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Peer Support Matches

Young Survival Coalition SurvivorLink can match you with another young woman who has been through a similar experience.  Trained volunteer peer contacts who are living with metastatic disease are available for you to speak with. To request a match, email or call 877-YSC-1011.

Y-Me   (formerly Network of Strength) offers a 24/7 hotline at 800-221-2141. Ask about YOUR SHOES peer-match program to be linked up with someone who has walked in your shoes – someone with your diagnosis. They offer this service for both men and women with mets.

SHARE Breast Cancer Hotline can match you with a trained volunteer who is living with metastatic breast cancer. They offer ongoing one-on-one support, matching you with a woman who has had an experience similar to yours. Call 866-891-2392.

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Telephone Groups for MBC

Cancer Care offers a free telephone support group for those living with mbc nationwide. Call Carolyn Messner, Director of Education & Training at Cancer Care at 212-712-8354. This initial call is to a 212 area code. Once Carolyn registers you in a phone support group, the call-in number is toll free. When you speak with her, mention that you are referred by the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network. lf you get her voice mail, leave your name and phone number and she will call you back. Cancer Care's goal is to accommodate everyone who calls seeking support.

Young Survival offers a telephone and networking support session every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 8:00-9:30 pm (ET)/5:00-6:30 pm (PT). The calls are facilitated by Susan Glaser, MSW at MSK Cancer Center.

A YSC Demographic Questionnaire is required for participation. lf you have not completed this form within the last 6 months, if there are changes to your previous submission, or if you have never completed the questionnaire, please download and complete this form. Please return your completed form prior to your participating on the call.

For more information or to register for the call, please email your full name to MetsLink@youngsurvival.org.  National call-in number: 800-804-6968; intemational call-in number: 647.723.726o; access code: 0284559

Sharsheret, a national organization supporting young Jewish women facing breast cancer, offers the Embrace program for women living with MBC. Embrace includes individual counseling sessions by phone with Sharsheret’s Clinical Supervisor, a telephone based support group connecting women with health care professionals and with each other, and resources specific to women living with advanced breast cancer.

To join Embrace, call (866) 474-2774 or email info@sharsheret.org


SHARE has a telephone support program for metastatic women on Mondays from 4-5pm. To register, call 212-382-2111.

Cancer Connection, a telephone peer support program offered by the Canadian Cancer Society. 1 800 263-6750  M-F 9AM-5PM. Available in French or English.

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In-Person Groups for MBC


ALBERTA: Calgary
Breast Expressive Supportive Therapy (B.E.S.T.) Group. Tom Baker Cancer Center - Holy Cross site, 2202 Second Street SW. In-person group meets every Tuesday at 1:30-3:00 pm. New members are pre-interviewed; group has been in existence since 1993.
CONTACT:  Lisa Lamont, MSW, RSW 403-355-3210 or 403-355-3207 (admin. assistant)



CALIFORNIA: Mission Viejo
Mission Breast Center at the Women's Wellness Center, 26732 Crown Valley Parkway, Suite 171 Corner of Los Altos & Crown Valley Parkway. In-person facilitated group; 2nd & 4th Tuesday of every month from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm; light refreshments provided.
CONTACT: 949-347-6080 x 7 Facilitators: Lori Ash, LCSW & Julie Patterson, OCN

Breast Cancer Connections. Cambridge Ave., Palo Alto, CA. In-person facilitated group; every Monday from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Group members include women first diagnosed at Stage IV, Asian-Americanwomen, older (70+) women, young women with children at home.
CONTACT: Marcie Pais, Marriage & Family Licensed at marciepais2@gmail.com or 650-561-9275

CALIFORNIA : Sacramento
SAM Ladies - Sacramento Area Mets Ladies, an email support group for women in the Sacramento area with metastatic breast cancer who are interested in connecting for information sharing and support.
CONTACT: email

New Hope Support Group. We meet the 2nd Monday of each month at the Aspen Center located at 2750 Sycamore Drive, Simi Valley, 93065
CONTACT: Robin Chibnik at 805-522-7203

Tebo Family Pavilion Community Room 4715 Arapahoe Ave.  Metastatic Advanced Cancer Group, All Cancers, Men and Women; Mondays 12:00 - 1:15 pm
CONTACT: Clare Lindsay 303-319-4232

