Support Groups & Additional Resources
After a breast cancer diagnosis, access to emotional and supplementary support is also an important part of the treatment and healing process. In addition to the large team of oncologists, radiologists, plastic surgeons, nurses, counselors, nutritionists, and other medical personnel that work tirelessly to help treat breast cancer patients, patients and their personal caregivers can also look to the support and resources of organizations designed to take their many non-medical related needs into consideration.
Although it can be difficult to look beyond the initial breast cancer diagnosis and the potentially long and arduous road of treatment and healing ahead, studies have shown that taking care of emotional, spiritual, and mental needs during cancer treatment can help to relieve stress, and improve overall quality of life and treatment outcomes for patients and their families.
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“I’m a very small subset of breast cancer patients but I came here to Hoag after consulting with several different doctors all over the country and I just felt more comfortable with Dr. Khan and Dr. Silverstein and the oncologists and plastic surgeons they referred me to, Dr. VanderMolen and Dr. Savalia. They work as a team, they communicate very well, the nurse coordinators and everyone, I mean it was like having concierge service. They never made me feel other than the most important patient that they had… They saved my life and they also saved my self esteem.”
From counseling services and art therapy, to the very real concerns over how to pay for breast cancer treatment, even with insurance, managing an illness often requires a great deal of additional support. Below are some of the many statewide and national organizations that offer a wide range of cancer support services.
Breast Cancer Information and Support Resources
American Cancer Society
The American Society of Breast Surgeons and ASBrS Foundation
National Cancer Institute
Patient Advocate Foundation
Social Security Administration
Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation (financial assistance with prescription co-pays for qualifying patients)
Medicare (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
Department of Health and Human Services
Susan G. Komen
Memorial Sloan Kettering Virtual Programs (free online patient and caregiver support and education)
mbcn Metastatic Breast Cancer Network
Breast Cancer Resource Center – Santa Barbara, CA
The Pink Fund (short term financial assistance)
Contact a Breast Cancer Specialist Today
For compassionate, professional diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Sadia Khan, a fellowship-trained breast surgeon at Hoag Breast Care Center in Newport Beach. Please call 949.390.9381 to schedule a comprehensive consultation today!
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