We’ve rounded up some resources to help you make the most out of your breast cancer treatment and even get a few surprising perks along the way. Check out our list of support services to help with insurance, travel and treatment costs, find the help you need today!
Academy of Oncology Nurse and Patient Navigators (AONN+) aonnonline.org
The mission of the Academy of Oncology Nurse and Patient Navigators (AONN+) is to advance the role of patient navigation in cancer care and survivorship planning by providing a network for collaboration and development of best practices for the improvement of patient access to care and quality of life.
Information and support for patients, family members and friends on metastatic breast cancer.
After Breast Cancer Diagnosis abcdbreastcancersupport.org
Provides free, personalized information and one-to-one support to patients, families and friends affected by breast cancer.
American Cancer Society cancer.org
Provides comprehensive information for patients, family members and friends coping with cancer.
American Institute for Cancer Research aicr.org
Advocates about the link between cancer and diet.
American Society of Clinical Oncology asco.org
Aims to improve cancer care and prevention.
Be the Match marrow.org
Helps people receive bone morrow transplants.
Provides extensive educational information on breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Research Foundation bcrfcure.org
Seeks to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer for providing funding for research and increasing public awareness about good breast health.
Offers free counseling, online support groups and educational workshops.
Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center hopkinsbreastcenter.org
Provides educational information for newly diagnosed people.
Komen for the Cure ww5.komen.org
Offers education programs about breast cancer and raises money for breast cancer research.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer lbbc.org
Assists you whether you are newly diagnosed or in treatment for metastatic breast cancer.
Metastatic Breast Cancer Network mbcn.org
Dedicated to the concerns of those living with metastatic breast cancer.
Aims to provide awareness, support and research for metastatic breast cancer.
Mothers Supporting Daughters with Breast Cancer mothersdaughters.org
Offers support to mothers who have daughters with breast cancer.
National Breast Cancer Foundation nationalbreastcancer.org
Aims to save lives through early detection and to provide mammograms for those in need. Seeks to increase awareness through education, providing diagnostic breast care services for those in need, and offering nurturing support services.
National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service
Helps people find local healthcare providers and treatment facilities.
National Cancer Institute's Clinical Trials cancer.gov/clinicaltrials
Maintains a list of clinical trials. Searchable by cancer type, stage, trial type and location.
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship canceradvocacy.org
Advocates for quality cancer care for all touched by cancer.
National Comprehensive Cancer Network nccn.com
An alliance of cancer centers devoted to patient care, research and education.
Stupid Cancer stupidcancer.org
Founded in 2007 by a young adult cancer survivor, Stupid Cancer is a nonprofit organization that empowers young adults affected by cancer through innovative and award-winning programs and services.
Support for Patients and Families
Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators aonnonline.org
Dedicated to improving patient care and quality of life by defining, enhancing, and promoting the role of oncology nurse and patient navigators.
Breakaway From Cancer breakawayfromcancer.com
Offer people affected by breast cancer and other cancers a broad range of support services complementing those provided by their healthcare professionals.
Breast Friends breastfriends.org
A nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for female cancer patients. Teaches friends and family specific ways to offer support, helps them understand what their loved one is going through, and suggests resources for the woman and for those who care about her.
Cancer and Careers cancerandcareers.org
Empowers and educates people with cancer to thrive in their workplace by providing expert advice, interactive tools and educational events.
Provides free, professional services for anyone affected by cancer, including counseling, online support groups and free educational workshops.
Has oncologist-reviewed cancer information to help patients make informed healthcare decisions.
Cancer Support Community cancersupportcommunity.org
Aims to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community.
Provides reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility.
National Lymphedema Network lymphnet.org
Provides guidance on the prevention and management of lymphedema.
Patient Advocate Foundation patientadvocate.org
Serves as a liaison between the patient and their insurer or creditors to resolve insurance or debt-crisis matters.
Pink Link pink-link.org
Links you with a network of fellow survivors, medical pros and others who, in essence, become your “pen pals.”
