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
2015 Dates: November 11 & December 9
2016 Dates: January 13, February 10, March 9, April 13, May 10, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, October 12, November 9 & December 14

“Beginning Your Breast Cancer Journey”
Helen F. Graham Cancer Center
4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road
East Building
Newark, DE
Postponed until further notice

To sign up for 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
2015 Dates: February 12, April 9, June 11, August 13, October 8, and December 10
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
2015 Dates: January 8, March 12, May 14, July 8, September 9 (instead of 10), and November 12
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
2015 dates: Jan 20, Feb 17, March 24 (rescheduled from the 17), April 28, May 19, June 16, July 21, Aug 18, Sept 15, Oct 20, Nov 17 and Dec 15.

“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)
2015 dates: Jan 15, Feb 19, March 19, April 16, May 21, June 18, July 16, Aug 20, Sept 17, Oct 15, Nov 19 and Dec 17.

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