FLORIDA: Casselberry (Orlando area)
Surviving & Thriving Casselberry Public Library - 215 N. Oxford Road. In-person peer-support group meeting the 2nd Thursday of the month from 10-11:30 am.
CONTACT: Joan Eskin
joaneskin@gmail.com or 407-281-6307 or Laura Goldstein pinkribbonlaura@yahoo.com


GEORGIA : Decatur
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
This patient-only group meets the 1st & 3rd Monday of the month
from 11am - 12:30 pm at The Chocolate Coffee Cafe @ 2094 North Decatur Rd. RSVP requested.
CONTACT : Jean Rowe, LCSW 404-778-1202


ILLINOIS: Hinsdale
The Wellness House at 131 S. Country Line Road offers MANAGING RECURRENT & METASTATIC groups on Fridays from 10-11 am. This group is for mixed types of stage IV cancers. They discuss the many unique issues faced by people with all types of recurrent and/or metastatic cancer. Life experiences, coping strategies and information are exchanged in ways that support all members. Family members and drop-ins are also welcome.
CONTACT: Michael Williams, PsyD at 630-323-5150

LIVING WITH METASTATIC BREAST CANCER is a weekly group specifically for those living with metastatic breast cancer. They meet Tuesdays from 10-11:30am to focuses on the ongoing challenges that arise from dealing with treatment, relationships, and facing the future. Registration is required.
CONTACT : Linda Kengott, LPC at 630-654-5109

KENTUCKY: Louisville
Living Beyond, a metastatic breast cancer support group, sponsored by Baptist Hospital East, Susan G. Komen Foundation and Gilda's Club.   In-person; 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 4-5:30 pm at Gilda's Club on Baxter Avenue. Facilitators: JoAnne S. Morris, MDiv., D.Min., MFT Associate and Tara Schapmire, MSSW, CSW, PhD student

Baptist Hospital East's Cancer Resource Center received a grant through Links for Life and is currently able to provide free counseling to patients with breast cancer and those who "love them". Please contact support group facilitator, chaplain and marriage and family therapist, JoAnne Morris for information on either the support group or the free counseling.
CONTACT  JoAnne Morris: 
jmorris1@bhsi.com 502/896-7112

MARYLAND: Annapolis
METAvivor Research and Support, Inc. An independent program run by and for those with metastatic breast cancer. The group has weekly activities, varying the days of the week and times of day to give everyone a chance to attend. METAvivor offers advice to others wanting to start their own groups elsewhere and it is heavily involved in raising funds to support BC mets research. See their website at: www.metavivor.org.
CONTACT: "CJ" (Dian Corneliussen-James) at
cj@metavivor.org or 410-263-3340.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Shapiro 9. In-person group meets Monday mornings from 10:30 - 12:00.
CONTACT: Hester Hill Schnipper, LICSW, BCD, OSW-C at 617-667-2661;


Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group at Mass. General.
This is an ongoing support group for individuals living with metastatic breast cancer. This is a closed group, and requires an intake interview.
CONTACT: Julie A. Berrett, LICSW at 617-643-2355 for an intake interview and information about the start date of the group.


Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center, Smith Building, Room 239, Mondays 10:30 am - 12:00 pm: start date April 6, 2009. Parking validated in Smith Garage (One Jimmy Fund Way). Light refreshments served.
CONTACT: Pat Kartiganer, LICSW @ 617-632-5605 to register. 


The Healing Garden 145 Bolton Rd
Phone: 978-456-3532
There are two groups for women with metastatic breast cancer.
The alternate Friday group from 1:30 - 3pm is led by Marilyn Brine Gilmour MSW, LICSW MBG1045@verizon.net 

The alternate Tuesday group from 3:30 pm - 5pm is led by Elaine Olmstead RN, MS.
CONTACT : Program Registration - Julie Seavy: julie@healinggarden.net

A Metastatic Breast Cancer support group for women and men meets every other Wednesday from 9:30 to 11:00. The group is non-denominational and is led by its founder, and metastatic breast cancer patient, Heather. The group is open and participation is free.
CONTACT:  Heather Lore at 978-664-1958 for more information.

Natick Counseling and Holistic Therapies, 20 Main St. Suite 300. In-person group for all types of metastatic cancers; meets on 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of month from 3:30 - 5:00 pm.
CONTACT: Marilyn Brine Gilmour, MSW, LICSW at 508-893-0914 or


NEW JERSEY: Bedminster
The Wellness Community of Central NJ - 3 Crossroads Dr.
In-person meeting of the Advanced Breast Cancer Networking Group meets every other Wednesday from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.
CONTACT: Ellen Levine , MSW, LCSW, OSW-C at 908-658-5400 X2


The Metastatic/Recurrent Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group, based out of the Family Health Center at the Jersey Shore Medical Center, meets the 3rd Tuesday 
of each month from 4:30 - 5:30pm. Pre-registration is required.
CONTACT : Barbara Feurguson, LSW, MSW  732-869-5772.


