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EDUCATIONAL

Annie Appleseed Project

A nationally recognized organization that advocates and produce information on the Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Cancer Therapies.
7319 Serrano Terrace, Delray Beach, FL 33446-2215.
(561) 749-0084
email: info@annieappleseedproject.org
http://www.annieappleseedproject.org/

Asian and Pacific Islander National Cancer Survivors Network

The Asian and Pacific Islander National Cancer Survivors Network (APINCSN) is a network of cancer survivors, their family members, health care providers, researchers, health advocates, community members and organizations who are concerned about the issue of cancer and survivorship in Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities.
http://www.apiahf.org/programs/chronic-diseases/api-national-cancer-survivors-network

Breastcancer.org

A non-profit organization dedicated to providing information and community to those touched by this disease. 
www.breastcancer.org

Health in Hmong Communities (A program of the Center for Patient Partnerships, University of Wisconsin at Madison)

Body and Spirit: Healing Your Way explores health and healing from a holistic perspective, providing balanced coverage of such traditional Hmong practices as shamanist spiritual healing, while, at the same time, underlining the need to maintain modern healthcare practices
http://www.patientpartnerships.org/advocacy/hmong-resources/

Latinas Contra Cancer

Addresses the void in culturally and linguistically sensitive programs that meet the health care needs of Latinos around issues of cancer.
Office: 255 North Market Street, suite 175, San Jose, CA 95110
San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: 408-280-0811
Email:lccoffice@latinascontracancer.org
www.latinascontracancer.org

Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC)

Empowering all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life. Educational programs and support services include lbbc.org, the LBBC Survivors' Helpline (available at (888) 753-5222), the Understanding Breast Cancer guide series, national conferences, free teleconferences, quarterly newsletters, publications for medically underserved women, healthcare-provider trainings, and an extensive program archive.

Mautner Project of Whitman-Walker Health

The Mautner Project of Whitman-Walker Health is committed to improving the health of women who partner with women including lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, through primary medical care, support services, education and advocacy.
1701 14th St., NW - Washington, DC 20009
Phone support is available by appointment. For more information call 202.797.3570.
http://www.whitman-walker.org/mautnerproject

Men Against Breast Cancer (MABC)

Men Against Breast Cancer (MABC) is the nation's first and only national 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization designed to provide targeted support services that educate and empower men to be effective caregivers when breast cancer strikes a female loved one. MABC helps men be there for the women they love. Since MABC was founded in 1999, it has mobilized men across America, including underserved populations, to be active participants in the fight against breast cancer. The MABC philosophy is to leverage the support of the whole family to help the patient and the families navigate the crisis of breast cancer.

Plan Beyond Cancer

Free Survivorship Care Plans for Dane County, Wisconsin Residents
Survivorship Care Planning is about the rest of your life – about how you want to live, work, play and celebrate. It’s about getting things in order so you can spend your time the way you want to – enjoying the present. Nearly all cancer survivors feel “caught off guard” by our diagnosis. Most of us struggle to find a “new normal.” Planning beyond cancer can help make order out of chaos.
Access to this site is free, but is currenly restricted to Dane County, Wisconsin residents. If you live in Dane County and need access, please contact the Center for Patient Partnerships at (608) 265-6267 or by email at info@planbeyondcancer.org.  If you live outside of Dane County, Wisconsin and wish to provide access to your community, please also contact us.
http://www.planbeyondcancer.org/

SHARE

SHARE supports, educates, and empowers people affected by breast or ovarian cancer. We help people face their feelings and fears, communicate effectively with their doctors, and make informed decisions about their health. SHARE's services include telephone support, educational programs, support groups, and public-health initiatives. All of SHARE's services are free of charge, confidential, and provided by survivors of breast or ovarian cancer.  Talk to someone who's been there.
866-891-2392
English and Spanish languages

Society of Integrative Oncology

The mission of the Society for Integrative Oncology is to advance evidence-based, comprehensive, integrative healthcare to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.Information on complementary cancer treatments.
http://www.integrativeonc.org/

Young Survival Coalition

Premier international, nonprofit network of breast cancer survivors and supporters dedicated to the concerns and issues that are unique to young women and breast cancer.
www.youngsurvival.org
National Headquarters:
80 Broad Street, Suite 1700. New York, NY, 10004
phone: 877.972.1011 
email: resourcelink@youngsurvival.org
Local Support/Networking Groups all over the country. Find us on MeetUp.com (search YSC in order to find the closest YSC group to you)

FAMILY & FRIENDS

Camp Kesem

Camp Kesem recognizes and embraces the often-overlooked population of children affected by a parent’s cancer. Camp Kesem empowers college student leaders nationwide to create free, life-changing summer camps for children affected by a parent’s cancer. With 1.7 million cancer cases a year in the United States, there are more than 3 million kids affected by a parent’s cancer and Camp Kesem recognizes and embraces this often-overlooked population of children. Because they don’t appear sick, their needs are often over looked and they suffer quietly, leading to academic, social, emotional, and developmental problems.
http://campkesem.org/

