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Breast Reconstruction: Many considerations play into the decisions that women make

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Breast Cancer Awareness Month also includes raising awareness of some of the challenges those with breast cancer routinely face. Receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer is a lot for anyone to process, emotionally and medically. On top of this, many women undergoing a mastectomy must make decisions about breast reconstruction. For women and their loved ones facing these decisions, obtaining information about reconstruction procedures and outcomes and knowing what the best choices are for themselves is not easy. Many considerations may influence the decisions women ultimately make.

Meeting the Unique Needs of People with Metastatic Breast Cancer

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is important to give particular awareness to the unique experiences and needs of people with metastatic breast cancer (MBC). These are individuals diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer, meaning the cancer has spread to more distant parts of their bodies. Metastatic breast cancer has become a disease that often can be managed for a longer period of time through various treatments.

Becoming a Community Advocate

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

This month at the Cancer Support Community, we’re highlighting community advocacy as one of the best ways to build relationships, create dialogues and increase understanding for those affected by cancer. You can become a community advocate whether you have had cancer or have been a caregiver or loved one to someone living with cancer.

The Art of Decision-Making

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been using our blog to help explain how to gather information and communicate effectively as a self-advocate. The culmination of this journey comes today as we explore how a self-advocate makes decisions.

Communicating About Your Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Last week we talked about how to seek information about your cancer in order to start your journey of self-advocacy. Once you have prepared yourself with as much information as possible, it is key to communicate your needs and feelings with your family, friends, health care providers and others who could make a difference in your cancer journey. Just having knowledge isn’t enough. It’s important to communicate what you now know to those who can help you.

The Power of Information: Self-Advocacy for Cancer Patients

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

We’re continuing our month-long spotlight on self-advocacy this week with a look at the most potent tool at a cancer patient’s disposal: information. No matter where you are in your cancer journey, self-advocating begins with seeking information and harnessing as much knowledge as you can.

Defining Self-Advocacy

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

What does it mean to be a self-advocate? When we think of an advocate, we generally think of someone who is publicly supporting some policy or cause. So, how can you be an advocate for yourself? This week’s blog post kicks off a series of posts about how to become a self-advocate. Learn more about what self-advocacy means and find out how you can begin to advocate for yourself.

The Many Faces of Advocacy

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Each year, as summer turns into fall, the cancer community begins a period of awareness, as many cancer awareness months and observances occur in September, October and November. Here at the Cancer Support Community, we wanted to use this opportunity to bring awareness to the importance of advocacy for everyone touched by cancer. That’s why we’re launching our Many Faces of Advocacy campaign. Over the next three months, we will try to demystify advocacy and explain all the different ways anyone can be a cancer advocate.

Talking to Kids About Cancer

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

You were diagnosed with cancer and have to decide how to tell your kids. How do you explain cancer to children? How do you help guide them through your treatment? We know that supporting your children through this process can be a daunting task. So, here are some ideas, activities and resources to help you navigate this part of your cancer journey.

Meet Our Returning CSC Team Triathlon Members

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

On Sunday, September 11, the Cancer Support Community is partnering with the Events DC Nation’s Triathlon for our 2nd annual Team CSC event. We wanted to introduce you to two team members who are back for their second Team CSC triathlon event. Meet these incredible and dedicated triathlon participants with some short Q&As!