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Resources

Information is one of the most valuable services we provide and our Breast Cancer Survivor Resources is a great tool. Use it to learn more about survival, recovery, support and more. Here are some links to resources that might be helpful to you or others in your support circle.

Tip Sheets

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Breast Reconstruction Breast Surgery Chemotherapy and Side Effects Clinical Trials Anti-Hormone Therapy and Side Effects Lymphedema Metastatic Breast Cancer Radiation Therapy and Side Effects Treatment Choices When Breast Cancer is Diagnosed

Reports

The Breast Cancer Survivorship Rehabilitation Initiative Community Report

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The Breast Cancer Survivorship Rehabilitation Initiative Community Report Appendices

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FAQ

What is Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center?

Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center is a holistic, patient centered, community based, breast cancer survivorship center that is a partnership between The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, Brookwood Baptist Health, Grandview Medical Center, St. Vincent’s Health System, UAB Medicine and the UAB School of Nursing.

What is Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center’s Mission?

Forge assists survivors and co-survivors in taking an active role in their fight against breast cancer by offering support, knowledge, strength and direction. Through Forge, all those touched by breast cancer can bond with others to Forge a new future.

What is breast cancer survivorship?

Breast cancer survivorship is a breast cancer survivor’s journey from diagnosis through balance of life.

Who does Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center serve?

Forge serves breast cancer survivors and co-survivors treated at one of our partnered health systems or living in Blount, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, or Walker counties.

What and who is a co-survivor?

A co-survivor is anyone who walks alongside the breast cancer survivor in their survivorship journey. A co-survivor can be a caregiver, a family member, or a friend. Co-survivors can be adults or children.

How is Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center funded?

Support for Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center comes from the Women’s Breast Health Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham as part of an effort to improve the quality of life for women who are breast cancer survivors as well as for their loved ones.

Where is Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center located?

Forge Staff is currently housed in the offices of Forge’s Fiscal Agent, St. Vincent’s Foundation.

What services does Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center provide?

Forge currently offers a range of services to assist breast cancer survivors and co-survivors from diagnosis through balance of life.

  • Forge Advocates
    • When you or a loved one is diagnosed with breast cancer, the process can be overwhelming. You’re given a lot of information. It’s hard to keep up. It’s hard to focus. Think of a Forge Advocate as your best friend through this process. Forge Advocates provide information, support, encouragement, and assistance to help survivors and co-survivors steer through the complicated medical process and overcome barriers. They can take notes, attend meetings, manage resources, and act as a guide through the survivor’s treatment, care and survivorship. Survivors and co-survivors will be assessed and offered a plan to address their individual needs, and Advocates will re-evaluate the survivor and co-survivor’s situations regularly to provide resources throughout the treatment process.
  • Peer Mentor Match
    • We’ve been there before. That’s why we know how important it is to have someone to talk to as you Forge on in life. This program matches you with trained and compassionate mentors who can provide emotional, mental and social support.
  • 24/7 Telephone Support
    • Survivors and co-survivors have 24/7 access to an active listener who will help survivors, co-survivors and their families talk about their needs and set goals. Our Telephone Support Team Members provide support through a resource referral, Forge Advocate or Forge Peer Mentor.
  • Forge Share
    • Survivors and their co-survivors meet monthly to share, learn and empower one another.
  • Oasis Counseling
    • Through a referral from Forge, breast cancer survivors and co-survivors can receive counseling sessions at Oasis Counseling for Women and Children.

How can I volunteer with Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center?

Please visit the Forge Volunteers section of our website to find out how you can become a Forge Volunteer.

How can I donate to Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center?

Please visit the Donate to Forge section of our website to find out how you can make a tax deductible contribution to support the mission of Forge.