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About Breast Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 3 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among US women and has a high survival rate, depending on the stage and type of breast cancer. With increases in medical technology, we now know a lot more about breast cancer and the different subtypes of breast cancer.

Throughout the history of breast cancer, many subtypes have been discovered. The different types of breast cancer include inflammatory breast cancer, triple negative breast cancer, triple positive breast cancer, HER2+ breast cancer, and Ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, which is one of the most common breast cancers. 
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There is another type of breast cancer called Metastatic Breast Cancer, which means once someone develops cancer, the cancer spreads. The cancer cells move from the primary location to a secondary location in the body, which, according to breastcancer.org, happens to about 30% of women who have developed breast cancer. The parts of the body that are at high risk of infection from cancer are the liver, brain, bones, and lungs.

Trying to understand the type of breast cancer that you are dealing with and what that means can be like trying to learn a new language in a foreign land. You shouldn’t have to face breast cancer alone, especially when you're dealing with the symptoms of breast cancer. The cancer support community consists of in-person breast cancer support groups, online breast cancer support groups, support from other breast cancer survivors, and survivorship programs and centers. All of these resources are filled with breast cancer survivors who know exactly what you're going through. With the proper care and emotional support, your quality of life does not have to be put at risk. You are not alone!

Get Emotional Support with CanCare

You are not alone.

Are you in need of breast cancer support? You’ve come to the right place. CanCare can provide a survivor by your side as you navigate your breast cancer journey. Our cancer support community at CanCare has nearly two hundred volunteer cancer survivors who have been specially trained to provide support to those facing breast cancer today. Our breast cancer survivors have experience with inflammatory breast cancer, metastatic breast cancer, triple negative breast cancer, triple positive breast cancer, in situ breast cancer, ductal, lobular, DCIS, LCIS, HER2+, estrogen positive and progesterone positive and metastatic breast cancer. We have volunteers who are survivors of all breast cancer stages.

Our diverse community enables us to connect you with a survivor whose experience with cancer subtype, stage, and treatment is similar, if not the same, as yours. We invite you to join us by requesting to be matched with a breast cancer survivor who will give you the support you need.
Having emotional support can have powerful effects on your cancer treatment outcomes. Connect with a breast cancer survivor today for one-on-one emotional support!

If you are a stage 4 breast cancer survivor and you are searching for breast cancer support groups online, join us for our online Stage 4 Survivors support group on the 3rd Friday of each month from 12PM – 1PM, Central time. This online support group is dedicated to supporting the survivors of all Stage 4 cancers.

Contact krisk@cancare.org for more information and the link for the group.

CanCare also accepts prayer requests for anyone who needs them. If you or a loved one is facing breast cancer, submit a prayer request, and we will pray for each person every week!

Breast Cancer Resources

Building a support network is an important part of cancer support. We recommend starting to build your support network by requesting a breast cancer survivor match.
Here are some additional breast cancer support resources that may be of help to you:

Sisters Network Inc.

Breast Cancer Resources for African Americans

Pink Door

Financial Assistance for Women in Houston & Surrounding Areas

Susan G. Komen

Breast Cancer Helpline: 877.465.6636

Knitted Knockers

Knitted Prosthetics for Mastectomy Patients

Wig Out

Free Wigs, Headscarves, Makeup & Skincare Tutorials for Those Facing Effects of Treatment

Breast Cancer Freebies

Breast Cancer Resources: Mammograms, Scholarships, & More
For more helpful resources, access our more comprehensive
National Cancer Support Resource Guide.

FAQs About Breast Cancer

There’s no right or wrong way to feel after you receive a breast cancer diagnosis. You’ll most likely go through many emotions including shock, fear, anger, disbelief, and more. All of these feelings are normal, and there are people and resources ready to help you!
According to the CDC, most women are 50 years old or older when they are diagnosed with cancer. It’s uncommon for women in their 20s and 30s, but it can happen, which is why all women need to get regular breast cancer screenings.
Something as life-changing as a breast cancer diagnosis can cause a wide variety of emotions. It’s not uncommon to feel depressed, anxious, scared, uncertain, angry, or alone when you receive this type of news. This is completely normal, and the most important thing to remember is that you are not alone!
We provide emotional support for breast cancer patients by connecting you with a survivor whose experience with breast cancer type, stage, and treatment is similar, if not the same, as yours. We invite you to join us by requesting to be matched with a breast cancer survivor who will give you the support you need. Get matched here!

We also offer an online support group for those facing stage 4 cancers. Our online Stage 4 support group meets the 3rd Friday of each month from 12PM – 1PM central time. Contact krisk@cancare.org for more information and the link for the group.
Yes! With our large community of breast cancer volunteers we can usually connect you with someone who has experience with a similar, if not the same, treatment. Though we do not provide medical advice, your volunteer can share her experience with you.
Yes, we have a large number of volunteers who are survivors of triple negative breast cancer. They are an amazing testimony of hope and available to walk beside you on your journey.
Cancer affects everyone you love. Often, your family wants to support you, but they might not know how to help you. Here are 10 tips on how to help someone with cancer. Share them with your family, so they know how to support you!

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"I am forever grateful for Anthony, Tom, and Greg. All have in their own special ways helped me deal with a very difficult situation. Anthony is my rock. Someone who stays in contact and always provides support and encouragement. Tom reaches out and listens to me, and talking helps tremendously. Amazingly, Greg and I share doctors and have the same cancer. Being able to talk with someone who is on a very similar journey brings me comfort and peace."
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