The Who, What, Where, When and Sometimes, Why.

Other Helpful Resources

For information about local resources, contact our Breast Care Helpline at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636).

Susan G. Komen®’s Breast Care Helpline:
1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636)

Se habla español.

Calls to our Breast Care Helpline are answered by a trained and caring staff member Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET. Our helpline provides free, professional support services to anyone who has questions or concerns about breast cancer, including people diagnosed with breast cancer and their families.

You can also email the helpline at helpline@komen.org.

Find national organizations below that provide additional tools, resources or services.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Calculate your body mass index (BMI)
www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/index.html

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Find information on product safety (in terms of breast cancer risk) and information on drugs used to lower the risk of breast cancer. 
www.fda.gov/

National Cancer Institute – Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool
Access the Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool to help understand your risk of breast cancer.
www.cancer.gov/bcrisktool/

Resources for people at higher risk of breast cancer

American Cancer Society
Find breast cancer screening guidelines for people at higher risk of breast cancer due to family history or inherited gene mutations.
www.cancer.org

American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
Find information and guidelines on risk-lowering options for people at higher risk of breast cancer.
www.cancer.net  

Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE)
Find information and online social support for people at higher risk of breast, ovarian or other cancers related to family history or inherited gene mutations.
www.facingourrisk.org/  

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
Find breast cancer screening guidelines for people at higher risk of breast cancer.
www.nccn.org/

Sharsheret
Find information and online social support for Jewish women affected by hereditary breast and/or ovarian cancer.
http://www.sharsheret.org/

Department of Health and Human Services – Affordable Care Act
Find information on health coverage for genetic testing and counseling under the Affordable Care Act.
www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/bystate/statebystate.html

Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE)
Provides online and telephone social support for people considering genetic testing for BRCA1BRCA2 and other inherited gene mutations related to breast cancer.
www.facingourrisk.org/  

National Cancer Institute – Genetic Testing for Hereditary Cancer Syndromes
Find questions and answers about genetic testing for inherited gene mutations related to cancer.
www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/genetic-testing  

National Society of Genetic Counselors
Find a genetic counselor or information on genetic counseling.
www.nsgc.org/  

American Cancer Society
Find guidelines for breast cancer screening and early detection.
www.cancer.org  

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Find a list of FDA-approved mammography centers.
www.fda.gov/  

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – Mammography Facility Adverse Event Report
Check for reports of poor quality for mammography centers and any corrective actions.
www.fda.gov/

National Cancer Institute
Access the Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool to help understand your risk of breast cancer.
www.cancer.gov  

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
Find guidelines for breast cancer screening and early detection.
www.nccn.org/  

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Find recommendations for breast cancer screening and early detection.
www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
Find clinical guidelines and information on breast cancer diagnosis.
www.cancer.net/  

College of American Pathologists
Learn about the contents of a pathology report.
www.yourpathologist.org

Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Learn about inflammatory breast cancer research.
www.ibcresearch.org/  

Society of Nuclear Medicine
Find detailed information on positron emission tomography (PET) scans and other types of molecular breast imaging (nuclear medicine imaging of the breast).  
www.discovermi.org

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation
Find support and connect with other people living with triple negative breast cancer. www.tnbcfoundation.org/   

Young Survival Coalition
Find specific information and support for young women diagnosed with breast cancer.
www.youngsurvival.org/

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
Find breast cancer treatment guidelines and information on treatment options.
www.cancer.net/  

American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
Find detailed information and images related to breast reconstruction.
www.plasticsurgery.org/  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Find information on the seasonal flu shot for those living with breast cancer and their caregivers.
www.cdc.gov/cancer/flu/

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Consumer Information on Breast Implants
Find information on breast implants.
www.fda.gov/

Get Palliative Care
Find a palliative care provider.
www.getpalliativecare.org

National Cancer Institute – Eating Hints Before, During and After Cancer Treatment
Find ways to improve diet and loss of appetite during breast cancer treatment. 
http://www.cancer.gov/publications/patient-education/eating-hints

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS)
Find the “Cancer Survival Toolbox,” a program that helps people with cancer navigate diagnosis, treatment and other care.
www.canceradvocacy.org/toolbox/

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
Find breast cancer treatment guidelines.
www.nccn.com/

National Institutes of Health – Medline Plus
Find information on chemotherapy, hormone therapy, HER2-targeted therapy and other drugs used to treat breast cancer.
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/

BreastCancerTrials.org

Search for clinical trials on specific areas of breast cancer care.

