Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Advanced Breast Cancer, Third Edition Released

Washington, DC (October 3, 2011) – The Cancer Support Community (CSC), in partnership with Living Beyond Breast Cancer, the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network, and the Young Survival Coalition, is pleased to announce the 3rd edition of its highly acclaimed Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Advanced Breast Cancer book. More than 2.6 million people in the United States are currently living with or have a history of breast cancer. Of this number, it is estimated that over 150,000 are currently living with advanced (metastatic) breast cancer.

“Thanks to advances in research and treatment, more people are living longer with advanced breast cancer”, cites Kim Thiboldeaux, CSC’s President and CEO. “Through programs like our Frankly Speaking About Cancer education series, CSC is able to discuss the latest treatments for advanced breast cancer while providing information on the management of treatment-related side effects and strategies for maintaining a healthy quality of life.”

This dynamic program includes a printed booklet, interactive CD-ROM, online educational information and face-to-face patient workshops, available throughout the country at many CSC affiliates.

Highlights from this newest edition include:

• An Overview of Current Treatment Options
• Management of Treatment Side Effects
• Tips for Effective Communication with Your Health Care Team
• Coping Strategies for Maintaining a Healthy Quality of Life
• Up-To-Date Listing of Advanced Breast Cancer Resources

In celebration of the book’s launch, CSC will dedicate an upcoming episode of its weekly Frankly Speaking About Cancer radio show to “Living Well with Advanced Breast Cancer.” Thiboldeaux, the show’s host, will be joined by Ginny Knackmuhs, a woman living with advanced breast cancer, and Lidia Schapira, MD, a medical oncologist with the Gillette Center for Breast Cancer at Massachusetts General Hospital. Tune in on October 4th at 1pm/4pm EST to find out how to live well with advanced breast cancer.

The Cancer Support Community is proud to offer a variety of resources to individuals affected by breast cancer in October, during Breast Cancer Awareness month, and year round. A selection of these resources includes:

- Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Breast Reconstruction –An educational program, including a print book, online content and a medically led workshop, addressing the decision-making process related to breast reconstruction following a cancer diagnosis.

- Educational Webinar: Addressing the Needs of Young Women with Advanced Breast Cancer – On October 13th at 7pm this free webinar, brought to you by CSC and the Young Survival Coalition, will address the unique medical and emotional needs of young women diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. Sage Bolte, MSW, LSCSW, OSW-C, will lead the discussion. For more information and to register for this free webinar, e-mail rsvp@youngsurvival.org

- CSC’s Cancer Survivor Registry's M.A.P. (Mind Affects the Physical) Project – A first-of-its-kind research study, the M.A.P. Project examines the emotional and social needs of breast cancer survivors. Findings from a survey of more than 1,000 patients and survivors will be released mid-October in a much-anticipated first-annual Index report. If you are a breast cancer survivor, make your voice heard! Visit https://csc.breastcancerregistry.org/ to learn more about this exciting study and share information about your cancer experience.

- Frankly Speaking About Cancer: When a Women You Care About Has Breast Cancer
An educational program including a print book, online content, and workshop, addressing the social and emotional needs of caregivers of women living with breast cancer.

- Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Cuidador a Cuidador (From Caregiver to Caregiver)
A Spanish-language educational program including a print book, online content and workshop, addressing the social and emotional needs of Latino caregivers of women living with breast cancer.

To order a free copy of CSC’s newest publication, Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Advanced Breast Cancer, or any of our resources available to people impacted by all types of cancer, visit www.CancerSupportCommunity.org or call 888.793.9355.

About the Cancer Support Community
Our mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.

The Cancer Support Community is an international non-profit dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. Likely the largest employer of psychosocial oncology mental health professionals in the United States, CSC offers a menu of personalized services and education for all people affected by cancer. Its global network brings the highest quality cancer support to the millions of people touched by cancer. These support services are available through a network of professionally-led community-based centers, hospitals, community oncology practices and online, so that no one has to face cancer alone.

In July 2009, The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club Worldwide joined forces to become the Cancer Support Community. By helping to complete the cancer care plan, CSC optimizes patient care by providing essential, but often overlooked, services including support groups, counseling, education and healthy lifestyle programs. Today, CSC provides the highest quality emotional and social support through a network of more than 50 local affiliates, 100 satellite locations and online. For more information, visit www.cancersupportcommunity.org.

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