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Recently Diagnosed: Overview

Recently Diagnosed: Overview

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.

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, find information here about programs and services the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition can offer you.

The Next Step in your Journey

If you are recently diagnosed, we encourage you to come to one of our Beginning Your Pink Ribbon Journey groups and learn more here!

Our Peer Mentor Support program can match you with a survivor who has faced a similar diagnosis, treatment or recovery. Our Peer Mentor Program Coordinators can speak with you about your specific needs, answer your questions about breast cancer, and provide many resources as you being your journey.

If you are women diagnosed with breast cancer in your 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, you may be interested in learning more about our Young Survivors in Action (YSIA) program.

If a Loved One is Diagnosed

A diagnosis of breast cancer can be devastating with intense emotions. Your loved one or friend may have feelings that range from fear, anger, and frustration to vulnerability, depression and helplessness. These emotions are normal. Your loved one has been forced to confront the possible loss or change of a breast, the fear of losing her feminine image, or in the case of male breast cancer, his masculinity, their health, and even their life. It is important that you understand what they may be thinking and feeling.

Suggestions on how to help:

    Provide Practical support:

    • Go with them to doctors’ appointments
    • Coordinate rides to treatment
    • Cook or arrange meal delivery
    • Take care of the children
    • Do the grocery shopping
    • Help with cleaning the house
    • Do the laundry
    • Water the plants
    • Mow the grass
    • Screen telephone calls
    • Handle insurance needs
    • Help care for pets
    • Drive car pool
    • Keep a list of phone calls, gifts, flowers and meals


    Provide emotional support:

    • Provide moral support
    • Be a good listener
    • Give lots of hugs
    • Openly share your feelings
    • Be there for them
    • Continue to provide support after treatment is over
    • Respect their need for privacy



New Castle County: Lois Wilkinson at (302) 468-4812
Kent County: Lois Wilkinson (302) 672-6435
Sussex County: Connie Holdridge (302) 542-3450
Young Survivors: Amanda Perdue (302) 672-6435 x 1005

Financial Assistance:

    • DE resident
    • In active treatment for breast cancer
    • Experiencing extreme financial hardship

Resources for Partners/Spouses


Resources for Children

Resources On-Line

  • Circus of Cancer (circusofcancer.org) - website from Kelly Corrigan, author of The Middle Place , has an excellent section on ways to help a friend or family member with cancer.


New Castle County Application Made possible through a grant from Incyte
Kent County Application Made possible through a grant from the Potter Trust of the CenDel Foundation
Sussex County Application Made possible through a grant from Incyte

Please print and complete the application and mail it to: Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition Attn: Lois Wilkinson 165 Commerce Way, Suite 2 Dover, Delaware 19904 For additional questions or concerns, please contact Lois Wilkinson at 302-672-6435.

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.

The Frequently Asked Questions section can provide you with questions to take back to your health care team to help you further understand your diagnosis and treatment options.

You’ll also find information about our Clinical Trials Mentoring Initiative, online resources, books and videos.