A breast cancer diagnosis can present physical, emotional, and financial challenges. The Cancer House of Hope in West Springfield provides free services for breast cancer patients.
Regular screenings significantly increase survival, but one breast cancer survivor told 22News mammograms are not always reliable.
“A lot of the women who come to the support groups, about a third of them the cancer was not detected through the mammogram,” said Cindy Sherian-Murphy, breast cancer survivor and support group facilitator at the Cancer House of Hope. “Although early detection is huge. So if you feel anything, even if its negative, you got to follow up with it.”
Yoga is one of the therapeutic activities offered at the Cancer House of Hope. They said it’s a way to help cancer patients relieve tension in the body while receiving emotional support.
The Cancer House of Hope also offers support groups, massages, and Reiki. Many patients struggle to pay all the costs associated with cancer treatment.
“You’re talking about potential surgery, mastectomy, that’s not an inexpensive surgery, said Joe Kane, director of the Cancer House of Hope. “Then you’re talking about follow-up treatment after that. The price tag can really add up.”
Kane told 22News they direct patients to the American Cancer Society and local organizations to help offset the costs for treatments and surgeries.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.