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Resources

The following are among the best breast cancer resources. While there are many others, these will provide a solid foundation for further research and support. 

Websites

High Risk Web Sites

  • www.facingourrisk.org
    Force is a non-profit organization designed for women at risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. They have support groups specific to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. The website is full of educational information and links to other valuable websites, books, and DVD’s
  • www.bebrightpink.org
    Be bright pink is a unique resource providing support to young women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. They arm young women with knowledge, options and a great attitude, and offer companionship and empathy during their journey. They empower them to take control of their breast and ovarian health and in turn, grant them the freedom and peace of mind to live a beautiful and fulfilling life.

Other Web Sites

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High Risk Books

  • Pretty is What Changes: Impossible Choices, The Breast Cancer Gene, and How I Defied My Destiny. Jessica Queller
  • Ovarian Cancer Risk-Reducing Surgery: A Decision Making Tool. Fox Chase Cancer Center. Call for a free copy: 1-800-325-4141

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Books for Patients and Caregivers

  • Art.Rage.Us: Art and Writing by Women With Breast Cancer
  • Hirshaut, Yahsar, and Peter Pressman, Breast Cancer: The Complete Guide
  • Kaye, Ronnie, Spinning Straw into Gold: Your Emotional Recovery from Breast Cancer
  • Link, John, The Breast Cancer Survival Manual: A Step-By-Step Guide for the Woman With Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer
  • Link, John, Take Charge of Your Breast Cancer: A Guide to Getting the Best Possible Treatment
  • Lucas, Geralyn, Why I Wore Lipstick To My Mastectomy
  • Love, Susan M., Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book
  • McCarthy, Peggy (editor), Breast Cancer?: Let Me Check My Schedule!
  • Porter, Margit Esser, Hope Is Contagious: The Breast Cancer Treatment Survival Handbook
  • Silver, Marc, Breast Cancer Husband
  • Shockney, Lillie, Breast Cancer Survivors' Club: A Nurse's Experience
  • Simonton, O. Carl, The Healing Journey
  • Lange, Vladimir, Be a Survivor: Your Guide to Breast Cancer Treatment

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Books for Children and Parents

Books that explain to children and teens what is happening These books are read by the parent to the child. An older child can read it alone. They encourage questions and discussion.

  • Clifford, Christine, Our Family Has Cancer Too! Appropriate for ages 3 to 16.
  • Gillie, Oliver, Cancer. Appropriate for a child who wants, "Just the facts."
  • Numeroff, Laura Joffe, The Hope Tree: Kids Talk about Breast Cancer. Appropriate for pre-teens.
  • Pennebaker, Ruth, Both Sides Now. Appropriate for teens.
  • Russell, Neil, Can I Still Kiss You? Answering Your Children's Questions about Cancer. Appropriate for preteens and above.
  • Strauss, Linda Leopold, What About Me? A Booklet for Teenage Children of Cancer Patients.

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Storybooks

These books tell stories of a child's experience with their parent having cancer. Each book has the child talking about their feelings, questions, and fears.

  • Blake, Claire, The Paper Chain. Appropriate ages 4-10.
  • Frahm, Amelia, Tickles Tabitha's Cancer-Tankerous Mommy. Appropriate ages 4-12.
  • Goodman,Michelle B., Vanishing Cookies: Doing Ok When a Parent Has Cancer.
  • Harpham, Wendy Schlessel, Becky and the Worry Cup. Appropriate for ages 4-15.
  • Kidscope, Inc., Kemo Shark. Also available in Spanish. Appropriate for ages 3 to 12.
  • Kohlenberg, Sherry, Sammy's Mommy Has Cancer. Appropriate for very young children.
  • Numeroff, Laura and Harpham, Wendy S., Kids Talk, Kids Speak Out About Breast Cancer. Appropriate for ages 3 to 10.
  • Parkinson, Carolyn Sterns, My Mommy Has Cancer. Appropriate for young children.
  • Sherkin-Longen, Ferne, When Mommy is Sick. Appropriate for young children.
  • Speltz, Ann and Sternberg, Kate, The Year My Mother Was Bald. Appropriate for ages 9-12
  • Watters, Debbie, Where's Mom's Hair? A Family Journey through Cancer. Appropriate for ages 6-12
  • Winthrop, Elizabeth, Promises. Appropriate for very young children.
  • Yaffe, Risa S., Once Upon a Hopeful Night. Appropriate for ages 3 to 10

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Workbooks and coloring books

Young children can draw in these books. They can write about their feelings and express how they see the world around them.

  • Heegaard, Marge, When Someone Has a Very Serious Illness. Appropriate for ages 4 to 13.
  • High, Ganz, Life Isn't Always a Day at the Beach. Appropriate for ages 4 to 13.
  • Schmidt, Rebecca, My Book about Cancer. Appropriate for ages 3 to 8.

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Young Adult Books

Gellman, Marc and Hartman, Monsignor Thomas, Lost and Found: A Kid's Book for Living through Loss. Appropriate for ages 8 and up.

  • Grover, Lorie Ann, Loose Threads. Appropriate for teens.
  • Hipp, Earl, Help for the Hard Times: Getting Through Loss. Appropriate for ages 12 and up.
  • Stone, Miriam, At the End of Words. Appropriate for older teens or their parents

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For Parents

  • Bromberg, J.,We Can Cope: Helping Parents Help Children when a Parent Has Cancer.
  • Harpham, Wendy, When a Parent Has Cancer: A Guide to Caring for Your Children.
  • Heiney, Sue, Cancer in the Family, Helping Children Cope with a Parent's Illness.
  • McCue, Kathleen, How to Help Children Through a Parent's Serious Illness.
  • Rauch, Paula and Muriel, Anna, Raising An Emotionally Healthy Child When A Parent Is Sick.
  • The Dougy Center, 35 Ways to Help a Grieving Child.

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National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)

The St. John Providence Breast Care Program is fully accredited by the American College of Surgeons. Our Breast Care Program was first accredited in 2009 and was just reaccredited in 2012. We are one of just nine programs in Michigan accredited through the NAPBC.

BECAUSE WE CARE

The St. John Providence Health System Breast Care Program is here for you. If you are a woman under or uninsured and need a mammogram we may be able to help. Call our Cancer Care Coordinators for more information at 1-866-246-4673.

Our position on the importance of mammography

St. John Providence Health System Breast Care Program is strongly opposed to the new recommendations from the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF). Our breast program will continue to follow the guidelines set forth by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the American Cancer Society (ACS).