Here are a list or breast cancer resources the Pink-Link team personally endorses. If you have a suggestion for the breast cancer resources page, please contact us here and we'll be happy to review your recommendation.
Founded by survivors and publically-launched on National Cancer Survivors Day in 2010, CancerForward is a non-profit organization that exists to facilitate and support a global community of information-exchange among cancer survivors.
EmbodiWorks is creating a better world through integrative cancer care education and advocacy to reduce cancer risk and improve cancer-related survival, quality of life, and whole person health care.
Cancer Shop USA
Cancer Shop USA was first conceived when I, Dr. Melanie Bone, was going through my own cancer treatments. Barely 40 years old and with 4 children under the age of 6, I was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer. I underwent bilateral mastectomies with reconstruction, 6 months of chemotherapy, and 6 weeks of radiation. Even though I am a doctor and surgeon, I learned firsthand about all the side effects of treatment. I was too sick to work during those months so I spent a lot of time thinking about how to make the cancer experience easier.
Over time the team at Cancer Shop USA has collected more than 300 special items like this shirt to meet cancer patients’ needs. The saying “necessity is the mother of invention” is true. Many of our products are inspired and developed by cancer patients and survivors and each item is reviewed by a physician to be sure it is safe for cancer patients to use. There is detailed information about each product and why it is effective. The site is also sprinkled with tips from survivors as well.
Telephone Support from 4th Angel.org
Learning that you have cancer can be an overwhelming experience – one that leaves you frightened, vulnerable and alone. The 4th Angel Mentoring Program offers free, one-on-one, confidential outreach and support from someone who has successfully made the same journey you are about to begin – the journey towards recovery.
Pink Kitchen Blog
Many people believe that being healthy takes too much time, talent, or money. The thought of all that extra effort is particularly overwhelming to a person who has battled cancer or another disease.
Lisa Grey knows a thing or two about nutrition. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Lisa used nutritious foods and herbs to help her attack the disease. Her goal was to do whatever she could to destroy the cancer and keep it away.
When her tumor shrank in size just a few weeks later, doctors told her that ‘sometimes these things just can’t be explained.’ But Lisa knew the explanation – good nutrition!
Check out the Pink Kitchen!
Pink Ribbon Trailblazers
Every woman is entitled to a Mammogram which may save her life!
The Pink Ribbon Trailblazers are a dedicated group of men and women raising funds to help provide mammograms for uninsured and underserved women in Oakland County , Michigan at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac , Michigan . While their ride, run, stroll will be an annual event, donations will be accepted all year long. If you would like to sponsor a mammogram or provide a donation to their cause, please send an email to email@example.com
National Lymphedema Network
The National Lymphedema Network (NLN) is an internationally recognized non-profit organization founded in 1988 to provide education and guidance to lymphedema patients, health care professionals and the general public by disseminating information on the prevention and management of primary and secondary lymphedema.
The NLN is supported by tax-deductible donations and is a driving force behind the movement in the U.S. to standardize quality treatment for lymphedema patients nationwide. In addition, the NLN supports research into the causes and possible alternative treatments for this often incapacitating, long-neglected condition.
Blogging about Breast Cancer
Started by breast cancer survivor, Brenda Coffee, the Survivorship Media Network’s Breast Cancer Sisterhood® represents one sister reaching out to help and empower another by giving them the gift of survivorship. The Breast Cancer Sisterhood’s mission is to revolutionize the way life-saving information and support is disseminated to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, existing survivors, patients with recurrence, husbands, caregivers, children and extended friends and family.
BreastCancerTrials.org is a not-for-profit online service that helps users to find breast cancer-specific clinical trials that might be right for them. The site offers study summaries, a way for users to share their online health history with research sites, and an alert service that notifies users of recently added clinical trials. BreastCancerTrials.org includes studies sponsored by NCI, public research foundations, and the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry.
Families Facing Cancer
At Families Facing Cancer, our aim is to provide emotional and practical support to people in the cancer fallout zone, empowering them to transform their experience into a force for good in their lives.We believe that cancer does not affect just one person – those who are also touched by a diagnosis can include those caring for cancer patients, family, friends and even employees. This is what we mean by the cancer fallout zone. We believe that those in the fallout zone may tend to discount their own needs – and we know that this can lead to health issues – both physical and emotional. So we believe in integrated cancer care – where the person who has cancer is treated physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually as needed. And to be truly integrated we believe that care should extend to anyone who is affected by the diagnosis.
