Metastatic breast cancer (MBC)
METAvivor raises awareness and funds research for metastatic breast cancer with support for three groups: People living with MBC (local support groups and events); MBC researchers; and anyone wanting to take action.
MBCN is a comprehensive resource for people with metastatic breast cancer, with information on MBC diagnosis, treatment, and clinical trials, plus difficult topics like financial assistance and end of life considerations.
MBC Alliance is a consortium of nonprofits that share common goals around MBC awareness, education, and research. If you have stage 4 breast cancer, consider participating in their MBC Connect initiative.
Other breast cancer stages and diagnoses
The Susan G. Komen organization is a breast cancer force to be reckoned with for awareness, patient support, and raising money. Everyone diagnosed with breast cancer should start here, and they offer a hotline if you prefer talking.
Breastcancer.org helps people make sense of their breast cancer diagnosis. The “day-to-day matters” section gives helpful tips on finances, medical records, talking to loved ones and more.
Anyone diagnosed under the age of 40 is considered a young survivor, including me, diagnosed at 39. YSC offers local and online networking groups and an annual conference solely for this community.
Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is a rare and aggressive form in which cancer cells block lymph vessels in the skin of the breast. This site has IBC patient resources, science-backed articles, and more helpful information and tools.
Triple negative is a form of breast cancer with none of the receptors (ER, PR, HER2) that give doctors and patients more treatment options. The TNBC Foundation website is a valuable resource, including multiple discussion forums.
ABCD offers free, customized, 1:1 support for breast cancer patients at any stage by matching them with a trained mentor/survivor with similar circumstances. Good also for people who want to give back by being a mentor.