Breast Cancer Support Services

Breast cancer takes more than a physical toll. We’ll provide the emotional support you need as well.

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We know how important it is to treat the whole person -- body, mind, and spirit. We’ll provide the physical and emotional support you need during your journey through diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

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Navigating the breast cancer care process

A team of experts will be involved in your care -- and learning so many faces may seem overwhelming at times. We believe less confusion means more peace of mind. That’s why one dedicated professional will coordinate your care and walk you through each stage of the process.

  • Diagnostic nurse navigators: Specialized nurse navigators assist you through the diagnostic process, from imaging such as a mammogram to a biopsy to understanding test results. Your nurse navigator will answer questions, schedule appointments, deliver test results as soon as they are available, and offer comforting words or reassurance when needed.
  • Cancer care nurse navigators: When a breast cancer diagnosis is made, your cancer care nurse navigator will assist you in arranging medical services, such as doctor visits, surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation treatments. Your cancer care nurse navigator will work to make care as convenient as possible and guide you in what to expect.
  • Concierge assistance: Henry Ford’s Center for Cancer Surgery provides concierge assistance to help you manage your appointments.

Breast cancer support services

Breast cancer affects more than just the body. It can take a toll on the emotional well-being of you and your family. Henry Ford offers a range of support programs to assist you and your loved ones before, during, and after treatment.

  • Cancer support groups: It can help to talk about what you are feeling with a trained professional and others who face a similar challenge. Support groups also allow you to learn from others’ experiences.
  • Integrative medicine: Our Center for Integrative Medicine offers wellness counseling in areas such as nutrition and therapies such as massage, provided by highly skilled practitioners experienced in these complementary healing traditions.
  • ExCITE exercise therapy: Stay as healthy as possible with an exercise therapy program designed to help you maintain strength and energy during treatment and recovery.
  • Henry Ford at Home: Our home health group works with doctors and case managers to help with the transition from hospital to home. We’ll offer skilled and specialized care, including a full range of products and services.
  • Rehabilitation: Your rehabilitation plan will depend on your goals and can focus on increasing strength and energy, managing pain, or improving your functioning and quality of life.
  • Social work coordination for daily life needs: Our social workers help with the many emotional and other daily needs of living, including transportation, lodging, counseling, and information about community resources and cancer support groups.
  • Specialty pharmacy: Our pharmacists offer home delivery, access to hard-to-find medications, education, and counseling.
  • Acupuncture: Studies have shown that acupuncture can minimize symptoms such as hot flashes in breast cancer patients.

Henry Ford breast cancer support groups

Downriver Breast Cancer Support Group
The Breast Cancer Support Group meets once a month to support women who are currently being treated for, or are survivors of, breast cancer.
Meets 6-7:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month
Location: Henry Ford Cancer Institute, Downriver
Contact: Connie Lass at (734) 479-3311

Detroit and West Bloomfield Breast Cancer Support Group
Survivorship and support meeting for current breast cancer patients, caregivers and survivors.
Meets from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Detroit on the first Wednesday of the month, and in West Bloomfield on the third Wednesday of the month


  • Detroit: Henry Ford Hospital, Henry Ford Cancer Institute Conference Room
  • West Bloomfield: Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, private dining room 1 (outside the café)

Contact: Sonja Colbert

Contact your breast cancer care team for more information.

  • Local resources

    I’m aware Komen Alliance

    • Telephone support and information: Sponsored by Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Phone: (800) 462-9273
    • Breast Cancer Clinical Trial Information Help Line: (877) 465-6636
      • The toll-free helpline aims to increase understanding of breast cancer clinical trials, give people the information and resources they need to make an educated decision about clinical trial enrollment, and make it easier for breast cancer patients to participate in and potentially benefit from promising research.

    Shades of Pink Foundation

    • Shades of Pink offers temporary financial assistance to help women with breast cancer who reside, and are undergoing treatment in the Metro Detroit area which includes Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, and Genesee counties.
    • They help with bills such as insurance payments, food, transportation, childcare, and other essentials of daily life.
    • Contact your Henry Ford cancer institute social worker if you are interested in assistance from Shades of Pink. You must be referred by a healthcare professional.


    • Hearts2Love is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing supportive services to men, women and children whose lives have been touched by cancer. The goal is to offer educational programs and retreats designed to bring comfort, inspire courage, develop creativity, and promote self-reliance through positive life changes.
    • Held three times each year at the Emrich Retreat Center in rural Brighton, Mich., the "It's a New Day" retreats offer women who have survived cancer a chance to celebrate life and to find comfort, strength, and restoration. They are designed to help women understand their new life as a cancer survivor.
    • These retreats will center on self-reliance, the power of love, peace, positive energy, and embracing life changes. Retreats include sessions with experts spanning a variety of areas: yoga, massage, nutrition, therapy, dance, journaling, and social work, as well as sessions with doctors and health care professionals. Survivors will have the opportunity to share experiences, learn from others, and build relationships.
  • National resources

    American Cancer Society

    Reach to Recovery program: Carefully selected and trained volunteers who have experienced breast cancer visit other breast cancer patients one-on-one in an effort to help them meet the physical, emotional and cosmetic needs related to their disease and/or its treatment. This program provides information and support to loved ones and friends. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Call toll free (800) 227-2345 for more information. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer.

    Their mission is to help women and their loved ones make sense of the complex medical and personal information about breast health and breast cancer, so they can make the best decisions for their lives.

    National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)

    National Cancer Institute - Breast Cancer

    Information on treatment, research, and coping with breast cancer from the National Institute of Health.

    Right Action for Women

    Right Action for Women provides assistance to women who are at increased risk for breast cancer and do not have insurance or the financial flexibility to cover the high costs associated with breast screenings.

    Sister's Network, Inc.

    • A national African American breast cancer survivorship program
    • Offers financial assistance for utilities and medical accessories
    • You can also sign up with the local Detroit chapter to get involved to conduct monthly support meetings, conduct National Educational Outreach Programs in the local community, and provide breast health resources to the local community

  • Online discussion groups


    The e-mail discussion group for Breast Cancer patients and families, hosted by the Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR).


    The e-mail discussion group for Male Breast Cancer patients and families, hosted by the Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR).


    An online discussion group services with several breast cancer communities.

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