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Guides to Understanding Breast Cancer

In this section, learn more about our guides to understanding breast cancer that address the unique needs of African-Americans. Read descriptions of the books and brochures, download free PDFs and order single copies or in bulk at our  online marketplace.

Please use the links below to access the guides of interest to you.

Guide to Understanding Financial Concerns

The Guide to Understanding Financial Concerns will help you navigate private and public health insurance plans and explains how to get insurance if you don't have it. Discover what to do if your claim is denied, how to access federal and private programs, when to use COBRA and disability and how to handle the "hidden" costs of breast cancer. Available online only.

Guide to Understanding Intimacy and Sexuality

Learn practical ways to manage the sexual side effects of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, how to talk to your partner or healthcare providers about sexual concerns, and where to go to find the resources you need.  

Guide to Understanding Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Our Guide to Understanding Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, created in partnership with the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation, offers information on common terms to know, risk factors, treatment basics, myths about this diagnosis and post-treatment concerns. Read the experiences of real women affected by triple-negative breast cancer and tips from healthcare professionals.

Guide to Understanding Lymphedema

Learn the signs and symptoms of breast cancer-related lymphedema, ways to manage your lymphedema risk, treatments for lymphedema, how lymphedema can impact your emotions and how to pay for lymphedema care.

Getting Connected: African-Americans Living Beyond Breast Cancer

Our culturally sensitive booklet Getting Connected: African-Americans Living Beyond Breast Cancer will help you from the moment of diagnosis, through breast cancer treatment and beyond. African-American women affected by breast cancer discuss their reactions to diagnosis, how they made treatment decisions and where they found support.

Guide to Understanding Breast Cancer Treatment Research Studies

Learn the basics of cancer clinical trials, weigh the pros and cons of taking part in breast cancer research and explore questions to ask your doctors. Get understandable information about clinical trial phases, research protocols, randomization, blinding, informed consent and safety laws. Available online only.