NEW JERSEY: Princeton
Advanced Breast Cancer Support Group meetings held at the Princeton YWCA, Bramwell House Living Room. Open to out-of-state women. Facilitated by social worker Elsie Reiss - Licensed Clinical Social Worker; meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month from 7:30-9:00 pm.
CONTACT: Kara Stephenson 609-497-2100 X346 

NEW YORK: Buffalo
Metastatic Breast Cancer Social Networking Group
150 Bennet Rd - Cheektowaga
This group is coordinated with the Life Transitions Center.
They meet the 1st Wednesday of the month from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.
There is no fee to attend this evening of
conversation and social networking for women who have experienced metastatic breast cancer.
CONTACT : Joanne Janicki at 716-845-4432 for more information

NEW YORK: Garden City
The support group is currently inactive. If you are interested in having this group start up again, please contact Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW Counseling Coordinator Adelphi Breast Cancer Program

CONTACT:516-877-4314  or kafenbaum@adelphi.edu


NEW YORK: Hampton Bays
The metastatic breast cancer group has flexible meeting times to accommodate participants, but generally meets Monday from 2:00-4:00 pm in the Hampton Bays Library. Pre-registration is required.
CONTACT: Edyle O'Brien, LCSW at (631) 329-0520 or

NEW YORK: Kingston
Oncology Support Program - Benedictine Hospital, 80 Mary’s Avenue. In-person group meets 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 2:00-3:30 pm. The group is for all types of metastatic cancers.
CONTACT: Ellen Marshall, Director of Oncology Support at 845-339-2071 X103

NEW YORK: New York
New York University Clinical Cancer Center, 160 E. 34 St. 11th floor. In-person group meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 4:00-5:00 pm.
CONTACT: Lisa Sevanick, LCSW at 212-731-5110


NEW YORK : New York
Memorial Sloan Kettering Breast Center Support Group for Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer - 300 E. 66 St. - 2nd floor
There are two groups: every Wednesday from 1:00 - 2:30pm for those over age 45 and every Friday from 1:00 - 2:30pm for those aged 45 and under.
CONTACT : Roz Kleban, LCSW at 646-888-5271

NEW YORK : New York
SHARE - 1501 Broadway - btw 43 & 44 St. suite 704A
This group is for women with metastatic breast and ovarian cancer, run by a trained psychotherapist who has had breast cancer. The group meets every Thursday 12-1:30 - except for the last week of the month.
CONTACT : SHARE Breast Hotline 212-382-2111  www.sharecancersupport.org

An evening group, Living With Uncertainty, for women with metastatic breast cancer. Share your experiences and learn from each other. You can join at any time. The facilitators are SHARE participants living with metastatic disease. The group meets once a month. Call SHARE for 
CONTACT : SHARE Breast Hotline 212-382-2111 for specific dates. www.sharecancersupport.org

NEW YORK: Rochester
James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center -601 Elmwood Ave. In-person support group (ADVANCED INSIGHTS) for those living with recurrent or metastatic breast cancer; friends/family members are welcome; the group meets the 4th Monday of each month from 5:00-6:30 pm.This is a psycho-educational group with member driven topics and guest discussions.
CONTACT: Sandra E. Sabatka, LMSW (585) 276-4529 ;



NEW YORK : Rochester
Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester - 840 University Ave
This group is for those living with metastatic breast cancer. They meet the 1st & 3rd Wednesday mornings of each month. Prior to joining the group, a meeting with the facilitator is arranged to learn more about the group and the health status of its members.
CONTACT facilitator : Nancy Cooper, PhD (breast cancer survivor of primary breast cancer) or Tracy DelloStritto (program coordinator) info@bccr.org (585)473-8177

NEW YORK : Williamsville
The Breast Cancer Network of Western New York funds a Metastatic Support Group that meets every other Tuesday from 12-1:20 pm at 5166 Main St., suite 100.
CONTACT: Chris Bylewski at 716-565-2092


