September 5, 2008: Breastcancer.org Provides Emergency Planning Tips to Breast Cancer Patients Affected by Natural Disasters


PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Breastcancer.org -- 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 http://www.breastcancer.org/tips/emergencies.jsp, 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. 

"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 Breastcancer.org. "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, Breastcancer.org 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."

Breastcancer.org'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 Breastcancer.org 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 Pamela Green at Breastcancer.org at (610) 642-6550 or pgreen@breastcancer.org.

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Breastcancer.org 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, Breastcancer.org serves more than 8 million visitors each year.

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