Help in Finding the Right Resource
In our 20 years of working with breast cancer survivors and medical and support communities, we’ve maintained a comprehensive list of resources to save others the homework. Click on a category to begin, then click on the name of the organization to take you directly to their website.
Breast Cancer Information & Research
- American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization. The ACS offers a variety of services and programs for patients and their families, helping people get well, stay well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. The telephone number connects you to Reach to Recovery a program that supports breast cancer patients before, during, and after treatment.
Breastcancer.org is dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer. Their mission is to help women and their loved ones make sense of the complex medical and personal information about breast cancer, so they can make the best decisions for their lives.
- FORCE-Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
FORCE is the only national nonprofit organization devoted to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Our mission includes support, education, advocacy, awareness, and research specific to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Our programs serve anyone with a BRCA mutation or a family history of cancer.
- Inflamatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation
The Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation is dedicated to researching the cause of Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC), an advanced and accelerated form of breast cancer usually not detected by mammograms or ultrasounds.
- Caregiver Action Network
Caregiver Action Network (CAN) is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the more than 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. CAN serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with special needs, to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a young couple dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease. CAN (the National Family Caregivers Association) is a non-profit organization providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge.
- CarePages, Inc.
CarePages.com is an online community with over a million unique visitors a month who come together to share the challenges, hopes and triumphs of anyone facing a life-changing health event. Through personalized websites, members can relate their stories, post photos and update friends and family instantly. In turn, people who care send messages of love and encouragement. CarePages.com also offers a variety of resources and support tools for living a more compassionate life.
- Caring Bridge
Our Mission: To amplify the love, hope and compassion in the world, making each health journey easier.
That inaugural CaringBridge website allowed people to easily get updates and offer support and encouragement. Word spread, and others began to request their own CaringBridge websites.
In 2002, CaringBridge became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, providing support when it’s needed most.
Our reach has grown: Since 1997, more than half a million CaringBridge websites have been created. One in nine people in the U.S. have used CaringBridge to rally support for a loved one during a health journey, and our reach extends to 236 countries and territories around the world.
- Lotsa Helping Hands
Lotsa Helping Hands is a private, web-based caregiving coordination service that allows family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues to create a community to assist a family caregiver with the daily tasks that become a challenge during times of medical crisis, caregiver exhaustion, or when caring for an elderly parent.
- Men Against Breast Cancer
Men Against Breast Cancer (MABC) is the first and only national 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization designed to provide targeted support services that educate and empower men to be effective caregivers when cancer strikes. Since our founding in 1999, MABC has mobilized men across America, including under-served populations, to be active participants in the fight against breast cancer. Our philosophy is to leverage the support of the whole family to help the patient, with special emphasis on the important role of men in caring for the women they love.
MyBCTeam is a free social network that makes it easy for you to:
Get the emotional support you need from others like you, and
Gain practical advice and insights on managing treatment or therapies for breast cancer
- ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis
ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis was founded by a group of women – led by Melodie Wilson – who realized that having breast cancer is about much more than biopsies, surgery and chemotherapy. Most of ABCD’s founders are breast cancer survivors who discovered that the most valuable information and support came from others in similar life circumstances with similar experiences with the disease. Not everyone diagnosed with breast cancer knows where to find that kind of help. That’s where ABCD comes in.
Professional oncology social workers provide free emotional and practical support for people with cancer, caregivers, loved ones and the bereaved.
- Gilda's Club
Not only does Gilda's Club offer support for those with cancer, but it also provides support for the entire family throughout their entire journey with cancer.
- Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC)
We provide programs and services to help people whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer. Our goal is to provide information, community and support that you can trust, is easy for you to access and respectful of you and your situation. All our resources are carefully and frequently reviewed by some of the country’s leading healthcare experts and informed by people living with breast cancer.
- SHARE Cancer Support
We are breast and ovarian cancer survivors and we're here to help you. We know what it's like to have early stage, recurrent, and metastatic disease. If you've been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer, or if you simply want to know more about these diseases, we can help.
