Go, Gather Support for Breast Cancer Treatment GATHER SUPPORT.

Who can give you help and support?

While your care team helps you in your treatment decisions, a larger care team is available to meet your specific needs. Gather the people who can best support you, whether that means additional medical professionals, wellness experts, or lifestyle advisors. Ask your care team if you need help finding or connecting with these professionals in your area.

Who Should be in Your Larger Breast Cancer Care Team?
Your Larger Breast Cancer Care Team may Include More Healthcare Professionals to Answer Questions and Provide Helpful Guidance

Your larger care team

Your larger care team may include these health care professionals, who can also answer questions and provide helpful guidance:

A doctor who has special training in using medical imaging procedures (for example, a mammogram) to help in diagnosis and treatment planning.
A doctor who has special training in identifying diseases by studying cells and tissues under a microscope.
Nurse/patient navigator
A health care professional who helps patients and their families make informed decisions about their care, and provides support from diagnosis through treatment.
Genetic counselor
An expert in genetics who helps you understand if you have a genetic condition, or may be at risk for one. This information may help the rest of your care team make decisions.
Plastic surgeon
A surgeon who has special training in reducing scarring or disfigurement.
As you go Through Your Breast Cancer Journey, Know That an Extended Care Team may Also Offer Information and Support

Other professionals who can help

As you go through your breast cancer journey, know that an extended care team may also offer information and support:

A health professional who has special training in diet and nutrition.
A specialist who can speak to patients and their families about emotional and personal matters.
Social worker
A professional trained to talk with people and their families about emotional or physical needs.
Fertility counselor
An expert in family planning and helping women who want to get pregnant.
Financial navigator
A person who can help provide financial services or guidance related to treatment costs.
Occupational therapist
A health care professional who is trained to help patients learn to manage their daily activities.
Physical therapist
A health care professional who helps people get back a range of motion.
Here are Resources and Organizations That can Connect you to Other People Facing Breast Cancer

Build connections in the community

As you gather information and build your support network, here are resources and organizations that can connect you to other people facing breast cancer:

How can you build strength, inside and out?

There are things you can do right now that may ease stress and help you feel supported. For example, you can reach out to people around you, share what you’re going through, and ask for the help you need.

3 small steps that add up to big support

Having breast cancer may feel overwhelming, but a few small actions can help you feel more confident and prepared to move forward.

 Start preparing
Even though you may feel overwhelmed, you can take steps to help yourself feel prepared. This could mean organizing things at home or planning ahead for treatment. Ask friends, family, or professionals for help or support along the way.
 Do your homework
After receiving a breast cancer diagnosis, you may want to get familiar with the terms you’ll hear from your care team. Learn about types and stages of breast cancer, and understand what that could mean for your treatment options. This may help you feel more comfortable in the conversations and decisions ahead.
 Accept help
Loving family, loyal friends, online or in-person support groups — allow the people in your life to support you during this difficult time. You do not have to go through this alone. Remember: it’s okay to ask for help. When you’re making a breast cancer treatment choice, it may be helpful to hear from others who have made that decision for themselves. Or it may help to ask someone close to you for an opinion. During treatment, sharing some of your usual responsibilities (like cooking, errands, or household chores) with others may help relieve your stress.
Breast Cancer Treatment Is a Choice you Make With Guidance from your Care Team

Know all your options.

Breast cancer treatment is a choice you make with guidance from your care team. Learn about all available options and choose the right path for you. Read more…