Press Release

"Am I A Survivor?" What You Need To Know Now About Breast Cancer Survivorship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:         Elana Silber, Director of Operations
                      Telephone:   (866) 474-2774
                      E-Mail:         esilber@sharsheret.org

Teaneck, New Jersey (January 17, 2013) - Sharsheret, a national not-for-profit organization supporting young women and their families, of all Jewish backgrounds, facing breast cancer will present a free national teleconference, "Am I A Survivor?"  What You Should Know Now About Breast Cancer Survivorship, Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 8:00 p.m. (EST).  This teleconference is part of Sharsheret's National Survivorship Teleconference Series.  An audio recording and written transcript will be posted online following the teleconference at www.sharsheret.org.
 
The live teleconference will feature experts in the field of cancer survivorship, Patricia Ganz, M.D. and Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S., who will address emerging research in survivorship, the transition period after treatment has ended, and the importance of survivorship care plans.  Rochelle Shoretz, two-time breast cancer survivor, and Executive Director of Sharsheret, will speak about the unique needs of young Jewish breast cancer survivors.    Jennifer Thompson, Survivorship Program Supervisor for Sharsheret, will provide an overview of Sharsheret's new survivorship program, "Thriving Again: Life After Breast Cancer for Young Jewish Women," with details on how women can request their free tailored survivorship kit.
 
"Survivorship, much like a cancer diagnosis itself, is not one-size-fits-all.  Women have questions about when they are considered a survivor, and what to expect and do as they transition from treatment," said Jennifer Thompson.  "This teleconference will address these issues and give women the opportunity to have their questions answered by survivorship experts.  Participants will also learn how they can work with their medical team to create a personal survivorship care plan and receive a free survivorship kit, tailored to their unique needs."
 
To register for the teleconference and for dial-in instructions, visit www.sharsheret.org or call toll-free 866.474.2774.
 
This program is supported by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
 
ABOUT SHARSHERET
Sharsheret, Hebrew for "chain", is a national not-for-profit organization supporting young women and their families, of all Jewish backgrounds, facing breast cancer. Our mission is to offer a community of support to women diagnosed with breast cancer or at increased genetic risk, by fostering culturally-relevant individualized connections with networks of peers, health professionals, and related resources.
 
Since Sharsheret's founding in 2001, we have responded to more than 25,000 breast cancer inquiries, involved more than 1,750 peer supporters, and presented over 250 educational programs nationwide. Sharsheret supports young Jewish women and families facing breast cancer at every stage - before, during, and after diagnosis. We help women and families connect to our community in the way that feels most comfortable, taking into consideration their stage of life, diagnosis, or treatment, as well as their connection to Judaism. We also provide educational resources, offer specialized support to those facing ovarian cancer or at high risk of developing cancer, and create programs for women and families to improve their quality of life. All Sharsheret programs are open to all women and men.

 
Sharsheret offers the following national programs:

 

The Link Program
•    Peer Support Network, connecting women newly diagnosed or at high risk of developing breast cancer one-on-one with others who share similar diagnoses and experiences
•    Embrace™, supporting women living with advanced breast cancer
•    Genetics for Life™, addressing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer
•    Busy Box™, for young parents facing breast cancer
•    Best Face Forward®, addressing the cosmetic side effects of treatment
•    Family Focus®, providing resources and support for caregivers and family members
•    Ovarian Cancer Program, tailored resources and support for young Jewish women and families facing ovarian cancer
•    Sharsheret Supports™, developing local support groups and programs

Education and Outreach Programs
•    Health Care Symposia, on issues unique to younger women facing breast cancer
•    Sharsheret on Campus™, outreach and education to students on campus
•    Sharsheret Educational Resource Booklet Series, culturally-relevant publications for Jewish women and their families and healthcare professionals


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