- Sister 4 Cure
We are passionate, purpose driven volunteers who give time, talent and treasure because we believe that we lived to help others live. We vow to educate, support and work cooperatively concerning three priority issue areas. We want to improve community health by increasing the personal responsibility of all individuals at risk for, living with and beyond breast cancer, depression and select other chronic illnesses.
- Kids Konnected
Kids Konnected was developed on the premise that when a parent gets cancer, the entire family is affected and the needs of the children must be addressed. Our programs started in California and soon spread nationwide. The mission of Kids Konnected is to provide friendship, understanding, education and support for kids and teens who have a parent with cancer or have lost a parent with cancer.
- CancerCare: Financial Assistance Program
Financial Assistance Program
We offer limited financial assistance for cancer-related costs such as transportation and child care, and our oncology social workers can help you find resources.
- Social Security: Compassionate Allowances
Social Security has an obligation to provide benefits quickly to applicants whose medical conditions are so serious that their conditions obviously meet disability standards.
Home Care & Hospice
- Agrace HospiceCare: Wisconsin
Since 1978, Agrace HospiceCare has been a nonprofit, community based hospice dedicated to providing expert physical, emotional and spiritual support to patients and families dealing with life limiting conditions. Agrace HospiceCare is nationally recognized for the comprehensive hospice services we provide in patients' homes, the Agrace HospiceCare inpatient unit and skilled nursing and assisted living facilities throughout south central Wisconsin.
- Midwest Home Care
You and your family deserve the best care possible, whether care is provided by your family or a home care organization or both. Each one of us at Midwest Home Care is dedicated to providing families we serve with the best care and peace of mind. We believe every individual should have the “freedom of choice” to the care they receive. Robert J. Weink and John H. Weink founded Midwest Home Care April 17, 1996.
- National Association for Home Care & Hospice
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nation's 33,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services to some 12 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, and disabled. Along with its advocacy, NAHC provides information to help its members maintain the highest quality of care and is committed to excellence in every respect.
- National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.
- Cancer Legal Resource Center
Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC) is a legal resource organization that can provide information about laws that may pertain to your situation, as well as resources that may enforce your rights. However, CLRC does not provide legal advice or financial assistance, and generally does not provide direct legal representation. Completing this intake form will provide CLRC with some necessary information regarding your situation. After you have completed this form, it will be reviewed by a CLRC staff attorney, who may contact you for additional information. CLRC will then contact you with appropriate resources and information by phone or mail, depending on your situation.
- UW Center for Patient Partnerships
We serve patients with life-threatening and serious illnesses and their families, regardless of income or residence. Our patient advocacy services are free. We rely upon donations to provide our advocacy services. Clients are empowered to be self-advocates, whenever possible. Client and advocate decide together what advocacy is needed and steps to be taken.
Policy & Advocacy
- Cancer Action Network: American Cancer Society
ACS CAN Wisconsin gives ordinary people extraordinary power. Our volunteer advocates are empowered to influence lawmakers to enact policy change that saves lives. Together, we can eliminate cancer as a major health problem in Wisconsin and across the nation.
- Cancer Policy Institute
The Cancer Policy Institute at the Cancer Support Community advances our mission to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community.
The cancer landscape today is a complex and changing environment. Advancements in research are helping people live longer, fuller lives with cancer, and social and emotional care has been recognized as a necessary component of complete cancer care. The 2008 Institute of Medicine Report, "Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs" has linked positive social and emotional support to better patient outcomes through the cancer experience. This landmark report has defined the gaps in social and emotional care and has identified community-based resources as a solution.
- Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health
Every Wisconsin woman - at every age and every stage of life - is able to reach her optimal health, safety and economic security.
We aim to achieve this vision by informing, involving and inspiring individuals to be effective advocates.
Because at the end of the day, policy should happen WITH us and not TO us!
- Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition
The Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition brings passionate Wisconsin voices together to stand up and speak out about breast cancer through:
Legislation – Influencing policymaking
Education – Spotlighting critical breast cancer issues
Collaboration – Empowering through strategic alliances