  • Quality of life during and after breast cancer treatment

www.breastcancertrials.org  

CenterWatch
Find information on joining a clinical trial or search for a clinical trial.
www.centerwatch.com/

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
Find information and a list of clinical trials on complementary and integrative therapies.
https://nccih.nih.gov/research/clinicaltrials  

National Institutes of Health
Search for clinical trials for people with BRCA1BRCA2 or other inherited gene mutations related to breast cancer.
www.clinicaltrials.gov

National Institutes of Health – Clinical Center and Clinical Trials Information
Find information on current clinical trial research and joining a clinical trial.
www.cc.nih.gov/
www.clinicaltrials.gov/

Reagan-Udall Foundation and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – Expanded Access Navigator
Find information, resources and an online tool to learn about expanded access (compassionate use) options.
http://navigator.reaganudall.org/

LIVESTRONG Fertility
Offers financial assistance for fertility treatment for women with breast cancer.
www.livestrong.org/we-can-help/livestrong-fertility  

The Oncofertility Consortium
Find information on fertility options and fertility resources for women diagnosed with breast cancer.
www.oncofertility.msu.edu/

The Samfund
Offers fertility resources, financial assistance (for medical expenses, fertility treatment, tuition and many personal expenses such as rent), legal assistance, social support and information for young people diagnosed with breast cancer.
www.thesamfund.org/

Young Survival Coalition
Find information and support for young women diagnosed with breast cancer.
www.youngsurvival.org/

National Cancer Institute – Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM)
Find detailed information on complementary and integrative therapies for people living with cancer.
https://cam.cancer.gov/

National Institutes of Health – National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
Find detailed information on complementary and integrative therapies.
www.nccam.nih.gov/   

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – Cancer Treatment Scams
Find information on false cancer treatment claims.
www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0104-cancer-treatment-scams  

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Check for safety alerts on complementary and integrative therapies.
www.fda.gov/

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – Illegally Sold Cancer Treatments
Find information on scam cancer treatments.
www.fda.gov/

National Institutes of Health – Office of Dietary Supplements
Find information and safety alerts on dietary supplements.
https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/WYNTK-Consumer/  

U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP)
Check if a dietary supplement has been tested and USP-verified for integrity, purity and safe manufacturing.
http://www.usp.org/dietary-supplements-herbal-medicines

Check the licensing status of a complementary therapy provider

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
www.naturopathic.org/

American Massage Therapy Association
www.amtamassage.org/

Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards
www.fclb.org/  

National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
www.ncbtmb.org/

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
www.nccaom.org/ 

Administrators in Medicine – Association of State Medical Board Executive Directors
Search for a licensed physician.
www.administratorsinmedicine.org

American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
Verify a physician is board certified.
https://www.abms.org/verify-certification/

American Medical Association – DoctorFinder
Search for a licensed physician.
https://apps.ama-assn.org/doctorfinder/home.jsp

American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)
Search for a radiation oncologist.
www.rtanswers.org/home/

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
Search for an oncologist.
www.cancer.net/

Cancer Legal Resource Center
Offers information and resources for cancer patients about their legal rights. (They do not offer legal advice or provide financial assistance.)
www.thedrlc.org/cancer/

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Search for an FDA-approved mammography center.
www.fda.gov/

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – Mammography Facility Adverse Event Report
Check for reports of poor quality for mammography centers and any corrective actions.
www.fda.gov/   

Joint Commission 
Find a health care organization that meets the Joint Commission’s safety and quality standards.
www.qualitycheck.org

Intercultural Cancer Council
Promotes programs and policies to remove racial and ethnic barriers to breast cancer care.
www.interculturalcancercouncil.org/  

National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)
Works to improve quality of care in medical centers that offer multidisciplinary breast cancer care.
www.facs.org/quality-programs/napbc

