A message from the Cancer Support Community

As we explained here, during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month we want to share resources for people who are living with metastatic breast cancer.

What better way than to invite some of the organizations that are on the front lines of patient care to contribute to our blog?

Today’s post is from Kim Thiboldeaux, President and CEO of the Cancer Support Community:

Throughout the month of October, it seems that everywhere you go there are symbols of breast cancer awareness and support – from pink apparel and household items, to special edition bejeweled cell phones. Here at the Cancer Support Community, we have resources for all people affected by breast cancer – patients, survivors, family members and friends – available at no cost throughout the year.

The mission of the Cancer Support Community (CSC) is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.  We offer a menu of personalized services and education for all people affected by cancer – regardless of the type of cancer or stage of the disease. These support services are available through an international network of more than 50 professionally led community-based centers, over 100 satellite locations at hospitals and community oncology practices, and online, so that no one has to face cancer alone.

Here’s an overview of some new and ongoing programs CSC provides during breast cancer awareness month and beyond:

–NEW ONLINE: Due to advances in treatment, women are living longer, fuller lives with breast cancer. CSC is partnering with the Young Survival Coalition to produce a webinar addressing the needs of young women with advanced breast cancer. Through this webinar, young women dealing with a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis can learn how to manage side effects, stay healthy before and after treatment and connect with other young women going through a similar experience. The webinar will feature Sage Bolte, MSW, LSCSW; a metastatic breast cancer counselor from Life with Cancer. The event takes place Thursday, October 13th at 7pm, so be sure to register for the webinar by following the instructions here.

–NEW IN PRINT: On October 3rd, CSC released the third edition of its acclaimed Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Advanced Breast Cancer education series. The program arms women facing metastatic breast cancer and their loved ones with information, allowing them to participate as an active part of their health care team. The program includes a printed booklet, interactive CD-ROM, online educational information, and face-to-face patient workshops, available throughout the country at many CSC affiliates. Click here to find a CSC affiliate near you.

–NEW RESEARCH: Are you a breast cancer survivor? Make your voice heard! CSC’s Breast Cancer M.A.P. (Mind Affects the Physical) Project examines the experience of breast cancer survivors from diagnosis through survivorship. By answering a series of questions about your experience, you will join a movement of thousands of women helping to inform researchers about the needs of survivors and the types of resources needed to improve the experience of women facing a diagnosis. CSC recently announced findings collected from more than 1,000 women who joined the M.A.P. Project last year. Click here to join today and make sure your experience is counted towards the findings of next year’s study!

–NEW WORKSHOPS: Interested in learning more about your breast reconstruction options at any stage of a breast cancer diagnosis? CSC’s educational program, Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Spotlight on Breast Reconstruction includes a print book, online content, and a medically led workshop addressing the decision-making process related to breast reconstruction following a cancer diagnosis. Click here to learn more!

–NEW FOR CAREGIVERS: At CSC, we know that cancer doesn’t only affect the person who is diagnosed, but their loved ones as well. That’s why we’ve developed a line of educational publications through our Frankly Speaking About Cancer series to address the needs of family members and friends of someone facing breast cancer. Some titles include:

When A Woman You Care About Has Breast Cancer

Caring From a Distance

10 Tips for the Cancer Caregiver

Cuidador a Cuidador (En Espanol)

If you or someone you know is affected by breast cancer, or any kind of cancer, be sure to check out Cancer Support Community’s many resources for patients, survivors, and their families and friends – no matter where they are in their cancer journey.

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