Provides Emergency Planning Tips to Breast Cancer Patients Affected by Natural Disasters

Sep 05, 2008, 01:00 ET from

    PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- -- 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, 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 "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, 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."'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 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
     About 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, serves more than 8 million visitors each year.
Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), click appropriate link. Marisa Weiss, M.D.