BREAST CANCER PROGRAMS
The American Cancer Society is the leader in the fight to end breast cancer and all cancers - investing the most of any non-governmental organization in research to find, prevent, treat, and cure the disease. Today 1 of every 2 women newly diagnosed with breast cancer reaches out to us for help and support. We're in every community providing information and services and ensuring access to mammograms for women who need them. Below is a sampling of the programs we offer in communities across the country to help people with breast cancer now - when and where they need it. Availability may vary by location.
Reach To Recovery® A Shoulder to Lean on
Our Reach To Recovery support program matches specially trained, volunteer breast cancer survivors with people who have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer and who want to talk to someone who has "been there". These dedicated volunteers, who survived breast cancer and have gone on to live fulfilling, productive lives, offer understanding, support, and hope. Learn more about the American Cancer Society Reach To Recovery program and see if one is available in your area.
Look Good...Feel Better® Boost Your Self Esteem during Treatment
The Look Good...Feel Better program - a collaboration between the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, and the Professional Beauty Association - shows women beauty techniques to help them improve their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. This free service is led by volunteer beauty professionals who demonstrate makeup techniques, nail care, skin care, and options related to hair loss - such as wigs, turbans, and scarves. Learn how Look Good...Feel Better teaches women that hope is beautiful.
Patient Navigator Program Help with the Health Care System
The American Cancer Society Patient Navigator Program helps patients, families, and caregivers navigate the many systems they will encounter during the cancer journey. Specially trained patient navigators work in cooperation with 134 cancer treatment facilities to connect patients with information, resources, and support to improve health outcomes.
Road To Recovery Transportation to Treatment
Cancer patients cite transportation to and from treatment as one of their most critical needs. Through our Road To Recovery® program, the American Cancer Society matches cancer patients with specially trained volunteer drivers. This program also offers patients the benefit of companionship and moral support during the trips to and from medical appointments.
Hope Lodge - Lodging during Treatment
Where to stay and how to afford accommodations are immediate concerns for cancer patients who must travel far from home for the best treatment. American Cancer Society Hope Lodge® facilities provide free, comfortable, temporary lodging for patients and their caregivers, easing the emotional and financial burden of finding affordable lodging.
Cancer Survivors Network - Finding Support Online
The American Cancer Society Cancer Survivors Network® is an online community for cancer survivors, caregivers, families, friends, and anyone who has been touched by cancer. This noncommercial Web site provides a private, secure way to find and communicate with others who share similar interests and experiences. Get more information about the Cancer Survivors Network.
Email Mammogram Reminder
Our online mammogram reminder system enables women to receive an annual email message reminding them to "Please, schedule your yearly mammogram." Sign up for an email mammogram reminder.
To learn more about the many programs the American Cancer Society offers to help breast cancer patients focus on getting well, and to find programs available in your area, please visit cancer.org/breastcancer or call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345.