Resources

Organizations

American Cancer Society — provides medical information, treatment decision tools, news updates and support resources. 1-800-ACS-2345, www.cancer.org


American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) — has goals of improving cancer care and prevention and ensuring that all patients with cancer receive the highest quality care.             1-888-282-2552, www.asco.org


American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons — advances quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery. www.plasticsurgery.org


BreastCancerTrials.org — provides patient-centered information about breast cancer clinical trials. 415-476-5777, www.breastcancertrials.org


Color Genomics’ — $249 physician-ordered at-home test uses saliva samples to determine a person’s risk for select hereditary cancers. The company will then arrange a call with a board-certified genetic counselor to discuss next steps. Color.com


Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered, Inc. (FORCE) —  provides information for women whose family history or genetic status puts them at high risk of ovarian and/or breast cancer. 1-866-288-RISK, www.facingourrisk.org


Fertile Hope — provides reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients whose treatments present the risk of infertility. 1-866-965-7205, www.fertilehope.org


Gilda’s Club of South Florida — an essential complement to medical care, providing support groups, workshops, educational programs, and social activities, free of charge.   954-763-6776 www.gildasclubsouthflorida.org 


Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation —  Focused on finding the cause, focusing on research and awareness. 1-877-786-7422, www.ibcresearch.org


InformedDNA — a network of board-certified genetic counselors providing this service by phone. They can also help you find an expert in your area for face-to-face genetic counseling. InformedDNA.com


Living Beyond Breast Cancer — offers programs and services to women affected by breast cancer, caregivers and health care providers. 1-888-753-LBBC, www.lbbc.org


Mautner Project, The National Lesbian Health Organization — provides education, support and other services to lesbians with cancer. 1-866-MAUTNER, www.mautnerproject.org


National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service — provides information and resources for patients, the public and health care providers. 1-800-4-CANCER, www.cancer.gov


National Comprehensive Cancer Network — improves the quality and effectiveness of care provided to patients with cancer.  Offers clinical practice guidelines for patients.                         1-866-788-NCCN, www.nccn.org


National Lymphedema Network — provides education and guidance to lymphedema patients, health care professionals and the general public by disseminating information on management of lymphedema and related disorders, and education for at risk individuals.      1-800-541-3259, www.lymphnet.org


National Society of Genetic Counselors — offers a searchable directory for finding a genetic counselor by state and specialty. To find one who specializes in cancer genetics, choose “cancer” under the “types of specialization.” NSGC.org


Nueva Vida — Spanish support network for Latinas with cancer. 1-866-986-8432, 

www.nueva-vida.org


Susan G. Komen® — promises to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures. For information and support, call 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636), www.komen.org


Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation — raises awareness of the disease while supporting research. 1-877-880-TNBC, www.tnbcfoundation.org


Young Survival Coalition® — provides information on breast cancer in young women.               1-877-972-1011, www.youngsurvival.org

Advocacy

National Breast Cancer Coalition — grassroots organization with a mission to eradicate breast cancer through action and advocacy. 1-800-622-2838, www.breastcancerdeadline2020.org


The Patient Advocate Foundation — provides legal and advocacy help with disputing insurance claim denials. 1-800-532-5274, www.patientadvocate.org

Support Programs and Services

American Cancer Society — visits newly diagnosed post-surgical patients by trained breast cancer survivors through their Reach to Recovery program. 1-800-ACS-2345, 

www.cancer.org


CancerCare® — provides free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer. Services include counseling, education, financial assistance and practical help. 1-800-813-HOPE,  

www.cancercare.org


Living Beyond Breast Cancer — Find information on breast cancer support and care. 1-888-753-LBBC

www.lbbc.org


LIVESTRONG Cancer Navigation Services - provides free, confidential, one-on-one support services to patients, survivors and caregivers in English and Spanish. LIVESTRONG also provides assistance with financial and insurance challenges, treatment decision-making, discounted fertility preservation, clinical trial matching, access to emotional support and more. 1-855-220-7777 

www.livestrong.org/cancersupport

Financial Resources

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) — provides detailed information on a range of health issues for people over 50, including Medicare and other health insurance programs. 1-888-OUR-AARP (1-888-687-2277), www.aarp.org/health


CancerCare® Co-Payment Assistance Foundation —addresses the needs of individuals who cannot afford their insurance co-payments to cover the cost of medications for treating cancer. 1-866-55 COPAY, www.cancercarecopay.org


Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition — helps cancer patients manage their financial challenges. www.cancerfac.org


Corporate Angel Network — provides air transportation to treatment centers. 1-866-328-1313, www.corpangelnetwork.org


HealthWell Foundation® — reduces financial barriers to care for underinsured patients with chronic or life-altering diseases.  1-800-675-8416, www.healthwellfoundation.org  


Healthcare.gov — provides information on finding insurance options, prevention and comparing the quality of health care providers. www.healthcare.gov


Linking A.R.M.S.™ — offers qualified individuals financial assistance to help cover the costs of some treatment and medications, medical equipment including lymphedema support and supplies. Linking A.R.M.S.™ is a partnership with Susan G. Komen® and CancerCare®.             1-877 GO KOMEN (465-6636) or 1-800-813-HOPE (4673), www.cancercare.org


Meals on Wheels -  provides home delivered meals each week to  low-income, ill and/or homebound persons with disabilities 786-469-4707, www.bmow.org


National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program — provides access to critical breast and cervical cancer screening services for underserved women in the United States.    1-800-CDC-INFO, www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp


National Patient Air Travel HELPLINE -provides air transportation to treatment centers.         1-800-296-1217, www.patienttravel.org


Partnership for Prescription Assistance — provides information on how to find pharmaceutical manufacturer assistance programs. 1-888-4PPA-NOW, www.pparx.org


Patient Access Network Foundation — helps underinsured patients afford the co-payments for their cancer medications. 1-866-316-7263, www.panfoundation.org


Patient Advocate Foundation — offers a Co-Pay Relief Program that provides financial assistance to eligible patients who are being treated for breast cancer. 1-866-512-3861, www.copays.org


The Pink Fund - provides short-term financial aid to breast cancer patients in active treatment. The Pink Fund will provide short term financial aid for a brief period of treatment and recovery. The Pink Fund makes direct bill payments for the maintenance of health insurance premiums and non-medical bills. 1-(877) 234-PINK, www.Pinkfund.org


The National Financial Resources Guidebook for Patients —  provides information state by state for financial relief for a broad range of needs including housing, utilities, food, transportation to medical treatment and children’s resources. 1-800-532-5274, www.patientadvocate.org


YWCA — offers ENCOREplus® breast and cervical cancer program that provides outreach, education and screening mammograms to women who are most in need and lack access to breast health services. 202-467-0801 or contact your local YWCA. www.ywca.org