Suggestions for those Recently Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

  • Think positively, seek emotional support, and care for yourself in the process
  • Become familiar with the medical terminology
  • Get a second opinion from another physician
  • Make a list of questions for your medical team and insurance company
  • Research your diagnosis, treatment plan, other treatment options, and possible side effects - DBCC can send you resources to help make informed decisions
  • Take someone with you to your appointments to provide emotional support and take notes
  • Ask questions about your diagnosis, test results, and treatment plan
  • Ask about clinical trials and decide if it's right for you to participate in one (or more)
  • Find out about what your health insurance covers - and doesn't cover
  • Find someone to talk to about your concerns - DBCC can connect you with a breast cancer survivor as a peer mentor
  • Seek advice on how to talk to your spouse/partner, family, children, co-workers and friends
  • Accept help from others - whether it's preparing meals, mowing the lawn, doing housework, or listening to your concerns
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Beginning Your Journey

A diagnosis of breast cancer can be overwhelming for women. DBCC wants to ease their journey by sharing information about the resources that are available to them. They may have questions about their treatment, financial concerns, transportation issues with getting to treatment, or they may need the support of a counselor to help them deal with the emotional side of facing breast cancer.

The “Beginning Your Journey” programs helps connect women with local resources and professional staff at the area’s cancer centers to address their concerns and get the support they need. The programs will be offered monthly, in each county, in partnership with a local hospital.

In New Castle County:

A Breast Cancer Conversation
St Joseph’s Catholic Church
Price Hall
115 Cleaver Farm Road
Middletown, DE 19709
Time: 6:00 -7:30 PM
2016 Dates: January 13, February 10, March 9, April 13, May 10, June 8, no dates in July or August, September 14, October 12, November 9 & December 14

To sign up for A Breast Cancer Conversation at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, please contact Lois Wilkinson at (302) 672-6435.

To sign up for other programs in New Castle County, contact Cathy Holloway at (302) 778-1102 x1022.

In Kent County:

“Beginning Your Pink Ribbon Journey”
Bayhealth Cancer Center at Kent General
640 S. State Street
Dover, DE 19901
Time: 5:00pm - 6:30 pm
2016 Dates: Feb. 11, Apr. 14, June 9, Aug. 11, Oct. 13, and Dec. 8.
Second Thursday of the month, every other month (alternates with Bayhealth at Milford)

“Beginning Your Pink Ribbon Journey”
Bayhealth Cancer Center at Milford
21 West Clarke Avenue
Milford, DE 19963
Time: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
2016 Dates: Jan. 14, March 10, May 12, 2016, July 14, Sept. 8, and Nov. 10
Second Thursday of the month, every other month (alternates with Bayhealth at Kent)

To sign up for programs in Kent County, contact Lois Wilkinson at (302) 672-6435.

In Sussex County:

“Navigating the Journey: Providing valuable information & resources to those newly diagnosed with Breast Cancer”
Tunnell Center Center
18947 John J Williams Hwy,
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Third Tuesday of each month
2016 dates: January 19, February 16, March 3/22 (updated for March from 3/15 to 3/22), April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15, and December 20.

“Beginning Your Pink Ribbon Journey”
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Cancer Center
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE 19973
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Third Thursday of each month (except Feb. class)
2016 dates: January 21, February 18, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 23 (instead of 16), July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17, and December 15.

“Continuing the Conversation”
Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition Lewes Office
16529 Coastal Highway
Suite 116, (route 1)
Lewes, DE 19958
Time: 4:00 pm
Fourth Thursday of the month
2016 dates: Sept 22, Oct 27, and Dec 22. No classes held in November.

To sign up for programs in Sussex County, contact Connie Holdridge at (302) 644-6844.