Dealing with the emotional and practical aspects of cancer can be challenging. The tools listed in this section are meant to help you address some everyday issues that may seem overwhelming.
These advocacy organizations have a wealth of available information, including dictionaries, toll-free hotlines, and frequently asked questions to support the advanced breast cancer community.
Organizations outside the US can be found here.
Advocacy Organizations in the United States
- AdvancedBC.org – Metastatic breast cancer information and support for patients, family members, and friends.
- Breastcancer.org – Your lifeline to information about breast cancer.
- BreastCancerTrials.org – BCT is a nonprofit service that encourages individuals affected by breast cancer to consider clinical trials as a routine option for care.
- The Breast Cancer Research Foundation – BCRF is determined to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide and increasing public awareness about good breast health.
- *CancerCare – CancerCare offers limited financial assistance, educational programs, publications, and online and telephone support groups without cost.
- Cancer Hope Network – Cancer Hope Network provides free and confidential one-on-one support to cancer patients and/or their family members.
- 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.
- The IBC Network Foundation – The IBC Network Foundation was founded to encourage inflammatory breast cancer education and research.
- *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.
- Men Against Breast Cancer (MABC) – Men Against Breast Cancer 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. We help men be there for the women they love. Since our founding in 1999, MABC has mobilized men across America, including underserved populations, to be active participants in the fight against breast cancer. Our philosophy is to leverage the support of the whole family to help the patient and the family navigate the crisis of breast cancer.
- *Metastatic Breast Cancer Network (MBCN) – A national, patient-led organization that provides information and education to women and men living with metastatic breast cancer and their caregivers. MBCN works to end the isolation of those with metastatic disease and offers strategies for those living with the disease through information on their website (mbcn.org) and by hosting an annual National Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference. MBCN is fighting for more treatments to extend life and make metastatic breast cancer a truly chronic disease.
- *METAvivor Research and Support – From support groups to funding vital research, our programs sustain the power of hope. Passionately committed patients ourselves, we rally public attention to the urgent needs of the metastatic breast cancer community, help patients find strength through support and purpose, and make every dollar count as we work with researchers to regain longevity with quality of life. Regardless of where you are in your journey, we can assure you we've been there too. Reach out to us. We are here for you.
- *SHARE – SHARE supports, educates, and empowers people affected by breast or ovarian cancer, with services specifically targeted to those living with metastatic disease. We help people face their feelings and fears, communicate effectively with their doctors, and make informed decisions about their health. All of SHARE's services are free of charge, confidential, and provided by people living with these diseases.
- Sharsheret – Sharsheret supports Jewish women and families facing breast cancer nationwide. Sharsheret's Embrace program for women living with advanced breast cancer offers individual counseling sessions by phone, a telephone-based support group connecting women with healthcare professionals and with each other, and resources specific to women living with advanced breast cancer.
- Sisters' Network – Committed to increasing local and national attention to the devastating impact that breast cancer has in the African-American community.
- Susan G. Komen for the Cure © – Dedicated to saving lives and ending breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all, and energizing science to find the cure.
- 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.
Advocacy Organizations outside of the United States