Resources for Coping with Breast Cancer

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This List of Breast Cancer Resources Will Be Continually Updated.

Also see:

Breast Cancer – Diane’s Story & More


Breast Cancer Risk Factors 

The stories, information, and resources on this site are intended to supplement—not replace—the advice of your clinical team.

Information & Statistics:

Sites Accessed Summer–Fall 2016


Informational Resources Are Presented First

Support Resources Appear at the End

Associations, Organizations, & Institutions

Abramson Cancer CenterSee University of Pennsylvania

American Cancer Society – 1-800-ACS-2345 (1-800-227-2345)

– Be Your Own Advocate – Video by Dr. Marisa Weiss

– Breast Cancer

– Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2015–2016

– Cancer Facts & Figures 2016

– Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer

– How is breast cancer classified?

– How is breast cancer staged?

– Learn About Breast Cancer

– Menopausal Hormone Therapy and Cancer Risk

– Tests to Classify Breast Cancers

– Treatment of Invasive Breast Cancer, by Stage

– What are the risk factors for breast cancer?

American College of Radiology (ACR)

American College of Radiology Imaging Network – About Mammography and Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography)

BreastCancerAnswers® – Do I Have Dense Breasts? (Video)

(The) Breast Cancer Deadline 2020

(The) Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) – 646-497-2600 (New York) | 1-866-FIND-A-CURE

– Autologous Reconstruction (“Flap Surgery”)

– Be Your Own Advocate – Video by Dr. Marisa Weiss

– Before You Begin Chemotherapy

– Benefits of 3-D Mammograms Last Over Time

– Breast Cancer Myths vs. Facts – Slideshow

– Breast Cancer Myths vs. Facts – Video

– Chemotherapy

 Breast – Digital Tomosynthesis

– Drugs for Treatment and Risk Reduction

– “Flap Surgery” – See Autologous Reconstruction)

– Genetics, Genetic Testing, and Breast Cancer – Podcast by Cristina Nixon, M.S., L/CGC

– Having Dense Breasts

– Implant Reconstruction

– Lumpectomy

– Mastectomy

– Oncotype DX Test

– Prophylactic Mastectomy

– Reconstruction Options: A Comparison Chart [Click for PDF]

– Signs and Symptoms of IDC (Invasive Ductal Carcinoma)

– Signs and Symptoms of ILC (Invasive Lobular Carcinoma)

– Six (6) Breast Cancer Risk Factors You Can Control – Slideshow

– Size of the Breast Cancer

– Tests for Staging IDC

– Tests for Staging ILC

– Understanding Breast Cancer

– What Is Mastectomy?

– Your Diagnosis

Breast Density and New Jersey Legislation – The Radiological Society of New Jersey

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

– Angelina Jolie’s Mastectomy Decision Based on Her BRCA1 Test

– Breast Cancer

– Breast Cancer Risk Factors

– Breast Cancer: Medical Animation – American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

– Breast Cancer – Overview

  • ASCO Answers Fact Sheet: Read a one-page fact sheet (available as a PDF) that offers an easy-to-print introduction to this type of cancer.
  • ASCO Answers Guide: This 52-page booklet (available as a PDF) helps newly diagnosed patients better understand their disease and treatment options, as well as keep track of the specifics of their individual cancer care plan.
  • Cancer.Net Patient Education Video: View a short video led by an ASCO expert in this type of cancer that provides basic information and areas of research.
  • Cancer.Net En Español: Infórmase sobre cáncer de mama en español.

– Breast Cancer – Statistics

–  Menopause and Cancer Risk 

– Multigated Acquisition (MUGA) Scan

Center for Restorative Breast Surgery (New Orleans)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

– Breast Cancer Statistics

– Cancer Among Women

– What Are the Risk Factors for Breast Cancer? – CT (CAT–Computerized Axial Tomography) Scan

Estrogen Gene Test—Estrogen Exposure Breast Cancer

Hunterdon Breast Surgery Center (Flemington, New Jersey)

International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and World Health Organization (WHO) – GLOBOCAN 2012 Fact Sheet

Johns Hopkins Medicine Breast Center

– Breast Center – Breast Pathology (Guides to Interpreting Your Pathology Report)

– Dorothy Hamill’s Story

– My Breast Cancer Coach (Personalized Information Guide Based on Your Pathology Report)

– Pathology FAQ Fact Sheet: Breast Cancer

– Pathology FAQ Fact Sheet: Breast Cancer In-Situ

Lankenau Medical Center (Main Line Health®) – The Comprehensive Breast Center  (Philadelphia)