NEW YORK : Yorktown Heights
Support Connection - 40 Triangle Center, suite 100 
This group meets the 3rd Friday of each month at 12:30 pm.
The group is for women living with recurrent or metastatic  breast or ovarian cancer.
CONTACT : 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

OHIO : Toledo
The Victory Center 5532 W. Central Ave
This group is for recurrent or metastatic cancer. They meet the first Tuesday of the month from 6-7:30 pm. No pre-registration is required.
CONTACT : 419-531-7600 for further info   Facilitator - Nicole Bryant, MA


The NE Oklahoma Affiliate of Network of Strength at 4606 E. 67 St., suite #314, will start a support group specifically for those living with metastatic breast cancer upon request.
CONTACT: Program Coordinator: Carey Edwards @ 918-494-8808

OREGON : Portland (Tigard)
Providence Cancer Center - St. Vincent’s Hospital - Suite 161
Making Today Count is a program for people with all different Metastatic cancers; typically, 90% of the participants have breast cancer. They meet every Wednesday from 11-12:30pm. Free counseling available.
CONTACT : Diane Harris LCSW 503-216-2917


Breast Friends has a support group for ‘young’ women with mets.
CONTACT : Sharon Henison 503-598-8048

Breast Friends, a local non-profit organization serving breast cancer survivors along with their immediate family and friends, holds a monthly meeting from 7-8:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at 14050 S.W. Pacific Highway, Suite 201, Tigard. The next meeting will be Monday, Nov. 1. Breast Friends gives women a chance to talk about issues of living with metastatic breast cancer. Participants are encouraged to bring friends or family members. Free professional child care is available. Free and open to the public.
Details: 503-598-8048. 

John and Dorothy Morgan Cancer Center
Cedar Crest Blvd.
Conference Room 1A, every 2nd Monday from 7 - 8:30PM
CONTACT:  610-402-CARE for information.

PENNSYLVANIA : Chambersburg
A support group for Advanced or Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer. Meetings 2nd Monday at 6PM
Location: Public Resource Library- Rhonda Brake Shreiner Women's Center at 757 Norland Ave. The library is next to the waiting room of the Women's Center.
Deb Mumma  717-816-9793 
Laura Umbrell  217-6747   lumbrell@summithealth.org


PENNSYLVANIA: Philadelphia
Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia - Living Well with Advanced Breast Cancer, The Suzanne Morgan Center at Ridgeland, Chamounix Drive, West Fairmount Park. In-person monthly professionally facilitated networking group for women dealing with mbc -meeting the 4th Tuesday of every month from 11:00am -1:00 pm
CONTACT: Karen Neyer 215-879-7733 or www.twcp.org

RHODE ISLAND : Providence
A support group meets at the Women and Infant's Hospital, 1 Blackstone, Outpatient Oncology Building on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 1-2:30pm.
CONTACT : Katie  401-274-1122 X  7211 for additional info


TENNESSEE : Chattanooga
Y-ME National Breast Cancer Orginization at 1400 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37404 hosts support groups for those living with mbc every other Tuesday from 5:15 - 6:30 pm.
CONTACT : Lee Arnold 423-622-4454 registration required

Women with Advanced Cancer Support Group meets at The Jones Clinic, 7710 Wolf River Circle 
CONTACT : Ellen Eisen, LCSW at 901-202-7639 for information on meeting time and to register.



TENNESSEE: Nashville
Gilda’s Club at 1707 Division St. hosts weekly support groups for patients and family members - free of charge.
CONTACT: Felice Apolinsky, LCSW at 615-329-1124


TEXAS: Austin
Breast Cancer Resource Center (www.bcrc.org) 512-544-0900. Sponsored by IV League; peer run; grass-roots group with approx 17 members. Location for meetings: Casa de Luz on Toomey Road. In-person group meets Wednesday at 10:45 - 12:30 pm and the last Sunday of the month at 2:00 pm and potlucks with families once or twice a year.  E-mail group also available: direct mail to the group at
IVLeagueOnline@gmail.com; there is a Yahoo group and a NING site.
CONTACT: Rayanne Evans at
rayanne@bcrc.org or call her at 512-544-0904 or call Jeanne Collins at 512-921-9553

TEXAS: Houston
Sponsored by The Rose- Joan Gordon Center (mammography center); affiliated with the American Cancer Society. 3400 Bissonnet, Suite 185. Rosebuds II is for women who have had or are at high risk for recurrence and or metastases. In-person group meets 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month from 5:45 - 7:30 pm.
CONTACT: Jackie 713-661-5410 www.RosebudsSupport.org



