Welcome to the Living Beyond Breast Cancer library. Here you can access a user-friendly collection of LBBC resources to address your medical, psychosocial, emotional, legal and financial concerns.
Whether you are newly diagnosed, recently completed treatment, are years beyond or are living with advanced (metastatic) disease, or you are a family member, friend or healthcare provider, LBBC can connect you with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support.
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Learning about Breast Cancer
Here are some recommended resources to get you started:
Find out whether genetic testing is right for you and your family in this comprehensive guide about genetics and breast cancer risk. Learn what factors healthcare professionals look for in families that may suggest an inherited gene mutation led to breast cancer developing, what genetic counselors do, and how genetic test results may impact your treatment, family, and emotions.
Gain a basic understanding of how yoga practice enhances overall wellness, improves quality of life and supports recovery after a breast cancer diagnosis. Learn about the mental and physical side of yoga, common yoga poses, how to adapt poses to suit your abilities during or after treatment, and where to find yoga classes for women with breast cancer.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer expert Katherine Tkaczuk, MD, answers your questions available treatments for metastatic breast cancer, and what research is on the horizon.
Offering care and support to someone diagnosed with breast cancer can be hard emotionally. Living Beyond Breast Cancer expert Page Tolbert, LCSW, answered your questions about how to be a caregiver while getting the help you need, too.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer experts Steve Martinez, MD, MAS, FACS, a cancer surgeon, and Tonia Goffinet, RN, a surgery nurse, answered your questions about what to expect from surgery for breast cancer.
In this issue, read about the factors that may impact choosing lumpectomy, single mastectomy or double mastectomy for breast cancer, and what resilience is and how it may play a part in your breast cancer experience. Read Nancy Dallman's personal story of developing and living with lymphedema, swelling of the hand, arm, chest or torso that may be caused by breast cancer treatment.
Learn about living with insomnia and fatigue, what causes the two side effects and how you can manage them with medical and nonmedical therapies. Read an interview with Cheryl Solomen, an exercise enthusiast who raised nearly $6,000 for LBBC's Yoga on the Steps: Philadelphia after her metastatic diagnosis.
Defining the Unique and Persistent Needs of Young Women Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer through a Multi-Phased Needs Assessment
In spring 2012, Living Beyond Breast Cancer conducted a comprehensive assessment to identify the needs of women diagnosed with breast cancer younger than age 45. As part of the analysis, LBBC compared the differences between the respondents diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) and those diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer (EBC) to determine how LBBC can better tailor programs to meet the needs of young women living with MBC.
Using a Financial Assistance Program as a Gateway to Support and Education for Underserved Breast Cancer Survivors
The Cis B. Golder Quality of Life Grant at Living Beyond Breast Cancer assists with the invisible costs of breast cancer treatment and provides a unique opportunity to engage underserved breast cancer survivors who may not otherwise have sought support and education from an organization. 65% of grant applicants were previously unaware of LBBC and its other programs. Formalized interventions were developed to increase contact time with grant recipients and provide personalized invitations to participate in other programs offered by LBBC.