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Guides to Understanding Breast Cancer

In this section, learn more about our guides to understanding breast cancer. These books and brochures address the unique needs of women newly diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer and women with metastatic (advanced) breast cancer. Read descriptions of the guides, download free PDFs and order single or bulk copies at our online marketplace

Please note we can mail only single copies (no bulks) to non-U.S. addresses at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience and encourage our international visitors to download print-friendly or PDF versions of our guides, accessible below. 

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 for the Newly Diagnosed

Learn the basics of breast cancer for the recently diagnosed. Find out about breast cancer types, pathology reports, the medical team, cancer stages, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, hormonal therapies, targeted therapies, clinical trials and second opinions. Explore questions to help you make informed decisions and find emotional support.

Guide to Understanding Genetics and Family Risk Assessment

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.

Guide to Understanding Yoga and Breast Cancer

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.

Guide to Understanding Treatment Decisions

Learn how diagnostic tests and pathology tests help your doctor build a tailored plan for your breast cancer treatment. Find out what questions to explore so you can make empowered decisions about surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormonal therapy and targeted therapy.

Guide to Understanding Hormonal Therapy

This guide explores medical and surgical options for early-stage breast cancer. Learn about the role of hormones in the body and in the development of estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer. Find out how tamoxifen, aromatase inhibitors and ovarian suppression and ablation work to decrease your risk for recurrence. Equally important, find out about side effects, and get practical tips and advice on how to manage them. 

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.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Series: Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

Learn the basics of metastatic breast cancer, how a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis impacts your daily life, and where to find the information and support you need to make informed decisions about your treatment and daily well-being. Created in partnership with Metastatic Breast Cancer Network

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