TEXAS : San Antonio
Cancer Therapy & Research Center - 7979 Wurzback Road
Keep Abreast II meets the first Monday of each month at 6pm.
CONTACT : Suzi Emanuel at 210-365-1321or suzi.emanuel9@gmail.com

VIRGINIA : Alexandria
Inova Alexandria Hospital Cancer Center - 4320 Seminary Rd
Life With Cancer metastatic group meets the first Wednesday of each month from 6-7:30pm. Facilitators : Shara Sosa LCSW and Geronima Cortese-Jimenez, RN,OCN,MPH. Registration is required
CONTACT : 703-698-2522

VIRGINIA : Fairfax
Life With Cancer Family Center - 8411 Pennell St
This metastatic support group meets every Friday.
CONTACT : facilitator Sage Bolte, ABD, LCSW, OSW-C and psychiatrist at 703-698-2520 for time of daytime group meeting.


The Healing Place - Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group
Seattle Breast Center on the Northwest Medical Center Campus
1560 N 115th St # 104
This group meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 9:30 to 11am.
Treesia Kan 206-930-7633 kankt@quest.net



Instant Sisters is an in-person support group for women with advanced or metastatic breast cancer; meets the 1st Tuesday of each month, 11:30-1:30 pm, at the American Cancer Society, 8317 Elderberry Rd., Madison, Wisconsin.
Facilitated by a psychologist.
CONTACT: The Integral Psychology Center - Lauren Cunningham, PhD at 608-255-9330 x2 or





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YourShoes Partners Match Program

Network of Strength can match you with a person who has had similar experiences being the caregiver or loved one of a breast cancer patient. Call 24 hours a day at (800) 221-2141



Offers professional counseling (in person or over the telephone), support groups, educational programs (past programs can be heard on their website) and practical help. Call (800) 813-HOPE to learn more or order their pamphlet "Caregiving for your Loved One with Cancer".


Young Cancer Spouses

Their mission is to bring together young spouses of adults with cancer to share information, support, and experiences. Includes tips for taking care of yourself.


Caring Bridge    Personalized Web Page

Free internet service with a personalized web page for you to post your info and provide updates for friends without having to make phone calls or send individual emails. It is available 24/7.


Lotsa Helping Hands - Aid for all who ask How Can I Help? 

Free, private, web-based communities for organizing friends, family, and colleagues - your ‘circles of community' - during times of need. Easily coordinate activities and manage volunteers with an intuitive group calendar. Answers the question: What can I do to help?  Contact: info@lotsahelpinghands.com


Health Central - caregiver section

For husbands and partners, information on coping and emotional support including an article on what to do in the first 48 hours after learning the diagnosis.



Cancer and Careers - caregiver section

Helpful articles on caregiver challenges and financial and legal planning.


New Grief

Thanks to medical advances and extended grieving periods, the process of saying goodbye requires a new approach. Welcome to a conversation focused on helping you and your family deal with new grief.


Articles of Interest for Caregivers:
 "Watching my mother die of breast cancer."  by Michael McCurdy, Health News Digest, Sept 27. 2010


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To Make Your Life Easier


Free Cleaning Service

Yes... they really will clean your house for free - once a month for 4 months! You must submit proof of medical diagnosis.


Making Memories 
www.makingmemories.org If you are selected, Making Memories will grant your wish. contact: wishdirector@makingmemories .org or call 971-255-3332.

The Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation helps you create travel memories for families with children.

Personalized Web Page
www.caringbridge.org / 651-452-7940
Free internet service with a personalized web page for you to post your info and provide updates for friends without having to make phone calls or send individual emails. It is available 24/7.

www.lotsahelpinghands.com/ Contact us at info@lotsahelpinghands.com
Free, private, web-based communities for organizing friends, family, and colleagues - your ‘circles of community' - during times of need. Easily coordinate activities and manage volunteers with our intuitive group calendar. Answers the question: What can I do to help?


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Offers free retreats for women dealing with any type or stage of cancer. They provide an opportunity for women to get away from it all while dealing with the physical as well as emotional impact of cancer.

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Information on Diagnosis/Treatment


Metastatic breast cancer information and support for patients, family and friends by long-time advocate and author Musa Mayer.

Message board for metastatic breast cancer postings.

Offer a pdf on breast cancer and bone mets, as well as information on pain, surgery and osteonecrosis of the jaw.

