Breast Cancer Hotlines, Support Groups and Other Resources
These statewide or national organizations can provide you with information about support groups, hotlines with trained volunteers that can answer questions about treatment and support, and other information, materials, and services related to breast cancer. Calling these hotlines or going to these web sites will connect you to support organizations in your area.
Adelphi University Breast Cancer Hotline, 1-800-877-8077. A statewide hotline that provides information, referrals and emotional support for people with questions about breast cancer. Operates seven days a week; staffed by trained volunteers, many of whom are breast cancer survivors. Website: www.adelphi.edu/nysbreastcancer/.
American Cancer Society (ACS), National Hotline, 1-800-ACS-2345 (1-800-227-2345). Local chapters are listed in the white pages of your telephone book and may be found on the ACS website. Provides free information and emotional support from trained volunteers anytime before, during, or after treatment. Website: www.cancer.org.
Breast Cancer Network of Strength Your Shoes Hotline, English - 1-800-221-2141, Spanish - 1-800-986-9505. Cancer survivor volunteers share personal experiences on everything from treatment information to emotional recovery. Local branches also provide wig and prosthesis banks. Website: www.networkofstrength.org.
Breastcancer.org. An online nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive information on breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, research and day-to-day matters that affect the lives of breast cancer survivors. Website: www.breastcancer.org.
Cancer and Careers. An on-line resource for women returning to work after cancer treatment. Website: www.cancerandcareers.org.
Cancer Care, Inc. 275 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001, 1-800-813-HOPE (1-800-813-4673) or (212) 712-8080. An organization which provides a variety of counseling and emotional support services for cancer patients in person, over the phone, and via e-mail; also runs educational programs and provides financial assistance for patients in need. All services are free. Website: www.cancercare.org.
Cancer Hope Network. 2 North Road - Suite A, Chester, NJ 07930, 1-877-HOPENET (1-877-467-3638). Provides free one-on-one support for cancer patients and their families by volunteers who have been through the cancer experience. Website: www.cancerhopenetwork.org.
Cancer Survivors Network. A web-based social network for cancer survivors, their families, caregivers, and friends where members can share experiences and learn about services. Website: www.acscsn.org.
CancerNet. Cancer information from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Provides comprehensive information for anyone with a question about cancer, for patients, caregivers, health care professionals, researchers, and others. Website: www.cancer.net.
Coping: Living with Cancer, P. O. Box 682268, Franklin, TN 37068-2268, (615) 791-3859. A magazine for people living with cancer, whether their own or that of a friend or family member. Website: www.copingmag.com/cwc/.
Gilda's Club. A free emotional and social support community for people with cancer and their families and friends. Sponsors workshops, lectures, support groups, and social events; local branches listed on their website. Website: www.gildasclub.org.
Lance Armstrong Foundation. Offers information on cancer, clinical trials, and cancer survivorship, as well as advocacy, fundraising and volunteer opportunities. Website: www.livestrong.org.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer,10 East Athens Avenue, Suite 204, Ardmore, PA 19003, 1-888-753-5222. Offers up-to-date information to women living with breast cancer on breast cancer treatment, recurrence, and research. Website: www.lbbc.org.
Look Good. . . Feel Better. This program focuses on techniques that can help people undergoing cancer treatment improve their appearance. Website: www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org
MAMM magazine, 349 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014, 1-877-668-1800. A magazine for breast cancer patients and others whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. Website: www.MAMM.com.
National Breast Cancer Coalition,1707 L Street NW, Suite 1060, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 296-7477. A national advocacy group that lobbies for increased research funding, access to medical services, and education. Website: www.natlbcc.org.
National Cancer Institute Cancer Information Hotline, 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237). Offers free state-of-the-art information in English or Spanish on treatment, clinical trials, eating hints, advanced cancer, and services in your area. Web site: www.nci.nih.gov.
The National Cancer Institute has information on its web site on how to find a clinical trial (a research study that tests the safety and/or effectiveness of a new cancer treatment or surgery). Website: cancernet.nci.nih.gov/clinicaltrials/finding/treatment-trial-guide
National Lymphedema Network, Latham Square, 1611 Telegraph Avenue, Suite 1111, Oakland, CA, 94612-2138, 1-800-541-3259. Provides complete information on prevention and treatment of lymphedema and support groups. Website: www.lymphnet.org
National Women's Health Network, 514 10th St. NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005, (202) 347-1140. Advocate for women's health issues. Provides newsletters and position papers on women's health topics. Website: nwhn.org
The New York State Department of Health Cancer Services Program, 1-866-442-CANCER (1-866-442-2262). Oversees programs in every county and borough in NYS that: offer breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening and diagnostic testing for eligible, uninsured and underinsured New Yorkers and assistance enrolling in the NYS Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program providing coverage for eligible people diagnosed with breast, cervical, colorectal and prostate cancer. Callers to the phone line and website visitors can also access community-based programs funded by the NYS DOH that provide support, education, and counseling for breast cancer survivors and long- and short-term supportive services for legal, financial and medical access issues as well as contact information for genetic counselors. Website: www.health.ny.gov/nysdoh/cancer/center/partnerships/.
Oncolink: The University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center Resource. A comprehensive source of information about all kinds of cancers, including breast cancer. Includes links to on-line cancer discussion lists and to the National Cancer Institute's Physician Data Query database. Website: www.oncolink.com.
SHARE: Self-Help for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer, 1501 Broadway, Suite 1720, New York, NY 10036, (212) 719-0364. Breast Cancer Hotline: English - 1-866-891-2391, Spanish - (212) 719-4454. A self-help organization that offers support groups, educational programs, hotlines, wellness programs and advocacy for women with breast or ovarian cancer. All programs for patients and their families/caregivers are free of charge. Website: www.sharecancersupport.org.
Sisters Network, Inc., 2922 Rosedale St., Houston, TX, 77004, 1-866-781-1808. A national African-American breast cancer survivorship organization. Offers community outreach educational programs, an Annual National African American Breast Cancer Conference, and an online Breast Cancer Social Network. Website: www.sistersnetworkinc.org.
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Komen Help Line, 1-800-462-9273. Volunteers "who have been there" are available to offer support, answer questions, and provide education about issues related to cancer. Website: www.komen.org.
The Wellness Community. Provides online support groups for cancer patients and their families in both English and Spanish. Website: www.thewellnesscommunity.org/mm/Newly-Diagnosed/Find-Support.aspx.
YWCA Encore Plus. Provides discussions and rehabilitative exercises for women with breast cancer. Contact your local YWCA to find out if they offer the Encore Plus program; locations and contact information for local YWCAs are listed on the website. Website: www.ywca.org/siteapps/custom/ywca/local.aspx?c=djISI6PIKpG&b=281414