For nearly 100 years, the American Cancer Society has been in your community offering breast cancer programs and support to help those we love in their time of need. We are proud that money raised from Making Strides Against Breast Cancer enables the American Cancer Society to provide many breast cancer programs and resources to patients and their families free of charge. Below are a few of our breast cancer programs.
For 30 years, Reach to Recovery has been linking newly diagnosed breast cancer patients with knowledgeable breast cancer survivors who already understand the physical and mental challenges as well as the positive milestones associated with the disease, helping men and women cope with every step of their breast cancer experience. Reach to Recovery volunteers give patients and family members an opportunity to express feelings, talk about fears and concerns, and ask questions. Most importantly, Reach to Recovery volunteers offer understanding, support, and hope because they have survived breast cancer and have gone on to live normal, productive lives. Click here, to learn more about Reach to Recovery and programs that may be available in your area.
The Look Good...Feel Better program is a community-based, free, national service that teaches female cancer patients beauty techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Volunteer beauty professionals lead small groups, usually consisting of 6 to 10 women, through practical, hands-on experience. Women learn about makeup techniques, skin care, nail care, and options related to hair loss such as wigs, turbans, and scarves. Each group program participant receives a free kit of cosmetics for use during and after the workshop. For patients who are unable to attend a group workshop, a free, one-time, individual salon consultation with a volunteer cosmetologist may be available.
The Look Good...Feel Better program was founded and developed in 1989 by the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association (CTFA) Foundation, a charitable organization supported by the cosmetic industry, in cooperation with the American Cancer Society and the National Cosmetology Association (NCA), a national organization that represents hairstylists, wig experts, estheticians, makeup artists, and other beauty professionals. All cosmetology volunteers attend a 4-hour certification class. Click here, for more information about the Look Good… Feel Better program
Cancer Survivors Network is an online community of cancer survivors, families, and friends who have been touched by cancer and would like to share their experience, strength, and hope. This non-commercial Web site provides a private, secure way to find and communicate with others who share similar interests and experiences. You control access to your personal information such as your email address. You, and only you, decide to whom that information is available. The Cancer Survivors Network was created by and for those who have experienced cancer first hand in the hope that, together, we will all find strength and inspiration from sharing our personal stories and expressions of hope. Click here, for more information about the Cancer Survivors Network.
Our online mammogram reminder system enables women age 40 and older to sign up to receive a free email message each year reminding them to "Please, schedule your mammogram." The mammogram reminder also allows you to send reminders to the women you love so that they will also remember to get their yearly mammograms too. Click here, to sign up for a free Mammogram Reminder.
To learn more about the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer programs in the Greater New Orleans Area, please visit http://www.cancer.org/breastcancer, or call us toll-free at 1-800-ACS-2345, anytime, day or night. You may also call our local office at 504-833-4024 (M-F 9am-5pm).