Breast Cancer Care and Research Fund
They have created this site specifically for people who are living with breast cancer, are survivors or have been touched in some way by the disease. We aim to educate you about breast cancer, bring you the latest news on research and treatments, and help you become an advocate ... one woman at a time!
Metastatic Breast Cancer Support
Metastatic breast cancer occurs when breast cancer cells enter the blood system and spread to distant parts of the body -- most commonly the lung, bones, liver and brain. It strikes both women and men. The disease is not curable and is not considered survivable. Metavivor's mission is
To support research with the ultimate goal of transitioning metastatic breast cancer from a terminal condition to a controlled, chronic disease.
To offer a face-to-face support program to persons with metastatic breast cancer living in the Annapolis, Maryland area.
To offer advice to persons in other locations, who wish to start their own metastatic breast cancer support programs.
To raise public awareness of this often unrecognized and unsupported condition.
Pink Ribbon Trailblazers
We are a dedicated group of men and women raising funds to help provide mammograms for uninsured and underserved women in
St. JosephMercyOaklandHospital in
We unite with breast cancer survivors, co-survivors, children of survivors, official non-profit community organizations and groups or individuals to support us in our global breast cancer awareness campaign. We connect Breast Cancer survivors, with newly diagnosed breast cancer patients to provide encouragement and support. Fight Pink shares Survivorship stories through our web site, while raising awareness for Breast Cancer through community events and projects by partnering with local and national organizations dedicated to the cause and searching for the cure to Breast Cancer. We advocate for the patients needs as well as updating our Fight Pink site daily to keep up with the latest news, legislation and Survivorship stories. Our motto is”Every Fight Counts™.” www.fightpink.org
Inflammatory Breast Cancer Foundation
Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) is THE MOST aggressive type of breast cancer in which the cancer cells block the lymph vessels in the skin of the breast. This type of breast cancer is called “inflammatory” because the breast often looks swollen and red, or “inflamed”, sometimes overnight.
Please visit the website at http://www.eraseibc.com/
is a national not-for-profit organizations supporting young Jewish women facing breast cancer.
No Surrender Breast Cancer Foundation
What is No Surrender all about? It is about empowerment, education, survival and hope. As survivors, we give you more than just the facts, we tell you what you need to know in order to fight and survive this disease while keeping your life as sane as possible in a world that has just been turned upside down. We are your Band of Sisters, and once you get to know us, you will know that you have found the right place. Day or night, there is always someone who is online, ready to reach out and help you or spend some time chatting with you. Just jump in and say hi, we will take care of the rest! http://www.nosurrenderbreastcancerhelp.org/
Hopes Song, a nonprofit organization, has created an online social networking site that allows individuals with cancer, family members, friends and health professionals to come together and share knowledge and support about this major disease. Their mission is to unite as an online community, connect with people, enrich lives and fight this battle as one. Please visit them at www.hopessong.com.
This online young survivors support group named themselves “Beyond Boobs!” because they
didn't want to be defined by their status as breast
cancer survivors. Rather, they wanted to convey their
power to get beyond the disease that originated in their
breasts and get on with living life to the fullest. They
also wanted to express that contrary to what our culture
may proclaim, the essence of a woman is not contained in
her breasts, and that a woman's femininity and worth
extend far beyond her outward appearance. Visit them at www.beyondboobsinc.org.
Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation
The IBC Research Foundation is dedicated to researching the cause of
Inflammatory Breast Cancer, IBC, an advanced and accelerated form of
breast cancer usually not detected by mammograms or ultrasounds.
Inflammatory breast cancer requires immediate aggressive treatment with
chemotherapy prior to surgery and is treated differently than more
common types of breast cancer.
Talking About Cancer Blog
Check out Doug Gosling's Blog: Talking About Cancer. It's packed with helpful information!
Facing Breast Cancer Together
the fbctogether site. Our site attempts to provide:
important Breast Cancer Research site links;
links to important Breast Cancer Support sites;
information on dealing with grief, medical options, etc.
Survivor Celebration Networking Site
Survivor Celebration - Inspiring and Empowering Cancer Survivors
The social networking community to inspire, educate and empower cancer survivors and their loved ones. Click here to join.
Care to Knit
Care to Knit is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide hand knit and crocheted items to those in shelters, hospitals, nursing homes and hospices. They are now a partner with Pink-Link and provide wonderful pink knit caps, scarves and blankets to survivors going through treatment. If you're a knitter, or just want to donate to this great organization, please visit their website.
