Our welcome bag for “Newly Diagnosed Members”
The contents of this newly diagnosed member bag will allow you to gain some information about breast cancer, it can give you a little self "pick me up" with the goodies included and hopefully allow you to explore the things being a member of Pink Ribbon Girls can do for you!
Having been diagnosed with breast cancer, you are likely to have many questions about the changes that may be taking place in your breast. First, it is necessary to know the parts of the breast. Each breast has 15 to 20 sections, called lobes, which have smaller sections called lobules, the glands responsible for making milk.1 Lobes and lobules are joined by thin tubes called ducts. The breast also contains blood vessels and lymph vessels; they carry a fluid called lymph, which contains infection-fighting cells. Lymph vessels lead to tiny, bean-shaped organs called lymph nodes. Lymph nodes are found throughout the body, including under the arm, above the collarbone, and in the chest.
Alopecia: Hair loss.
Areola: The circular field of dark-colored skin surrounding the nipple.
Aspiration: The withdrawal of fluid or tissue from a cyst or tumor with a needle and syringe.
Axillary dissection: The removal of some of the lymph nodes in the armpit.
Biopsy: The removal of a sample of tissue or cells for microscopic diagnosis. Biopsy can be done as fine needle biopsy, aspiration biopsy, core needle biopsy, incisional biopsy, and excisional biopsy.
Breast Conservation: Breast cancer treatment involving removal of a malignant breast lump and a small margin of surrounding normal tissue. This is generally followed by radiation treatments to the breast. A separate incision is made for the axillary dissection.
Breast Implant: An “envelope” containing silicone, saline, or both, used to restore breast form.
Breast Prosthesis: An artificial breast form that can be worn under clothing after a mastectomy.
Breast Self Examination (BSE): BSE is a method used by women to become familiar with the normal appearance and feel of their breast tissue, so that if a change occurs it will be detected early.
Chemotherapy: Treatment with drugs to destroy cancer cells. This is the most often used supplement to surgery and/or radiation therapy.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY (ACS)
A national community-based organization that provides information and referrals to local ACS and support services. Provides evidence-based information on complementary and alternative medicine.
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF PLASTIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGEONS
An information and referral service for individuals seeking the services of a board-certified plastic surgeon.
BREAST CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION
The BCRF was founded in 1993 by Evelyn H. Lauder, and is the largest national organization dedicated solely to funding clinical and genetic research on breast cancer. Their mission is to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime.
CANCER AND CAREERS
Cancer and Careers is dedicated to empowering and educating people with cancer to thrive in their workplace by providing expert advice, interactive tools and educational events.
An organization, which provides a variety of counseling, financial and emotional support services for cancer patients in person, over the phone, and via e-mail.
CANCER TREATMENT CENTERS OF AMERICA
Since 1988, CTCA's national network of fully accredited cancer hospitals have been helping patients win the fight against cancer using advanced technology and a personalized approach.
Free, personal, private web pages that help family and friends communicate when someone is facing illness.
CHECK YOUR GENES
Their mission is to educate the public and health care professionals on the need for a formal genetic risk assessment and testing, if an individual has a family history of breast or ovarian cancer.
Fertile Hope is a national LIVESTRONG initiative dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to caner patients and survivors whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility.
Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE) is the only national nonprofit organization devoted to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Their mission includes support, education, advocacy, awareness, and research specific to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.
The HealthWell Foundation provides financial assistance to eligible individuals to cover coinsurance, copayments, health care premiums and deductibles for certain medications and therapies.
LIVING BEYOND BREAST CANCER
LBBC’s mission is to empower all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life.
MYSELF: TOGETHER AGAIN
The Myself: Together Again story of delayed breast reconstruction following double mastectomy surgery was inspired by Debbie, who agreed to have the process photographed so that other young women like her could get an idea of what to expect.
NATIONAL BREAST CANCER COALITION
An advocacy group that educates the public and provides ways for individuals to become involved in the fight to stop breast cancer.
NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE (NCI)
Conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.
NATIONAL LYMPHEDEMA NETWORK
Nonprofit organization provides information about the prevention and treatment of lymphedema to patients and health-care professionals, as well as to support groups.
PATIENT ADVOCATE FOUNDATION
The Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) Co-Pay Relief Program (CPR) provides direct financial support for pharmaceutical co-payments to insured patients, including Medicare Part D beneficiaries, who financially and medically qualify.
THE SCAR PROJECT
The SCAR Project is a series of large-scale portraits of young breast cancer survivors shot by fashion photographer David Jay. The SCAR Project puts a raw, unflinching face on early onset breast cancer while paying tribute to the courage and spirit of so many brave young women.
Sisters Network Inc. is committed to increasing local and national attention to the devastating impact that breast cancer has in the African American community.
SUSAN G. KOMEN BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION
Dedicated to advancing research, education, screening, and treatment of breast cancer. The nation’s largest private funder of breast cancer research dollars.
YSC offers resources, connections and outreach to young breast cancer survivors.
BREAST CANCER ALLIANCE OF CINCINNATI (BCA)
Through political advocacy, educational seminars and communications, the BCA focus is on prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer. The BCA is an independent non-profit volunteer organization that works in collaboration with other organizations to support these efforts.
CANCER FAMILY CARE
Cancer Family Care provides counseling, education and emotional support to families and individuals affected by the stresses brought by cancer and loss..
CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY
The Wellness Community in our area offers people with cancer and their loved ones, free of charge, the support and resources they need to maintain a high quality of life. Programs include a variety of weekly support groups, stress management advice, children's programs, classes in tai chi, yoga and nutrition.
THE NOBLE CIRCLE PROJECT
Noble Circle helps women diagnosed with cancer to reclaim their health using simple, natural, and low-cost methods of self-healing including a whole foods diet, qigong, and group support.
THE PATIENT/PARTNER PROJECT
Provides cancer caregivers information, resources and free services.
THE PINK RIBBON BAG
The Pink Ribbon Bag, a gift bag full of items that educate, support, and provide comfort and hope to women as they begin their healing journey, is given to women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.
PREMIER HEALTH PARTNERS
The PHP Mission and Legacy has always been to provide the most comprehensive, affordable and accessible health services and products for the betterment of health care in southwest Ohio.
Bethesda and Good Samaritan Hospital joined together to form TriHealth in 1995, bringing together two of Cincinnati's finest health care organizations. Through these two acute care hospitals and more than 80 locations, TriHealth provides a wide range of clinical, educational, preventative and social programs.
TRI-STATE LYMPHEDEMA CLINIC
Tri-State Lymphedema Clinic provides services to assist in the prevention and treatment of lymphedema.