- For Women Facing a Breast Biopsy
- Benign breast conditions: Not all lumps are cancer
- Diagnostic tests for breast conditions
- Types of biopsy procedures
- Questions to ask before having a biopsy
- Your breast biopsy results
- Biopsy and surgery: How they work together
- Waiting for the results
- You are not alone: Getting emotional support
- To learn more
- Appendix A: What is breast cancer?
- Appendix B: Guidelines for early detection of breast cancer
- Appendix C: Mammograms: Finding hidden breast cancer
- Appendix D: American Cancer Society support services for people facing cancer
Appendix D: American Cancer Society support services for people facing cancer
The American Cancer Society is here for you – before, during, and after a diagnosis of cancer. We help people by giving them information, answers, and support. Check your local phone book for an American Cancer Society office near you. Or reach us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or online at www.cancer.org to learn more about the programs we offer and what we can do to help you get well and stay well.
Reach To Recovery®
Through the American Cancer Society Reach To Recovery program, trained breast cancer survivor volunteers are matched to people facing or living with breast cancer. Program volunteers give cancer patients and their family members the opportunity to ask questions, talk about their fears and concerns, and express their feelings.
I Can Cope®
The I Can Cope online educational program is free to people facing cancer and their families and friends. The program consists of self-paced classes that can be taken anytime, day or night. People are welcome to take as few or as many classes as they like. Among the topics offered are information about cancer, managing treatments and side effects, healthy eating during and after treatment, communicating with family and friends, finding resources, and more. Visit cancer.org/icancope to learn more about the classes that are available.
Look Good Feel Better®
The Look Good Feel Better program is a collaboration of the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, and the Professional Beauty Association that helps women with cancer manage the appearance-related side effects of treatment. The free program engages certified, licensed beauty professionals trained as Look Good Feel Better volunteers to teach simple techniques on skin care, makeup, and nail care, and give practical tips on hair loss, wigs, and head coverings. Information and materials are also available for men and teens. To learn more, visit the Look Good Feel Better website at lookgoodfeelbetter.org or call 1-800-395-LOOK (1-800-395-5665).
“tlc” Tender Loving Care®
Some women wear wigs, hats, breast forms, and special bras to help cope with the effects of a mastectomy and hair loss. The American Cancer Society “tlc” Tender Loving Care publication offers affordable hair loss and mastectomy products as well as advice on how to use those products. The “tlc”™ products and catalogs may be ordered online at tlcdirect.org or by calling 1-800-850-9445.
Cancer Survivors NetworkSM
People with cancer and their loved ones do not have to face cancer alone. The American Cancer Society Cancer Survivors Network® is a free online community created by and for people living with cancer and their families. At csn.cancer.org, they can get and give support, connect with others, find resources, and tell their own story through personal expressions like music and art.
Road To Recovery®
Having cancer is hard. Finding a ride to treatment shouldn’t be. The American Cancer Society Road To Recovery program provides free rides to cancer patients to and from treatments and cancer-related appointments. Trained volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their personal vehicles to help patients get to the treatments they need.
MyLifeLine.org allows cancer patients and caregivers to connect to their community of family and friends, allowing them to share their cancer journey, get support, and focus on healing through free personalized web pages. Visit acs.mylifeline.org to sign up.
Last Medical Review: 07/21/2014
Last Revised: 10/20/2015