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ONLINE RESOURCE GUIDE: The guide is designed to give you the information you need to make informed healthcare at a stressful time in your life. The contents of this booklet are not meant to constitute medical advice or replace the care of a qualified physician or other care provider.  For  additional information sign up for our weekly news updates, BCO News

PART ONE: MAKING DECISIONS

  • I’ve been diagnosed with cancer…What do I do?
  • The importance of making an informed decision
  • What should I do first?
  • Getting Organized  

PART TWO:  DIAGNOSING BREAST CANCER 

  • What Is Breast Cancer?
  • What are the Symptoms of Breast Cancer?
  • How is Breast Cancer Diagnosed?

PART THREE: TREATMENTS

  • Deciding on treatment
  • Decision-making Check List
  • Primary and Adjuvant Treatment Options for Breast Cancer

   SURGERY

  • Types of surgery                                                                                                 
  • How to choose a breast surgeon, Sheldon Feldman, MD
  • Timing of Surgery
  • Questions to ask your surgeon before surgery
  • Questions to ask your surgeon after surgery

   RADIATION-What is Radiation?

  • What does radiation therapy do?
  • Who receives radiation therapy?
  • When Is Radiation Appropriate?
  • Radiation is NOT an option if you are facing one of these situations
  • Can radiation therapy be repeated?
  • Types of Radiation
  • Preparing for treatment  

   ADJUVENT THERAPY AND NEOADJUVENT THERAPY

   CHEMOTHERAPY

   HORMONE THERAPY
  • What Are the Most Commonly Used Drugs?
  • Side effects of hormone therapy
  • Questions to ask your doctor about hormone therapy

HOW TO EVALUATE HEALTH/MEDICAL INFORMATION

  • 'Relative Risk' vs 'Absolute Risk'
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A diagnosis of cancer can be a tremendous burden to cancer patients and their families. Besides hospital bills, cancer treatment can include many expenses that insurance doesn't cover, such as medications, transportation, or child care. If lost wages compound this situation, then the diagnosis of cancer can also become a financial crisis. The list now includes drug reimbursement and assistance resources. Breast Cancer Options has compiled a resource list to help you find options.  Updated 12/5/2015
 

 

 
CANCER SERVICES PROGRAM - COMMUNITY PROGRAMS LIST
http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/cancer/services/partnerships/
To be connected to free breast, cervical, colorectal cancer screening, diagnostic, treatment and support services in your community please call the number listed or our toll free number 1-866-442-CANCER (1-866-442-226237) 
 
RESOURCES

MY CANCER CIRCLE™.  A simple, customizable online tool that helps organize a community of family members, caregivers, friends, and others who want to lend a hand. Through a Help Calendar, caregivers are able to enlist friends and family to sign up for tasks, including cooking dinner and offering rides to appointments. My Cancer Circle also encourages message and photo sharing among members. To learn more, please visit mycancercircle.net or download the My Cancer Circle fact sheet.
 
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR WELLNESS PROGRAMS at OMEGA INSTITUTE, RHINEBECK NY

The United Breast Cancer Foundation (UBCF) and the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies are proud to announce a partnership providing financial assistance to breast cancer patients and survivors so they can participate in classes, seminars, and other learning opportunities focused on holistic healing, health, and wellbeing at Omega’s Rhinebeck, New York campus. Scholarships will be offered for weekend programs, covering tuition and room and board. Potential candidates can download an application at the UBCF web site http://www.ubcf.org or Omega’s website at http://www.eomega.org/ (look under Attend). A letter verifying health status from a doctor, two current pay stubs verifying income, and the attached completed application form should be mailed to Omega Institute, Scholarship Department, 150 Lake Drive, Rhinebeck, NY 12572-3252. 

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SUPPORT & ADVOCACY GROUPS/ORGANIZATIONS NYS
 
New York State Breast Cancer Network: www.nysbcsen.org
The represented groups are recognized in their communities as leaders in providing breast cancer advocacy,  education and support services and in creating awareness of environmental links to disease. As a network we are dedicated to eradicating breast cancer in our lifetime so that our children and grandchildren do not have to fear the breast cancer epidemic that confronts us today.

  Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program

·  Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition

·  Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester

·  Breast Cancer Help, Inc.

·  Breast Cancer Network of Western New York

·  Breast Cancer Options

·  Brentwood Bayshore Breast Cancer Coalition

·  Cancer Action NY

  Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes

·  Environmental Advocates

·  Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition

   Health Alliance/Oncology Support Program

·  Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition (HBCAC)

·  Islip Breast Cancer Coalition

·  Long Beach Breast Cancer Coalition

·  NYPIRG

·  SHARE

·  South Fork Breast Cancer Coalition

·  Support Connection, Inc.

·  West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition

·  Young Survival Coalition