Learn About Your Diagnosis
Bay Area Cancer Connections can help you find and understand information about your diagnosis and treatment options. As clients and families become more knowledgeable about cancer, they often find the fear and anxiety that accompanies a diagnosis can be significantly diminished.
Browse Our Library Catalog
- Explain your pathology report
- Find appropriate resources to address
your medical questions
- Explain standard treatment guidelines
- Navigate our library
- Locate clinical trials
- Explore a personal decision using
My Personal Decision Guide
Medical Information Services Team
- Erika Bell, Ph.D.
- Mira Geffner
Free of charge. By appointment (650) 326-6686 or toll free (888) 222-4401
First and third Thursday
This is an informal session where a medical professional from various breast cancer specialties will address your medical questions and concerns. If you don’t have questions, join us just to learn more about breast cancer, and network with others. View the calendar to see scheduled medical professionals.
Free of charge. Register by calling the BCC Helpline at (650) 326-6686 or toll free (888) 222-4401.
Open to friends and family.
Our library houses an extensive collection of cancer books, medical articles, DVDs, CDs, and periodicals relevant to your diagnosis and treatment options. Most materials are available for loan for up to three weeks.
Circulating Books About:
Dealing with the diagnosis
Complementary & alternative medicine
Caregiver and support roles
Life after treatment
Clinical trials: what they are, types, where they can be found
Providers of equipment and services
Support groups in the area
Resources for caregivers/family/friends
Help with employment/financial issues
Explanations of current research advances
Alternative/complementary medical information
Peer Reviewed Scientific Publications:
Abstracts of research studies
Reviews of research
Guidelines to understand treatment and doctor recommendations
Analyses of research studies
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the decision making process? While BCC does not offer advice, we can help you clarify and explore a practical, emotional, or cancer treatment decision using My Personal Decision Guide. A trained volunteer or staff member can guide you through the decision making process, explore the benefits and risks of each option, and identify your needs.
To schedule an appointment please call the Helpline (650) 326-6686. If you’re unable to visit our center, we’re happy to walk you through My Personal Decision Guide over the phone.
- American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
- American Cancer Society
- Breast Cancer Emergency Fund
- Medline Plus
- National Cancer Institute
- National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
- National Comprehensive Cancer Network
Breast Cancer Resources
Free tool to help newly diagnosed breast cancer patients quickly learn about their disease and decide upon a treatment plan.
Ovarian Cancer Resources
When visiting websites for health-related resources please keep these questions in mind:
What is the purpose of the site?
What or who is the source?
How current is the information?
Bay Area Cancer Connections provides breast and ovarian cancer education at health fairs, conferences, and other community events in the San Francisco Bay Area. Trained staff and volunteers are also available for educational presentations for your employees or other special group.
Please send inquiries to Mira Geffner at (650) 326-6299, ext 22, or email@example.com