PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Breastcancer.org -- the # 1
online resource for breast health and breast cancer information -- has
assembled practical planning and health management information for breast
cancer patients displaced by natural disasters. Available online at
http://www.breastcancer.org/tips/emergencies.jsp, this preparation guide
was created in response to the need among breast cancer patients for better
information about how to handle some of their most pressing health concerns
in the wake of hurricanes and other major events that can disrupt care.
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"In a moment of crisis, it's common for people to deal with their most
immediate physical needs," says Dr. Marisa Weiss, President and Founder of
Breastcancer.org. "However, larger health questions and concerns quickly
arise for breast cancer patients who may have just been released from the
hospital following surgery or are in the middle of cancer treatment."
"After Katrina hit three years ago, Breastcancer.org was inundated with
calls from patients asking for advice about how to manage their care after
being displaced by the hurricane, and our discussion boards became very
active with questions from our community members. We knew that we had to
provide some guidance during this particularly devastating time for people
who were now doubly challenged."
Breastcancer.org's tips for breast cancer patients include a list of
essential items to have ready in case of evacuation -- from pill bottles to
medical records to details about their treatment regimen -- as well as
questions to ask their medical professionals if they have to miss a
treatment, and what to do once they reach their evacuation destination.
"Having witnessed first-hand the devastation and massive disruption
from Hurricanes Andrew and Wilma, I know how critical it is for breast
cancer patients to have a plan before they leave home," notes Dr. Melanie
Bone, a gynecologist and breast cancer survivor in West Palm Beach,
Florida. "It's not only imperative for continuity of care, but enormously
important for peace of mind through a major life upheaval."
"My own experience on the front lines of Hurricane Katrina reinforces
that planning and preparedness are vital, particularly for patients in
treatment," says Dr. Alan Stolier, a breast cancer surgeon at Tulane
University Medical Center. "The information that Breastcancer.org has
provided is essential. We've learned a great deal from Katrina and need to
go even further to ensure that these patients' care is not disrupted."
If you would like to speak with Dr. Weiss, please contact Suzanne Oaks
of Temin and Company at 212-588-8788 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breastcancer.org is the #1 online source of medical information and
support, dedicated to providing more than 5,000 pages of medically vetted
information on breast health and breast cancer. A non-profit organization,
Breastcancer.org serves more than 8 million visitors each year.
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Marisa Weiss, M.D.