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American Institute for Cancer Research

AICR's Foods that Fight Cancer

American Institute for Cancer Research

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AICR put together a list of foods that fight cancer and foods to limit or avoid. Also included are healthy recipes you have to try out!

Sy's Fund

Financial Assistance

Sy's Fund

11/1/21

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Sy's Fund is here to help young cancer patients ages 18-29 by funding their creative passions and hobbies. They also provide funding for complementary massage therapy and acupuncture. Download the application here!

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Having Children After Breast Cancer

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

10/24/21

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Get answers on common fertility questions and concerns for young women with breast cancer. Is it safe for me to become pregnant after breast cancer? Is it safe for my future child if I become pregnant after breast cancer? Click here & learn more.

National Cancer Institution

Phases of Clinical Trials

National Cancer Institution

10/18/21

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Learn about clinical trial phases that occur during a clinical trial through this quick read and short video.

Clara

Clinical Studies

Clara

10/18/21

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Find and access new study treatments from anywhere with live 24/7 guidance to virtually support all you need to connect with clinical studies that fit you.

Lazarex Cancer Foundation

Looking for Help

Lazarex Cancer Foundation

10/12/21

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Lazarex will help you cover costs associated with participating in a clinical trial including transporation, lodging, and certain medical expenses not covered by insurance that is needed for clinical trial treatment.

Research Advocacy Network

Online Course: Basics for Research Advocacy

Research Advocacy Network

10/12/21

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This is a free online course for advocates that want to better understand how to become more involved in research advocacy. With background on cancer research, cancer clinical trails, and protections for research participants.

National Breast Cancer Foundation

Chemo Messages: A Trusted Companion During Treatment

National Breast Cancer Foundation

10/12/21

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The NBCF has created a trusted companion to support you during chemotherapy. Submit your information through this link to receive free messages of reassurance, videos from survivors, and other helpful resources straight to your inbox!

National Comprehensive Cancer Network

NCCN COVID-19 Vaccination Guide for People With Cancer

National Comprehensive Cancer Network

10/12/21

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Many people with cancer have weakened immune systems and are more vulnerable to COVID-19. NCCN answers who should get vaccinated, who should wait, and why?

Young Survival Coalition

The Fine Print 2: Your COVID Vaccine questions answered

Young Survival Coalition

9/26/21

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Join YSC for a run through of the latest information for young adults affected by breast cancer and the COVID-19 vaccines. This webinar was held on March 25th, 2021 and requires viewers to register to watch.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer

Reading for Reassurance: Free Books for Kids

Living Beyond Breast Cancer

9/26/21

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If you've been diagnosed with breast cancer in the last 6 months, and have children between 4-17 years old, they will ship you 1-2 age appropriate books to help facilitate the conversation about cancer. They also list a summary of recommended books.

Inheritance of Hope

Hope@Home Application

Inheritance of Hope

9/26/21

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Fill out this application to be considered for the Hope@Home weekend to provide your family with the opportuntity to enjoy hope-inspiring resources and relationships with other families in similar circumstances.

Wonders & Worries

Planning for Conversations with Children

Wonders & Worries

9/26/21

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View this article for professional tips on planning and explaining a cancer diagnosis conversion with your child. It provides examples on how to start the conversation, child-friendly terms, and ideas of what to cover in the conversation.

Triage Cancer

Adulting 101

Triage Cancer

9/26/21

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This webinar will covers topics dealing with finances, compiling an adequate insurance portfolio (life, health, disability, etc.), filing taxes, & creating an estate plan.

Family Reach

Financial Management

Family Reach

9/26/21

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Scroll down to "Financial Education" for links to "Financial Guidebook for Young Adult Cancer" and "Financial Guidebook for Adult Cancer".

Youth Survival Coalition

Flat Affect: Conversations with Top Docs

Youth Survival Coalition

9/26/21

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Join a conversation with top doctors to explore the debate of a reconstruction following mastectomy, how to discuss your options with your healhcare team and be your own reconstruction advocate

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Side Effects from Breast Cancer Treatment

Johns Hopkins Medicine

9/19/21

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Have a look at the list of long-term and late side effects and short videos of specialists at Johns Hopkins Healthcare explaining the side effects through this website.

Susan G. Komen

Short-Term Side Effects of Chemotherapy

Susan G. Komen

9/19/21

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Komen.org has compiled details on common short-term effects of chemotherapy, and also introduced several ways to cope with each side effect. Take a look at this article to see if any of the methods introduced can be employed as a possible solution!

