Being diagnosed with breast cancer often is a life-altering experience. Many questions may arise: understanding the disease, options for treatment, and learning to maximize opportunities for overall well-being.Looking for answers about breast cancer? We're here to help, contact us.
- Contact us for personalized help. Our team consists of oncology nurse navigators and oncology therapists who have experience working with individuals and their loved ones going through breast cancer treatment.
- Attend one of our Breast Cancer groups. They are facilitated by an experienced oncology nurse navigator and oncology therapist. Topics discussed may include kinds of treatments offered, management of side effects, menopausal symptoms, lymphedema, clinical trials, genetic counseling, stress management, nutrition, exercise, communication skills, how to return to work/responsibilities after treatment, and working through the challenges when active treatment ends. We also address vital areas of concern such as sexuality and intimacy, and managing relationships and difficult emotions.
- Young Women with Breast Cancer group.
- Breast Cancer Education and Support group.
- Coalesce: An Advanced Breast Cancer group.
- Explore these special events:
- Pink Ribbon Brunch (typically in October).
- Triple Negative Tea (typically in October).
- Breast Cancer Survivor Retreats (various times).
- San Antonio Updates.
- Breast Cancer Events in partnership with community organizations.
- Register for programs that may help to maintain your physical and emotional health. We offer a variety of classes that include various fitness classes, Look Good Feel Better, nutrition classes, programs to manage anxiety, meditation and guided imagery, expressive arts, and art therapy.
- Preparation for Breast Surgery Class.
- Yoga for Breast Cancer.
- Living with Breast Cancer Series (offered several times a year).
- Consult with one of our therapists or your physician about getting a referral to see our psychiatrist/psycho-oncologist to assess mood and medication (for a fee).
- Talk to an Inova genetic counselor.
Jessica’s perspective shifts as she adjusts to her cancer diagnosis:
- BreastCancer.org: A non-profit organization dedicated to providing information and community to those touched by breast cancer.
- National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF): Provides a community of caring support and Beyond the Shock, a free, comprehensive, online guide for women, their loved ones, and their doctors.
- NCCN guidelines: Treatment guidelines that suggest what the best practices are for cancer care. The website provides you with questions to ask your medical team and other helpful resources.
- National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC): Connects you with numerous breast cancer patient and advocacy organizations.