Breast Cancer Support Resources

A message from Dr. Peggy Avagliano, Head of Women’s Imaging

You are not alone.

In the best of times, learning that you have cancer is overwhelming. When combined with the social distancing brought on by the COVID-19 crisis, many fighting cancer are isolated. Online programs are available to provide emotional and practical support.

Online Cancer Support Resources

American Cancer Society

Known for funding groundbreaking cancer research, the ACS website provides a wealth of information and resources. Under normal circumstances, ACS offers many services ranging from rides to appointments, gym membership and training, and more. Their online chat and Cancer Information Service provides support, information and hope 24/7 (1-800-227-2345).

Cancer Support Network

MyLifeLine online program allows those diagnosed to connect privately with family and friends, blog about their cancer journey, and join discussion boards for support and information. For those looking to simply talk to mental health professional who understand the cancer journey, toll-free support and online chats are available 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday - Friday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 888-793-9355.

Camp Kasem

This nationwide program provides summer camp opportunities to kids ages 6-18 whose parent/primary caregiver has cancer. While 2020 will be a virtual camp due to COVID-19, the support network can be an invaluable tool.

Elephants and Tea

Geared towards young adults with cancer, this website offer online resources that provides insights and information to those coping with cancer in these uncertain times. Videos and stories with up to date COVID-19 information.

“The elephant in the room is cancer. The tea is the relief conversation provides.”

National LGBT Cancer Network

From a directory of LGBTQ+ friendly healthcare providers to caregiver resources to research and reports of cancer in the LGBTQ+ community, this network is a place for members of the community to come together to talk about the specific challenges faced after diagnoses.

Peloton Comeback

Each month Peloton donates 50 bikes, with free membership for 3 years, to those whose struggle for a comeback (from any cause, not just cancer) is felt to need a catalyst to keep it moving forward.

Submit your story, and you could win a Peloton.

Young Survivor Coalition

This resource provides support and education (both online and face-to-face) for young women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Face To Face Cancer Support Resources

Gilda’s Club South Jersey

Proving support for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer. Gilda’s focus is on living with cancer and the problems that can be faced months or years after diagnosis. Free programs provide those touched by cancer with workshops, education and community, serving all of South Jersey.

Casting for Recovery

Free fly fishing weekend retreats for women recovering from breast cancer.

Epic Experience

Free week-long Colorado outdoor adventures for any adult who has ever had cancer.

First Descents

Free outdoor adventures, like kayaking and mountain climbing, for 18-39 years-old who have been impacted by cancer.

Mary’s Place by the Sea

Beach retreat for women receiving treatment for cancer that focuses on a holistic approach to healing.

True North Treks

Backpacking and canoeing adventures to empower young adult cancer survivors and caregivers to “find direction through connection.” Participants are asked to “pay it forward,” by raising half the costs of the program through fundraising after they go on their trek. (Providing assistance for the next participant.)