Parkview Adventist Medical Center – Hospital in Brunswick, Maine

Cancer Resources

General Breast Cancer Resources

Breastcancer.org

Oncologist Marisa Weiss, MD, has developed this site, which is devoted to breast health. I t offers a comprehensive medical guide to breast cancer.  It is a great starting place to help you understand your pathology report and various stages of treatment.  This site also provides a place to share your story and participate on message boards.  http://www.breastcancer.org

Living Beyond Breast Cancer

This site was founded by a radiation oncologist.  LBBC can empower women affected with breast cancer to achieve quality of life.  This is a site specific to survivors and contains a newsletter and helpful teleconferences.  In the privacy of their own homes, survivors can call to hear lectures from many specialists.  This site also offers information for a large spectrum of survivors, specific to ethnicity, age, and types of breast cancer. http://www.lbbc.org/

Breast Cancer Network of Strength

Formerly the Y-Me National Breast Cancer Organization, this site was created by two breast cancer patients to provide information and support to patients, family, and friends.  This web site has a 24-hour hotline, which is staffed by counselors referred to as “Your shoes.”  They offer emotional support  and educational materials published in several languages.  http://www.networkofstrength.org/

Susan G Komen for the Cure

This global leader of the breast cancer movement was founded by Nancy G. Brinker as a promise to her sister, Susan G Komen.  Nancy agreed to do everything in her power to end breast cancer.   Komen for the Cure is the largest source in the world of non-profit funds dedicated to breast cancer.  The web site provides a  comprehensive section for the newly diagnosed, survivors and loved ones.   It provides updates on the latest breast cancer research, inspiring survivor and advocacy stories.  http://www.komen.org/

National Cancer Institute

This site provides patients and health professionals with a wide range of up-to-date cancer information, based on the latest research.  This site can seem overwhelming by the sheer volume of information.  Options are provided for the patient and healthcare professionals.  It includes listings of the latest clinical trials that are enrolling patients. http://www.cancer.gov/

 

Cancer Specific Resources

Young Survival Coalition

This international organization was founded by three women, who were all diagnosed before they turned age 35.  Women diagnosed with breast cancer younger than age 40 face fertility issues, higher mortality rates, and the ramifications of early menopause.  This web site addresses these issues and advocates for more clinical trials involving younger women.  Bulletin Boards are very helpful for young women to connect and share ideas with other young survivors. http://www.youngsurvival.org

CancerNet Male Breast Cancer

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) sponsors this web site, which provides information on many different types of breast cancer, including male breast cancer.  Patients can read an overview of the disease, types of treatments, surgical management and additional therapies available.  http://www.cancer.net

Center Watch

Clinical trials are organized on this web page, by type of cancer and state of residence.  Although the number of Maine trials are limited, many exist in nearby states, such as Massachusett.  You may also enter your interests into a Patient Notification program, which will alert you to new studies.  http://www.centerwatch.com/

 

Support Services

American Cancer Society

This national organization offers services to patients and families about all types of cancer.  Patients are find assistance with travel to and from appointments.  ACS’s “Look Good Feel Better” meets the last Monday of each month in Topsham and provides female cancer patients with beauty techniques to help improve appearance and restore self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments.  Reach to Recovery is a program that pairs a newly-diagnosed man or women with a survivor who can share experiences.  ACS can also help with soft breast forms, wigs and bras.  http://www.cancer.org

Maine Breast Cancer Coalition

This web site was established in 1992 by a non-profit grassroots organization that supports people with breast cancer.  Financial support, advocacy, and education are all offered.  Women who are uninsured and under-insured can download an application for help from MBCC’s support service fund.  The Maine Breast Cancer Resource Guide is a comprehensive listing of services for Maine people facing breast cancer.  http://www.mainebreastcancer.org/

The Patrick Dempsey Center For Hope and Healing

Inspired by the medical community that helped his mother through her cancer journey, Actor Patrick Dempsey, aided by the Central Maine Medical Center, created The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing.  Its mission is to provide high-quality education, support, and wellness services to cancer survivors and their families.  The web-site calendar offers a wide variety of classes, from stress relief and support groups, to art therapy and knitting circles.  http://www.dempseycenter.org

Lifestyle Resources

Parkview’s Lifestyle Choices

Science is proving that exercise, in combination with a sound diet, can reverse many chronic diseases and can markedly reduce the use of medication in most illnesses.  Lifestyle Choices is a two-week program designed to give you the tools needed to live a healthier life.  It will inspire and inform you to make positive changes towards a healthier you.  http://parkviewamc.org/wellness/lifestyle-choices-program-living

American Institute for Cancer Research

More than 25 years ago, the American Institute for Cancer Research was founded on a simple but radical idea: everyday choices can reduce our chances of getting cancer.  AICR is the first organization to focus research on the link between diet and cancer and translate the results into practical information for the public.  You can sign up for a monthly newsletter with the latest research and the AICR Test Kitchen provides an extensive menu of recipes. http://www.aicr.org/site/PageServer

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is a nonprofit organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.  http://pcrm.org

Silent Spring Institute

This collaboration of scientists, physicians, public health advocates, and community activists, began in 1994 after members of the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition called for a scientifically sound investigation into elevated breast cancer rates on Cape Cod.  To ensure action, they founded a laboratory and named it Silent Spring Institute.  It is a tribute to Rachel Carson, whose landmark book, Silent Spring, launched the modern environmental movement. http://www.silentspring.org/breast-cancer-and-environment

Retreats

Casting for Recovery

A national non-profit support and educational program, which offers retreats in a natural setting and lessons in fly-fishing.  Retreats are offered every summer in Maine and New Hampshire. http://www.castingforrecovery.org/index.html

Two Roads Maine

Two Road’s Mission is to support people at critical crossroads in life, when choices must be made about new  directions involving health and well-being.  Two Roads provides opportunities for experiencing the natural world.  The website lists Maine retreats that includekKayaking and contemplative day programs in Pownal.  Retreats in warmer climates are offered during the winter months. http://www.tworoadsmaine.org/

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