Triage Cancer Joins the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance!

Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance

Triage Cancer is proud to announce that we are a new member of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance! We are committed to providing education and support in an effort to ensure that the metastatic breast cancer community has access to crucial information about practical issues to improve their quality of life.

What is MBC?

Metastatic breast cancer (MBC) is cancer that originated in the breast but has spread to other parts of the body, such as liver, lung, bones and brain. MBC is the cause 40,000 deaths every year in the U.S. Learn more about MBC.

MBC Alliance Mission

Triage Cancer believes that collaboration is the key to providing valuable information and practical tools on the many issues that arise after a cancer diagnosis, particularly to underserved members of the cancer community. In alignment with our goals, the MBCA’s mission is to:

Unify the efforts of MBC Alliance members to improve the lives of, and outcomes for, those living with metastatic breast cancer and their families through increasing awareness and education about the disease and advancing policy and strategic coordination of research funding – specifically focused on metastasis – that has the potential to extend life, enhance quality of life and ultimately
to cure.”

One of the resources offered by the MBC Alliance is the Metastatic Trial Search, which is the first-ever clinical trial search engine designed specifically for people with MBC.

Metastatic trial search

Triage Cancer Resources & Tools

As a member of the MBC Alliance, we are committed to providing up-to-date and relevant resources to those coping with MBC. We offer a number of educational resources that have particular relevance to the metastatic community, such as our Quick Guides on disability insurance, clinical trials, and estate planning. Click here to watch our recent webinar on Taking Time Off Work & Disability Insurance.

Given the long-term treatment that many in the metastatic community receive, the financial burden can be significant. Triage Cancer hosts, which provides tailored information on topics that can have an impact on finances after a cancer diagnosis.

We also offer a number of free educational events throughout the year, which cover topics that pertain to the metastatic community:

Triage Cancer looks forward to working with the Alliance to continue to support the MBC community. For more information about the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance, visit

From Survivor to Thriver

By Sharon Stahl, LMSW ~ Support Program Coordinator, Sharsheret

“I did not survive breast cancer – I lived it and lived my life every day. I made a commitment to my family that we would not let this define me or us. We would continue to do everything we always did. I would not miss a concert, recital, school conference or work. With the help of family and friends, we thrived and I would like to think I set an example of empowerment for all of them.” – Sarah

As Sharsheret’s Support Program Coordinator, I regularly hear from breast cancer survivors thanking us for providing these resources for them during their time of need.  So often, I receive emails and letters stating that during their initial diagnosis, survivors turned to their familiesTriage Cancer Blog Surviving Breast Cancer TA kit, medical team, and friends to lean on, but once active treatment was completed, they weren’t sure where to go for support.  As part of Sharsheret’s Support Team, I am proud to be able to fill this void and offer vital resources from which so many women have already gained so much.  Survivorship with Sharsheret could not be summed up any better than by the inspirational words shared by Sarah, one of the many women we are privileged to call our Links, our peer supporters.

Sharsheret is proud to offer a variety of programs that provide resources to women at any stage of their breast cancer diagnosis, including survivorship.  Through a generous three-year cooperative agreement with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Sharsheret developed the Thriving Again survivorship program.   Since its inception in 2011, more than 1,600 survivorship kits have been shared with breast cancer survivors nationwide.  Each kit includes a survivorship care plan to help women coordinate their survivorship care with their medical team, tailored resources with topics ranging from fertility to fear of recurrence, and a healthy living cookbook to enable the women that reach out to Sharsheret to kick start their survivorship journey with enhanced healthy living habits.

To order your tailored Thriving Again survivorship kit, click here, or contact me with any questions at 866.474.2774 or email me.

Breast Cancer Advocacy

Ever wondered about how you can become an advocate?LBBC New Logo 2015

There’s a whole spectrum of advocacy: from advocating for yourself, to advocating for others in your community, from media advocacy (even social media) and research advocacy to policy and legislative advocacy, and everything in between. There are so many ways to be an advocate!

Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Young Women’s Initiative is now accepting applications for the Summer 2015 Young Advocate Program. This program will train a small group of young women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer to use their personal experience to make a difference in their communities. This year’s training will be June 12-14 in Philadelphia, PA.

This program is offered to women who were diagnosed with breast cancer before age 45, live in the United States, and have an annual household income at least 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines ($22,980 for a single person). Preference is given to women diagnosed within the last 3 years or living with metastatic breast cancer. Selected participants will receive up to $850 in financial assistance to help offset the cost of attending, including travel.

Apply online or complete a paper application. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 15.

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Attention Health Care Professionals!

PrintAre you going to be at the Association of Oncology Social Workers (AOSW) Conference May 28-30, 2014? If you are, we wanted to make sure you knew about this great opportunity!

Triage Cancer’s partner, Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC), will be hosting a Healthcare Provider Symposium on Tuesday, May 27 from 12pm-5pm at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Maryland through its Young Women’s Initiative.

LBBC is dedicated to helping individuals who are living with metastatic breast cancer. Whether they have just been diagnosed or at the end of treatment, LBBC has resources to help individuals, their families, and caregivers through the process of living with, and beyond, breast cancer.

This symposium for healthcare providers will focus on the unique needs of young women affected by breast cancer.  You will gain hands-on strategies and resources that will help you work more successfully with young women with breast cancer as well as learning:

  • about long-term survivorship issues important to young women
  • how to better meet the psychosocial needs of those living with metastatic disease
  • how to address your young patients’ fertility, as well as sexuality and intimacy needs
  • about Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s programs for young women and other resources available nationally.

Along with gaining valuable resources and tools, continuing education credits are available for licensed social workers and nurses.

Be sure to register online at or by calling (855) 807-6386 by May 21.

You do not want to miss out on this amazing opportunity!   Also, if you are attending AOSW, be sure to come visit Triage Cancer on Friday either at our booth or during one of our two sessions.  We will first be talking about all things Affordable Care Act and then later co-presenting with Cancer and Careers during an employment session.  We would love to see you there!

I Have What???

“I Have What??? You just have to be kidding me” was my initial response to my diagRich Newsnosis of breast cancer.  I knew it was possible for a man to have breast cancer, but I also knew it was very rare.

My story is rather unique as my wife had passed away from the same diagnosis after her 10 year battle.  Now me? What are the odds would be for a married couple to both be diagnosed with breast cancer?

I have worn different hats with this disease: caregiver, patient, and now survivor.  Being a caregiver, and watching loved one suffer from the side effects of chemotherapy, was a very hard thing for me.  Being a caregiver taught me what to expect when I was diagnosed. It actually might have saved my life.

Being an ex-athlete and physical education teacher kept me in pretty decent shape. I would work out at the health club about five times a week. I am also very proactive with my health. So when I noticed a marble-sized lump by my left nipple I knew what it could be. While most men believe that it might be a cyst, I knew better.

Without hesitating I made an appointment with my physician, which was the starting point. Like all doctors he would not commit to a diagnosis, but he did tell me that if it was malignant catching it early was important. He then gave me the contact information of a breast surgeon and that is where my journey began.

You can read more about my journey in my book I Have What??? – One Man’s Journey Through Breast Cancer.

My goal for speaking up about my journey is to educate everyone that breast cancer is not only a women’s disease.  By reading my book people will get a glimpse into exactly what a cancer journey feels like: from what to expect when you go in for surgery to how the side-effects might feel.  From my experience I hope people realize that they are not alone, even if they might feel like they are.

Richard Wiener is the successful author of I Have What??? One Man’s Journey Through Breast Cancer. This book chronicles the raw emotional and physical experiences from a male point of view, taking the reader on a personal ride from Wiener’s discovery of the lump, to processing the diagnosis, managing the treatments, and eventually learning how to move forward. Through Rich’s unfiltered candor, he ultimately reminds us of the fragility of life and the power of the human spirit.  For more information about Rich and his books visit