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Lehigh Valley Breast Cancer Support Groups

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here's a list of local breast cancer support groups.

One in 8 American women and 1 in 1,000 American men will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives. It’s estimated that more than 2 million people are diagnosed with breast cancer and fight for their lives each year.

Breast cancer is difficult to face alone—for both patients and their loved ones. To help in the battle, there are a number of local resources and support groups.

In Northampton County

Breast Cancer Networking Group
Cancer Support Community of Greater Lehigh Valley, Anneliese B. Vollrath House
Email: info@CancerSupportGLV.org
Phone: 
(610) 861-7555
Fax: 
(610) 861-9177

Breast Cancer Survivors Support Group
Easton Hospital, Rehabilitation conference room, 2nd floor
Phone: 610-250-4027

Saint Luke's Hospital Breast Cancer Support Group
St. Luke's North
Email: claycod@slhn.org
Phone: 
484-526-4887
Fax: 
484-499-1014

In Lehigh County

Encore Breast Cancer Recovery Program
Allentown YWCA
Email: donaobal@yahoo.com
Phone: 
(610) 434-9333

Breast Cancer Helpline Support of Survivors (SOS)
Phone support
Phone: 610-402-0620

Classes

Preparing for Breast Cancer Surgery
Offered through Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network
Classes held at 1240 S. Cedar Crest Blvd JDMCC Conference Room 1A & 1B 
Allentown , PA 18103
PLEASE CALL 402-CARE FOR MORE INFORMATION. 

“Support groups are really beneficial,” says Debra Somerrs Copit, MD, Director of Breast Imaging at Albert Einstein Medical Center, and a member of the medical advisory board for Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

“When patients are told they’re sick, it can be an out of body experience and they aren’t taking in everything the doctor is saying. It can be helpful to have someone to turn to and learn from who has gone through the same thing,” says Copit, who is a breast cancer survivor herself.

Not only do groups offer emotional support, but being a part of a support group can actually help patients feel less depressed and can help to reduce physical pain, according to a 2001 study published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Patients who aren’t big fans of group settings but still want to reap the benefits can turn to technology. It’s hard to duplicate in-person support groups on the web, but the recently launched breast cancer specific social networking platform, MyBreastCancerTeam comes close.

The site and mobile app caters to breast cancer survivors, and women  who have been recently diagnosed. Users can find suggestions for doctors and find similar users based on location, diagnosis and age. Members also have access to peer-driven Q&A section where they can read and write posts.

While a web platform may be useful for some, Dr.Copit worries that online forums can sometimes trigger the spread of misinformation. She suggests that patients who can’t make it to an in-person support group try calling a phone line.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer has a confidential survivors’ helpline that connects patients with others of similar background, going through similar situation. Call (888) 753-LBBC (5222) for more information.

TELL US: Do you know of any breast cancer support groups in the community? How have they helped you?

Kathleen Dent October 09, 2012 at 02:40 PM
My daughter was looking for local agencies which her school could support as they raise money in the fight against breast cancer. Your list of support groups is a great start! Thanks!
Jennifer Rodgers October 09, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Glad the list helped!!

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