National Center for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
Find the accreditation rating (based on quality standards) for a health management organization (HMO).
http://reportcard.ncqa.org/  

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS)
Find the publication “Teamwork: The Cancer Patient’s Guide to Talking with Your Doctor.”
www.canceradvocacy.org

National LGBT Cancer Network
Find a directory of LGBT-welcoming cancer screening centers and a directory of LGBT-friendly cancer treatment centers.
https://cancer-network.org/providerdatabases/

Resources for family and other loved ones

American Cancer Society
Find a guide for families and caregivers on giving good cancer care at home.
www.cancer.org  

Find information for caregivers.
www.cancer.org/treatment/caregivers

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Find information on care for people living with cancer.
www.cancer.gov/types/breast  

American Cancer Society
Find a guide for families and caregivers on giving good cancer care at home.
www.cancer.org  

Find information for caregivers.
www.cancer.org/treatment/caregivers

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Find information on care for people living with cancer.
www.cancer.gov/types/breast  

Lymphedema

Komen Treatment Assistance Program 
Provides financial assistance for lymphedema supplies. 
www.cancercare.org/financial/information

Lymphatic Education and Research Network 
Find clinical trials and other information on lymphedema.  
www.lymphaticnetwork.org/

Lymphology Association of North America (LANA)
Find a list of physical therapists who specialize in lymphedema treatment.
www.clt-lana.org/about.html  

National Lymphedema Network
Find a lymphedema support group, physical therapist, financial assistance for garments and other information on lymphedema.
www.lymphnet.org  

Sisters Network Inc.
Provides financial assistance for compression arm sleeves.
www.sistersnetworkinc.org/programs.html

Wigs, head coverings and make-up

American Cancer Society – Look Good Feel Better
Provides online and in-person lessons on skin and nail care, wigs and other head coverings, cosmetics and other beauty techniques for women going through chemotherapy, radiation therapy or other cancer treatments.
www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org/

Susan G. Komen®’s Breast Care Helpline:
1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636)

Se habla español.

Calls to our Breast Care Helpline are answered by a trained and caring staff member Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET. Our helpline provides free, professional support services to anyone who has questions or concerns about breast cancer, including people diagnosed with breast cancer and their families.

You can also email the helpline at helpline@komen.org.

4th Angel – Patient and Caregiver Mentoring Program
Offers telephone support programs for women living with breast cancer and their caregivers.
www.4thangel.org/

American Cancer Society
Online communities, including Reach to Recovery, the Cancer Survivors Network, for women and men diagnosed with breast cancer and their loved ones.
www.cancer.org/

Camp Kesem
Offers summer camps for children with parents who have or have had cancer.
www.campkesem.org

Cancer and Careers
Find information for working women with cancer.
www.cancerandcareers.org/

Cancer Support Community (formerly Gilda’s Club Worldwide)
Offers support programs (in-person, online and telephone) for women and men diagnosed with breast cancer and their loved ones.  
www.cancersupportcommunity.org/  

CancerCare
Find an online support group. 
www.cancercare.org/

CancerConnect
Find online support groups for women and men diagnosed with breast cancer and their loved ones. 
www.cancerconnect.com

Caregiver Action Network
Provides information, education and support to help cancer caregivers for themselves and their family members. 
www.caregiveraction.org

CaringBridge
Offers personal websites with multiple privacy settings where people can stay connected during any type of health event. An online planner can help family and friends coordinate care and helpful tasks.
www.caringbridge.org

Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE)
Offers online support for people at higher risk of breast, ovarian or other cancers related to family history or inherited gene mutations.
www.facingourrisk.org/

Family Caregiver Alliance
Provides information and services to family caregivers, including assessment, care planning, direct care skills, wellness programs, respite services and legal or financial consultation vouchers.
www.caregiver.org

Fighting Pretty
Send a care package (including cosmetics, a scarf and other items) to a friend or loved one being treated for breast cancer.
www.fightingpretty.org/send-a-pretty-package

Here for the Girls
Offers online and in-person support for young women diagnosed with breast cancer.
www.hereforthegirls.org/support  

Imerman Angels
Offers online support programs for women and men diagnosed with breast cancer and their loved ones.
https://www.imermanangels.org/  

