Breast Cancer Survival Center services provide education and support for breast cancer survivors and their families including:
The formats include books, pamphlets, video/DVD and audiotape, thus teaching to the learning style of the participants. Although much information is available through the Internet, all of that information is not reliable. Overwhelmed breast cancer survivors cannot be expected to sift through the reams of information on the Internet and make sense of it. Also, many of the people who are highest risk for recurrence, such as economically disadvantaged minority women, do not have access to the Internet and receive medical care through clinics. Thus, the informational library is a critical component of the program. The library is made available at Norwalk Community College, the location where the psycho-educational groups take place. Materials from the library are also made available at the retreats.
Smart Eating- how a healthy diet can make you feel better and strengthen your body’s ability to prevent and fight cancer.
Stress Reduction through Meditation-stress is a contributing factor to cancer. Once diagnosed, stress levels increase. Also, the medical procedures that survivors must undergo are stressful. Meditation, guided imagery, reiki, and yoga can be invaluable tools for cancer survivors.
Tamoxofin -a drug used to combat and prevent cancer has many unpleasant side effects, but can also be a life saver. How can survivors decide whether they should use tomoxofin and if they decide to use it, how can they cope with its side effects.
Menopause - going through menopause presents challenges to all women, but it is especially challenging to post-treatment survivors. Many younger women have been pushed into early menopause because of their treatment for breast cancer. There are a host of medications that are options for menopausal women; for survivors, choices about these medications need to be made in light of their special circumstances.