The National Cancer
Information Center provides information and support to people facing cancer 24
hours a day, 365 days a year. Specialists trained in cancer information are
available by phone or live chat, providing accurate and up-to-date cancer information
to patients, family members and caregivers, and connecting them with valuable
services and resources in their communities. We offer programs and services to
help the more than 1.4 million cancer patients diagnosed each year in this
country, and the 14 million cancer survivors, as well as their family and
friends. We provide information, daily help and emotional support. And best of
all, our help is free:
-Travel to treatment:
Sometimes, getting to cancer treatment is a challenge. If you need transportation
to treatment, we may be able to help you.
– Accommodation: If your
cancer treatment is far from your home and you need a place to stay, the
American Cancer Society can help you.
– Products for hair loss
and mastectomy: some women wear wigs, hats, breast shapes and bras to help cope
with the effects of treatment. Our “tlc” Tender Loving Care® catalog
offers these products as well as useful articles.
– Personal Cancer Guide:
You may want someone to help you guide you in cancer care. A patient navigator
from the American Cancer Society can help. The American Cancer Society program
has patient navigators in hospitals, treatment centers and other health care
centers throughout the country. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 any time of the day
or night to find out if there is a Patient Navigation Program from the American
Cancer Society in your area.
Support for breast cancer:
Women with breast cancer can talk with a trained Reach To Recovery® volunteer
who is a breast cancer survivor.
It helps with the side effects
of treatment related to appearance: some cancer treatments can affect your
appearance. In a Look Good session … Feel Better®, you can learn ways to help
with side effects, such as hair loss and skin changes. This program is offered
jointly by the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council
Foundation and the National Cosmetology Association.
Online Community: You can
share experiences, practical advice and hope through the Cancer Survivors
Network of the American Cancer Society. This is a free online community created
by and for people with cancer and their families.
Getting the best care
sometimes means that cancer patients should travel far from home. This can
place an additional emotional and financial burden on patients and caregivers
during a time that is already challenging. The American Cancer Society is
trying to facilitate this difficult situation for cancer patients and their
families through Hope Lodge and our Hotel Partner Program.
The American Cancer Society has a
place where cancer patients and their caregivers can find help and hope when
their home is far away: a shelter of the American Cancer Society.
Each Hope Lodge offers cancer patients
age 18 and older and their caregivers a free place to stay when their best hope
for an effective treatment may be in another city. Currently, there are more
than 30 Hope Lodge locations in the United States and Puerto Rico.
Accommodations and eligibility requirements may vary by location.
The American Cancer Society, in a
cooperative effort with hotels across the country, offers overnight
accommodations to cancer patients who must travel to receive outpatient
treatment and need help with accommodation.
The program is open to cancer patients
of all ages, including pediatric patients accompanied by a parent and patients
traveling with children. All accommodations are provided based on eligibility
requirements and are subject to availability and restrictions imposed by
participating hotels. Requests for accommodation are received in order of
How does the Reach To Recovery®
program help people who face breast cancer?
For more than 45 years, the Reach to
Recovery program of the American Cancer Society has helped people cope with
their experience with breast cancer, from the first chance of a diagnosis and
while breast cancer remains a personal concern for them.
Finding out that you have breast
cancer can make you feel overwhelmed, vulnerable and lonely. Suddenly having to
learn about complex medical treatments and trying to choose the best one can
also be stressful during this time.
Our Reach To Recovery volunteers is
specially trained to help people through their experience, offering a measure
of comfort and an opportunity for an emotional base and informed decision
making. As breast cancer survivors, our volunteers give patients and family
members the opportunity to express their feelings, talk about their fears and
concerns and ask questions of someone who has been there. Most importantly,
Reach to Recovery volunteers offer understanding, support, and hope because
they themselves have survived breast cancer and have gone on to live productive
lives. Program volunteers do not provide medical advice.
How does the program work?
Through face-to-face or telephone
visits, Reach to Recovery volunteers provide support to people who are:
Face a possible diagnosis of breast
cancer, recurrence or advanced breast cancer
Have or have had a lumpectomy,
mastectomy or breast reconstruction
Undergo or complete treatment,
including chemotherapy and radiation
Volunteers are trained to provide
support and updated information, including literature for spouses or partners,
children, friends and other loved ones. Volunteers can also review the
resources of the American Cancer Society that can help with the experience,
concerns, and questions of patients.
“Tlc” is the catalog and
website of the American Cancer Society for women who deal with the effects of
cancer-related on appearance. It offers useful information and affordable
products, such as wigs, hairpieces, breast forms, mastectomy bras, hats,
turbans, mastectomy swimsuits, and accessories. All proceeds from product sales
are reinvested in the programs and services of the American Cancer Society for
patients and survivors.
The UT Southwestern Center for Breast
Care offers a comprehensive and patient-centered treatment of breast cancer
with the latest medications, techniques, and therapies.
Our multidisciplinary team includes
some of the best breast cancer specialists in the world. Our experts devote
their entire clinical approach to the treatment of breast cancer, which means
that you receive unsurpassed care in a state-of-the-art facility. At each step
of your treatment and recovery, we are here to be your partner in the fight
against breast cancer.
The Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive
Cancer Center at UT Southwestern is the only cancer center designated by the
National Cancer Institute in North Texas. Our breast cancer specialists have
earned international recognition for their contributions to the field.
