Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) announced it will expand the service hours of its toll-free Breast Cancer Helpline. Starting immediately, women diagnosed with breast cancer can call (888) 753-5222 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and be matched to another woman who has faced a similar diagnosis or circumstance in a confidential and caring setting. Calls received after 9 p.m. eastern or at any time during the weekend are returned within 24 hours. Calls can also be requested online by visiting lbbc.org/helpline.
“LBBC is committed to making this service more accessible to anyone who would benefit from talking to another woman who has been diagnosed with breast cancer,” says LBBC CEO Jean A. Sachs, MSS, MLSP.
“Another benefit is that our Helpline volunteers can provide additional resources for information and support.” “We are thrilled to expand our Breast Cancer Helpline hours,” said Lynn Ann Folkman, CMP, LBBC’s manager of volunteer programs. “Our goal with the expansion of the Helpline taking calls live is to make this service more immediately accessible to those residing on the West Coast as well as those on the East Coast who are unable to call during daytime hours.”
This expansion comes nearly a year after LBBC’s live Helpline hours were extended to 5 days a week to meet an increase in demand. According to Folkman, the growth of this service occurs in time for the holiday season, when some women might experience “complex emotions related to their breast cancer diagnosis, treatment or recovery. The holidays can be a difficult time for those who are dealing with a new diagnosis and who are eager to connect with someone who understands. I would like to thank our dedicated Helpline volunteers for making this possible.”
ABOUT LIVING BEYOND BREAST CANCER LBBC’s mission is to connect people with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support. National conferences, monthly webinars, regional community meetings, the Guides to Understanding Breast Cancer and a toll-free Breast Cancer Helpline are just a few examples of the services that are provided, always at little or no cost.