Dr. Susan Love's Army of Women
Breast cancer has been around for decades, but
it does not have to be our future. We can be the generation that
eliminates breast cancer by identifying what causes this disease and
stopping it before it starts. This is your chance to be part of the
research that will end breast cancer. Sign up for your sister, mother,
daughter, granddaughter, best friend, and the woman you met last week.
Help us eradicate breast cancer once and for all. Join the Army of Women today!
We connect people fighting cancer (cancer "fighter") with someone who has beaten the same type of cancer (cancer "survivor"). The relationship provides the fighter with the opportunity to ask personal questions and receive encouragement from someone who is uniquely familiar with the situation. Please check out our website at www.ImermanAngels.org.
Stand Up 2 Cancer
Here we stand on the verge of unlocking the answers that will finally conquer the devastation that is cancer.
Click here for more information.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer
Living Beyond Breast Cancer, founded in 1991, is a national nonprofit education and support organization dedicated to empowering all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life. Programs and services include: a comprehensive educational website, lbbc.org; the toll-free Survivors’ Helpline at (888) 753-LBBC (5222); large national conferences; free teleconferences; networking programs; quarterly educational newsletters; publications for medically underserved women; workshops and trainings for healthcare providers; low-cost informational recordings; and the Paula A. Seidman Library and Resource Center. For more information, visit lbbc.org.
FORCE is a national non-profit for women at risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Check out Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered at www.facingourrisk.org.
Metastatic Breast Cancer Support
Please visit http://www.dragonflysdelights.org for healing and support for women with metastatic disease.
City of Hope
City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research,
treatment and educational institution, is dedicated to the prevention
and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases, guided by a
compassionate patient-centered philosophy, and supported by a national
foundation of humanitarian philanthropy. Please click here to find out about the services we offer women affected by Breast Cancer, http://www.cityofhope.org/breastcancer.
Mayo Clinic Online Information
Mayo Clinic provides comprehensive breast cancer screening, evaluation,
education and treatment. Mayo Clinic physicians diagnose and treat more
than 1,300 new patients with breast cancer each year. Mayo Clinic is
among the most active breast cancer research facilities in the world. A
team of medical professionals from several specialties provide
innovative treatment strategies and supportive care to make patients'
medical care as effective and comfortable as possible. Mayo physicians
work with patients to develop personalized treatment plans for their
unique needs. For example, genetic counseling is available for patients
with a family history of breast cancer. Visit http://www.mayoclinic.org/breast-cancer/.
National LGBT Cancer Network
The National LGBT Cancer Network is the first and only organization in the
country addressing the needs of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender cancer survivors and those at risk. As a group, LGBT people have
dramatically increased cancer risks, coupled with decreased screening rate,
resulting in cancer being detected at a later stage when it is more difficult to
treat. Once diagnosed, LGBT people face additional challenges with being "out"
to their providers and receiving relevant information about the impact of cancer
on their sexuality and "families". The National LGBT Cancer Network advocates
for LGBT survivors and trains health care providers in offering more respectful
an culturally-competent care.
Friends Helping Friends
When a life-changing event happens, friends and family want to help! The WhatFriendsDo.com webtool is
a FREE website that can help family
and friends form a "Team" and respond in an organized and helpful
Helping a friend through a life-changing event involves lending a hand with meals, transportation
and other tasks. Check us out at http://www.whatfriendsdo.com/
Hopeful Expressions was founded by two sisters diagnosed with breast cancer. The company's mission is to provide a center of information and hope to women
newly diagnosed or currently undergoing treatment. We not only provide lists of
resources, but also create products such as greeting cards, tote bags and other
items to help and support women diagnosed with breast
Questions about Reconstruction?
year of development, BreastReconstruction.org opened its cyber doors to the
world in October. Their mission is to
offer a comprehensive website for women making decisions about reconstruction,
while providing the most up-to-date information on surgical advances, and a
safe environment where women can connect with each other. Covering a broad range of reconstruction
topics, the site covers everything from types of reconstruction, to tips on
preparing for surgery. Users can find
the latest information in the research news section, or share the experience
and photos of other women in the personal stories section. The site offers discussion boards, and in
early 2008 live chats will be held monthly.