Kids Konnected

This nonprofit provides education, understanding, and support for children who have a parent with cancer or who have lost a parent to cancer, 24-hour hotline, youth leadership, camps, and social events.
www.kidskonnected.org
(949) 582 5443

Little Pink Houses of Hope

We provide FREE weeklong vacations for breast cancer patients and their families. We believe a cancer diagnosis does not just affect the patient, but the entire family. Every beach retreat is designed to help families relax, reconnect and rejuvenate during the cancer journey.
Phone:  336-213-4733
Mailing Address:
2375 Corporation Parkway
Burlington, NC  27215
http://www.littlepink.org/contact/

Walk with Sally

Walk With Sally is committed to providing healing and comfort to children debilitated by the emotional experience of living with or losing a parent or sibling to cancer. This healing is facilitated through free of charge mentoring support programs and services that provide an emotionally safe environment for children to share their difficult experience with someone who has suffered the same.
http://www.walkwithsally.org/

Mautner Project of Whitman-Walker Health

The Mautner Project of Whitman-Walker Health is committed to improving the health of women who partner with women including lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, through primary medical care, support services, education and advocacy.
One of the online support groups Lesbian, Bi & Trans Bereavement is a member-driven email support group for lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women grieving the loss of a loved one.
1701 14th St., NW - Washington, DC 20009
Phone support is available by appointment. For more information call 202.797.3570.
http://www.whitman-walker.org/mautnerproject

weSPARK

weSPARK is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for cancer patients, their families and friends. weSPARK provides, free of charge,  multiple services designed to heal the mind, body and spirit of all those whose lives have been affected by cancer.

Scarcely a person in this country has been untouched by this disease; either by a personal diagnosis or by knowing and loving someone who has had cancer. This disease must be combated psychologically and emotionally, as well as physically.

FAMILY PLANNING

Fertile Hope

A national LIVESTRONG initiative, Fertile Hope has partnered with YSC on a range of programs helping young women understand fertility issues associated with cancer. Programs cover the effects of cancer treatment on fertility and the options for planning a family—topics of special importance for young women.
www.fertilehope.org

Hope for Two

Hope for Two...The Pregnant with Cancer Network offers free support for women diagnosed with cancer while pregnant. We connect women who are currently pregnant with cancer with other women who have experienced a similar cancer diagnosis. 

http://pregnantwithcancer.org/

Information on Supplemental Nursing System
For parents who want to experience breast feeding after mastectomy or those who became parents thru surrogacy or adoption

Oncofertility Consortium at Northwestern University
The Oncofertility Consortium® is a national, interdisciplinary initiative designed to explore the reproductive future of cancer survivors. 

FINANCIAL / HEALTHCARE COVERAGE

Breast Cancer Support Services – Emergency Fund (for TN valley survivors)

Loss of income due to breast cancer and its treatment can lead to financial strain on women and families.  The Breast Cancer Emergency Fund helps to support families in the Tennessee Valley while they are focused on treatment, healing and recovery. Financial Assistance is available for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients and those recently diagnosed with recurrent disease.
http://www.bcss-chattanooga.org/emergency-fund.html

Cancer Assistance Fund for North Texas

Each year we provide financial assistance to help with a portion of COBRA payments. We have a limited amount of funds to assist cancer patients in Tarrant, Johnson, Wise and Parker counties who are in serious financial need with the cost of their cancer treatment programs. For those patients in financial need with no health insurance we sometimes are able to make direct payments to those who provide the oncology care. A portion of these funds are provided by generous gifts from theSusan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth Affiliate and The Careity ® Foundation
http://www.cafnt.org/programs-services.html#2

Cancer Detection Programs: “Every Woman Counts” (For California patients)

Free Cervical, Clinical Breast and Mammograms for women 40 years of age or older who qualify under California guidelines
(800) 511-2300

CancerCare

CancerCare offers limited financial assistance, educational programs, publications, and online and telephone support groups without cost. This organization helps with access to the medical expertise they need to manage their health. They offer toll free teleconferences providing up-to-date information on cancer-related issues from leading experts in oncology.
http://www.cancercare.org/

Livestrong Insurance and Financial Assistance

http://www.livestrong.org/we-can-help/insurance-and-financial-assistance/

Living Beyond Breast Cancer – Guide to Understanding Financial Concerns

http://www.lbbc.org/Understanding-Breast-Cancer/Guides-to-Understanding-Breast-Cancer/Guide-to-Understanding-Financial-Concerns

National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program

For more than 20 years, CDC's National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program has provided free or low-cost mammograms and Pap tests to low-income women with little or no health insurance.
http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp/about.htm

Novartis Patient Assistance Program

At Novartis, our goal is to improve the lives of patients like you by developing the treatments and medicines you need, helping you learn all you can about your disease or medical condition, and most importantly, connecting you with assistance to help you pay for your medicines. That's why we're proud to offer Patient Assistance Now, a comprehensive resource we hope makes it easier for you to find what you need to take an active part in managing your health.