CancerCare

CancerCare Online Caregiver Support Group

CancerCare

8/31/21

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15-week online support group for people caring for a spouse or partner with cancer. In this group led by an oncology social worker, people can share their personal experiences, ways of coping and helpful resources. Started on June 1, 2021.

Young Survival Coalition

Cancer and Your Career

Young Survival Coalition

8/31/21

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Finding normalcy through work after diagnosis and treatment can help you to move forward.

American Cancer Society

Follow up Care After Breast Cancer Treatment

American Cancer Society

8/31/21

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After breast cancer treatment, it is important to go to follow-up appointments.

komen.org

Medical Care After Treatment

komen.org

8/31/21

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If you are unsure about what to do after your treatment, check this out to understand the goals of follow-up visits and recommended medical cares.

Susan G. Komen

Radiation Therapy

Susan G. Komen

8/31/21

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Susan G. Komen goes through the process of radiation therapy, along with emerging areas and side effects that take place.

American Cancer Society

Radiation for Breast Cancer

American Cancer Society

8/31/21

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American Cancer Society explains Radiation for breast cancer and how it is used in several situations.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer

Ask the Expert: Radiation Therapy

Living Beyond Breast Cancer

8/31/21

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Doctor Nicole Simone MD, a radiation director answers frequently asked questions on radiation therapy and breast cancer.

Cancer Research Institute

Cancer and the Immune System: The Vital Connection

Cancer Research Institute

8/31/21

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This ebook will give a basic understanding of cancer biology, how our immune system works, and the rang of rapidly developing treatments that fall into the category of immunotherapies as well as definitions for the terminology of immuno-oncology.

American Cancer Society

Immunotherapy for Breast Cancer

American Cancer Society

8/31/21

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American Cancer Society breaks down immunotherapy for breast cancer and immune checkpoint inhibitor drugs.

Cleveland Clinic

A Breakdown of Immunotherapy

Cleveland Clinic

8/31/21

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The Cleveland Clinic breaks down Immunotherapy cancer treatment, providing an overview, and information on procedure, risks, and recovery.

Susan G. Komen

Long-Term Side Effects of Chemotherapy

Susan G. Komen

8/30/21

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Komen.org has compiled details on common and rare long term effects of chemotherapy, and also introduced several ways to cope with each effect. Check this out to see if any of the methods introduced can be employed as your solution!

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Breast Cancer Treatment

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

8/30/21

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Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) will help you to understand all your breast cancer surgery options so you can decide on an individualized treatment plan tailored to you and your needs.

Mayo Clinic

About: Breast Cancer Surgery

Mayo Clinic

8/30/21

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Mayo Clinic has posted an overview of Breast Cancer Surgery, risks, why it is done, and how to prepare as well as helpful links and tips!

American Cancer Society

How is Chemotherapy Used to Treat Cancer?

American Cancer Society

8/30/21

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American Cancer Society explains how there are different types of treatment and how some may work better for others.

Susan G. Komen

Questions to Ask Your Doctor: Chemotherapy and Side Effects

Susan G. Komen

8/30/21

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Being uncertain about chemotherapy and its side effects? Download this pdf of the list of questions to ask your doctor for you to understand the need of chemotherapy and prepare yourself for its side effects.

American Cancer Society

COVID-19 Vaccines in People with Cancer

American Cancer Society

8/30/21

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American Cancer Society breaks down frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine in cancer patients. Learn about vaccine types and side effects today.

West Essex Academy

Coronavirus Anxiety

West Essex Academy

8/30/21

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This Wellness Society created this free course to help you build resilience during difficult time. This course will explore what stress and anxiety are, as well as introducing you to several tools for dealing with axiety and methods for preventing and reducing physical anxiety symptoms.

American Cancer Society

Common Questions About the COVID-19 Outbreak

American Cancer Society

8/30/21

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This article is written and reviewed regularly by the ACS medical content and news staff in order to answer common questions regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

BCRF

COVID-19 and Breast Cancer: Resources for Patients During the Coronavirus Crisis

BCRF

8/30/21

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As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds around the world, cancer patients have a special set of concerns: is the vaccine safe? Should I continue my cancer treatment? BCRF researcher weigh in on common questions.

Susan G. Komen

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Breast Cancer

Susan G. Komen

8/30/21

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This page has information about COVID-19 for people with breast cancer and their families. It contains essential information regarding the coronavirus.

