Breast Cancer Resources

Necessities offers the following Breast Cancer resources. This list is not intended to represent the only good books and organizations that deal with breast cancer surgery and recovery. If you have a suggestion to add to the list, please e-mail:



Diamonds in the Snow: Rescuing the Senses in the Aftermath of Breast Cancer

by Maureen Hogan Lutz (copyright 2010)
Written by the creator of the Necessities Bag, this book addresses the challenges of the aftermath and the benefits of sensory rejuvenation.

Healing Threads
Hospital gowns designed by sisters as a labor of love and a mission of hope.

Just Get Me Through This!

A Practical Guide to Coping with Breast Cancer
By Deborah A. Cohen and Robert M. Gelfand, M.D. (copyright 2000)

Intended for women with early-stage breast cancer, this book is full of useful information written in straight language with just the right amount of humor and inspiration. Included are “rules of the road” for anyone involved with a breast cancer patient.

Visiting Nurse Association of America
For patients needing care after they leave the hospital, locate a Visiting Nurse Association in your particular community by logging onto the site or calling the Boston office 617-737-3200.

After Breast Cancer

A Common Sense Guide to Life After Treatment
Hester Hill Schnipper, Oncology Social Worker (copyright 2003)

The author is both an experienced oncology social worker and a breast cancer survivor. Her book addresses a wide range of practical issues women face as they navigate the journey back to health.

National Lymphedema Network
Lymphedema is an accumulation of lymphatic fluid that can cause swelling the arm when lymph nodes have been removed. National Lymphedema Network has developed a comprehensive list of eighteen steps to prevent and control lymphedema.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer:

A Survivor’s Guide for When Treatment Ends and the Rest of Your Life Begins
by Maria Weiss, M.D. and Eileen Weiss (newly revised edition)

This is a big book (500 pages), filled with comprehensive medical information, practical advice, and the voices of other women who have lived through breast cancer surgery and treatment. It has an excellent index and extensive resource section.

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
This website offers some of the best information and resources for patients, as well as family and friends. Understanding lymphedema section is particularly helpful. Log on and in the upper right hand search box type: lymphedema.

Spinning Straw Into Gold

Your Emotional Recovery from Breast Cancer
Ronnie Kaye, Psychotherapist (copyright 1991)

Even though this book was written a while ago, it is still relevant when it comes to dealing with a big issue for breast cancer patients – fear of the unknown. Ronnie Kaye, a breast cancer survivor, uses real life scenarios, as well as encouraging stories from other women, to offer coping skills that help women regain some control in their lives.

Cancer Care
Cancer Care is a national non-profit organization that provides free professional support services to anyone affected by cancer, including family members. They maintain an extensive list of community-based resources and offer telephone workshops, online support groups through a toll free-hotline 1-800-813-HOPE (4673).

Thriving After Breast Cancer

Essential Healing Exercises for Body and Mind
By Sherry Lebed Davis with Stephanie Gunning (copyright 2002)

The months following breast cancer treatment can pose a host of physical challenges. Sherry Lebed Davis, a breast cancer survivor, developed a fun, rejuvenating regimen of stretches and dance moves that work to rehabilitate the body.

Breast Cancer Network of Strength (formerly Y-Me)
The mission of this Chicago-based national non-profit organization is to ensure through information, empowerment and peer support, that no one faces breast cancer alone. Network of Strength does not raise money for research; they support those who cannot wait for tomorrow’s cure.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is dedicated to increasing awareness of breast cancer issues, especially the importance of early detection. Log onto their website to learn how October became known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This non-profit organization strives to meet the cancer patient on the front line with the tools to manage and take control of breast cancer treatment and recovery process.

Learn to breathe deeply to reduce stress, relax sore muscles, stretch the body gently and appropriately to build the immune system; stimulate weight loss; lessen symptoms of depression; and increase overall flexibility and wellbeing.