Here at this website you'll find a wealth of information and support, but if you're just starting out and feeling overwhelmed, you might want to keep it simple for now. This page offers a brief summary of information on things that you might be thinking about.
I don't understand what the doctor said ...
BreastCancer.org is a website with reliable, easy-to-understand, and current information on many aspects of a breast cancer diagnosis. If you'd like more information, it's a good place to start. If things still aren't making sense to you, let BCSSC know and we'll find a way to help you to figure it out. mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm worried about the cost of all this ...
BCSSC can help with financial concerns. We have funds to help with some of the uncovered medical expenses and transportation costs. Our other support programs are all free to participants. See our Services Page for more information.
My loved ones are trying to help but I feel so alone ...
Would you like to "talk" to someone locally who has been in your shoes? Join our email support list, where you can meet other Siskiyou County residents who have been touched by breast cancer: Google Group
How do I know I'm getting the best treatment for my cancer?
It's almost always a good idea to get a second opinion about cancer treatment. Even if the second recommendation is exactly the same as the first, you'll have the peace of mind of knowing that your treatment plan is the best that it can be. You want to be able to move forward with confidence, and to look back without regrets. Asking for another opinion will not offend your current doctor at all - it's common to do this and some providers will suggest it for their patients as a part of their initial evaluation.
If possible, you may want to get your second opinion from a Comprehensive Cancer Center. Your surgeon or oncologist can set this up for you, or you can contact the provider directly. Often the consultation can be done remotely (faxing the medical records and then a phone consult). Here's a list of NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers: Comprehensive Cancer Centers. The closest centers to us are in Sacramento and the bay area. There are also centers in southern California and Portland, OR.
- Check out our Support Page for other ways to connect with people who can help.
- Our Information Page has links to excellent sources of information about breast cancer.