The American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery program has helped people (female and male) cope with their breast cancer experience for more than 30 years. This experience begins when someone is faced with the possibility of a breast cancer diagnosis and continues throughout the entire period that breast cancer remains a personal concern.
When people first find out they have breast cancer, they may feel overwhelmed, vulnerable, and alone. While under this stress, many people must also learn about complex medical treatments and choose the best one. Talking with a specially trained Reach to Recovery volunteer at this time can give a measure of comfort. Volunteers are breast cancer survivors who give patients and family members an opportunity to express feelings, talk about fears and concerns, and ask questions of someone who is knowledgeable and has been in similar circumstances. Most importantly, Reach to Recovery volunteers offer understanding, support, and hope because they themselves have survived breast cancer.
How It Works - Through face-to-face visits or by phone, Reach to Recovery volunteers give support for:
-people recently diagnosed with breast cancer
-people facing a possible diagnosis of breast cancer
-those interested in or who have undergone a lumpectomy or mastectomy
-those considering breast reconstruction
-those who have lymphedema
-those who are undergoing or who have completed treatment such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy
-people facing breast cancer recurrence or metastasis (the spread of cancer to another part of the body)
For more information on how you can become a volunteer to a newly diagnosed breast cancer patient, or for more information about the program call your American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Orientation or Training
- Must be a breast cancer survivor.