Patients who receive a cancer diagnosis are often struck with a stunning array of emotions, from the raw horror of a life-threatening illness and all that entails to numbness as the mind is overwhelmed with information and grief over the loss of vibrant health.
Family members deal with their own fears and emotions, while simultaneously offering support to their loved ones.
Breast Cancer Connections in Palo Alto offers support groups for different types of breast cancer, complementary therapies and other services—all free—to patients, survivors and family members.
Here’s a rundown of the services provided:
These drop-in groups allow you to talk with others who are in a similar situation, and receive support from licensed therapists.
From creating a personalized list of questions you can take to your next medical appointment, to providing you with information about your rights and options regarding insurance and employment. Breast Cancer Connections will also put you in touch with other resources in the community.
No one understands your situation as well as someone who has been through it. The Buddy Program connects you with someone who has had a similar breast cancer diagnosis or treatment experience.
The Megan Lynch Memorial Library contains more than 750 books, tapes, videos, and periodicals.
Screening & diagnostics
The Gabriella Patser Program offers free screening and diagnostic services for low-income, uninsured, younger women.
Guided Healing Imagery, meditation, and other techniques can help you with the healing process.
A team of experienced therapists is available to help you cope with the emotional issues surrounding breast cancer.
Friends & family
Support and information for friends and family.
Workshops help patients through the treatment and healing process and beyond as they set a new path for their lives.
Breast Cancer Connections is located at 390 Cambridge Avenue, Palo Alto, 94306.