There are literally hundreds of breast cancer sites on the Web. What follows is Deb's pick of the most useful. Each site includes a short note about why it may be valuable for you.
If this is your first visit to this site, you may want to check out the Quick Start lists of resources that Deb has prepared to help you get the most from the site.
American Cancer Society (ACS)
A nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
A non-profit organization that supports various types of cancer research; in particular, patient-oriented clinical research.
The Annie Appleseed Project
Many studies show that a majority of cancer patients use some form of complementary, alternative medicine (CAM) in addition to therapies prescribed by a physician. Breast Cancer Survivor Ann Fonfa founded the Annie Appleseed Project to provide information, education, advocacy and awareness for people with cancer, family and friends interested in CAM and natural therapies. This excellent site has information and links you will find nowhere else.
Breastcancer.org is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer. Their mission is to help women and their loved ones make sense of the complex medical and personal information about breast cancer, so they can make the best decisions for their lives.
The Breast Cancer Stamp
This link will take you to the US Postal Service site where you can purchase the Breast Cancer stamp. By law, 70 percent of the net amount raised is given to the National Institutes of Health and 30 percent is given to the Medical Research Program at the Department of Defense. Sales of this stamp have raised more than $35 million.
A national non-profit organization whose mission is to provide free professional help to people with all cancers through counseling, education, information and referral, and direct financial assistance.
Cancer Clinical Trials
This free and confidential resource provides cancer patients, families and caregivers information about clinical trial treatment options currently available in Florida and throughout the United States. You may browse the list of open trials for your type of cancer, or you may complete a profile and see if it matches any of the clinical trials in Florida. If you do not find a match in Florida, you can see matches from the rest of the country. The database is updated every day. The site is maintained by the Florida Cancer Clinical Trials Cooperative (FCCTC), a nonprofit organization that strives to increase the number of Floridians participating in cancer clinical trials to help reduce the rates of cancer incidence and mortality, improve quality of life and minimize the impact of cancer for all Floridians.
Caring Bridge is a website of support for cancer patients, both young and old. With all the "busy ness" of cancer, keeping folks who care updated can become a burden. With Caring Bridge, a cancer patient can post updates one time and send the link to those who want to keep updated. This puts the responsibility on caring friends and relatives to keep in touch, not on the patient.
Guide to Quality Breast Cancer Care
The National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund (NBCCF) created this guide to help breast cancer patients. It is their best advice about getting quality breast cancer care. There is a lot in here. Please take the time to read this guide, learn about all your options and make choices that are right for you.
Information About Cancer Drugs
There are many cancer drugs on the market today and not everyone receives the same recommendations or treatment. This website will give you information about the drugs that your doctor has recommended for you.
The Imaginis Breast Health Resource
The Imaginis Breast Health Resource website is intended to provide you with the most reliable, in-depth information on breast cancer and related women's health issues. With thousands of pages of physician-edited information explain complicated medical terms in everyday language to assist you in making informed decisions on prevention and treatment.
MAMM Magazine is a women's magazine for anyone whose life has been affected by breast or reproductive cancers. This magazine is designed to help women cope, along with their partners, family members, and friends. The magazine also has a web site with many resources.
MEDLINEplus Health Information
A service of the National Library of Medicine that provides access to information about specific diseases and conditions and includes links to dictionaries, clinical trials, lists of hospitals and physicians, and consumer health information from the NIH.
The Mesothelioma Center is an up-to-date resource for all issues ranging from mesothelioma facts to mesothelioma treatment options.
We're a small team of healthcare professionals, patient advocates, and communication specialists who have one goal: to lead the way in supporting and encouraging mesothelioma patients and their families.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Sponsored by the US government, this organization leads the nation's fight against cancer by supporting cancer research and promoting treatment, prevention, and quality of care for patients and families. Clinical trials listings are at www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH, under the auspices of the IS Department of Health and Human Services, is the steward of medical and behavioral research for the nation. The NIH offers publications and fact sheets, health hotlines, an A-Z topic index, and other resources.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
For more than 20 years, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has been a global leader in the fight against breast cancer through its support of innovative research and community-based outreach programs. Working through a network of U.S. and international Affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the Cure®, the Komen Foundation is fighting to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by funding research grants and supporting education, screening and treatment projects in communities around the world.
Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization
The mission of Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization is to ensure, through information, empowerment and peer support, that no one faces breast cancer alone. This site has excellent information and pointers to resources that can provide local support. One exceptional article on the site is entitled, "Talking with Family and Friends."
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