Cancer. It’s a word that we’re never prepared to hear. It’s a diagnosis that instantly paralyzes our thoughts with uncertainty and fear. In that moment, we don’t know what to ask or where to turn.
Cancer can be a difficult diagnosis to navigate, but at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Breast Health Service’s affiliated NAPBC Breast Cancer Center of Excellence, we are here to help you through your diagnosis and treatment with the compassionate support of a dedicated team of highly motivated, educated and trained physicians, technicians and patient navigators. We will answer your questions and concerns with straight open talk. We will educate and support you. We are now your ‘team’ and we will be on your journey with you.
The Brookhaven Breast Cancer Survivorship Coalition is also part of your new team. Our mission statement supports your whole health: Best Care, Best Life… body, mind, and spirit. We are available to assist you with emergent needs through patient support services and educational programs. Stay in touch with your Patient Navigator to be notified of workshops and programs that might be beneficial to you and your diagnosis. The Coalition is supported by Pink Aid and LI2Day and the Coalition and its amenities are available to anyone in our community, not just patients of the Breast Health Services area.
According to the American Cancer Society, ‘surviving cancer’ or ‘survivorship’ is now defined as, ‘The process of living with/through, and beyond cancer’. By this definition, cancer survivorship begins at the time of diagnosis.
The Coalition participates in the ‘Lend a Helping Hand’ program, created to provide customized services relieving some of the stress and worry a cancer diagnosis and ensuing treatment creates. We offer: Transportation to and from breast cancer-related medical appointments, a warm meal, massage therapy, salon services and financial assistance.
Please don’t hesitate to discuss your particular needs with your Patient Navigator. She will connect you to the Breast Cancer Survivorship Coalition. Eligibility requirements and an application for the ‘Lend a Helping Hand’ Program can be accessed, here