Breast cancer is so much more than scans, biopsies, surgeries and treatment. Getting through it requires support that is reliable and consistent from people who know what it’s like to hear, “you have breast cancer.”
Today, supportive services, including peer support, are recognized by the medical community as an essential part of the breast cancer journey from diagnosis throughout life. The National Cancer Institute along with accrediting organizations and professional oncology associations now recommend cancer care providers emphasize both quantity and quality of life issues.
ABCD’s new Liaison Project is a key component of The Power of One-to-One Initiative. The project consists of advanced volunteer training for breast cancer survivors who, in collaboration with ABCD staff, become survivorship liaisons to healthcare organizations throughout Wisconsin.
Liaisons regularly meet with cancer care professionals and community health leaders to assure easy access for patients and loved ones to ABCD’s Support Center, resource assistance and our signature One-to-One peer support services. Liaisons are currently active in Southeast Wisconsin.
Thanks to a grant from the Wisconsin Cancer Control Program, in 2017 the project will expand into the state as well as allow ABCD to assess the effectiveness of the model in each community, customizing the approach on a region-by-region basis.