A breast cancer diagnosis immediately changes the life of not just the patient but also the people in her life. Thankfully women with breast cancer and their loved ones have a wide array of support, information, education, research, and advocacy resources to lean on. Breast cancer is not an easy battle, but no one has to fight alone as shown by the work done by these 25 organizations.
Susan G. Komen is probably the name most closely associated with the global fight against breast cancer. A major provider of breast cancer advocacy, education, support, and resources, the Susan G. Komen Foundation has been a driving force since the 1980s and has a stated goal of cutting the number of breast cancer deaths in half by 2026.
Share Cancer Support supports women with both ovarian cancer and breast cancer. The organization provides media resources like educational programs and webinars while maintaining a database of information about symptoms and treatments for both diseases. Share Cancer Support also maintains a helpline and provides a comprehensive list of support groups.
The mission of the recently renamed Breast Cancer Prevention Partners is to promote the prevention of breast cancer by discovering, highlighting, and eliminating its causes. The group provides information and educational materials about chemical and environmental elements that have been identified with an increased risk of being diagnosed with the disease.
Bringing Hope Home provides financial assistance to cancer sufferers and survivors for a variety of needs. Beneficiaries have received money to cover a loss of income, assistance with treatment and medication expenses, help with mortgage payments, and even gifts for family members.
The Cancer Support Community provides a range of services including information about the disease, networking, and support. The community conducts both research and advocacy, and it provides resources about living with cancer. Visitors to the site can also find support and volunteer opportunities.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer serves five critical functions. It provides a guide to understanding the emotional and practical concerns associated with diagnosis, it maintains a helpline, offers an educational program, publishes an informative blog, and provides tips for finding good support.
A subsidiary of Mercy Medical Angels, the Patient Travel Referral program helps cancer sufferers travel to distant specialists and treatment centers. The program, which provides both air and ground travel depending on the level of emergency, has served nearly 109,000 people since 1972.
The Mautner Project, which is part of Whitman-Walker Health, a community health center in Washington, D.C., is dedicated specifically to women in the LGBT community. The organization offers transportation to medical appointments, referral to local specialists and support groups, and education about the illness.