3 Steps Forward preventcancerinfections.org
Preventing Infections During Cancer Treatment (3 Steps) is an evidence-based, interactive online program designed to help assess a cancer patient’s risk for developing both a low white blood cell count during chemotherapy and subsequent infections.
Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation tnbcfoundation.org
A source for triple negative breast cancer information, a catalyst for science and patient advocacy groups, and a caring community with meaningful services for patients and their families.
Young Survival Coalition youngsurvival.org
Dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. YSC offers resources, connections and outreach so women feel supported, empowered and hopeful.
Caregiver Action Network caregiveraction.org
The nation’s leading family caregiver organization.
Health Monitor Savings Dashboard healthmonitor.com/AADE/savings.do
Help in getting prescription drugs, even if you don’t have coverage.
American Cancer Society cancer.org
For various types of financial help, search for "financial guidance for cancer survivors and their families."
The Breast Cancer Charities of America thebreastcancercharities.org
Dedicated to ending breast cancer as a life-threatening illness.
Offers assistance and resources for cancer-related costs.
Cancer Care Copay cancercarecopay.org
Helps defray chemotherapy copays and cost of targeted treatment drugs.
Fifth Season Financial www.FifthSeasonFinancial.com
Fifth Season Financial provides loans to people living with advanced cancer, secured solely by the face value of their life insurance policy. The goal of our “Loans for Living” program is to provide individuals access to discretionary cash, currently locked up in their life insurance policy, while preserving a portion of the policy benefit for the insured’s beneficiaries. When one is living with advanced cancer a full set of emotional, medical, and financial stresses arise. To ensure the best medical options available and for the patient’s personal well-being, it is vital to gain financial stability and quality of life. Fifth Season Financial is in your corner to help.
Money Management International moneymanagement.org
A full-service credit counseling agency.
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance pparx.org
Helps in getting prescription drugs, even if you don’t have coverage.
Patient Advocate Foundation patientadvocate.org
Serves as a liaison between the patient and insurer or creditors to resolve insurance and debt crisis matters.
Scott Hamilton Cares scottcares.org
Help with chemo medications and treatment.
Sisters Network sistersnetworkinc.org
This African American breast cancer survivorship organization has outreach initiatives that promote the importance of breast health.
Survivorship A to Z survivorshipatoz.org
Provides practical, financial and legal information after a life-changing diagnosis.
Women's Cancer Network wcn.org
Offers patient support, education and information about new treatment options.
Someone With someonewith.com
Leads you to the best products during and after treatment.
Look Good...Feel Better lookgoodfeelbetter.org
Dedicated to improving the self-esteem and quality of life of people undergoing cancer treatment.
Cancer Fund of America, Inc. www.cfoa.og/available_products.html
Provides toiletries and other everyday products.
Chemo Angels chemoangels.net
Small gifts to people undergoing chemo.
Corporate Angel Network corpangelnetwork.org
Provides free plane transportation for people going to and from certain recognized cancer treatment centers.
Good Wishes goodwishesscarves.org
Provides free scarves and head wraps.
Hats Off to Chemo hatsofftochemo.com
Click on “Request a Heat.” Pick your style, then send a hat to yourself.
Heavenly Hats heavenlyhats.com
Collects and distributes new hats to people who lose their hair due to cancer treatments.
The Lydia Project thelydiaproject.org
Provides handmade tote bags, encouraging notes and prayers to women with cancer.
Reid Sleeve reidsleeve.com
Peninsula Medical will send a medical alert bracelet to people with or at risk of lymphedema. Click on “Free LE Alertband.”
Services and Classes
Cleaning for a Reason cleaningforareason.org
Links you with partnering housecleaning services in your area.
Look Good, Feel Better lookgoodfeelbetter.org
Teaches beauty techniques to people with cancer to help them manage appearance-related side effects.
Camp Mak-A-Dream campdream.org
Provides medically supervised retreats in Montana for children, young adults and families impacted by cancer.
Casting for Recovery castingforrecovery.org
Holds fly-fishing retreats for women who have or have had breast cancer.
Harmony Hill Retreat Center harmonyhill.org
Hosts one-day workshops and three-day retreats in Washington.