L.A. Resource Guide

Internet Resources
Breastlink.com and Breastlink.org (breast cancer care and research fund) newsletter
Breastlink.com and Breastlink.org


The Public Health Institute's web site has an on-line clinical trials matching system, personal stories from survivors, art gallery, and links.

SusanLoveMD.com is the Web site of the noted author, Susan Love MD. Information about decision making, understanding what reports mean, support, and more.

Legal Resources
California Women's Law Center/Breast Cancer Legal Clinic
The Breast Cancer Legal Project provides assistance to women with breast cancer issues such as employment discrimination, insurance, access to health care, debt collection, housing, public benefits advocacy, family law issues, wills and powers of attorney.

Cancer Legal Resource Center
The Cancer Legal Resource Center is a community-based program providing information and educational outreach on cancer-related issues to people with cancer, cancer survivors, their families and employers.

Health Insurance Counseling Advocacy Program
Sponsored by the California Department on Aging, this volunteer program assists with medical billing and will help you compare supplemental and long-term care policies. Legal assistance is also provided.

Patient Advocate Foundation
Insuring equal access to health care for everyone.

Support Groups
Breast Friends
Breast Friends, a peer support-mentoring program, lends one-to-one support for newly diagnosed patients. Highly trained breast cancer survivors give support from diagnosis, through treatment and on to recovery.

My Sister, My Friend Breast Cancer Support
My Sister, My Friend Breast Cancer Support is based in Long Beach. Visit their webiste for more information.

Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology
A nonprofit Center with support groups for patients, family members and significant others: Meditation, Mind-Body Techniques, Healing through Art, Qi Gong, Acupressure, Young Adults, DCIS, Breast Cancer, Women with Metastatic Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Friends & Family, Bereavement, Husbands/Partners of Women with Cancer, Integrative Nutritional Assessment, etc.

Sisters Breast Cancer Survivor Network, LA
Sisters Breast Cancer Survivor Network is comprised of African American breast cancer survivors and the newly diagnosed furnishing comprehensive support to women in under-served communities.

Team Survivor, LA
Non-profit organization providing free exercise, health education and support programs to all women living with cancer. 310/477-8557

Wellness Community
This organization provides free programs for people with cancer, their families and significant others.

Los Angeles County locations:

  • Burbank: 800-313-9737
  • Foothills Area: 626-796-1083
  • San Fernando: 888-707-9355
  • South Bay Cities: 310-376-3550
  • Valley/Ventura: 805-379-4777
  • West Los Angeles: 310-314-2555

Women of Color Breast Cancer Survivors Support Project
A nonprofit providing breast health education, health advocacy and psychosocial support to African American breast cancer survivors in their community.

Women of Essence
Concerned African American breast cancer survivors committed to increasing local and national attention on the devastating impact of breast cancer on the African American community.

YWCA of Santa Monica/ENCORE Program
ENCORE Program is for women who have had breast cancer surgery. This program offers exercises and informal peer support for women after their surgery.
310/452-3881 (or your local YWCA)

Resources for Young Women Diganosed with Breast Cancer
Young Survival Coalition (YSC)
The Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the only international, non-profit network of breast cancer survivors and suporters dedicated to the concerns and issues that are unique to young women and breast cancer. Through action, advocacy and awarenss, the YSC seeks to educate the medical, research, breast cancer and lagislative communities and to persuade them to address breast cancer in women 40 and under. The YSC also serves as a point of contact for young women living with breast cancer.

The Young Survivor Connection by Living Beyond Breast Cancer
The Young Survivor Connection by Living Beyond Breast Cancer is a message board forum for younger women afffected by breast cancer.

Mothers Supporting Daughters with Breast Cancer (MSDBC)
The support services provided by this organization are free and are designed to help mothers who have daughters battling breast cancer. Support is provided in a variety of ways including one-on-one support by mother volunteers who have experienced firsthand the trauma and challenges of having a daughter diagnosed with breast cancer; through distribution of a mother's handbook and daughter's companian borchure to provide guidance as to how a mother can be contructively helpful to her daughter during her breast cancer treatment; and through requests for education about the disease and its treatment.

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