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Breast Cancer Support Organizations & Web Resources

Support Organizations

The American Cancer Society www.cancer.org offers a variety of support groups and services. Services include general breast cancer information, treatment options, a catalog for wig and apparel, and tips for those undergoing radiation therapy or chemotherapy. The Reach to Recovery program links newly diagnosed breast cancer patients with a “buddy” who is a breast cancer survivor. (800) ACS-2345 (Toll Free) or the local office (949) 261-9446.

The Cancer Information Service of the National Cancer Institute www.cancer.gov offers booklets, tips, and general health information for those diagnosed with cancer or seeking information on preventing cancer. Specialists are available to answer questions and provide resources in your local community. (800) 4-CANCER.

Kids Konnected www.kidskonnected.org is a support group for children who have a parent diagnosed with cancer. Located in Laguna Hills, Kids Konnected provides kids with support group meetings and social activities. A 24-hour hotline is available for kids to talk with other kids who understand what they are experiencing. An internet address provides a site for e-mails, access to great information, and ability to sign up for activities. Located at 27071 Cabot Road, Suite 102, Laguna Hills. (949) 582-5443.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure www.komen.org (877) 465-6636 has an interactive video presentation on breast cancer, treatment, side effects, and recovery. The website offers a message board where breast cancer patients and survivors can blog about what they are going through and receive help and inspiration from others. The Orange County office can be reached at (714) -957-9157 or www.komenoc.org. Komen Wig Salon offers hats, wigs, scarves and turbans, free of charge, to women who cannot afford them. By appointment only: 714-951-9157.

Y-Me National Breast Cancer Organization™ www.y-me.org provides YourShoes® a 24-hour a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year hotline to call and speak to a breast cancer survivor. The hotline, staffed by counselors who are breast cancer survivors, is a confidential resource for anyone touched by breast cancer. Translators are available in over 150 languages. A wig and prostheses bank for those women with limited resources is available. A quarterly newsletter and support groups through teleconferences are additionally offered. (800) 221-2141.

Web Resources

American Institute of Cancer Research.: www.aicr.org
Beyond the Shock: www.nationalbreastcancer.org/about-breast-cancer/beyond-the-shock.aspx
Breastcancer.org: www.breastcancer.org
CancerCare: www.cancercare.org
Cancer and Careers: www.cancerandcareers.org
Cancer Dietitian: www.cancerdietitian.com
Caring 4 Cancer: www.caring4cancer.org
CaringBridge: www.caringbridge.org
Living Beyond Breast Cancer: www.lbbc.org
Men Against Breast Cancer: www.menagainstbreastcancer.org
MyLifeLine: www.mylifeline.org
National Breast Cancer Foundation: www.nationalbreastcancer.org
Patient Advocate Foundation: www.patientadvocate.org
Telling Kids About Cancer: www.tellingkidsaboutcancer.com
Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation: www.tnbcfoundation.org
Young Survival Coalition: www.youngsurvival.org