Bay Area Breast Cancer Network (BABCN) is a non-profit, organization committed to finding the cause, prevention and cure for breast cancer through Education, Support and Advocacy. Formed by a small group of breast cancer survivors in 1990, BABCN was created to increase awareness about breast health and breast cancer, provide information and support services to women, and positively effect public policy at the State and Federal level. We are proud of the difference we are making for women and families and encourage you to take advantage of our programs and services, including the BABCN Hotline, Support Groups, and Open Door Educational Forums.

BABCN Hotline: (408) 261-1425
A breast cancer survivor’s knowledge and understanding is a valuable resource for helping a woman understand her choices for surgery, treatment, healing and returning to wellness. Women with breast cancer have learned much from their personal experiences and from each other. Each day we provide women with important information and resources about breast cancer, help them form a plan of action and support them on each step of their journey. For assistance in Spanish, please call 1-800-986-9505.

Support Groups
Our support groups are led by licensed professionals.

Primary Diagnosis - Women facing a breast cancer diagnosis, surgery, and treatment can benefit from the information and understanding that comes from a support group experience. Our support groups offer a relaxed, confidential opportunity for sharing questions, concerns, and feelings with other women who have breast cancer and provide a source for inspiration and hope. Primary groups meet on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Please call the BABCN office at (408) 261-1425 to register.

Transition Group - Women who have completed a primary support group experience and want to stay connected or become involved with the organization. This group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Please call the BABCN office at (408) 261-1425 to register.

Recurrence Diagnosis - Women experiencing a second breast cancer diagnosis and new treatment choices need information, understanding and support. Our metastatic support group offers a relaxed, confidential place for women dealing with those special concerns that come with a breast cancer recurrence. This group meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 2:30-4:00 p.m. Please call the BABCN office at (408) 261-1425 to register.

Couples Workshop - An opportunity for couples to explore the challenge of living and loving with breast cancer. This group addresses issues of fear, anger and sexuality and explores ways to find simple joy during this difficult time. The meetings are designed to share ideas for living, loving, and surviving breast cancer together. The metastatic group meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Please call the BABCN office at (408) 261-1425 to register.

Newsletter
The BABCN Quarterly Newsletter includes program information, news articles, updates on medical treatments, other women's health issues and the BABCN Dates to Remember. To join our mailing list, click here.

Open Door Educational Forums
These BABCN hosted community events highlight specific health issues and provide opportunity for education and interaction with compelling guest lecturers. Past topics have included such varied topics as caring for children while being treated for breast cancer, a poet’s reflections on fear and loneliness, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, and understanding breast cancer treatments. To receive notification of future Open Door Educational Forums, click here.


Affiliations
BABCN is an affiliate of the California Breast Cancer Organizations (CABCO) and a founding member of the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC).


Suggested Reading

Benedet, Rosalind Dolores. Healing: A Woman’s Guide to Recovery After Mastectomy
Bruning, Nancy. Breast Implants: Everything You Need to Know
Bruning, Nancy. Coping with Chemotherapy
DeGregorio, Michael. Tamoxifen & Breast Cancer
Hirshaut, Yashar. Breast Cancer: The Complete Guide
Komarnichy, Lydie. What To Do If You Get Breast Cancer
Love, Susan M. Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book
Mayer, Musa. Holding Tight, Letting Go
Northrup, Chriatiane. Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom
Rinzler, Carolyn. Estrogen and Breast Cancer: A Warning to Women
Weiss, Marisa. Living Beyond Breast Cancer: A Survivor’s Guide for When Treatment
Ends and the Rest of Life Begins.
Wilbur, Treya Killiam. Grace and Grit: Spirituality and Healing



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