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Breast Cancer Resources in Southwestern Pennsylvania

More than any other cancer, breast cancer is unique to each woman, and so the journey to survivorship is unique as well. For this reason, every woman’s treatment must be individualized, and the resources that she chooses to support herself must fit her needs exactly. No matter what her individual needs are, all women who are newly diagnosed, recovering or living with breast cancer have one thing in common – they all need information.

“Knowledge is power,” says Tara L. Grahovac, M.D., a board certified surgeon who specializes in breast surgery and treatment at St. Clair Hospital’s Breast Care Center. “Patients initially come in feeling overwhelmed and afraid; they become empowered by knowledge and it turns things around for them. My job is to have the knowledge and expertise, and to educate my patients. We also encourage patients to take advantage of the many supportive services that are available to them, here at St. Clair and throughout the community.”

For Julie C., the support she received from a breast cancer support group was encouraging and reassuring. “It means so much to be able to talk to someone who has been in your shoes and has come through it well. I learned so much from the women in that group – ways to cope, tips for managing side effects, and staying positive. Breast cancer can be a lonely experience but a support group makes you feel less alone. You feel cared for.”

The following is a list of excellent resources for breast cancer information, diagnosis and treatment, and support services.

St. Clair Hospital Breast Care Center

Offers complete, integrated breast care services, from screening mammograms through advanced treatment and surgery. Special features include individualized care with nurse navigators, counseling, a breast cancer support group, wig salon, educational programs and a survivorship program.

Bethel Park:

St. Clair Hospital Outpatient Center – Village Square
2000 Oxford Drive Suite 301

Peters:

St. Clair Hospital Outpatient Center - Peters Township (Free parking)
3928 Washington Road, Suite 100
To schedule call (412) 942-7800
www.stclair.org/services

Cancer Caring Center
Offers free supportive services including counseling, a telephone helpline, support groups, a Live Well with Cancer program, a Wellness program and more; primary location in Bloomfield plus multiple suburban locations

4117 Liberty Avenue (across from the Bloomfield Bridge)
412-622-1212
www.cancercaring.org

Our Clubhouse (formerly Gilda’s Place)
Social and emotional support for persons with cancer, at no charge

2816 Smallman Street (Strip District)
412-338-1919
www.ourclubhouse.org

Magee-Womens Breast Cancer Program of UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

A nationally ranked center offering the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic care plus access to clinical trials. Mammograms are provided at eight Imaging Centers throughout the region.

400 Halket Street Oakland
To schedule a mammogram: (412) 641-4700
Breast Cancer Treatment Center: (412) 647-4828
www.upmc.com/hospitals/magge/services/magee-womens-cancer

Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute

Offers a complete range of treatment options and support services. Breast tomography is available at the centers listed below. Regular mammograms are available at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Allegheny General McCandless, Canonsburg Hospital and Jefferson Hospital. To schedule, call 412-DOCTORS

Breast Care Center, 320 E. North Avenue, North Side
(412) 362-8677

West Penn Hospital Outpatient Center, Friendship Avenue, Bloomfield
(412) 578-1000

Forbes Hospital Breast Care Center, Haymaker Road, Monroeville
(412) 858-3132

American Cancer Society
www.cancer.org

Susan G. Komen Foundation
(Fundraising for research, information, speakers, education)
www.komen.org

National Breast Cancer Coalition
www.natlbcc.org

Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition

Provides breast cancer education and awareness services, including classes, speakers bureau, an education center for professionals, newsletter, book club and an annual conference; provides breast cancer care packages and assists low income women with access to mammograms

800-377-8828
www.PAbreastcancer.org

Hospital libraries are excellent sources of cancer information:

Hillman Cancer Center Gumberg Family Library and Resource Center
5115 Centre Avenue
Cooper Pavilion– G Level
(412) 623-4733

UPMC Cancer Center Passavant
9100 Babcock Blvd.
Patient and Family Resource Center
Patient Pavilion – First Floor
(412) 635-5762

Magee Womens Hospital
Forbes and Halket Streets
Howard Anderson Power Library – First Floor
(412) 641-1826



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