Mission: 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
Programs: 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.
This organization is providing wonderful services to men, women and families touched by breast cancer. The staff is all caring, professional, helpful and always goes the extra mile. I hope that some day breast cancer is a thing of the past and we no longer need BCC, but until that time I am so thankful they are here for all who need it.
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer 10 years ago, I found a Breast Cancer Connections bookmark in the packet of information that I was given at the hospital where I had my biopsy. I went to their free and informal (“no reservation-needed”) Thursday night Open House/Q&A session to get some of my questions answered. I was so impressed with the combination of professionalism and warmth that I found there that I became an avid supporter and volunteer (Board Member, Buddy [Peer Counselor to newly diagnosed women], member of their Survivorship and Advocacy Task Force), and general all-around promoter of BCC’s services. Let me tell you a little about the weekly Open House: Every Thursday night from 5:30 to 7:00 you can just walk into the beautiful and calming space that BCC calls home and find a breast cancer healthcare provider (medical oncologist, breast surgeon, radiologist, reconstructive surgeon, dietician, etc.) as well as a therapist who runs the sessions. There are also survivor volunteers who answer the "what it's like" types of questions that only someone who has been through the experience can. Women at the session take turns asking their questions to the doctor or other clinician. The women and supporting friends and family members learn from the doctor and from the other women by hearing their comments. At this session you can also learn about the 30 other programs BCC has available, free of charge, to patients, survivors and families. I continue to donate and volunteer at BCC because I see the impact that my support is making. This is a fabulous asset to our community and now with a toll free number, to the whole country.