Updated: August 18, 2012 6:30AM
more places women can get help
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and were planning to call the Y-Me hotline, you needn’t worry — there are plenty of other places to seek out help and advice.
“Y-Me was a pioneer in coming out and developing and advocating that women with breast cancer needed support,” said Adrienne White, vice president of health initiatives and advocacy for the American Cancer Society Illinois.
“Many of the support groups today are based on the innovative idea that women with breast cancer could support each other,” she said.
Many hospitals, large churches and a host of organizations offer support services for women dealing with breast cancer. Here are just a handful:
American Cancer Society: Talk to a breast cancer survivor, learn about treatment plans and the latest clinical trials, tap into financial resources — among other things. (800) 227-2345
Cancer Hope Network: Speak to a cancer survivor who can offer confidential emotional support and talk about resources available to cancer patients and their families. (877) 467-3638
Living Beyond Breast Cancer: Devoted to supporting the newly diagnosed, those in treatment and those who are “years beyond or are living with metastatic breast cancer.” (888) 753-5222
Sisters Network Inc., Chicago chapter: Focuses primarily on African-American women dealing with cancer — survivors and the newly diagnosed. (773) 353-8854
Contributing: Stefano Esposito