Learn About Your Diagnosis
Breast 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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- 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 Personalized 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
Every 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 the scheduled medical professional this Thursday.
Free of charge. Drop-in. 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.
Fourth Wednesday, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Once a month we extend our office hours and feature a guest speaker on a cancer-related topic.
- March 26 topic: For the Love of Food
Find Your way Through the Jungle of Diets and Discover the Heart of Eating
Patty McLucas & Dorote LucciIf you feel confused about what to eat, how to feed your family, or exhausted by the negative messages you tell yourself about your relationship with food, you are not alone.
This info night will describe our new 6-week nutrition course starting in April. We will practice mindful eating and interactive exercises.
Attendees will get the first opportunity to sign up for the Nutrition Series.
- April 23 topic: Social Security Disability
Mariaelena Lemus, Public Affairs SpecialistLearn about Social Security disability benefits and other SSA programs. Mariaelena will give a demo tour of the SSA website at this session, and show you how to file online.
Free of charge. Register (650) 326-6686 or toll free (888) 222-4401
We often refer clients to the following websites for breast cancer information:
- American Cancer Society
- Consumer friendly ASCO website
- National Cancer Institute
- National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
- National Comprehensive Cancer Network
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?
November 1, 2014
Registration begins September 2014
Fax or email to (650) 326-6673 firstname.lastname@example.org