Family and Friends

If you are a partner, child, caregiver, friend or anyone who cares for a young woman battling breast cancer, you probably are a little unsure how you can best help her and vice versa especially when it comes to partners and children. Don’t worry, these resources can help. And be sure to look over this website, especially the Relationships section, for advice.

National Resources

American Cancer Society - Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer

This series of guides offers extensive information on helping children understand and deal with a family member's cancer.

American Cancer Society - Caregiver Support

A cancer diagnosis affects close friends and family too. Find out what to expect as a caregiver for a person with cancer, and get tips for making sure that you take care of yourself as well.


This social network allows uses to create free websites to keep family and friends updated during a health event. The website also provides a calendar, the SupportPlanner, where caregivers can coordinate and organize tasks.

Children's Treehouse Foundation

The Children's Treehouse Foundation trains cancer hospitals and centers to provide a support group program for the young children of parents with cancer. They provide two training books for parents and children coping with a parent's cancer diagnosis, which can be purchased online for use at home.

Emily McDowell Studio

"What to say when you don't know what to say" empathy cards designed by a cancer survivor. Order or find them nearby.

Kids Konnected

Kids Konnected provides friendship, understanding, education and support for kids and teens who have a parent with cancer or have lost a parent with cancer. They provide kids and teens summer camps, a support hotline, online toolkits, and more!

Little Pink Houses of Hope

Little Pink Houses of Hope provides free weeklong vacation retreats to breast cancer survivors and their families. Family and couples retreats are held in 14 different locations around the country.

Meal Train

Nutrition is essential during cancer treatment. provides an easy-to-use, shared online calendar that friends and family of cancer survivors can use to coordinate meal delivery!

Men Against Breast Cancer

Support and education for men caring for female breast cancer survivors. Their Partners in Survival workshop helps men understand the physical and emotional needs of their female partners, and resources on their website include a downloadable copy of their book "Women We Love: A Breast Cancer Action Plan and Caregiver’s Guide for Men."

Mothers Supporting Daughters with Breast Cancer (MSDBC)

Supports the mothers of daughters with breast cancer by matching mothers with volunteer mothers whose daughters also underwent breast cancer treatment. Volunteer mothers provide support via telephone, email, fax, letter, or, if possible, in person.

My Cancer Circle

This free, private support tool coordinates the efforts of family, friends, and volunteers to more efficiently support patients and caregivers. Caregiving communities can access a shared calendar, vital information, message boards, and more!

Rethink Breast Cancer

One of the many unique challenges that young women with breast cancer face is raising young children. Right away when a Mom is diagnosed, throughout treatment, following treatment and if facing metastatic illness, they are faced with the task of communicating with their children about the impending changes. Rethink Breast Cancer is a website offering ideas, tools and videos to help communicate this journey with your children.

Telling Kids About Cancer

Telling children about a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming for any parent. This website provides tips for talking to kids of different age groups, and even offers a conversation guide where parents can plan conversations with their children ahead of time.

Louisiana's Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network

Young women with breast cancer face unique issues. And in the South, there are more young women overall facing breast cancer. In Louisiana, young African-American women are significantly more likely to suffer from breast cancer.

That is why SurviveDAT is here. Part of the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network, SurviveDAT's mission is to help improve the quality of life for young breast cancer survivors, as well as their family and friends, by providing continuing resources and support.

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