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American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Information

 

If You Have Breast Cancer: Read this short, simple guide to help understand the next steps if you or someone you know has just been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Detailed Information About Breast Cancer: Whether you or a loved one are worried about developing breast cancer, have just been diagnosed, are going through breast cancer treatment, or are trying to stay well after treatment, this detailed information can help you find the answers you need.


Breast Cancer Videos: Early detection and improvements in treatment have helped millions of women survive breast cancer. These videos explain breast cancer screening and genetic testing, as well as some of the potential side effects of treatment. There are also personal stories from breast cancer survivors


Exercises After Breast Cancer Surgery: This information was developed with assistance from the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy.


Managing Cancer-related Side Effects: Find information about common side effects that can be caused by cancer and cancer treatment.


Coping with Cancer: You can learn more about the types of feelings people with cancer commonly experience when first diagnosed, as well as during and after treatment. We also offer suggestions for healthy ways to deal with these common feelings.
 

Living as a Breast Cancer SurvivorWhether you are living with cancer or living after cancer, this information can help if you have questions and concerns about life as a survivor.

Information About Breast Cancer in Men: Here you can find out all about breast cancer in men, including risk factors, symptoms, how it is found, and how it is treated.


 

Community and Online Resources for People Facing Breast Cancer 

 

Free cancer information center: The American Cancer Society National Cancer Information Center offers help as you’re dealing with cancer by connecting you to our caring, trained staff to answer questions about a diagnosis, identify resources, or provide a listening ear and guidance. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org to live chat with us or schedule a video chat.


Places to stay during treatment: Our Hope Lodge® program provides a free, nurturing home away from home for cancer patients and their caregivers when they have to travel for treatment. 

 

Rides to treatment: Lack of transportation can be one of the biggest roadblocks to treatment. That’s why the American Cancer Society started the Road To Recovery® program. It is at the very heart of our work of removing barriers to quality health care by providing patients transportation to treatment through volunteer drivers, partners, and community organizations.

 

Cancer Survivors NetworkSM: Visit csn.cancer.org to join our online community for people with cancer and their families. Find and connect with others in treatment, long-term survivors, or caregivers through our member search, discussion boards, chat rooms, and private email.

 

"tlc" – Tender Loving Care®: Our "tlc" (Tender Loving Care) publication offers affordable hair loss and mastectomy products for women coping with cancer, as well as advice on how to use them. Products include wigs, hairpieces, hats, turbans, and breast forms, as well as mastectomy bras, camisoles, and swimwear. Call 1-800-850-9445, or visit the "tlc" website at tlcdirect.org to order products or catalogs.

 

ACS CARES™: If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer, deciding what’s next can be overwhelming. ACS CARES™ (Community Access to Resources, Education, and Support) equips those facing cancer with curated content, programs, and services to fit their specific cancer journey.

 

Survivorship guidelines and resources: We have materials and resources for survivors to help with quality-of-life and other needs during and after cancer treatment. Our breast cancer survivorship guidelines help doctors manage the unique needs of survivors, and our nutrition and physical activity guidelines for survivors help you know how to live your best life and reduce your risk for cancer coming back.

 

Caregiver support resources: As part of our commitment to support family members and friends providing care to loved ones with cancer, the American Cancer Society developed the Caregiver Resource Guide. In addition to information about the caregiving process and what to expect with a cancer diagnosis and its treatment, the tool focuses on caregiver self-care, communication, coping, and caregiver resources. Another helpful resource is our Caregiver Support Video Series, which provides educational support to caregivers as they assist with everyday needs of loved ones and provides self-care techniques to improve their own quality of life.