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Special Support for those Coping with Advanced Stage Breast Cancer

On June 21st, with the collaboration of Gilda’s Club of Southeast Wisconsin, ABCD launched its new support service for those affected by advanced breast cancer. We are grateful for the assistance of Gilda’s Club and Varsha Shah, MD, Medical Oncologist with Columbia St. Mary’s Health System.

A weaving of ABCD’s commitment to one-to-one, personalized support and our tradition of responsive ongoing education and support , this inaugural gathering provided a cozy setting for patients and loved ones to meet each other over a meal, benefit together from Dr. Shah’s presentation, and discuss the distinctive concerns of those living with advanced stage disease in a safe and supportive environment.

Like all ABCD services, participation was (and is always) free.

This inaugural group also provided valuable feedback for ABCD as we refine this new service. We were especially pleased to welcome so many loved ones of those living with advanced and complex breast cancers. An opportunity to gather quarterly will be offered. Sometimes these opportunities will be in concert with ABCD’s long-standing breast cancer education and support workshops. There will also be independent opportunities for those coping with advanced disease to gather privately.

The June 21st session included ABCD mentors, participants and those new to the ABCD family. We look forward to welcoming even more people seeking such personalized support on September 15th when an update on clinical trials will be one of the topics presented.

To learn more about ABCD’s new service for people affected by advanced breast cancer, contact Jackie Adams, Program Manager, at 414.977.1785 or at programdept@abcdmentor.org.

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Mentors are volunteers who have experienced breast cancer as a patient, family or friend - and who believe that everyone should have support when battling breast cancer. Initial and ongoing training is provided. Be part of the power of one-to-one breast cancer support.

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