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One-on-One Support Programs
Survivors Helping Survivors
When confronted with a diagnosis of breast cancer your initial thought may be that you are alone in this battle. Feel assured you are not. There are more than two million women who are breast cancer survivors living in the United States today.
Our unique program, called “Survivors Helping Survivors,” is designed to help address your emotional needs following diagnosis and throughout the treatment process. Through this optional program, we offer each breast cancer patient the opportunity to be matched with a survivor volunteer based on her age at diagnosis, stage of disease and anticipated treatment plan. You’ll get to talk with and gain insight from someone who has taken almost the exact same journey for her own breast cancer treatment.
This survivor volunteer becomes an extension of your breast cancer health care team. This familiarity helps reduce the stress and anxiety that comes with being a new patient about to undergo treatment. Our survivor volunteers accompany patients during breast biopsies in breast imaging and visit with them before surgery and in the recovery room on their day of surgery.
The survivor volunteer will stay in touch with you for as long as you wish. In some cases, our patients and survivor volunteers remain connected for a lifetime. The Survivors Helping Survivors program is optional and is exclusive to patients who are treated at our Breast Center. It was created in 1997 and has served as a model for other breast centers nationally.
The survivor volunteers also support our participation in local, regional and national events like the Avon 2 day walk, Susan G. Komen Maryland Race for the Cure, The Red Devils events, and other venues such as the PVDA Ride for Life annual fundraising event for our breast center.
Breast Cancer Nurse Navigators and Patient Navigators
We offer one-on-one support from o from nurse navigators and patient navigators most of them are also breast cancer survivors. Patients will meet one of these nurses at the time they are seen for a surgical evaluation, if they choose to have treatment here.
Meet our survivor nurses: