Breast Cancer Patients: Talking to Fellow Survivors is Essential to Dealing with the Disease

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An overwhelming number of breast cancer patients and survivors say that talking to other survivors is key to dealing with the disease. The findings, the result of a new national poll of breast cancer patients and survivors, inspired Edie Falco, the award-winning actress of the hit series Nurse Jackie and nine-year cancer survivor, to join forces with Y-ME, a national breast cancer organization focused on the needs of survivors and patients.

"I didn't know that it mattered so much to speak with someone who had been through it.  I was like a deer in the headlights," said Ms. Falco. "I kept my diagnosis private but could have used an anonymous friend who'd been there to talk about the stuff you are left to deal with because the doctors don't talk about it. 'Am I going to lose my hair? When will it happen? Were you scared? Does your family know?' I'm helping Y-ME because its mission is near to my heart."

The poll, conducted by Whitman Insight Strategies for Y-ME, found that 84 percent of breast cancer patients and survivors say talking to another survivor is one of the most important ways of dealing with the disease, and 68 percent wish that they could have been connected to other survivors. A whopping 95 percent said it was important to have a 24-hour hotline for fellow survivors yet only 14 percent were aware that such an organization exists today.

To view poll results, click here.

Visit y-me.org for more information, ask questions, and connect with other breast cancer patients and survivors.