Source for information on brain metastases in breast cancer. The site is organized by Musa Mayer and other advocates working with government researchers. 

A non-profit organization dedicated to providing reliable, complete and up-to-date 
information about breast cancer. Enter metastatic in the search box for specific information.

www.Cancer.gov /800-4-CANCER / M-F 9am - 4:30 pm EST
 (English and Spanish)
The National Cancer Institute's comprehensive site for cancer patients to understand types of cancer, clinical trials, statistics, research and available resources. You can also get cancer information online through the LiveHelp instant messaging service at https://cissecure.nci.nih.gov/livehelp/welcome.asp.

www.Cancer.net / 888-651-3038 / M-F 8am - 4pm EST 
Comprehensive consumer site providing timely, oncologist approved information to help patients make informed health-care decisions. Sponsored by ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncologists), the site includes cancer overviews, coping, and advocacy.

Ask the Expert from Johns Hopkins. Click on metastatic breast cancer and type in your question.

This site, sponsored by NBCC, National Breast Cancer Coalition, a national advocacy group, gives information on the latest research and news headlines by topic. Select from a drop down list of topics such as Metastatic Breast Cancer or ER+ Breast cancer.

A service of the National Cancer Institute that provides a free database search of over 19 million life science and medical journals for the advanced user who is familiar with medical/scientific terminology and research methods. 


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Clinical Trials Info

How to Find a Cancer Treatment Trial: A 10-Step Guide from the National Cancer Institute


Informative and easy to follow for basic information on clinical trials. 

This site offers a matching service to search for clinical trials that apply to you. 
You need to enter specific medical information. 

You need to search by the type of cancer as all cancers are included, and then 
search by your location

There is a feature to create your own profile to "match" you with a trial. 

They offer comprehensive information on all trials

www.tnbcfoundation.org (click on RESOURCES to find triple negative trials)
The focus is Triple Negative. They provide tips for general knowledge and direct |
you to www.clinicaltrials.gov for details. 

www.CancerTrialsHelp.org / 877-520-4457

There are a series of questions to help you find a trial. They also offer information to help you educate yourself about clinical trials.

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Legal Resources


www.cancerlegalresourcecenter.org / 866-843-2572 / M-F 9am-5pm PST
Joint program of the Disability Rights Legal Center and Loyola Law School in California. Provides free and confidential information and resources through telephone counseling on cancer-related legal issues such as insurance coverage, employment issues, and potential legal problems.

www.patientadvocate.org / 800-532-5274 
Patient Advocate Foundation is a non profit founded in 1996 to solve insurance and 
health access issues. They offer legal counseling to patients dealing with managed 
care, insurance, financial issues, job discrimination, and debt.

Cancer and Careers is a program of the CEW Foundation, the charitable arm of 
Cosmetic Executive Women, Inc., a New York-based non-profit trade organization of 
4,000 executives in the beauty, cosmetics, fragrance, and related industries. They 
offer legal and insurance information and lists of resources to deal with job related
issues including disability. Click on Legal and Insurance Issues. 

www.cancerlinc.org / 877-644-5462
Legal Information for Cancer is a non-profit community-based organization, serving the Central Virginia community. They provide education, information, counseling and referral services for legal assistance to individuals with a cancer diagnosis. 
 If no other resources are available, they assist financially with costs related to wigs, prostheses, lymphodema products and costs of chemo and medications.


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Financial Assistance


American Breast Cancer Foundation
www.abcf.org / 877-539-2543


American Cancer Society
www.cancer.org / 800-227-2345

Based on your location, assistance is offered to reimburse expenses related to cancer treatment.

Cancer Care
www.CancerCare.org / 800-813-HOPE / M-F 8am - 8pm EST
Non-profit organization founded in 1944 offering counseling, support groups, education and financial aid. Avon Cares Program offers limited aid for homecare, childcare and transportation. Linking Arms Program provides limited funds for oral chemo, pain, and anti-nausea medications through Komen funding. Cancer Care provides information on other aid programs. They do not offer funds for basic living expenses. Eligibility is based on assets - defined as savings, CDs, checking, 401K. From the Home page, go to Financial Help > Financial Assistance > pdf application available online to be mailed in.

Cancer Care Co-Payment Assistance Foundation
www.cancercopay.org / 866-552-6729 / M-Th 9am - 7pm; F 9am - 5pm EST
Non-profit foundation affiliated with cancercare.org that specializes in copay assistance since April 2008. They offer full or partial assistance with your copay. You must be insured (private or Medicare) with income less than 4 times the poverty level with consideration for high cost of living areas. You can apply online or on the phone.

