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.
Get practical methods to help lower the stress of ongoing treatment for metastatic breast cancer. Understand situational triggers and acute and chronic stress. Learn about methods of self-care, including getting information when and how you want it, exercise and mindfulness, talking with loved ones, spirituality, spending time with pets, the creative arts, cancer support groups, counseling and more.
Metastatic Breast Cancer Series: Understanding Palliative Care will help you make sense of palliative care and better understand the role it can play in developing a whole approach to treatment. Learn about palliative care, its benefits and the related options that support and sustain treatment. Understand how choosing palliative care can enhance your quality of life.
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.
This culturally sensitive booklet shares the stories of Latinas with breast cancer. Explore your first reactions to a breast cancer diagnosis, beliefs and truths about breast cancer, ways to get good health care, breast cancer treatment options, getting support from family and friends and what to do after you finish active treatment.
The Guide to Understanding Fear of Recurrence explores the common worry that breast cancer could return. Find out why some milestones, holidays and situations trigger an emotional response; how to find support; and methods to manage your feelings.
The Guide to Understanding Insomnia and Fatigue will help you learn how sleeping problems related to cancer and its treatments may impact your life. Explore tips on improving your sleep and maintaining your energy, ways to talk with a healthcare professional, using lifestyle changes and medicines to manage insomnia and fatigue and ways to move forward. Available online only.
Find out how breast cancer treatments impact your risk for osteopenia and osteoporosis. Get practical tools to maintain and build bone mineral density after chemotherapy, hormonal therapy or ovarian suppression. Available online only.
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.
If you are newly diagnosed, the Guide to Understanding Your Emotions will help you make sense of your feelings. This brochure covers common emotions, signs of anxiety and depression, consulting a healthcare professional, responding to emotions, understanding your feelings after initial treatment ends and practical strategies for moving forward.
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.