Breast Cancer Connections

Rating: 5 stars   5 reviews


2335 El Camino Real Palo Alto CA 94306 USA


Bay area cancer connections ("bacc") provides free information and support for those facing breast cancer and ovarian cancer, including individual and group emotional support, practical help, education on breast health and breast cancer issues, and special events. The organization has a specialized library and a center that connects clients with the people and resources at bacc and out in the community that will help them. The organization also provides free screening and diagnostic services for those at-risk for breast cancer or who are medically underserved.

Geographic areas served:

San Francisco Bay Area


The gabriella patser program - the organization partners with local medical facilities and medical offices to provide screening and diagnostic services free of charge to women and men who are at-risk for breast cancer. The program serves those under 40 years of age who are not eligible for the state program (for 40 and over). Clients are low-income and uninsured. The program provides the medical services, such as mammograms, ultrasounds, and biopsies, as well as health education, navigation through the health system, interpreting services, and transportation assistance. The program has served approximately 764 clients.

support programs - the organization provides emotional support to clients throughout the cancer process. This includes drop-in groups such as a couples support, dcis group, guided imagery, healing drum, metastatic breast cancer support, mindfulness meditation, newly diagnosed support, recovery & renewal program (for those post-treatment), and a writing workshop. It also includes support activities and events such as the comfort tote program, survivorship & advocacy activities, and the annual celebration & remembrance event.

breast cancer conference - an annual day-long conference provides cutting edge information on medical and support topics related to breast cancer. Renowned speakers offer presentations, q&a sessions, participants share information amongst each other and a resource fair exposes participants to a variety of helpful resources throughout the bay area. The conference had 195 participants.

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Rating: 5 stars  

23 people found this review helpful

Diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2004, I was treated aggressively with dose-dense chemotherapy. My treatments left me extremely debilitated and once my radiation series was over, I immediately came to Breast Cancer Connections (BCC) to restore my self confidence and also to acquire tools to cope with my transition to my “new normal” life. I joined the newly formed Recovery and Renewal Support group. I also participated in the “Writing Your Way Through Cancer” Workshop. I began to develop coping skills, through hearing what other survivors were doing. I took advantage of all the resources available, and began applying my biology and environmental background to understand breast cancer, healing and recovery concerns, and survivorship issues. Currently, I am a Helpline Volunteer where I feel I make an immediate difference in the lives of those making that first call for help. I am a “Buddy” and peer mentor for clients needing support. Often people will comment “How can you volunteer on the Helpline – isn’t it difficult and so sad?” I am not denying that some weeks my four-hour shift can be challenging. Recently, I supported three breast cancer clients – two came to our center and the other client I spoke with by phone. I was there to help these clients find the resources they needed but most importantly, I was there to listen to these courageous women. There were tears and hugs in abundance but I knew, as clichéd as it sounds, that I had helped “make a difference” to these women by being a helpline volunteer that morning. Other shifts are filled with hope and joy such as the time when a gentleman called on my shift wanting to donate part of his jewelry sales to BCC. His first encounter with BCC was that of a real person with a friendly, helpful voice, there to help him connect to BCC and the wonderful work that we do. He visited BCC the same morning, met with our development staff and left a generous cash donation. I highly encourage others to volunteer and become involved with this wonderful organization – you will feel valued. As noted in the last part of BCC’s mission statement: “…an atmosphere of warmth, sensitivity, and understanding” This is BCC – the minute you step through the door you feel this warmth from staff and volunteers alike. This is what volunteers want to feel – a connection to the BCC “community” and an opportunity to give hope to anyone touched by breast cancer. I can honestly say that being a part of BCC has made an enormous difference to my life. BCC resources, workshops, and complementary therapy programs enabled me to recover from the debilitating effects of my treatment and allowed me to address the psychosocial aspects of having been diagnosed with breast cancer in a safe and nurturing environment. It is a privilege to be able to support the organization that supported me through a dark time in my life.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

warm, compassionate and understanding.

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Rating: 5 stars  

22 people found this review helpful

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2007. My friend suggested I check out the Newly Diagnosed Support Group at Breast Cancer Connection (BCC). I’m not much of a people person, but she insisted that I go at least once. Best thing I ever did! Not only did I meet women going through the same thing I was going through, I met women who were near completing their treatment, and thriving! Seeing these women in person gave me a great sense of hope. I learned so much about different chemo drugs available, and their related side effects, that I felt empowered to choose the course of action I would take to cure my particular form of breast cancer. Now I attend the Recovery & Renewal Group at BCC. Once in a while I attend the Newly Diagnosed Group and hope I am an inspiration for others going through this terrible disease.

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I felt empowered to choose the course of action I would take to cure my particular form of breast cancer.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

...breast cancer survivors, professional, knowledgeable, helpful!

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