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Help me understand what you're going through


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What can I do? What can I say?
Help me understand what you're going through
Stories of Support 


Watch the 2012 Susan G. Komen Co-Survivor of the Year Award Video  


Photo of people discussing with a doctorCo-survivors are very important to breast cancer survivors from diagnosis to after treatment is over. Knowing about breast cancer and its emotional impact can help you prepare you to really ‘be there' for your loved one. It's important to keep in mind that the effects of breast cancer for the survivor don't end with treatment.  Support is vital at this time.   

Online Information

Are you helping your loved one research all about breast cancer or wanting to learn more for yourself? Information about breast cancer is just a click away, just visit the Understanding Breast Cancer section. You can learn the basics of breast cancer and find the latest on diagnosis, treatment, side effects and many other topics—like quality medical care, complementary and integrative therapies and life after treatment. You can read and learn anytime - when you are ready.

Breast Cancer 101 Interactive Tool

Listen to information about breast cancer while you watch graphics that show how it develops, how it is found, how it is treated and more. You may listen in English or Spanish.

English version
Spanish version 


Learn about the most common breast cancer treatments - surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy and targeted therapy. Learn about the pros and cons of each. Choosing a treatment is as much a personal decisions as it is a medical one.

After treatment

There are more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. This section discusses how survivors can go on to lead long fulfilling lives after facing breast cancer. It also includes steps to improve survival and quality of life after treatment.

Other helpful websites

Being well-informed is important for understanding and fighting breast cancer,  Here we provide you with a complete list of the websites found throughout Understanding Breast Cancer. We are pleased to offer these resources, but have no control over the content on these sites.

Printable Information

Want a hard copy? Written for patients, these one-page easy-to-read fact sheets and booklets will help you better understand what your loved one is going through.

Facts for Life

Coping with a Cancer Diagnosis
Talking with your Partner
Talking with your Children
Talking with your Doctor
Getting the Support you Need
Sexuality and Intimacy
When the Diagnosis is Cancer
End of Life Care
Life After Treatment
Medical Vocabulary 

View the complete list of our Facts for Life fact sheets.

Co-Survivors: How to help those you care about cope with breast cancer

Check out our Co-Survivors: How to help those you care about cope with breast cancer brochure written just for you.  This brochure helps family, friends, health care providers or colleagues recognize that they are co-survivors.  Information regarding support and resources is included as well as a checklist of helpful ideas.

Psychosocial booklet series

We also offer a four-part psychosocial booklet series which offers practical and emotional support for both the breast cancer survivor and their co-survivors.  Each booklet provides a list of resources.  You can download a free PDF of each of the booklets below or you can purchase them from

Need someone to talk to? Necesita hablar?

Feeling overwhelmed? Call our breast care helpline at 1-877 GO Komen (1-877-465-6636) and talk with trained and caring staff. The helpline is available 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. PT.  Our helpline provides free, professional support services to anyone with breast health and breast cancer concerns, including breast cancer patients and their families.

We do not provide medical advice, make referrals to doctors or evaluate doctors, medical facilities or services.


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Updated November 1, 2013