Life After Breast Cancer
Here’s a guest post submitted by Living Beyond Breast Cancer in conjunction with the 9th Annual Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer Conference to be held at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas February 27-March 1.
“You have breast cancer.” These four words can change your life forever, forcing you to face many complex medical, psychosocial, emotional, legal and financial challenges. But you are not in this alone. Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) is dedicated to assisting you, whether you are newly diagnosed, in treatment, recently completed treatment, are years beyond or are living with advanced (metastatic) disease. We are also here for your family members, caregivers, friends and healthcare providers to provide breast cancer information and support.
As a national education and support organization, our goal is to improve your quality of life and help you take an active role in your ongoing recovery or management of the disease, regardless of educational background, social support or financial means. We offer free programs and services, including our toll-free Survivors’ Helpline (888-753-5222) and website, www.lbbc.org, which features information to bring you comfort, empower you to ask questions and enable you to make sound choices about healthcare that will help you manage a breast cancer diagnosis, through treatment and beyond.
LBBC has a web portal specifically for African American women, which includes updates on breast cancer news and clinical trials. The site also offers information about LBBC’s free publications, such as Getting Connected: African-Americans Living Beyond Breast Cancer, an educational resource augmented with compelling and personal anecdotes.
Beyond its national presence, LBBC has a strong connection to the Dallas area, as it will host its 9th Annual Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer on Feb. 27-March 1 at the Hilton Anatole. An expected 800 young breast cancer survivors, caregivers and medical professionals from around the world will get the latest information on breast cancer in pre-menopausal women from some of the nation’s top experts.
The three-day event, presented by Living Beyond Breast Cancer and the Young Survival Coalition, is the only international educational conference dedicated to the needs of young breast cancer survivors. Last year, 760 people came from 44 states and 10 countries. Participants may choose from more than 25 workshops on topics including medical updates for early and advanced breast cancer, fertility, sexuality, genetic testing, side effect management, living long term with a history of breast cancer, triple negative breast cancer, breast reconstruction, environmental issues, advocacy and caregiving.
To register, or for more information, visit the Annual Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer website or call Living Beyond Breast Cancer at (610) 645-4567. Walk-in registrations are welcome.