To speak with a Novartis Customer Support Representative, call 1-800-245-5356.
http://www.patientassistancenow.com/index.jsp?usertrack.filter_applied=true&NovaId=2935376979263535102

Surviving and Moving Forward: The SAMFund for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer

The SAMFund is the only nonprofit organization in the country designed to help young adults (YAs) recover from the devastating financial impact of cancer treatment.
http://www.thesamfund.org/

Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition Emergency Access Fund

In 2002, TBCC established the Emergency Access Fund to provide financial assistance to individuals in financial need due to inability to work and/or mounting medical expenses incurred while undergoing treatment of breast cancer. This fund provides assistance with mortgage and rent payments, utilities, insurance premiums, and medical necessities related to breast cancer treatment. Recipients must be residents of Tennessee and currently undergoing breast cancer treatments. For more information about qualifications and how to receive assistance from this fund please call 615-377-8777.

U.S. Healthcare Coverage

A federal government website managed by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244
https://www.healthcare.gov/

In Spanish: “Cuidado de Salud” www.cuidadodesalud.org

LEGAL

Cancer Legal Resource Center

A cancer diagnosis may carry with it a variety of legal issues, including insurance appeals, employment rights and leave time, access to health care and government benefits, and estate planning. These legal issues can cause people unnecessary worry, confusion, and stress, and can be overwhelming. When these legal issues are not addressed, people may find that although they have gotten through treatment, they have lost their homes, jobs, or insurance coverage. Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC) is a joint program of Disability Rights Legal Center and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.  The CLRC provides information and education about cancer-related legal issues to the public through its national telephone assistance line. The CLRC also conducts national education and outreach programs for community groups, employers and healthcare professionals and is actively involved in community activities to raise public awareness of cancer-related legal and public policy issues.
http://www.disabilityrightslegalcenter.org/cancer-legal-resource-center

Cancer Pro Bono Legal Project – Duke Law School

The Cancer Pro Bono Legal Project is a collaboration between the University of North Carolina and Duke law schools, the cancer centers at the two universities, as well as the North Carolina Bar Association and North Carolina Society of Healthcare Attorneys.  Through the program, law students assist pro bono attorneys in working with patients on advance directives, financial powers of attorney, and health care powers of attorney documents.  In addition, students and pro bono attorneys also offer cancer patients monthly seminars on a variety of legal topics including insurance rights, employment rights, social security disability insurance and financial planning.
210 Science Drive
Box 90360
Durham, North Carolina 27708
http://law.duke.edu/publicinterest/probono/

National Cancer Legal Services Network

The NCLSN promotes increased availability of free legal services programs so that people affected by cancer may focus on medical care and their quality of life. Cancer survivors face devastating legal and economic consequences. Legal services programs assist with insurance disputes, public benefits, housing, employment issues, future care and custody planning, immigration, and advance directives.  
http://www.nclsn.org/

PHYSICAL APPEARANCE

Breast Cancer Support Services – “Bra Bank” (for TN valley survivors)

BCSS has mastectomy bras and prostheses available to breast cancer survivors with limited resources. Please contact the office to make an appointment.

1400 McCallie Ave, Suite 110
Chattanooga, TN 37404
423-629-2445

Brides Against Breast Cancer

Our more than 150 yearly bridal shows provide brides-to-be with an opportunity to find their dream gown at an incredible savings, while contributing to services that provide education, information and outreach to men, women and children affected by cancer. Our goal in the coming year is to make free Health Support Network programs and services available to anyone, anywhere through a nationwide online network called the Health Support Network Online. Health Support Network is in the process of producing more than 150 cancer related online programs annually. These online programs will include exercise, nutrition, meditation, education and caregiver support. The program content is supported by evidence based scientific research. Health Support Network has the expertise, experience and leadership positioned to deliver unmatched video content to an online network of affiliates.
http://www.bridesagainstbreastcancer.org

Confident Clothing Company

Fashion Conscious Therapeutic Clothing for women undergoing Breast Cancer treatment and surgeries
http://www.confidentclothingcompany.com/

Fiddledee Bracelets

Breast Cancer Medical ID Accessories
http://fiddledeeids.com/

Lymphedivas

Medically-correct fashion for patients suffering from lymphedema
http://www.lymphedivas.com/

Pink Perfect

Custom-made Nipple Prostheses after breast cancer surgeries and treatments
http://www.pink-perfect.com/