Mammography Education, Inc. – László Tabár, M.D., F.A.C.R. (Hon) (Breast Cancer Researcher)

Mayo Clinic

– Breast Anatomy

– Breast Cancer

– Fibrocystic Breasts

– Lidocaine

– Low Blood Cell Counts: Side Effect of Cancer Treatment

– Neuropathy

– Sentinel Node Biopsy

MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas – Breast Cancer – Breast Cancer

MedlinePlus (NIH–National Library of Medicine) – Breast Cancer

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC)

– About Breast Cancer

– Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

– Locations (New York)

MicroscopeWorld – Blog

National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

– About Breast Cancer

 – Risk Factors Video

National Cancer Institute (NCI) – National Institutes of Health (NIH) – 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237)

– Breast Cancer—Patient Version

– Breast Cancer—Health Professional Version

– Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool

– Breast Cancer Risk in American Women

– Cancer Statistics

– Diethylstilbestrol (DES) and Cancer

– Tumor Grade

Navigating Cancer—AC Followed by Taxol

Penn Medicine (University of Pennsylvania) – Abramson Cancer Center

Radiological Society of New Jersey (RSNJ)  A Chapter of the American College of Radiology (ACR) – For Patients

– Dense Breasts

– Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – Breast

– Magnetic Resonance (MRI) – Guided Breast Biopsy

– Ultrasound – Breast

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (New Brunswick, New Jersey)

Robert Wood Johnson/Barnabas Health – Test Your Mammo IQ

Susan G. Komen® – 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636)

– About Breast Cancer

– Age at Menopause


– Breast Cancer Risk Factors Table

– Breast Cancer Statistics

– Central & South Jersey

– Estrogen and Breast Cancer Risk

– Facts and Statistics – Breast Cancer 101: Incidence & Risk Factors (Interactive)

– Facts for Life: Imaging Methods Used to Find Breast Cancer [Click for PDF]

– Facts for Life: What Is Breast Cancer?

– Global Outreach

– Risk Factors and Risk Reduction

Temple Health – Fox Chase Cancer Center (Philadelphia)

The Conversation – Early stage breast cancer: How to know whether to forgo chemo

University of Pennsylvania – Penn Medicine Abramson Cancer Center® – Patient education: Early-stage breast cancer treatment in postmenopausal women (Beyond the Basics)

US Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration – Fact Sheet: Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act


– Breast Cancer Health Center

– Flaxseed

– Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – What is a chemo port?

Wikipedia – Breast Cancer

Books & Articles

Be a Survivor: Your Guide to Breast Cancer Treatment, 6th ed., by Vladimir Lange, M.D.; Lange Productions, September 2015 [Book]

Breast Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction: What’s Right for YOU by Patricia Anstett and Kathleen Galligan; Rowman & Littlefield, June 2, 2016 [Book]

Defying Doctors, More Women with Breast Cancer Choose Double Mastectomies by Lucette Agnado, Wall Street Journal, July 10, 2015 [Read & View Online Article with Video OR Print PDF

— Related: Beauty through the Beast – Blog by Chiara D’Agostino 

My Medical Choice by Angelina Jolie; Op-Ed, New York Times, May 14, 2013

— Related: Jolie’s Disclosure of Preventive Mastectomy Highlights Dilemma
By Denise Grady, Tara Parker-Pope and Pam Belluck; Health, New York Times, May 14, 2013

The Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Book, October 2012

The Middle Place – A Memoir by Kelly Corrigan; Hachette Books, 2008. [Diane said: “I loved The Middle Place. It was about breast cancer and many other things. I would definitely recommend it.”]

Why a Top Cancer Center Could Save Your Life. Sharon Begley, Newsweek, 10/16/09 [Click for PDF


TED Talk – by Deborah Rhodes, Director, Mayo Clinic’s Executive Health Program, on testing a gamma camera that can see tumors that get missed by mammography – Breast Cancer Animation Library Demo [Click to view on YouTube]

Services & Support: 

Sites Accessed Summer–Fall 2016

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Free Housecleaning for Women Undergoing Active Cancer Treatment


Beauty Products and Makeovers for Women Undergoing Active Cancer Treatment

Mary's Place by the Sea

A Respite Home for Women Receiving Treatment for Cancer

My Breast Cancer Treatment

Help with Cancer Treatment Decision-making

PINK Breast Center

PINK Breast (Mammography) Center and Video Library – New Jersey

Susan G. Komen

Breast Cancer Stories


Financial Support for Women Undergoing Active Breast Cancer Treatment