At Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in clinical affiliation with South Shore Hospital and Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, our breast specialists care about treating you, not only your disease. We offer a comprehensive range of resources at these locations for patients and families—from counseling and support groups to educational services, products and physical therapy. These resources help to address issues that you may face during and after your breast surgery treatment.
Breast surgery treatment can be an emotional period marked by feelings of fear and loss that can influence social relationships and even your physical recovery. We want you to know that our team is here to help you throughout your journey. You also may wish to connect with other women recovering from breast surgery.
Learn about support services and follow-up care at:
Our social work staff have experience with the emotional, social and financial impacts of breast surgery. They can facilitate continuity of care as patients go from hospital to home.
Psychosocial Oncology Program
The caregivers in our Psychosocial Oncology Program develop individualized treatment plans aimed at helping you cope with emotional stress through all phases of the cancer experience.
DF/BWCC Patient Navigator Program
The Breast Patient Navigator helps patients make their way through the heathcare system by providing access and identifying resources for patients with abnormal breast findings, patients at increased risk of developing breast cancer, or patients diagnosed with breast cancer. The Breast Patient Navigator is bilingual in Spanish and available to work with any patient in the program’s target population whose socioeconomic status or limited English proficiency may be a potential barrier to screening or follow-up care. For more information visit our website or call (617) 632-5609 to request Patient Navigation support.
As a Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center patient, you and your family are encouraged and welcome to participate in supportive services available at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, including support groups.
Our breast cancer specialists incorporate survivorship into each patient's overall care, giving them access to services that address emotional concerns, fertility and sexual healthabout side effects that can arise from certain treatments.
We work closely with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Adult Survivorship Program, a member of the LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence Network, to provide ongoing clinical care and services for adult-onset cancer survivors.
Physical therapists at our Rehabilitation Services locations help patients alleviate physical symptoms that may arise from surgical or medical treatment for breast cancer.
Special care for patients with lymphedema is available at the following locations:
Learn more about the services and products, including wigs, head coverings and bras, provided by the Friend’s Place at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The patient-and-family-focused resources section of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital website provides helpful information such as directions, parking, interpreter services and more.
The following guides and checklists provide comprehensive information regarding breast cancer surgery.
The following guides provide further information about breast surgery topics.
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