Content of Services


  • Emotional support

  • “Keys to Survivorship” educational programs on fatigue, insurance, employment, and self-care

  • Caregiver information

Leukemia and lymphoma survivors, family, and caregivers

  • Emotional support

  • Group focusing specifically on mental challenges

  • Thyroid cancer information

Thyroid cancer survivors and caregivers

Community-Based Support Targeted to Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups

A number of psychosocial support programs are targeted to members of racial and ethnic minority groups. Nueva Vida, a program to meet the needs of Hispanic women in the District of Columbia, was established in 1996 and offers support groups, crisis intervention, and peer support to breast cancer survivors (Nueva Vida, 2005a). Because many women served are poor, uninsured, and speak Spanish, Nueva Vida provides “patient navigation” services to help women make appointments and get appropriate follow-up care, assistance with health insurance applications and claim translation, and social supports (assistance with transportation, babysitting). Support groups focus on stress reduction, education (e.g., nutrition), and the implications of cancer for families. Nueva Vida maintains a national psychosocial support resource directory for Hispanic women with breast cancer; the directory includes programs in 20 states (Nueva Vida, 2005b). The most pressing needs of Hispanic women identified by programs surveyed thus far are related to poor access to health care, information, and psychosocial support, and difficulties navigating the health care system.

Sisters Network, Inc., was founded in 1993 to address the needs of African-American women with breast cancer (Sisters Network, Inc., 2005). The only national African-American breast cancer survivors’ organization

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