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The Voice of People With Breast Cancer


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Giving Tuesday: The Impact of Your Donations

Tomorrow, November 29th is Giving Tuesday, the world’s largest generosity movement. Created in 2012, it was a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Make someone smile, help a neighbour or a stranger, show up for an issue you care about, or give some of what you have to those in need. Giving Tuesday is a time when people come together to celebrate giving and participate in activities that support charities and non-profits; to thank, help, give, show kindness, and share with others. Donations made to CBCN help us fulfill these needs for people dealing with breast cancer, their loved ones, and caregivers.

We’d like to show you some of the ways your donations have helped us provide resources and support to breast cancer patients and their families this past year.

Patient Magazines
Our magazines have credible and easy-to-understand information along with patient and physician perspectives to arm you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions about your health. This year we released two new magazines. Living in the Now, Looking to the Future: mBC & Clinical Trials, which breaks down what clinical trial are, some common myths about clinical trials, as well as personal patient stories. Tips, Advice, and Guidance for the Newly and Recently Diagnosed has information about common questions new breast cancer patients often have, methods to manage the changes in your life, and supportive articles written by breast cancer patients with lived experience on what to expect.

Breast Cancer Connection is CBCN’s informative, conversation-based podcast. Designed for patients and caregivers alike, Breast Cancer Connection breaks down complex terms and topics through meaningful discussion with expert voices. It provides helpful information, resources, and authentic stories for those impacted by breast cancer. Our new episodes released in October explored topics such as understanding genetic testing in breast cancer, navigating barriers and challenges in breast cancer care, and breaking down the myths and science of clinical trials.

Print and Digital Resources
CBCN’s recently updated seventh edition of Breast Cancer and You: A guide for people living with breast cancer is aimed to work as a handbook that can be used by you and your healthcare team as a personal resource. It includes useful information on breast cancer staging, diagnostic tests, recommended treatments for each cancer stage, possible side effects of treatment and their management, breast reconstruction options, and more.

Navigational Tools
Financial Navigator can help individuals find sources of financial assistance to offset the financial burden of a cancer diagnosis. We link to programs at the national, provincial, and locallevel that either provide income support or in-kind services to help ease the impact this disease can have on a patient’s everyday life.

MedSearch helps patients and caregivers easily find information about what breast cancer drugs are publicly funded in each province and territory across Canada, including their status within the drug approval process, and which drugs have patient support programs.

Surgery Guide was designed to help navigate through the various surgery and post-surgery options at your own pace in the comfort of your own home and provide the information that is needed in order to make informed decisions with your doctor.

We invite you to consider making a donation to help us continue our mission in providing timely and credible resources to breast cancer patients, their caregivers, and their families. Many companies have donation matching campaigns for their employees, so it’s always worthwhile to check if your employee offers this if you plan on making a donation; this way, your donation can really go the extra mile.