In the U.S., most people diagnosed with breast cancer will live for many years. Today, there are more than 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. (more than any other group of cancer survivors) .
At Susan G. Komen®, we view anyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, a survivor, from the time of diagnosis through the end of life. The American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute use similar definitions [1-2]. We recognize though that not everyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer will identify with this term or see themselves as a survivor.
Find survivorship topics below for people in treatment for early, locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer, and topics for those who have completed treatment for breast cancer.
Survivorship During Breast Cancer Treatment
Early and locally advanced breast cancer
Metastatic breast cancer
Survivorship After Breast Cancer Treatment Is Completed
This section discusses the unique issues and concerns you may face after breast cancer treatment.
Other health concerns
Complementary and integrative therapies
Healthy lifestyle and breast cancer survival
Stress, fears and concerns
Financial assistance and insurance
Susan G. Komen® created the Komen Treatment Assistance Program to help those struggling with the costs of breast cancer treatment by providing financial assistance to eligible individuals.
Funding is available for eligible individuals of any age undergoing breast cancer treatment, at any stage of the disease. To learn more about this program and other helpful resources, call the Komen Breast Care Helpline at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You’re not alone
No matter how long ago you completed breast cancer treatment and no matter the struggles you face, there are likely others who have been where you are today.
Sharing experiences and advice with other survivors may be helpful. We have a list of resources for finding local and online support groups. Your health care provider can also tell you how to find a local support group.
After treatment ends, there are many ways to stay active in the breast cancer community. Getting involved can be personally rewarding and can impact the lives of others.
Learn more on the following pages:
SUSAN G. KOMEN® SUPPORT RESOURCES
How we’re helping
Thanks in part to Susan G. Komen®’s investment in research in early detection and treatment, breast cancer mortality (death) in women in the U.S. declined 41 percent from 1989-2018 .