Online Communities for Breast Cancer Survivors
Surviving cancer is an incredible journey with many ups and downs. Whether you are post-treatment or still in treatment, you may continue to have questions and challenges. You may have continuing side effects from your treatment. You may worry about cancer coming back. You may struggle with permanent changes to your body. With more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, you’re not alone.
One way to work through this period in your life is to connect with other breast cancer survivors. They understand what you’ve been through and may have answers to your questions. Likewise, you may be able to comfort another survivor in need. Connecting with other survivors online is a quick and easy way to reach out from home on your own time. Here, we share several online communities for people affected by breast cancer and other cancers.
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Communities for People Affected By Breast Cancer
These online communities connect all types of people affected by breast cancer, ranging from newly diagnosed patients to long-term survivors, as well as their families and friends. Many of them have smaller communities, discussion boards, and chat rooms devoted specifically to breast cancer survivors and survivorship topics.
#BCSM – Social media community devoted to discussion around breast cancer topics including survivorship.
Breast Cancer Support Chat Room – Moderated chat room for people with breast cancer.
Breastcancer.org discussion boards – Mini websites for breast cancer patients to ask each other questions and have ongoing dialogue with each other. Discussion board topics specifically for survivors include “Moving Beyond Cancer” and “Growing our Friendships After Treatment.”
eHealth Forum Breast Cancer Forum – Several different discussion boards around breast cancer topics.
Friends in Need – Breast cancer support forum including discussion boards and chat rooms around various breast cancer topics.
MedHelp Breast Cancer Expert Forum – Online forum with hundreds of breast cancer related topics including those about survivorship.
MyNBCF – Community for breast cancer survivors and their families and loved ones hosted by the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Pink Ribbon Forum – International forum with hundreds of separate topics related to breast cancer.
Young Survival Coalition – Online community for younger women affected by breast cancer.
Communities for People With All Types of Cancer
These online communities connect all types of cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones with one another. They have discussion boards with survivorship topics and specific sub-communities for breast cancer survivors.
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