Cancer Fund of America
www.cfoa.org / 800-578-5284
A physician must certify your diagnosis and financial need for assistance with costs 
of medical supplies and products.

Government Benefits Screening
An online tool to improve access to government assistance programs. On the home page, click on the BENEFITS tab to get to the questionairre. You do not need to provide your name. There is also a Benefits Quick Search on the home page.

The Health Well Foundation
www.healthwellfoundation.org / 800-675-8416 / M-F 9am - 5pm EST
A non-profit organization that offers assistance with copay or insurance premium payments for insured patients, based on availability of funds. They have a quick eligibility test online. If you are eligible, you can complete the application online. You may call for help with the application process or to receive a paper application in the mail.

Hill Burton Program
www.hrsa.gov/HillBurton 800-638-0742 and 800-492-0359 in MD
A law from 1946 requires certain facilities that receive Federal construction funding to provide free or reduced cost care, based on patient income. Check on the list of Hill Burton facilities at www.hrsa.gov/hillburton/hillburtonfacilities.htm. You must be at federal poverty level income limit in most cases. Check for income guidelines and apply at the Business Office of an HB hospital.

Medicaid Benefits by State (Kaiser Family Foundation) 
Medicaid benefits database--look up available benefits by state.

National Brain Tumor Society

www.braintumor.org 800-934-2873
Financial assistance is offered to cover the costs of transportation, co-pays, home and child care for those with metastatic brain tumors.

National Cancer Institute 
www.cancer.gov / 800-4-CANCER / M-F 9am-4:30pm EST
Government cancer research agency created in 1937; mission expanded in 1971 to include cancer information dissemination, including financial, insurance and legal information. All information is available directly on the website, by speaking with someone on the telephone, or having a live chat session with an NCI cancer specialist. For the Live Chat, start on the Home page > Quick Links on the left column > Questions About Cancer > Live Help.

National Council on the Aging ( 55 yrs) 
www.BenefitsCheckUp.org / 202-479-1200
Non-profit organization formed in the 1950's to serve and advocate for older Americans. This comprehensive web-based service screens for benefits programs for seniors with limited income and resources. Their services include finding comprehensive benefits, prescription drug assistance, and medicare prescription drug assistance. You need to click on one of the three links and answer the questions to receive an on-screen list of recommendations for benefit assistance.

Needy Meds
www.needymeds.com / website based; no phone access

Non-profit oranization founded in 1997. They provide information on medicine and health care assistance programs. They do not provide direct aid. They offer information on Patient Assistance Programs run by pharmaceutical companies,and show listing of free clinics and other government assistance programs. Follow the link under your prescription drug to apply and the site takes you to the pharma company program.

Patient Access Network Foundation
www.panfoundation.org / 866-316-7263
For those eligible, financial assistance is offered for co-pays, deductibles and medications.

Patient Advocate Foundation on CoPay Relief
www.copays.org / 866-512-3861 / M-F 8:30am - 5pm EST
Non-profit organization providing assistance with copays for prescription drugs based on financial eligibility and monthly disease fund availability. You must be insured (private or Medicare). Eligibility is on a case-by-case basis. You can complete the application online from the Home page (click on Start The Application Process) or by calling a counselor at the toll free number.

Patient Advocate Foundation
www.patientadvocate.org/report.php  / 800-532-5274
They solve insurance and healthcare accesss problems. The National Financial Resource Guidebook for Patients is a state-by-state directory of information for patients seeking financial relief for a broad range of needs.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
www.pparx.org / 888-477-2669 / M-F 8am - 9pm EST
This organization, sponsored by the pharmaceutical companies, is a single point of contact for drug assistance programs. They recommend programs and you can download the application, or have it sent to you by mail. This service is for those who are uninsured for prescriptions. Income eligibility limits vary by drug and program.

Patient Services Incorporated
www.uneedpsi.org / 800-366-7741
Based on availability of funding, PSI offers assistance in obtaining health insurance 
coverage and ways to satisfy various copays. Their current program covers bone metastases - not breast cancer.

RX Outreach
www.rxoutreach.com / 800-769-3880
For those who financially qualify, they offer a 90-day supply of prescription medications for $20 - $40, regardless of the number of pills in the prescription.

