BE GOOD MEDICINE
Welcome. You’ve just learned that someone in your life – a friend, relative, colleague or neighbor – has been diagnosed with breast cancer. You want to help … but how? What should you do? Where should you start?
This website is a resource for you…Though patients may find it useful, too!
Click around to get ideas from people who have been through cancer treatment: Breast cancer patients and survivors. See which suggestions seem best for your loved one. Then reach out…you are good medicine! 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.
Download or Print A Handy Tip List
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's 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.