Community Resources

Information for the Newly Diagnosed

“You have breast cancer. In a moment, those four little words can rock your world. Now what do you do?”

Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis is life changing.  You may experience a wide range of emotions: Fear. Pain. Anger. Confusion.  Denial. Uncertainty.

As you begin your breast cancer journey, you will need tools and resources to guide you.  As you learn more about the disease and your treatment, we hope that you will regain some sense of control and find hope in the fact that you are not alone.

Guide to Understanding Breast Cancer – coming soon!

Guide for the Newly Diagnosed – coming soon!

Organizations

Army of Women
The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation/Avon Army of Women aims to recruit one million healthy women of every age and ethnicity, including breast cancer survivors and women at high-risk for the disease, to partner with breast cancer researchers and directly participate in the research that will eradicate breast cancer once and for all. The organization challenges the scientific community to expand its current focus to include breast cancer prevention research conducted on healthy women, create new opportunities to study what causes breast cancer – and how to prevent it.

Breast and Cervical Cancer Program of GA Dept. of Community Health
To help reduce the impact of breast and cervical cancer in Georgia, the Georgia Department of Public Health provides breast and cervical cancer screening, diagnostic services and referral to treatment as medically indicated to uninsured women residing in Georgia.

The Breast Cancer Legal Project
The Breast Cancer Legal Project is a special project at the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc. that provides civil legal services to low-income breast cancer patients and survivors living in the five metro Atlanta counties: Fulton, Clayton, Cobb, Dekalb and Gwinnett. Its mission is to provide comprehensive and compassionate legal services that have a direct impact on health and quality of life to low-income individuals who are living with or are affected by breast cancer. If you or someone you know would like to contact the Breast Cancer Legal Project, please call the intake line number at 404-614-3969 to be screened for eligibility for their services.

Breast Cancer Trials
Two breast cancer patients, turned patient advocates, teamed up with the University of California, San Francisco to create a free, non-profit website and clinical trial matching service called BreastCancerTrials.org – it is the ONLY trial matching and breast cancer information resource exclusively dedicated to breast cancer.

Cancer State Aid
Established in 1937 by the Georgia legislature at the request of physicians, the Cancer State Aid (CSA) Program provides funding for diagnostic and cancer treatment services for uninsured and under-insured Georgia adults with limited annual household income.

District Health Offices
Uninsured Georgia residents may be eligible to receive cervical cancer and breast cancer screening through county health departments. To find out if you are eligible and to access services, please contact your local public health department by visiting the public health district website for your area.

Georgia Cancer Info
GeorgiaCancerInfo.org is the first-ever comprehensive online cancer information center for Georgia. On this website, patients, their families and caregivers have access to valuable information on cancer care and resources to assist them in making important decisions. Doctors and healthcare professionals use the website for the latest information on clinical trials, oncologists, treatment guidelines and cancer treatment sites.

Georgia CORE
Georgia CORE, created in 2003 as a catalyst to increase access to clinical trials that are the hallmark of excellence in cancer care, has developed a collaborative, multi-disciplinary research network that conducts clinical trials that test new and promising cancer treatments.

Georgia Research Alliance
An independent not-for-profit entity governed by leaders from industry and academia to grow Georgia’s economy through university-based research.

Healthfinder
A website from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that offers information on a wide range of health topics selected from over 1,600 government and non-profit organizations.

Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Screening
Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome (HBOC) is an inherited tendency to develop breast, ovarian, and other cancers, and at a younger age. The majority of HBOC is due to a mutation in the two most common breast cancer genes (BRCA1 or BRCA2). Funded by a cooperative agreement to the Georgia Department of Public Health, and administered by the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education in partnership with Emory University, Georgia State University and Morehouse School of Medicine, B-RST™ is a tool that asks questions about family history to assess if you may be at risk for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer.

National Breast Cancer Coalition
The National Breast Cancer Coalition trains advocates to lobby at the national, state and local levels for public policies that impact breast cancer research, diagnosis and treatment. GBCCF is a member of the National Breast Cancer Coalition.

Women’s Health Medicaid
The Women’s Health Medicaid program is a partnership between the Georgia Department of Human Resources and the Georgia Department of Community Health to provide treatment for breast and cervical cancer and cervical pre-cancer to eligible women.

Support Groups

Sisters By Choice, Inc.
Sisters By Choice is a support group founded by Rogsbert F. Phillips, M.D. The organization is committed to providing support and counsel through a network of support group chapters that provide helpful resources, information and programming to individuals with breast cancer and their families.

Young Survival Coalition
YSC Atlanta provides an assortment of programs from resource kits to support programs, educational events to caregiver networking opportunities and is proud to provide community outreach and awareness programs, educating the metro area that young women can and do get breast cancer.