are proud to present the revised and updated
Third Edition of the Breast Cancer Resource
Directory of North Carolina. The Resource
Directory offers “one-stop
shopping” for those seeking breast cancer
information and resources. It combines the
expertise of medical professionals with the
personal experience of breast cancer survivors.
Third Edition Was Developed
Breast cancer survivors, advocates, physicians,
nurses, other health professionals and
health educators throughout North Carolina
reviewed the Second Edition and shared
their thoughts on how we could further
improve this Third Edition. We listened.
research, thousands of telephone calls
and contacts, and countless hours of work
by our two-person staff and volunteers went
into this edition. All chapters were reviewed
by an expert review panel to assure that
we are providing the best information currently
What You Will Find Here
Educational information. Summarizing
the most accurate, reliable information available,
we provide general overviews of the breast
cancer experience, from diagnosis and treatment
through end-of-life issues, as well as
survivorship issues. In every section we
point you in the direction of organizations,
books and web sites so you can find more
someone is diagnosed with breast cancer,
it can be an emotionally difficult time.
We provide support information and resources
for the breast cancer patient, family and
caregivers, and children, including over
150 support groups and programs across North
Carolina. A special feature, Women Building
Bridges, allows a breast cancer patient to
connect with over fifty breast cancer survivors
in North Carolina who are willing to share
their experiences and offer support.
Empowerment. Possessing accurate information and knowing
where to go for the answers you need can
give you a sense of empowerment and confidence
at a time when you may feel most powerless.
We provide a tool to help women help themselves.
A well-informed patient is better able
to navigate through the breast cancer experience
herself and in her health care providers.
How to Use the Resource Directory
Finding information about breast cancer resources
is not always easy. The Resource Directory
provides information from hundreds of different
sources all in one book. We have organized
chapters so that information and topic-specific
resources are easy to find.
begins with information about different
aspects of the breast cancer experience.
At the end of each chapter, you will find
the Resources. These include Organizations
(local, state and national), Books and
More (related to topics covered in the chapter),
and Web Sites. To find a specific topic,
take a look through the Table of Contents
or check the Index at the back of the Resource
Help Us Stay Current.
While we make every effort to be sure the
information we provide is current and accurate,
changes do happen. Here’s how you
can help. Let us know of new resources,
updates or corrections for the online version
(and future print editions). We welcome
your thoughts on how we can continue making
this Resource Directory the best that it