Living Beyond Breast Cancer
Find information on breast cancer support and care.
www.lbbc.org/  

My Cancer Circle
Offers an online tool for loved ones to coordinate support activities (such as preparing meals and giving rides to treatment).
 https://mycancercircle.net 

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS)
Find the publication “Teamwork: The Cancer Patient’s Guide to Talking with Your Doctor.”
www.canceradvocacy.org

Sharsheret
Find information and online social support for Jewish women affected by hereditary breast and/or ovarian cancer.
www.sharsheret.org/  

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation
Find support and connect with other people living with triple negative breast cancer. www.tnbcfoundation.org/

Well Spouse Foundation
Provides support programs (in-person, online and telephone) to spouses and partners.
www.wellspouse.org/

Young Survival Coalition
Provides support programs (online and telephone) for young women diagnosed with breast cancer and a resource kit for young women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.
www.youngsurvival.org/  

In addition, find a resource kit for young women living with metastatic breast cancer.
www.youngsurvival.org/metastatic-navigator

American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) – Advanced Cancer Care Planning
Find a guide for patients and their families to help make decisions on end-of-life care.
www.cancer.net/

Get Palliative Care
Find a palliative care provider.
www.getpalliativecare.org

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Find local hospice care.
www.nhpco.org/

National Institutes of Health
Find information on end-of-life planning and care, including questions to ask your health care provider.
www.nia.nih.gov/health/end-of-life

Komen Treatment Assistance Program

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 helpline@komen.org.

Affordable Care Act (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
Find information on choosing a health insurance plan and the Affordable Care Act.
www.healthcare.gov/choose-a-plan/  

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
Find detailed information on Medicare and other health insurance programs for people over 50. 
www.aarp.org/health/

American Cancer Society – Understanding Financial and Legal Matters
Find financial and legal information for people diagnosed with cancer.
www.cancer.org/

Medicare
Find information on Medicare health insurance programs for people 65 and older.
www.medicare.gov

Medicaid
Find information on Medicaid health insurance programs for people with low income and your state’s Medicaid program.
www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/index.html

National Association of Insurance Commissioners
Find your state’s insurance commissioner.
www.naic.org/

National Cancer Legal Services Network (NCLSN)
Find a directory of organizations that offer free legal help for people diagnosed with cancer and their families.
www.nclsn.org

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship – Employment Rights for Cancer Survivors
Find information on employment rights in the booklet “Working It Out: Your Employment Rights as a Cancer Survivor.”
www.canceradvocacy.org/resources/employment-rights/

Patient Advocate Foundation
Offers financial assistance information and legal and advocacy help if an insurance claim is denied.
www.patientadvocate.org

Patient Advocate Foundation – National Financial Resource Directory
Find local, state and national financial assistance and insurance resources for people who do not have health insurance or are under-insured.
www.patientadvocate.org  

Triage Cancer
Offers resources and information on insurance and legal issues for people with cancer and their families.
www.triagecancer.org

Child care and elder care assistance

Komen Treatment Assistance Program 
Provides limited financial assistance for child care during treatment.
www.cancercare.org/financial/information  

CancerCare – Financial Assistance Program
Provides limited financial assistance for child care during treatment.
www.cancercare.org/financial  

Health care assistance (medical care, prescription drugs and other medical items

Komen Treatment Assistance Program 
Provides limited financial assistance for some medications, medical equipment and lymphedema supplies.  
www.cancercare.org/financial/information  

The Assistance Fund – Breast Cancer Copay Assistance Program
Offers financial assistance for prescription drug co-payments.
https://tafcares.org/program-listing/  

CancerCare – Co-payment Assistance Foundation
Offers health insurance co-payment assistance to breast cancer patients undergoing some types of chemotherapy and HER2-targeted therapy.
www.cancercarecopay.org  

Lazarex Cancer Foundation
Provides financial assistance for some medical expenses not covered by insurance for people enrolled in clinical trials at some medical centers.
https://lazarex.org/helping-you/looking-for-help/

MedicalAssistanceTool.org
Offers low-cost and free prescription drug programs for those with limited income.
www.medicineassistancetool.org/   

Medicare 
Find information on Medicare prescription drug plans.
www.medicare.gov  

National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
Provides access to clinical breast exams and mammograms (plus diagnostic testing if results are abnormal, and referrals to treatment if breast cancer is diagnosed) to women ages 40-64 who do not have health insurance or are under-insured.
www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp/

Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation
Provides financial assistance for prescription drug co-payments to people with metastatic breast cancer who qualify.
www.panfoundation.org/  

Patient Advocate Foundation
Find an online directory of drug company financial assistance programs.
www.patientadvocate.org/  

Patient Advocate Foundation – Co-Pay Relief Program 
Provides financial assistance for prescription drug co-payments.  
www.copays.org  

The Pink Fund
Offers financial assistance for health insurance premiums.
www.pinkfund.org/get-help/

Sisters Network Inc.
Provides financial assistance for copays and breast prosthesis, medical bras and compression arm sleeves.
www.sistersnetworkinc.org/programs.html  

Social Security Administration
Find your local social security office.
www.ssa.gov/

Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act 
Find information on federal laws requiring insurance coverage of breast reconstruction after mastectomy.
www.cms.gov/   

Lodging assistance

American Cancer Society – Hope Lodge
Provides lodging for families during cancer treatments.
www.cancer.org/

Joe’s House
Find an online directory of free and discounted lodging for cancer patients and their families.
www.joeshouse.org/Lodging.aspx

Lazarex Cancer Foundation
Provides financial assistance for lodging during treatment for people enrolled in clinical trials at some medical centers.
https://lazarex.org/helping-you/looking-for-help/

Sisters Network Inc.
Provides lodging for patients during breast cancer treatments.
www.sistersnetworkinc.org/programs.html  

Personal expenses

Patient Advocate Foundation – Metastatic Breast Cancer Financial Aid Fund
Offers financial assistance for personal expenses including rent, utilities, food, transportation and some end-of-life costs for people with metastatic breast cancer.
www.patientadvocate.org

The Pink Fund
Offers financial assistance for personal expenses including mortgage or rent, utilities and car payments.
www.pinkfund.org/get-help/

The Samfund
Offers financial assistance for medical expenses, fertility treatment, tuition and many personal expenses such as rent, utilities and car payments for young people diagnosed with breast cancer.
www.thesamfund.org/ 

Transportation assistance

Komen Treatment Assistance Program
Provides limited financial assistance for local transportation to and from cancer treatments.
www.cancercare.org/financial/information

Air Charity Network
Offers air travel to treatment centers for cancer patients and their caregivers.
www.aircharitynetwork.org/

American Cancer Society – Road to Recovery
Provides local transportation to and from cancer treatments.
www.cancer.org  

CancerCare – Financial Assistance Program 
Provides limited financial assistance for local transportation to and from cancer treatments.  
www.cancercare.org/financial  

Corporate Angel Network
Uses empty seats on corporate aircraft to help cancer patients reach treatment centers.
www.corpangelnetwork.org/  

Lazarex Cancer Foundation
Provides financial assistance for local transportation and air travel to and from cancer treatments for people enrolled in clinical trials at some medical centers.
https://lazarex.org/helping-you/looking-for-help/

Lifeline Pilots
Offers air travel to treatment centers for cancer patients and their caregivers.
www.lifelinepilots.org/  

Mercy Medical Angels
Offers air travel to treatment centers for cancer patients and their caregivers.
www.mercymedical.org/  

Susan G. Komen® Support Resources

  • If you or a loved one needs more information about breast health or breast cancer, call the Komen Breast Care Helpline at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636). All calls are answered by a trained specialist or oncology social worker in English and Spanish, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET (6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. PT). You can also email the helpline at helpline@komen.org
  • We offer an online support community through our closed Facebook Group – Komen Breast Cancer group. The Facebook group provides a place where those with a connection to breast cancer can discuss each other’s experiences and build strong relationships to provide support to each other. Visit Facebook and search for “Komen Breast Cancer group” to request to join the closed group.
  • Our fact sheets, booklets and other education materials offer additional information.

Updated 10/13/21

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