What is breast cancer? How is it treated?
There are many facets of breast cancer, and we understand that the information available can become overwhelming. Our experience has lead us to the following conclusion:
The more you know, the better decisions you can make about your care.
YOU CAN LEARN FROM SUPPORTIVE ORGANIZATIONS
Below we have four links that will give you a simple, easy-to-understand overview of the disease – and also an Education Application if you want to learn more.
- The American Cancer Society
- Breast Connect Giving Fund Application
- The mission is to empower women diagnosed with breast cancer to become their own best advocates in their breast cancer journey by connecting them with relevant information, resources and friendship. To further support the organization’s motto: for survivors, by survivors, we have committed to yearly fund that supports continued education opportunity for group participants.
- BC Scholarship Policy
- Living Beyond Breast Cancer
YOU CAN LEARN FROM ADDITIONAL WEBSITES
Here are some additional websites some of our survivors found useful after their initial research:
YOU CAN LEARN FROM BOOKS
Here are some books our survivors found useful after their initial research:
- Anticancer: A New Way of Life
- Braving Chemo
- Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book
- The Emperor of All Maladies
YOU CAN LEARN FROM SURVIVORS
The majority of our east Tennessee members are survivors: women who have been through the journey. You can connect with these survivors in two ways:
- Attend an Event We have social events where we get together to share camaraderie and experiences. You are welcome to join us at our next event.
- Make a Connection Many of our members are survivors who are willing to share their experience one-on-one with others. If you would like to be paired with a survivor, make a connection through our Sisterhood program.
YOU CAN LEARN FROM SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION
For those who have completed their basic research and have an interest in the scientific studies and guidelines that have formed the treatments and standards that are commonly applied, these are a selection of articles published in reputable medical journals. This is not a complete library of pertinent content:
- National Care Guidelines: Breast Cancer
- Information on Healthy Living and Eating (supplements, soy, estrogen, etc.)
Here are PDFs of scientific studies on several items:
- This is a review of the famous Women’s Health Initiative Study that is quoted when discussing Hormone Replacement Therapy and breast cancer risk. This is one of the most-cited breast cancer articles in history:
- This is one of the most-extensive studies reviewing the benefit of radiation for DCIS patients:
- This article the reviews the risks (probabilities) of getting a second cancer in the breast based on the stage and treatment of the first cancer:
- This is an article that discusses the risks of breast and ovarian cancer for various BRCA mutations:
- This article discusses a genetic test to help make decisions about treatment strategies for a DCIS diagnosis:
- This article discusses the impact of exercise and diet on the recurrence of breast cancer after an initial diagnosis: