Medical Resources

Congessionally Directed Medical Research Programs
Provides research highlights and database of all funded awards from the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program, the second largest funder of breast cancer research in the world. Also provides information on how breast cancer survivors can participate as consumer reviewers in the scientific peer review process funding breast cancer research.

Breast Biopsy Procedures
A resource that introduces, to evaluate biopsy choices and help talk with a doctor about the procedure.

Time Magazine Coverage
Time Magazine's summary of the breast cancer situation. Explains the shift that is occurring away from the inefficiency of mammography to focus on the actual location of the pre-cancerous conditions and early stage of the disease.

Time Magazine Treatment Story
Time Magazine's description of cutting edge treatments.

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is a national organization dedicated solely to clinical and/or genetic research in breast cancer.

American Cancer Society
offers links for finding local treatment centers.

Breast Cancer Clinical Trial Directory
National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations (NABCO).

Breast Cancer Information Service
General information for breast cancer patients, centered in Philadelphia, PA.

Breast Cancer Treatment Guidelines for Patients
Up-to-date, in-depth treatment guidelines for breast cancer provided by the American Cancer Society and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

Health Access For Women With Disabilities
BHAWD is a non-progit organization that provides free breast exams and eduction for women with disabilities.,
Integrated Breast Cancer Care

Information on a variety of topics related to diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer including a link for Latinas.

Breast MRI Web Site
Sponsored by the Magnetic Resonance Science Center at the Univ. of California San Francisco and the U.S. Public Health Service's Office of Women's Health.

Breast Reconstruction

Links to many breast cancer sites.

Additional CancerLinks
Links to many breast cancer sites.

National Cancer Institute

The Breast Cancer Fund
(TBCF or The Fund) is a national nonprofit organization formed in 1992 to innovate and accelerate the response to the breast cancer crisis.

Breast Cancer Education Network
Comprehensive information for women about breast cancer symptoms testing diagnosis treatment research and other medical information.

Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center
UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center

Doctor's Guide to Breast Cancer Information and Resources

Inflammatory Breast Cancer Help Page

National Cancer Institute: Initiatives Applicable to Breast Cancer Research

National Lymphedema Network
Information about prevention and treatment of lymphedema, the most common long-term complication of breast cancer surgery. Guidelines and referrals for medical treatment, physical therapy and support.

National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project
Cooperative group that conducts clinical trials in breast and colorectal cancer research. Based in Pittsburgh and funded primarily by the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society.

Potential Benefits and Risks of Mammograms
Department of Medicine and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California San Francisco. Funded in part by the National Cancer Institute.

UCSF Cancer Links Center

Just for breast health, with full menu of information for both patients and doctors.
A fee-based service that advises on treatment options, conventional and alternative therapies, as well.
A technology that can sample a cancer tumor and expose the sample to a large array of themotherapeutic agents, thereby attempting to determine the most effective treatment.
A list of current clinical trials

Cancer treatment, research, and prevention links from Ortho Biotech Products, L.P.

Complementary and Alternative Therapies

The Annie Appleseed Project
Complementary, alternative, natural therapies information for cancer patients, family and friends so that fully INFORMED medical treatment decisions can be made.

Cherubim Foundation
The Cherubim Foundation provides women in treatment for breast, ovarian, uterine or cervical cancers access to and payment for the kinds of complementary and alternative medical care that helps them maintain their health as they move through treatment, recovery and if necessary, the end of life process. This site has links to pertinent clinical trials. Provide care for women in Colorado.

Heathcare Reality Checklist
Reliable information on unproven therapies.

National Foundation for Alternative Medicine
The National Foundation for Alternative Medicine (NFAM) was created to scientifically study, validate, and publicize information about alternative and complementary treatments and to make the findings available to the public free of charge.

