Since 1998 BCCRF has educated breast cancer patients, through dissemination of information, to become more knowledgeable about the disease and treatments, more involved in treatment planning and decision-making, and better prepared for the mental, physical, and spiritual challenges during and after treatment.
BCCRF has provided unbiased monthly review articles on our website focusing on research and information regarding innovations in breast cancer risk reduction, treatment, quality of life and survivorship.
To fulfill our goal of providing information and support to woman facing breast cancer, we have sent cartons of The Breast Cancer Survival Manual, by John S. Link, MD to clinics, hospitals, advocacy organizations, women's health groups and community organizations across the country that serve low income, underserved women.
Starting in 2005 BCCRF annually sends two-four patient advocates to the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. The advocates attend sessions with clinicians, scientists and advocates, participate in advocate review sessions and interface with physicians, scientists, and other advocates during the meeting. The advocates write articles posted on this website and speak alongside physicians at community lectures. This program is ongoing and a scholarship application is available under advocacy. One of the scholarship recipients went on to become a graduate of the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund's Project Lead Institute in 2008.
Advocates were given scholarships to attend the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund's Annual Advocacy Training and Lobby Day in Washington, DC since May 2008. Their reports are available under advocacy.
Our Minorities Outreach committee successfully created an informational brochure directed towards low income and underserved populations that was distributed to 50,000 women and men at 19 locations. As the program grows, members from diverse communities will partner with organizations of these populations.
Our Young Women's Advisory Council, formed in 2007 is comprised of breast cancer survivors who were diagnosed before menopause. The goals of this committee are: to advise the directions for program development and to form a support group for young women surviving breast cancer.
Our Wellness Lecture Series has educated women and men about the disease of breast cancer since 2009. Well known and highly respected experts in their fields have presented at these free community lectures. BCCRF prides itself in being a leader in sharing breakthrough information and the most recent updates from scientific meetings and clinical research.