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Peer Navigation Program

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Complete a short survey to select topics for your personalized guide and share information about your situation so we can match you with a Peer Navigator who shares a similar experience.

Our free Peer Navigation Program connects you with information, resources and other people facing hereditary cancer.

  • Are you considering genetic testing or have you tested positive for a mutation in BRCA or another gene associated with increased cancer risk?
  • Have you recently been diagnosed with cancer?
  • Do you feel alone and want to talk with someone who shares a similar situation and would understand your concerns?
  • Do you need more information to help you make important decisions with your health care providers?
  • Do you feel overwhelmed with information and need to understand the options available to you to manage cancer risk?
  • Are you a survivor, caregiver, or previvor (an individual who is at high risk for hereditary cancer, but has not had the disease) living in the United States?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we are here to help you. Trained FORCE Peer Navigators will talk with you over the phone to:

    • answer your questions
    • provide 1:1 personalized support
    • review a guide filled with resources created just for you
    • help connect you with genetic specialists, research studies and clinical trials that could benefit you and your family

Sign up for confidential, personalized support by taking a short survey.

What You Will Receive When You Sign Up:

Receive Personalized Support

Personalized 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. This will help you navigate your decision-making process with your family and doctors. You no longer need to spend time searching for this information. It will be compiled for you so you can review at your leisure. When you sign up, you can choose from the following topics to create your own guide. Click on a topic below to learn more:

Trust the high quality support and resources – you’ll feel confident knowing that Peer Navigators bring skills and knowledge acquired through intensive training via the VolunteerFORCE Academy.

“Peer Navigation provides critical information and resources while connecting individuals in powerful ways for essential emotional support. It’s groundbreaking in its scope and depth – never before have people facing hereditary cancer had support at every stage of their journey from others who have walked in their shoes.”

— Sue Friedman, Executive Director and Founder of FORCE

Pathway Topics

The Peer Navigation Program allows you to create a personalized pathway with topics that will help you navigate your specific journey. You no longer need to spend time searching for this information. It will automatically be compiled, emailed, and reviewed with you by a matched peer navigator on a phone call.

Topics you can select for your pathway consist of:

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

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

  • Warning signs
  • 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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