Alternative Medicine Foundation, Inc.
Reliable and broadly accepted references to alternative therapies for treating cancers. is designed to provide credible and reliable health, prevention and maintenance information, to individuals. And committed to keeping the general public and the medical community informed of current alternative healthcare research and development.

HEALL Health Education Alliance for Life
and Longevity

list of organizations and physicians who treat cancer worldwide. Both traditional and alternative medicine.

The Cancer Cure Foundation
A non-profit organization providing information and resources for fighting cancer with alternative therapies. Includes patient stories and a directory for providers.
nutrition, alternative medicine, providers listing.

Harvard Medical School's Alternative Medicine website
with links to other academic and hospital-related sites.
A great deal of information and resources, both traditional and alternative with a good selection of additional sites to visit. Information about worldwide clinical trials.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. For an excellent search engine on this site for finding scientific and medical articles about treatments go to CAM on PubMed.

Books, Publications & Authors

Book List
Provided by Breast Cancer Fund

Breast Cancer? Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way
This website is a virtual journey through: Breast Cancer? Breast Health! the Wise Woman Way by Susun S. Weed. This invaluable book is for women who want to maintain breast health and for women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Dr. Susan Love's Web Page

Information on primary and metastatic breast cancer, as well as issues and information relevant to menopause, hormone replacement therapy, and other mid-life health issues. Susan Love M.D., M.B.A. is the author of Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book and Dr. Susan Love's Hormone Book.

Free Publications from The Breast Cancer Fund

Just Get Me Through This!
The Practical Guide to Breast Cancer
By Deborah A. Cohen

Questions & Answers About Pain Control: A Guide for People with Cancer and Their Families

National Cancer Institute
Offers details on clinical trials for alternative medicines such as MGN-3 for treating cancers.
For professionals, the latest journal news on drug-study results.


The Breast Cancer Site
Let this be your good deed for today... it only takes a second. Go to the site above. All you do is click a button and a woman gets a free mammogram at no cost to you. It is paid for by corporate sponsors (who gain advertising in the process because you see their logo.) All you do is go to the site and click on the free button. It takes one-second. However, you're only allowed one donation so please pass the word.

Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act
There's a bill called the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act which will require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital
stay for patients undergoing a mastectomy. It's about eliminating the "drive-through mastectomy" where women are forced to go home hours after surgery against the wishes of their doctor, still groggy from anesthesia and sometimes with drainage tubes still attached. Lifetime Television has put this bill on their web page with a petition drive to show your support.

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Support & Advocacy

Between Us: A First Aid Kit for Your Heart
and Soul

A survivor to survivor mentorship project which offers video and/or first aid kits for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer- informative and emotionally uplifting.

Avon's Breast Cancer Awareness Crusade

The Breast Cancer Fund

In response to the public health crisis of breast cancer, The Breast Cancer Fund identifies - and advocates for elimination of - the environmental and other preventable causes of the disease.

Breast Cancer Action
A national education and grassroots advocacy organization working to make the eradication of breast cancer a national priority. Bi-monthly newsletter, public forums.

BreastCancer Home Page
The Feminist Majority Foundations's breast cancer page.

Breast Cancer Lighthouse
Medical information, survivor's stories, virtual support group. Funded by grants from the American Cancer Society and Michigan State University Cancer Center.

Breast Cancer Discussions List
Online support group. To subscribe, send e-mail to and put SUBSCRIBE BREAST-CANCER in the body of the message. To correspond with people on the mailing list, send e-mail to

Breast Cancer Network
An online newsletter about breast cancer.

Celebrating Life: A Site for African American Women with Breast Cancer

The Community Breast Health Project
A clearing house for information and support, providing volunteer opportunities for breast cancer survivors and friends dedicated to helping others with the disease. Serves as an educational resource and community center for all who are concerned about breast cancer and breast health. Grassroots, patient-driven, and committed to providing services free of charge.

FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
A nonprofit organization and resource for women whose family history and genetic status put them at high risk for breast and/or ovarian cancer.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer
1-888-753-LBBC (Survivors' Helpline)
Promoting the physical, emotional and social health of all women and families affected by breast cancer through education and support.

