BAD NEWS You just learned that someone you love received a breast cancer diagnosis. You feel so much: Worried, sad, helpless, unsure of what to do or say.
GOOD NEWS Did you know that what you do and say can improve a patient’s outcome? That patients with strong social networks and support feel and do better?
THE GOOD MEDICINE PROJECT Is a place for friends and family to find practical information about how to help a dear one being treated for breast cancer. It’s a place to learn about the experience, too. Who are our experts? Women who are being — or have been — treated for breast cancer. They share what helps, what is encouraging, and a few things not to do. To learn about the power of social support, watch this short video.
This website is a work in progress and always updating. So check back often.
This website is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.
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Although breast cancer is a common disease, every person’s experience is unique. Personality, age, life experience and living situation all affect what someone finds helpful and useful.
Check out these ideas and see what suits your loved one best.
Hear from Patients
Do you wonder what you can do to help your loved one … or even how to offer help? Listen to experts – breast cancer survivors – as they answer questions about how to help.
Watch these short, topical videos on what helped and didn’t help– before, during and after treatment.
What Is It Like To Have Breast Cancer?
It has been said of difficult moments in our lives, ”No one can do it for me, but I don’t have to do it alone.” Learn a little about how different people react to a diagnosis, navigate medical care, work (or not) and interact with strangers and loved ones while being treated for breast cancer.
How, and How Much, Does Social Support Help?
While oncologists and researchers constantly seek ways to cure breast cancer, other medical caregivers -- psychiatrists, psychologists and researchers -- analyze patients’ experiences to discover non-medical factors, like social networks and social support, that impact recovery and survival.
Tip of The Week From A Patient's Perspective
“I wish my friends had known that most of their help was needed as I got deeper into treatment. The first 3 were pretty easy and I was overwhelmed with food and favors. I just needed that help after treatment number 6 but hated to ask.”
Linda F. California
No one fights alone
Support of family and friends are a great foundation to survivorship. Statistics show a breast cancer patient has a much better chance of beating cancer with that social support.
Do you have a story to Share?
Do you have a tip, an idea or a suggestion? Let us know. We are always looking to share great ideas and heartwarming stories.
What Is The Good Medicine Project?
The Good Medicine Project is a collaboration of patients, survivors, their friends and family, and a lot of people who want to help patients with breast cancer. Here’s how it started.