About ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis - Breast Cancer Support


Our Fundamental Beliefs

The work of ABCD is all teamwork. All of the services ABCD provides that reflect our mission and our efforts in the overall cancer support community are possible only because of the generosity of others: donors, sponsors, volunteers.

Mission & Outcomes – providing free, genuinely personal help and support that eases the stress and burden of breast cancer.

Vision & Impact – changing breast cancer support so that quality care means access to genuinely personalized peer support, leading to a more confident, empowered life after breast cancer diagnosis.

We believe…

  • People affected by breast cancer – patients, family and friends – benefit from personalized, reliable informational and emotional support as a complement to appropriate medical care.
  • One-to-one support provided by people who have first-hand experience with similar breast cancer diagnosis, treatment history and similar life circumstances is a fundamental element of personalized support.
  • One-to-one support, which we call mentoring, is essential to building a life after diagnosis, leading to a more confident, empowered survivor. The best mentors are well trained and professionally supported.
  • It is important to respect the individual choices of those who turn to us for support. Confidentiality is critical to building trust.
  • Being responsive to the survivorship needs of mentors is a vital part of our work.
  • ABCD will take a leadership role in promoting the value of one-to-one support and establishing it as a standard element of care for all breast cancer patients.
  • ABCD is a credible resource for up-to-date information about breast cancer and a reliable conduit to other personalized support services.
  • Regardless of ethnic background, gender, religion, or sexual orientation or identification, everyone diagnosed with breast cancer, and their family and friends, has a right to ABCD’s help without cost.