneymanagement.org
A full-service credit counseling agency.

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance pparx.org
Helps in getting prescription drugs, even if you don’t have coverage.

Patient Advocate Foundation patientadvocate.org
Serves as a liaison between the patient and insurer or creditors to resolve insurance and debt crisis matters.

Scott Hamilton Cares scottcares.org
Help with chemo medications and treatment.

Sister Network sisternetworkinc.org
This African American breast cancer survivorship organization has outreach initiatives that promote the importance of breast health.

Survivorship A to Z survivorshipatoz.org
Provides practical, financial and legal information after a life-changing diagnosis.

Women's Cancer Network wcn.org
Offers patient support, education and information about new treatment options.

Gear

Someone With someonewith.com
Leads you to the best products during and after treatment.

Wigs and Makeup

Look Good...Feel Better lookgoodfeelbetter.org
Dedicated to improving the self-esteem and quality of life of people undergoing cancer treatment.

Cancer Fund of America, Inc. http://www.cfoa.org/blog/our-services/available-products/
Provides toiletries and other everyday products.

Chemo Angels chemoangels.net
Small gifts to people undergoing chemo.

Corporate Angel Network www.corpangelnetwork.org
Provides free plane transportation for people going to and from certain recognized cancer treatment centers.

Good Wishes goodwishesscarves.org
Provides free scarves and head wraps.

Hats Off to Chemo hatsofftochemo.com
Click on “Request a Heat.” Pick your style, then send a hat to yourself.

Heavenly Hats heavenlyhats.com
Collects and distributes new hats to people who lose their hair due to cancer treatments.

The Lydia Project thelydiaproject.org
Provides handmade tote bags, encouraging notes and prayers to women with cancer.

Reid Sleeve reidsleeve.com
Peninsula Medical will send a medical alert bracelet to people with or at risk of lymphedema. Click on “Free LE Alertband.”

Services and Classes

Cleaning for a Reason cleaningforareason.org
Links you with partnering housecleaning services in your area.

Look Good, Feel Better lookgoodfeelbetter.org
Teaches beauty techniques to people with cancer to help them manage appearance-related side effects.

Yoga Bear yogabear.org
Links you with partnering yoga studies offering free or donation only classes. Click on "Find a free class."

Travel and Fun

Camp Mak-A-Dream campdream.org
Provides medically supervised retreats in Montana for children, young adults and families impacted by cancer.

Casting for Recovery castingforrecovery.org
Holds fly-fishing retreats for women who have or have had breast cancer.

Harmony Hill Retreat Center harmonyhill.org
Hosts one-day workshops and three-day retreats in Washington.

Little Pink Houses of Hope littlepinkhousesofhope.org
Provides weeklong beach retreats in the Carolinas for breast cancer patients and their families.


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