When someone dear to you has breast cancer, the condition can take its toll on everyone. Dealing with the illness can be overwhelming, to say the least. Not knowing what to do or what to expect can add to the anxiety that slowly builds up each day. Often, you feel helpless. You want to help, but you don’t know where to start. Fortunately, you can get some support through available resources for families with breast cancer.
American Cancer Society
If you and other family members want to learn more about breast or other types of cancer, the American Cancer Society’s website can help. Its section specially dedicated to breast cancer provides information on mammography and breast cancer treatment. You can watch numerous breast cancer videos, including “Cancer 101” and “How to Spot the Different Types of Breast Cancer.” A nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization, the American Cancer Society aims to educate and help people about cancer. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the American Cancer Society consists of 12 chartered divisions, more than 900 local offices nationwide, and representations in more than 5,100 communities. Visit www.cancer.org for more information.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a non-profit organization, began as a promise made by Nancy G. Brinker to her sister, Suzy, who died of breast cancer. Since its inception in 1982, Susan G. Komen for the Cure became the global leader in breast cancer movement. It had invested billions of dollars in the fight against breast cancer. Packed with information about breast cancer including research, treatment and fund drives to name a few, Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s website also provides resources for family members of patients with breast cancer. Valuable information provided by its “Understanding Breast Cancer Guide” helps family members help the patient deal with the illness. If you can’t find the information that you need, Susan G. Komen for the Cure website has a section dedicated to support and resources that recommend other sites that can help you go through diagnosis, treatment and beyond. Visit Susan G. Komen for the Cure for more.
A national nonprofit organization founded in 1944, CancerCare provides free, professional support services to cancer patients, families, friends and caregivers. It provides free programs that include counseling, support groups, education and financial assistance made possible through monetary contributions from donors and volunteer work by health professionals. CancerCare provides 24-hour online support groups facilitated by oncology social workers with a separate support group for patients, caregivers and family members. CancerCare also provides a weekly one-hour phone-call support, also facilitated by an oncology social worker. The organization also provides face-to-face meetings with support groups at a set time every week at one of its offices in the New York Tri-State area. CancerCare will also help you find face-to-face support groups in your community.