Reach to Recovery

Breast cancer survivors volunteer to help those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer cope with their experience. The American Cancer Society sponsors the Reach to Recovery program, which is led by specially trained volunteers and breast cancer survivors.

The volunteers give patients and family members the opportunity to discuss fears and concerns and ask questions of someone who has survived breast cancer and gone on to live a productive life.

Reach to Recovery volunteers are trained to provide support and up-to-date information, including literature for spouses, children, friends and other loved ones. They also can provide breast cancer patients with a temporary breast form, surgical bra, information on permanent prostheses, and a resource list of where those items are available in the community.

For more information on the Reach to Recovery program, contact (660) 829-7792. For patients undergoing surgery, the service also is offered by an anesthesia clinic nurse, who may be reached at (660) 826-8833, ext. 8825.