Compassionate Hands and Hearts Organization
Our Mission is to extend our hands and
hearts to support those needing help battling breast cancer by improving the quality of life for them and their families. We are located in the Orlando, Florida area. Please check out our website at http://www.compassionatehandsandhearts.org/
Founded by a breast cancer survivor, Tigerlily Foundation
(Tigerlily) is committed to educating women (of all ages) around the world
about breast cancer; and empowering them to celebrate their lives every day by
harnessing their personal power. Tigerlily has
various programs including our Chemotherapy Buddy Program that assists patients
going through treatment; a survivor group that connects and supports those
affected by breast cancer, Funds for Families, which provides financial aid to
families in need, and our Fabulous Females Program, which empowers and reminds
diagnosed women how fabulous and beautiful they are, among others.
Please visit us at www.tigerlilyfoundation.org or
call (703) 869-9462.
Be Bright Pink
BeBrightPink.org is a nonprofit organization which supports and educates young women who have the BRAC1 or BRAC2 genetic mutation. These women have an 80% chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetime. The organization was founded by Lindsay Avner at the beginning of 2007.
Annie Appleseed Project
Annie Appleseed Project, a 501 (c)3 non profit corporation, provides
information, education, advocacy and awareness for people with cancer,
family and friends interested in, complementary, alternative medicine
(CAM), natural therapies from the patient perspective. Latest studies
continue to show that a majority of cancer patients use some form of
Breast Cancer Stories
BreastCancerStories.com, a nonprofit
organization, provides a free an online community where people touched by
breast cancer can communicate with loved ones and with one another while going
through treatment. The
website provides breast
cancer patients with their own Web address where they can write and upload
photos whenever they feel the need to write; friends and family members the
ability to visit a patient’s website, follow their story and leave messages of
support; a mechanism for new breast cancer patients to search through an index
of stories based on age, type of cancer and type of treatment, and find someone
similar to them so they don’t feel so alone.
Breast Friends is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving
the quality of life for breast cancer patients. Breast Friends teaches
the friends and family of cancer patients specific ways to offer
support, helps them understand what the patient is going through, and
suggests useful resources for the patient and her family. The message
of Breast Friends is that it's never too late to make contact and
provide useful and appreciated support to those we love who are facing
this terrible disease.
Myself Together Again
Myself Together Again is
one young woman's story of Breast Cancer Recovery and Reconstruction.
The Myself Together Again story of delayed breast reconstruction
following double mastectomy surgery that appears on these pages was
inspired by Denise*, who agreed to have the process photographed so
that other young women like her could get an idea of what to
expect. (*Name changed to protect patient's
privacy.) If you need more information about plastic surgery and reconstruction, please visit our website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
JACOB International (Jews Against Cancer of the Breast)
Provides awareness of the high risk of
hereditary breast and ovarian cancer among Ashkenazi Jewish women and the
benefits of genetic testing. The site
offers information about BRCA 1 and 2 mutations and genetic testing, medical and
spiritual resources and tools to assess one’s risk through their family medical
REACH Global (Risk Education & Awareness of Cancer which is Hereditary)
Provides awareness of the risk of
hereditary breast and ovarian cancer among women and the benefits of genetic
testing. The site offers information
about BRCA 1 and 2 mutations and genetic testing, medical and spiritual
resources and tools to assess one’s risk through their family medical history. www.reachglobal.org
is a cancer support community for men, women and children with any type of
cancer, and their family and friends. Membership is offered, free of charge to
people at any stage of their experience with cancer from initial diagnosis
through long-term survivorship and bereavement. Through participation in support and networking groups, lectures,
workshops as well as social events
members build social and emotional support and learn to live with cancer -
whatever the outcome. There are twenty Gilda's Clubs throughout the US and Canada and seven more in
If you have HER2 positive type breast cancer, check out www.her2support.org for current information about treatment and other options that might be available.
Men Against Breast Cancer
Men Against Breast Cancer (MABC) is the first national non-profit organization designed to provide targeted support services to educate and empower men to be effective caregivers when breast cancer strikes a female loved one; as well as, target and mobilize men to be active participants in the fight to eradicate cancer as a life threatening disease. 1-866-547-MABC(6222) www.menagainstbreastcancer.org
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
As the oldest survivor-led advocacy organization, the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship is a highly respected authentic voice at the Federal level, advocating for quality cancer care for all Americans and empowering cancer survivors. Visitors to NCCS's website, www.canceradvocacy.org, will find educational resources to help them live with, through and beyond cancer, including the award-winning Cancer Survival Toolbox® and Palliative Care & Symptom Management , a comprehensive guide to living with cancer, covering topics from pain to clinical trials to side effects and more.