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Facing a cancer diagnosis can be traumatic, and making treatment decisions can be challenging, including whether or not to participate in a clinical trial. Many women in your situation find it helpful to speak with someone who has already gone through this experience. The Breast Cancer Network of Strength (formerly Y-ME) was founded in 1978 to provide peer-to-peer support to meet the needs of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. They run a 24-hour, 7-days-a-week hotline (800-221-2141) staffed by trained and certified breast cancer survivors to provide emotional support, information and help people affected by breast cancer. Spanish and English counselors are available to answer calls at all times, and interpreters are available for callers who are not English or Spanish speakers. This service is available to anyone at any time, even if you do not join the I-SPY 2 TRIAL.

Are you already participating in the I-SPY 2 TRIAL?

If you are already participating in the I-SPY 2 TRIAL, you can talk to a Breast Cancer Network of Strength counselor (800-221-2141). The counselor can help you talk about the emotions you are feeling in your diagnosis and treatment, identify questions you have for your doctors and help answer questions about I-SPY 2 study procedures.

Is there local support for breast cancer patients?

In addition to the Breast Cancer Network of Strength counselors, there may be other services offered to breast cancer patients at your local clinic. These services may include help with financial issues related to treatment, transportation issues, emotional stress and peer support groups.

To find out more about the services available in your area, visit trial site clinics.