Monday, October 14, 2013

Valuable Resources for Breast Cancer Patients, Friends and Family

You’ve received a breast cancer diagnosis, now what?

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with breast cancer it is easy to become confused and overwhelmed by the amount of information given. At the Ellie Fund, we always advise our patients to reach out to his or her care provider, patient navigator or social worker with any and all medical questions.  If you would like more information about how the Ellie Fund can help ease the effects of breast cancer on patients and their families, please visit us here or contact us here 

One amazing resource we would like to share with you today is Health Dialog! We are excited to partner with Health Dialog for our Do Good campaign this October. They have made their award winning breast cancer decision aid and links to the two Health Dialog Care Compass planning aids available here throughout the month.  

Health Dialog’s early stage breast cancer and breast reconstruction surgery decision aids help guide patients through all stages of the decision making process, from explaining how to read a pathology report to illustrating what a patient can expect from different types of surgeries. Health Dialog also offers planning aids for patients and families who are having needle or breast biopsies to prepare for what will happen before, during and after the procedures.  Patient-friendly explanations of medical terms, comparisons of treatment choices, photos, videos, diagrams, and a printable booklet enable patients to become active, engaged and informed as they make the medical decisions that are best for them.

“Facing a breast cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming,” said Robert Mandel, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Health Dialog. “At Health Dialog, we believe information is one of the best tools a patient can arm themselves with. All of our efforts in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month are in the interest of providing women and their families with access to resources which help them better understand their condition and treatment options so they can feel more confident when making critical decisions.”

For more information, visit

Please note, this is just one resource of many. If you have questions or would like additional support please contact the Ellie Fund and your care provider. Be sure to consult with your medical provider first on any questions, concerns or medical decisions you make. 

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