At the Center for Breast Care, you
will benefit from the knowledge and experience of a whole team of breast care
specialists, including medical, surgical and radiology oncologists; breast
imaging specialists; pathologists; and reconstructive surgeons.
Our team is located in a convenient
clinic, which makes appointments with multiple doctors faster and less
stressful. Our specialists can easily communicate and collaborate on individual
cases, which means that our patients receive the highest level of care from a
full team of experts.
Breast cáncer services
We offer the most advanced
technologies and techniques available for the diagnosis, detection, and
treatment of breast cancer, including medications and other therapies that are
not available in all hospitals. We are committed to integrating the main
treatments against cancer with personalized strategies to improve your health
and general well-being, with the aim of improving your quality of life, both
today and in the future, as a cancer survivor.
Our services include:
Advanced diagnostic techniques,
including fine needle aspiration biopsy and vacuum-assisted needle biopsy
Accurate staging of breast cancer
using the main imaging technologies
The latest surgical techniques,
including lumpectomy, mastectomy, sentinel lymph node biopsy, and dissection of
axillary lymph nodes
Chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and
other medical therapy options
The most accurate radiotherapy
Innovative breast reconstructive
All phases of clinical trials for each
stage of breast cancer
Better surveillance and screening
options for high-risk patients through our award-winning cancer genetics
Complementary strategies to improve
health and well-being in general
In addition, we offer:
Detection of breast cancer
Support groups for you and your family
Physiotherapy and rehabilitation
Breast cancer awareness groups in your
1- Coping with breast cancer
How to deal with breast cancer is a
multi-week course designed for women within a year of diagnosis, at any stage
of treatment, which teaches them how to express and understand the complex
feelings that inevitably occur with a diagnosis of breast cancer.
Through guided learning activities and
group discussions, BCRC Navigators address issues such as understanding fear
and anger, reflecting on loss and death, effective communication with
caregivers and the different roles caregivers can play during their recovery.
Time and location vary from cycle to
Typical class size of 6-10
Offered several times throughout the
Pre-registration is necessary, please
confirm your attendance by contacting BCRC.
2- The BCRC Educate & Empower
series offers the opportunity to delve into a specific topic and learn directly
from a health expert about a topic that is important to you.
These free quarterly events cover a
wide range of topics related to breast cancer: how cancer affects their
sexuality, the latest advances in cancer care, how to deal with breast cancer
through art, understanding the possible side effects and more. You can find
information about the most recent or upcoming Educate & Empower event on
our calendar and on social networking sites.
Free to attend and open to the public
Held quarterly in various locations in
the Greater Austin area
3- BCRC carries out outreach
activities to the community to educate the community about the importance of
breast health. We work with underserved populations to match their access to
objective information about risk reduction and the benefits of early detection
and to discredit the myths surrounding breast cancer.
We also connect the uninsured,
underinsured and low-income population with free and low-cost services for
breast health and work with them to find a primary care physician.
Our bilingual education specialist
promotes our services by focusing on the people where they live, work and seek
help with basic needs.
Wigs – Free or Reduced Cost – Cancer
Resource Center of the American Cancer Society in Medical City Lewisville
The resource center provides cancer
patients and those affected by cancer with information, educational materials,
resource references and gift items. Available gift items: hats, turbans, wigs
4- Program Look Good to Feel Better –
American Cancer Society – Dallas
Look Good Feel Better is a free
two-hour workshop for women undergoing cancer treatment. This program helps
improve the self-image, appearance, and quality of life of patients by teaching
beauty techniques to help cope with the temporary side effects related to
cancer treatment. This program is possible thanks to the collaboration of the
Look Good Feel Better Foundation of the Personal Care Products Council, the
American Cancer Society and the Professional Beauty Association / National
Cosmetology Association. http://lookgoodfeelbetter.org/
5- Education for health – American
Cancer Society / Pewaukee
Offers 2 DVD’s: HEALTH CROSSES A
CULTURE – is an 8-segment Hmong cancer DVD resource developed to educate Hmong
men and women about cancer prevention and early detection. The information
focuses on 6 types of cancer and healthy lifestyles. The presentation segment
introduces Hmong local leaders talking about the need for information and
resources. The information is presented in Hmong with English subtitles. This
Health Crosses a Culture DVD is only available to order at the Office of the
American Cancer Society Pewaukee WI in the Midwest. Call to place an order for
your own copy of this DVD. SENSITIZATION OF NATIVE AMERICAN BREAST CANCER: a
12-minute DVD featuring Native American medical professionals and Native
American women discussing the benefits and fears associated with breast cancer
and breast cancer screening. This DVD also features testimonials from Native
American breast cancer survivors. This Native American Breast Cancer Awareness
DVD, article no. ° 5621.00, is now available to order the American Cancer
Society throughout the country. Call to place an order for your own copy of
6- Reaching recovery – American Cancer
Society – Texas
Reach to Recovery is a program that
helps people cope with breast cancer through peer-to-peer support. It is
offered at all points throughout the cancer continuum, from pre-diagnosis to
the entire period when breast cancer remains a personal concern. The program
pairs a breast cancer survivor with a newly diagnosed patient who has similar
problems. Each volunteer is specially trained to help the patient express their
feelings, verbalize their fears and concerns, and be an impartial sounding
board for questions and issues that may affect them. The contact can be a
personal visit, a phone call or online depending on the location. All
volunteers are trained and certified by the Reach to Recovery standards.