In this 5-minute video, Good Morning America host and cancer survivor Robin Roberts shows the importance of cancer support through the stories of two advanced breast cancer patients. Whether it's practical support such as a free ride to the hospital or face-to-face support groups, the good news is that there are a wide range of resources to help women facing advanced breast cancer know that they are not alone.
"We know that women with advanced breast cancer, in many ways, are an underserved population in terms of access to care, in terms of access to treatment," says Kim Thiboldeaux, CEO of the Cancer Support Community. "Many of these women have been through multiple treatments over time. They're dealing with the stress of that. They're dealing with the tremendous potentially financial burden over time."
This is where the Cancer Support Community can offer women with advanced breast cancer, as well as all cancer patients and their families, a safe space to find help and resources, wherever they may be on their cancer journey. Through CSC's more than 40 local centers across the U.S., cancer patients and their families can take free courses, such as knitting, yoga and meditation, as well as join face-to-face support groups to help them cope with either their own, or loved one's, diagnosis. The Cancer Support Community also offers a free helpline and live chat where anyone can call in to ask about cancer resources or chat with a counselor. CSC also offers online discussion boards to connect with other patients to seek advice and support and has partnered with MyLifeLine so that patients can keep their friends and family informed about their health and offer a helping calendar, which is place to ask for practical support such as meal delivery or assistance with errands.
“When patients participate in support programs, they feel better, they do better, and they have better health outcomes. By including a segment on finding support, the series brings awareness to patients and their loved ones that services exist that can help them cope with the physical, emotional and financial challenges associated with a cancer diagnosis. We are honored to share CSC’s message of hope, support, and community alongside Robin Roberts and WebMD,” Thiboldeaux added.
Organizations like the Cancer Support Community are here to help advanced breast cancer patients, their families, as well as all cancer patients, so that no one faces cancer alone.