Answers, hope and compassion from those who have lived through it and survived.
A diagnosis of breast cancer can be paralyzing. When first diagnosed, many women will feel lost and alone. Overwhelmed, they are usually unaware of their options; uncertain even of the questions they should be asking.
At the three Saint Thomas Health Centers for Breast Health, we understand what a breast cancer diagnosis means and have implemented comprehensive programs designed to treat the patient, not just the cancer. To help address the fears and concerns of women recently diagnosed with breast cancer or those facing a recurrence or receiving treatment, we have developed the Support of Survivors (SOS) program in partnership with the American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery program.
Through this unique partnership, and working in conjunction with our Nurse Navigator program, we match newly diagnosed breast cancer patients with specially trained breast cancer survivor volunteers. These volunteers are available for face-to-face visits or by phone to provide compassionate support from one who has been through it and survived. Our specially trained Reach to Recovery volunteers are available throughout the diagnosis and treatment to ensure that each patient’s concerns are addressed and that they are better informed and more empowered in their own care. As breast cancer survivors themselves, the volunteers offer hope and encouragement as one who has faced breast cancer and survived to lead productive lives.
To learn more about the SOS program call: 615.284.PINK (7465) or download our PDF.