Breast cancer survivors face many emotional and practical issues. Here are some support networks, hotlines and message boards that will give you FREE advice, point you towards local resources, and even match you with other survivors who know what you are going through.
- Reach to Recovery is a FREE program from the American Cancer Society that will pair you up with a volunteer survivor who can help you from diagnosis through treatment and beyond through face-to-face visits or via telephone. Click Here, or call 800-227-2345.
- SHARE provides survivor-led support for women with breast or ovarian cancer through FREE hotlines in English, Spanish and 12 other languages, plus group gatherings, wellness programs and educational forums. Click Here, or call 866-891-2392. For the Breast Cancer Hotline, call 212-382-2111.
- Living Beyond Breast Cancer Survivors’ Helpline: When you have questions, need someone to listen, or don’t know where to turn, call LBBC’s FREE Survivors’ Helpline and your call will be answered by another woman who has experienced breast cancer and knows what you are feeling. They also have a personalized matching service to connect you with someone who is your age or who has faced a similar cancer. Calls are answered live from 9 am to 5 pm ET. At other times, leave a message and a survivor will return your call within 24 hours. Spanish-language speakers are available. Click Here, or call 888-753-LBBC (5222).
- Cancer Support Community Hotline: Whether you are newly diagnosed with cancer or a long-time survivor or caring for someone with cancer, CSC’s toll-free Cancer Support Hotline is open Mon-Fri 9am-8pm ET. Counselors can help you find FREE services in your area including support groups, counseling, and financial assistance. Click Here, or call 888-793-9355.
- Pink Link has a network of fellow patients and survivors who become your “pen pals” via this FREE online community. Click Here
- CancerCare offers FREE telephone counseling by professional oncology social workers and online and telephone support groups to help you cope with cancer. They also have face-to-face counseling and support groups in their offices located in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut. Click Here, or call 800‑813‑HOPE(4673).
- Pink Pals: Be Bright Pink’s PinkPal program provides FREE one-on-one matching for young women at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer with a fellow high-risk woman who has already faced such issues as genetic testing, prophylactic surgery and treatment. Click Here
Active Online Discussions Boards
Here are some discussions boards and forums where you can talk to other breast cancer survivors who understand what you are going through wherever you are on your journey. And the best thing about these is that there’s always someone there 24/7:
- Susan G. Komen: Best known for its many Race for the Cure events, the Komen website has a very active online community forum through FREE message boards. Click Here. They also have a Breast Care Helpline at 877-GO-KOMEN (465-6635).
- Breastcancer.org has dozens of discussion boards that cover every topic imaginable, including: just diagnosed, high risk, waiting for test results, reconstruction, lymphedema, holistic medicine, etc. You can also connect on boards with others who share your diagnosis. Click Here