Marti Nelson Cancer Research Foundation

National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations
Leading nonprofit resource for information about breast cancer and advocacy on behalf of breast cancer survivors and women at risk. Network of more than 375 breast cancer organizations that provide detection, treatment, and care.

National Breast Cancer Coalition

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization
24-hour information, support and referrals from breast cancer survivors.

The Association of Cancer Online Resources has 99 mailing lists and many good links.
Part of iVillage, it has 170 support groups and videos of women telling survival stories.
You won't feel alone with this easy-to-use site offering message boards and health info.

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

Local Action Groups

Bay Area Breast Cancer Network

Community Breast Health Project
Grassroots organization of breast cancer survivors and others.

Breast Cancer Action NOVA SCOTIA
BCANS is a survivor-driven group, online since 1996, providing consistent support services to the global community. Site houses over 70,000 archived and current messages and receives over 1000 visitors a day. With over 200 survivor stories and multiple discussion forums BCANS has developed an active breast cancer online community.

MARIN Breast Cancer Council
The Marin Breast Cancer Committee is a volunteer organization whose members are breast cancer survivors, friends, and supporters. MBCC raises funds for Bay Area non-profit organizations that provide support services for women diagnosed with breast cancer and services pertaining to breast health.

Art as a Healing Resource

Art as Healing
A wealth of information about how art heals, the history of the art and healing, and the possibilities for healing ourselves with art, music, and dance. Also, the experiences of healers working in medical programs using art, and of artists making healing art to heal themselves, others, and the earth. Links to other art and healing sites, earth sites, and ritual healing sites on the web, and links to art therapy and expressive art.

The Arts and Healing Network
An international resource for anyone interested in the healing potential of art.

Art for Recovery
An award-winning UCSF program, conceived more than a decade ago by Ernest H. Rosenbaum, MD, and directed from its beginning by Cynthia D. Perlis is funded through the Mount Zion Health Fund, with the support of individual donations and grants. The program provides opportunities for individuals who are coping with life-threatening illness to express their feelings and experiences through art workshops, visits at the bedside, and individual attention.

Breast Cancer Answers Art Gallery
A collection of personal artwork from over 25 women and men touched by breast health, including breast cancer. Many of the artists are breast cancer survivors who rely on art as a coping tool and a useful way to express the emotions surrounding their experiences; others are friends and family members who have a loved one with breast cancer, or who have lost a loved one to cancer. Collection includes personal sculpture, painting, photography, and poetry accompanied by a personal statement from the artist.

Confronting Cancer Through Art
A unique exhibition of nearly 200 works by 112 artists that gives vision and voice to the experiences of all those who have confronted cancer. Many of the artists are cancer survivors who used their art as a means of coping with or expressing their feelings about their illness. Others created their works in response to the illness of a family member or friend.

Faces of Breast Cancer Gallery
Each person in the "Faces of Breast Cancer Gallery" represents the approximate 1000 that are diagnosed every two days in the US. The Gallery opened November 12, 1997. Over half a million people have been diagnosed since then.

International Arts Medical Association
A non-profit organization formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1985 to provide a forum for interdisciplinary, international communication between arts and health professionals. Members include clinicians, educators, researchers and artists who have an interest in one or more of the many aspects of the relationships between arts and health.

Sharon Seligman Photography
"Bearing Witness: Beyond the Surface of Breast Cancer"

Women Experiencing Cancer: A Photographic Exhibit
An exhibition which has been on display in centres around Western Australia for the past eighteen months. Part of a larger project involving sixteen women of differing ages, ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds and lifestyles and who had or are experiencing different forms of cancers.


Breast Health Access For Women With Disabilities (BHAWD)
BHAWD is a non-progit organization that provides free breast exams and eduction for women with disabilities.

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