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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.


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Medical Information Services

Our Medical Information Services team can:

  • 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

Ask an Expert: Breast Cancer Q&A

First and third Thursday
5:30-7:00 p.m.

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

Resource Information:
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

Interpretive Information:
News reports
Explanations of current research advances
Motivational/inspirational articles
Practical advice
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

My Personal Decision Guide

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.

My Personal Decision Guide

Additional Resources

Breast Cancer Resources

Ovarian Cancer Resources

Social Networking:

  • CaringBridge
    Create a personal website to share health updates with family and friends who care and want to help.
  • myBCTeam
    Free social network for women who have ever faced breast cancer.

Research Tips

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?

Annual Conference

Our Annual Conference is an opportunity to share knowledge, and inspire hope. This highly regarded conference brings together over 300 attendees, including breast cancer patients and survivors, medical professionals, therapists, and health educators.

Community Outreach

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

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