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Peer Navigation Program

Our free Peer Navigation Program connects cancer survivors, people at high risk and their caregivers to support and resources personalized for their situation.

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    Hereditary cancer affects entire families.
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    A genetic test on blood or saliva can tell if the cancer in your family is hereditary. Volunteers can help you find a genetics expert in your area to learn more.
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    Making medical decisions can be confusing. Our volunteers can provide you with support and guidance.
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    Learn about recommended hereditary cancer screening, prevention and treatment options to share with your family.
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    People with a mutation in BRCA, PALB2, CHEK2, ATM and others have options.
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    FORCE will send you important resources to help you make informed medical decisions with your doctors. Get Started today!

What You Will Receive When You Sign Up:

Receive Personalized Support

Personalized Phone Support. Based on the information you submit through a secure survey, you’ll be matched with a Peer Navigator who has undergone intensive training through the VolunteerFORCE Academy. She or he shares a similar journey to yours and “gets” your situation.

Obtain Personalized Pathway

Personalized Guide. When you sign up, you can choose from the topics below to create your own guide. This information will help you navigate your decision-making process with your family and doctors.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

The Peer Navigation Program has been made possible by the generous support from:

  • The Cole Family
  • Celgene
  • AstraZeneca
  • Bayer
  • Pfizer
  • Allergan
  • Genentech
  • Astellas
  • Prevent Cancer foundation

Hereditary Cancer & Genetic Testing 
This topic covers the following information:

  • Signs of Hereditary Cancer
  • Genes linked to HBOC
  • Genetic counseling
  • Who should consider testing?
  • Basic information regarding genetics
  • Gene panel testing

Paying for Counseling & Testing
This topic covers the following information:

  • Health insurance coverage
  • Medicare coverage
  • Medicaid coverage
  • Financial assistance
  • Health insurance appeals
  • Insurance & your legal rights

Legal Protections
This topic covers the following information:

  • Non-discrimination law
  • Health insurance protection
  • If your rights are violated
  • Insurance & your legal rights

Sharing with Family
This topic covers the following information:

  • Benefits of sharing risk information with family
  • Family medical history chart
  • Family sharing worksheet
  • Sample letter to family members
  • Sharing risk information with children

Breast Cancer Treatment
This topic covers the following information:

  • Cancer stages & types
  • Reasons to have genetic testing
  • Surgery & radiation
  • Breast reconstruction
  • Chemo, hormonal & Her2 therapies   
  • PARP inhibitor therapy
  • Information for individuals newly diagnosed with breast cancer
  • Finding a breast specialist    

Ovarian Cancer Treatment
This topic covers the following information:

  • Cancer types & stages
  • Reasons to have genetic testing
  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • PARP inhibitor therapy
  • Information for individuals newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer
  • Managing menopause
  • Finding a gynecologic oncologist

Paying for Cancer Treatment
This topic covers the following information:

  • Insurance
  • Financial assistance
  • Within clinical trials
  • Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  • Health insurance appeals
  • Insurance & your legal rights

Risk Management Guidelines & Decision-Making
This topic covers the following information:

  • National guidelines for care
  • Putting it all together to make decisions
  • BRCA decision-making tool

Screening for Cancer
This topic covers the following information:

  • Breast cancer screening in women
  • Breast cancer screening in men
  • Ovarian screening cancer
  • Prostate screening cancer
  • Pancreatic screening cancer
  • Melanoma screening

Reducing Risk with Medication
This topic covers the following information:

  • Medications to reduce risk for breast cancer
  • Medications to reduce risk for ovarian cancer

Reducing Risk with Surgery
This topic covers the following information:

  • Mastectomy
  • Preparing for mastectomy checklist
  • Ovaries & fallopian tubes
  • Preparing for oophorectomy checklist
  • Pros & cons of hysterectomy                      
  • Surgeon referral tool

Breast Reconstruction  
This topic covers the following information:

  • Types of reconstruction
  • Post mastectomy photo gallery
  • Suggested Books
  • Paying for care

Paying for Screening or Surgery
This topic covers the following information:

  • Paying for breast cancer screening
  • Paying for ovarian cancer screening
  • Paying for medication to reduce breast cancer risk
  • Paying for medication to reduce ovarian cancer risk
  • Paying for a mastectomy
  • Paying for surgery to reduce ovarian cancer risk
  • Health insurance appeals
  • Insurance & your legal rights

Risk & Screening for Men 
This topic covers the following information:

  • Breast cancer risk & screening for men
  • Prostate cancer risk & screening
  • Pancreatic cancer risk & screening
  • Melanoma risk & screening
  • NCCN guidelines for men with BRCA

Nutrition, Exercise & Lifestyle
This topic covers the following information:

  • Nutrition & cancer risk       
  • Supplements
  • Exercise
  • Lymphedema & exercise   
  • Complementary & integrative medicine for symptom management

Body Image & Intimacy
This topic covers the following information:

  • Body image & intimacy after surgery, cancer &/or treatment
  • Finding a certified sex counselor

Managing Menopause
This topic covers the following information:

  • Hot flashes
  • Sexual side effects
  • Memory changes
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Heart disease
  • Osteopenia & osteoporosis
  • Finding a menopause specialist
  • Menopause with & without hormones

Hormone Replacement
This topic covers the following information:

  • Types of hormone replacement
  • Estrogen & progesterone
  • Decisions about hormone replacement
  • Bio-identical hormones
  • Commercial vs compounded preparations
  • Menopause with & without hormones
  • Long term consequences of menopause   

Fertility & Family Planning
This topic covers the following information:

  • Pregnancy & cancer risk
  • Pregnancy after breast cancer
  • Oral contraceptives
  • BRCA & infertility
  • In vitro fertilization (IVF)
  • Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)
  • Pregnancy & fertility for survivors & previvors                        

Participating in Research
This topic covers the following information:

  • Featured research studies
  • How to find studies and clinical trials
  • Importance of participating in research
  • Join the ABOUT Network research registry

Support & Resources
This topic covers the following information:

  • Find a local FORCE support group
  • Participate on FORCE message boards
  • Learn latest updates with FORCE publications and videos
  • Attend the Joining FORCE's conference
  • Share your story on Voices of FORCE

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