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Finding Local Sources of Social Support

 

 

Getting the Support You Need
Fact Sheet

Health care providers (including patient navigators and social workers), hospitals, religious organizations, universities and neighborhood groups can all help you find support resources close to home (or on-line).  

Our breast care helpline 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) can help put you in touch with local services. Many national organizations can also be helpful, including: 

American Cancer Society’s Cancer Survivors Network
Online community where survivors and caregivers share their experiences and recommend helpful resources. 
http://csn.cancer.org/     

American Cancer Society’s “I Can Cope”
Support programs (in-person, online and telephone) for survivors and their loved ones.
1-800-227-2345 
www.cancer.org/    

American Cancer Society’s “Reach to Recovery”
Program that connects people newly diagnosed with breast cancer and their families with trained volunteers (who are breast cancer survivors) in their area.
1-800-227-2345 
www.cancer.org/     

Cancer Support Community (formerly Gilda’s Club Worldwide and The Wellness Community)
Offers support programs (in-person, online and telephone) for survivors and their loved ones.
1-888-793-9355
www.cancersupportcommunity.org     

Mautner Project of Whitman-Walker Health
Offers support programs (online and telephone) for lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals living with cancer and their partners.
www.whitman-walker.org/mautnerproject   
 

 Komen Support Resources 

  • Our breast care helpline 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) provides free, professional support services and help finding local support groups. Our trained and caring staff are available to you and your family Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. EST and from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. PST. 
     
  • Our Message Boards offer online forums for breast cancer survivors to share their experiences and advice with other breast cancer survivors. 
     
  • Our Co-Survivor section has detailed information and resources for family and friends. 
     
  • Our Family, Friends and Caregivers forum within the Message Boards offers co-survivors a place to share their own unique experiences and challenges. 
     
  • Our fact sheets, booklets and other education materials offer additional information for survivors and co-survivors. 
 

 

Updated 12/13/13

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