Breast Cancer Organization

COVID-19's Impact on Breast Cancer Care

Breast Cancer Organization

8/30/21

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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected screening, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care for breast cancer patients. This article gathers the most important info you need to know about the impact that the coronavirus has had on breast cancer care.

Susan G. Komen

Sexuality and Intimacy

Susan G. Komen

8/30/21

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If you are struggling with issues affecting your sexuality, here are some methods offered by komen.org to cope with your struggles.

breastcancer.org

Breast Cancer Treatment Common Severe Side Effects

breastcancer.org

8/30/21

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Breastcancer.org has compiled information on many patients' experiences with treatment side effects. Get an idea on what to expect, and if you feel like digging deeper, how side effects can be managed!

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

About Herbs Database

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

8/29/21

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A pharmacist and botanicals expert manages and continually updates the database with assistance from other MSK Integrative Medicine Service experts to provide objective and evidence-based information about herbs and supplements.

breastcancer.org

What Doctors and Patients Say about Complementary Medicine

breastcancer.org

8/29/21

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How do complementary therapies really work? In this page, breastcancer.org thoughtfully compiled testimonials from experts and patients regarding their experiences with complementary therapies.

Healthline

Treatment Options for Breast Cancer

Healthline

8/29/21

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There is a wide variety of complementary therapy options out there. In this article, Healthline gives an in-depth description of the benefits of the many different types of additional therapies.

Bio Med Central

Benefits of Complementary Therapies

Bio Med Central

8/29/21

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Many patients find complementary therapies to be an appealing addition to conventional cancer treatment. In this article, Bio Med Central summarizes the ways complementary therapies should be used to best reap their benefits.

breastcancer.org

Aromatherapy

breastcancer.org

8/29/21

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Complementary therapies can help to ease side effects of cancer treatment. In addition to other therapies, breastcancer.org has developed instructions on how you can get started with aromatherapy, at home!

American Cancer Society

Shopping List: Basic Ingredients for a Healthy Kitchen

American Cancer Society

8/29/21

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American Cancer Society has listed their recommendation on healthy foods to purchace, organized by category. Ready to go shopping with this list in your hand?

Susan G Komen

Diet and Breast Cancer

Susan G Komen

8/29/21

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This article by Susan G. Komen coherently lays out the good and bad foods to eat while developing a survivor diet. In their words, everyone can benefit from a healthy lifestyle!

Stanford Healthcare

What You Should Know about Nutrition and Healthcare

Stanford Healthcare

8/29/21

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Stanford Healthcare has created a simple, example-filled guide on developing the ideal diet for a breast cancer patient

Cancer Rehab and Integrative Medicine/ Moving Beyond Cancer Collaborative

Excercise and Wellness Classes

Cancer Rehab and Integrative Medicine/ Moving Beyond Cancer Collaborative

8/29/21

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Join a multitude of live, online excercise classes for a small fee or view free survivor targeted workout videos such as yoga, pilates, and more!

Hawaii Pacific Health

WEBINAR - We're Here To Keep You Healthier: Staying Active and Healthy

Hawaii Pacific Health

8/29/21

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In this webinar, Hawaii Pacific Health will discuss incorporating physical activity into your daily routine, setting reasonable goals, and best practices to train for virtual community events and races in a safe manner!

Dana Farber Cancer Institue

Tips for Exercising During and After Cancer Treatment

Dana Farber Cancer Institue

8/29/21

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How can cancer patients stay active during treatment? Which exercises are best for cancer survivors? Dana-Farber exercise physiologist Nancy Campbell, MS, discusses tips for staying active during and after cancer treatment.

National Cancer Institute

For Women with Breast Cancer, Regular Exercise May Improve Survival

National Cancer Institute

8/29/21

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A new study adds to existing evidence linking physical activity with longer survival in women diagnosed with high-risk cancer.

Breast Cancer Answers

6 Exercises for Breast Cancer Survivors

Breast Cancer Answers

8/29/21

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Exercise can give you a sense of control while helping you recover post breast cancer. Here are 6 simple exercises that all breast cancer survivors can perform at home.

American Cancer Society

American Cancer Society Guideline for Diet and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention

American Cancer Society

8/29/21

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Cancer is the second leading cause of death in both men and women in the US. For most Americans who do not use tobacco, the most important cancer risk factors that can be changed are body weight, diet, and physical activity.

American Cancer Society

Exercises After Breast Cancer Surgery

American Cancer Society

8/29/21

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With assistance from the Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, ACS has developed a regime to help restore movement post surgery.