Social Security Disability  (SSDI)
http://www.ssa.gov/dibplan/index.htm  1-800-772-1213 
Stage IV cancer automatically qualifies you for disability and expedited processing of your application under the compassionate allowances program--a diagnosis that is terminal. You have to have a work history and cannot currently be earning more than $1000 month.  To apply click here. There are also benefits for your dependents and you become eligible for Medicare after a 2 year waiting period from the date of your eligibility.

Together RX Access
www.togetherrxaccess.com / 800-444-4106
For those in the U.S. and Puerto Rico with no prescription drug coverage who are not eligible for Medicare and who meet the required income guidelines, they offer a free prescription drug card. 


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Housing for Medical Appointments/Treatment

American Cancer Society Hope Lodge / 800-227-2345
The site provides info on free temporary housing when in treatment in another city, 
for patients and their families. Eligibility requirements vary by location.

Hospitality Homes / 888-595-4678

This organization proivides info on no-cost, short-term, temporary housing in private 
homes of host volunteers for families and friends of patients when they travel to 
Boston for patient care. Temporary housing for the patient is determined on a 
case-by-case basis. 

The Boston Hospital Housing Network
This group offers information on a diverse range of housing options for patients 
and their families.

Joe's House / 877-563-7468

This online service helps patients and their families find lodging options. They also partner with hotels that offer discounted rates to patients when they travel for treatment. There are some free facilities listed. 

Nat. Assoc. of Hospital Hospitality Houses / 800-542-9730
This site includes more than 150 facilities across the country that provide lodging and support services to patients and their families while receiving medical treatment. The cost of the accommodations can vary. Click on FIND LODGING to view availability in the city and state of choice.

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Free Local Transportation

www.cancer.org / 800-227-2345
Road To Recovery is a program sponsored by the American Cancer Society to provide transportation for cancer patients to and from treatment, according to the needs and available resources in each community. Volunteer drivers donate their time and use of their cars. Call or go online to check availability in your area.

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Free Air Transportation


www.corpangelnetwork.org / 866-328-1313
Charitable organization whose mission is to ease the emotional stress, physical discomfort, and financial burden of travel for cancer patients by arranging free flights to treatment centers, using empty seats on corporate aircraft. You must be able to walk unassisted. Financial need is not a requirement. Call or email at least 3 weeks in advance.

www.lifelinepilots.org / 800-822-7972 7:30am - 4:30pm CST
Midwest non-profit group that flies financially needy patients to medical centers. Patients must be able to walk unassisted and require no medical assistance in flight; must be financially needy; able to fly in small 4-6 passenger plane. You need to provide your own transportation to the airport.

www.patienttravel.org / 800-296-1217 (contact available after hours)
Free referral service to facilitate patient access to appropriate charitable medical air transportation resources in the U.S. 

www.aircharitynetwork.org / 877-621-7177
Network of angel flights organizations that provide free air transportation for financially needy patients. Patients must be able to walk unassisted and require no medical assistance in flight; must be financially needy; able to fly in small 4-6 passenger plane; provide your own transportation to the airport. This network includes www.angelflight.com .


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Free Publications


When you go to the website of each organization, you can call the phone number
or click on the CONTACT US button to request a brochure.

MBCN / 888-500-0370/ Metastatic Breast Cancer Information Kit (5 brochures)

Cure / 214-367-3306 / magazine for cancer patients; includes all cancers

Willow (in Canada) / 888-778-3100 / Living With Metatatic Breast Cancer (brochure)

LBBC /888-753-5222/Understanding Treatment Options for Advanced Breast Cancer (brochure)

The Wellness Community - Frankly Speaking About Advanced Breast Cancer (brochure & DVD)

Young Survival Coalition / 877-YSC-1011/ The Beautiful 8 (DVD)

Y-Me (formerly Network of Strength) /800-221-2141/I Still Buy Green Bananas (brochure)

Cancer Care /800-813-HOPE/brochures: Treating Recurrent Metastatic Breast Cancer; 
Update on Metastatic Breast Cancer ; A Helping Hand - Financial Resources

Breast Cancer Org - Understanding Metastatic Breast Cancer (brochure)

Bone and Cancer Foundation - PDFs on breast cancer and bone metastases, Vitamin D, pain, and surgery.

Patient Resources: 816-333-3595 x26  Cancer Guide - Metastatic Breast Cancer(brochure) 
email: prp@patientresource.net


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Although MBCN offers this information, we are not endorsing or recommending any particular type of support or any particular group. We are passing along information that has been shared with us.



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