According to the American Cancer Society, there are approximately 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Of these survivors, it is estimated that 232,570 individuals in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. Approximately 40,000 deaths will occur this year as a result of breast cancer. While approximately, 62,570 new cases of carcinoma in situ will be discovered this year.
Types of Breast Cancer Support Groups
There is support groups available in-person, online, and by telephone.
Many of these groups offer support in the following areas:
- Children living with cancer and children of parents with cancer
- Educational material related to breast cancer awareness
- Treatment options
- End of life expectancies
- Assistance finding financial care for cancer patients
5 Popular Online Breast Cancer Support Groups
American Cancer Society’s Cancer Survivors Network
American Cancer Society’s Cancer Survivors Network is an online community network available for survivors and caregivers to share their stories, photos, and virtually connect with others members. This network offers a multitude of resources available for members. It is easy to navigate around the website and allows individuals to create an account to stay connected with others.
American Cancer Society’s “I Can Cope”
American Cancer Society’s “I Can Cope” is an online free educational website for survivors and caregivers diagnosed with breast cancer. This website contains articles and information related to cancer treatment and clinical trials.
Cancer Support Community
Cancer Support Community, former known as the Gilda’s Club Worldwide and The Wellness Community. It is a prominent and well-known breast cancer community website for survivors and caregivers. This community website received a Top Honor’s Award in 2011 for National Non-Profit recognition. A friendly community of survivors, caregivers, and supportive individuals with a clear mission to continuous meet the growing needs of providing a support community.
Daily Strength is an online community support network. They offer online chat room support for cancer survivors and caregivers. To join this online community, requires a simple account setup and allows individuals to join an array of online groups. This online support group offers a friendly daily community support network for individuals.
Mautner Project of Whitman-Walker Health
The Mautner Project of Whitman-Walker Health is the only online community currently available for the LGBT community. This community offers many of the similar supportive services of other online breast cancer community groups, although it is tailored to the diversified needs of the LGBT community for women. It is a wonderful community. This is the only website currently available to support women survivors and their caregivers.