PorunaSonrisa (For a Smile) – Mexicali, B.C. N. Mexico

This organization provides assistance to low-income women who are in need of a wig. Spanish-speaking.
email: porunasonrisamxl@gmail.com
phone (country code: 52) 686-946-8265 (Border city Mexico/USA)

PROFESSIONAL

Cancer and Careers

Cancer and Careers empowers and educates people with cancer to thrive in their workplace by providing expert advice, interactive tools and educational events. Through a comprehensive website, free publications, career coaching, and a series of support groups and educational seminars for employees with cancer and their healthcare providers and coworkers, Cancer and Careers strives to eliminate fear and uncertainty for working people with cancer. Cancerandcareers.org informs more than 250,000 visitors per year, providing essential tools and information for employees with cancer.
www.cancerandcareers.org

PSYCHOLOGICAL (includes Support Groups, Spiritual)

After Breast Cancer Diagnosis (ABCD)

People affected by breast cancer – patients, family and friends – benefit from personalized, reliable informational and emotional support as a complement to appropriate medical care.One-to-one support provided by people who have first-hand experience with similar breast cancer diagnosis, treatment history and similar life circumstances is a fundamental element of personalized support.One-to-one support, which we call mentoring, is essential to building a life after diagnosis, leading to a more confident, empowered survivor.
800.977.4121 Breast Cancer Helpline – Immediate Support from a Survivor & Mentor Match
414.977.1780 Office and all Program Services
414.977.1781 Facsimile
abcdinc@abcdmentor.org
5775 N Glen Park Road, Suite 201
Glendale, WI 53209
http://www.abcdbreastcancersupport.org/

American Cancer Society (ACS)

Breast cancer services include Reach to Recovery, a support program for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients; Look Good, Feel Better, a program designed to help women with their appearance. Information pamphlets are available upon request.
(800) ACS-2345
www.cancer.org

Breast Cancer Connections

A non-profit dedicated to providing information and support to people dealing with breast cancer or breast health issues. Support groups for Metastatic and also for Young Women.
Breast Cancer Connections
390 Cambridge Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 326-6686 Helpline
(888) 222-4401 Toll Free
http://bcconnections.org/facing-cancer

Breast Cancer Support Services (TN)

Support Groups are structured to meet the needs, concerns, and issues of breast cancer patients and survivors.  A professional facilitator provides a supportive and safe environment for women to express themselves and interact with other survivors.  
http://www.bcss-chattanooga.org/support-groups.html

Health Support Network

Since 1996, the Health Support Network (HSH) and its predecessor organization has been providing FREE cancer related programs and services to children, adults, families and caregivers.  HSN is in the process of producing online programs all designed to enhance the lives of those impacted by cancer.  The online programs will focus on the emotional, psychological and educational aspects of well-being while surviving cancer.  All program content is supported by evidence based scientific research and is 100% FREE.

http://www.healthsupportnetwork.org

South Carolina Cancer Alliance

The SCCA is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the impact of cancer on ALL people in South Carolina
http://www.sccanceralliance.org/resources/default.aspx

Team Roxy – Tackling Breast Cancer Together

Our mission is to promote breast cancer awareness and education, raise funds for breast cancer research and programs, and provide hope, support and resources to those affected by breast cancer.
http://team-roxy.com/

The Foundation for Living Beauty

We provide free services to help women living with cancer and cancer survivors address the stresses that extend beyond their medical diagnosis. A variety of workshops and activities are available to our Living Beauties, including yoga, Tai-chi, Reiki, guided meditation, art therapy, creative writing workshops, nutritional counseling, spa treatments, evenings at the symphony, gourmet cooking classes, quarterly gatherings and more. Retreats usually occur in Montecito, California.
Office Address: 234 N. El Molino Avenue Suite 202 Pasadena, CA 91101
Mailing Address: 3579 E. Foothill Blvd. Suite 132 Pasadena, CA 91107
Phone: 888 501 0777 - Email: info@livingbeauty.org
www.livingbeauty.org

The Cancer Support Community (CSC)

In July 2009, The Wellness Community and Gilda's Club Worldwide joined forces to become the Cancer Support Community. By helping to complete the cancer care plan, CSC optimizes patient care by providing essential, but often overlooked, services including support groups, counseling, education, and healthy lifestyle programs. Today, CSC provides the highest quality emotional and social support through a network of more than 56 local affiliates, 100 satellite locations, and online.

weSPARK

This organization is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for cancer patients, their families and friends. weSPARK provides, free of charge,  multiple services designed to heal the mind, body and spirit of all those whose lives have been affected by cancer.Scarcely a person in this country has been untouched by this disease; either by a personal diagnosis or by knowing and loving someone who has had cancer. This disease must be combated psychologically and emotionally, as well as physically.
Address: weSPARK Sherman Oaks
13520 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
PH: 818-906-3022
FAX: 818-906-3021
http://www.wespark.org