Surviving Breast Cancer

Thursday Night Thrivers Meeting

Surviving Breast Cancer

8/19/21

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Meet up with thrivers who just "get it"! Surviving Breast Cancer's meetings have an open door policy and a "come as you are" attitude to share your story and listen to others!

Breast Cancer Now

Your Mental Health Toolkit

Breast Cancer Now

8/19/21

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Being diagnosed with breast cancer and having treatment can put pressure on your mental health. The mental health toolkit is here to provide tips, information, and support!

Pink Ribbon

11 Inspiring Mantras from Our Patients and Caregivers

Pink Ribbon

8/19/21

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When you're dealing with cancer it can be hard to stay focused and cope day after day. But for many patients and caregivers, having a mantra can help. The best mantras are the ones that truly speak to you.

AAAS

Mindfulness Meditation Reduces Symptoms of Depression in Younger Breast Cancer Survivors

AAAS

8/19/21

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New UCLA-led research shows that behavioral interventions -- mindfulness meditation and survivorship education classes -- are effective in reducing depressive symptoms in younger breast cancer survivors.

American Institue for Cancer Research

How Mindfulness Meditation Can Help Cancer Survivors Cope with Stress

American Institue for Cancer Research

8/19/21

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The stress and uncertainty that comes with the pandemic can take a toll on many people. However, there are many accessible coping strategies to partake in during the pandemic. One is meditation which can easibly be praciced wherever you are.

familydoctor

Mental Health: Keeping Your Emotional Health

familydoctor

8/19/21

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Being emotionally healthy doesn't mean you're happy all the time, it means you're aware of your emotions. Emotionally healthy people still feel stress, anger, and sadness but they know how to manager their negative feelings.

The Samfund

Parenting with Cancer: Advice from Survivors

The Samfund

8/19/21

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The Samfund has brought together Survivors with varying cancer diagnoses together to share tips and stories about parenting with Cancer.

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Parents with Cancer: Tips for Talking to Kids

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

8/19/21

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View the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry's quick tips on talking to kids about a new diagnosis, understanding your child's mood and behavior, as well as self care tips for yourself.

National Cancer Institute

"When Your Parent Has Cancer" - A guide for teens

National Cancer Institute

8/19/21

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The National Cancer Institute has provided a detailled breakdown for kids to help support a parent or relative diagnosed with cancer. The booklet helps understand the diagnosis, how to best support the survivor, and more.

Johns Hopkins Medical Center

A Parent's Guide: Special Resources to Assist Families Going Through Cancer

Johns Hopkins Medical Center

8/19/21

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Johns Hopkins Medical Center has put together a special resources guide for parents! It detales parental advice, ways to help kids cope, and a collection of other resources for both the kids, and the parent

Family Reach

Financial Assistance

Family Reach

10/17/21

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Applicants with a cancer diagnosis who are in active cancer treatment may apply to be qualified for emergency financial funding. This grant will help applicants cover non-medical expenses.

DONNA CareLine at Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF)

Financial Assistance

DONNA CareLine at Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF)

10/17/21

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Provides financial assistance and support. Reopen from January 4, 2021.

American Cancer Society

Free Neighbor Island Flights

American Cancer Society

8/19/21

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Provides free flights for every patient who needs to travel inter-island for medical treatment. Call (800) 227-2345 at least 3 business days before the day you want to fly (not counting the flight date) to sign up and have an eligibility check.

Pink Aid

Financial Assistance

Pink Aid

10/17/21

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Provides emergency financial assistance for applicants who are in breast cancer treatment. Qualified applicants will receive up to $500 during a 12 month period to help pay for non-medical household expenses.

National Cancer Assistance Foundation (NATCAF)

Financial Assistance

National Cancer Assistance Foundation (NATCAF)

10/17/21

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Offers fund based on your income through Breast Cancer Assistance Fund from NATCAF. Download, complete, and submit the forms (pdf) and mail them to the address found on the form. Make sure that you meet the guidelines listed on the 1st page.

The Pink Fund

Financial Assistance

The Pink Fund

10/17/21

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Helps pay cost-of-living bills so patients can have peace of mind during treatment and recovery. Assistance is available for qualified applicants undergoing active treatment of breast cancer via direct bill payments over the course of three months.

Susan G. Komen

Treatment Assistance Program

Susan G. Komen

10/17/21

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Offers a Komen Treatment Assistance Program to eligible individuals needing financial support. The small grant cycle is ongoing and helps pay treatment related expenses

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