How can Blue Cross and Blue Shield help?Having a breast cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. On top of understanding and processing the diagnosis, knowing what to do next can seem like too much to think about.
The first thing you can do as a Blue Cross and Blue Shield member is to call the customer service number on your member ID card. One phone call can help determine what resources and help are available.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield has a team of professionals to help you on your breast cancer recovery journey. Specialized case managers work with you to holistically manage your needs.
A team of registered nurses and social workers provide support to help you get the best care. These care managers can be a lifeline to support services, including:
Case managers also work with our multi-disciplinary teams of doctors and pharmacists to review recommended treatments and medicines.
These reviews can help make sure that there will not be any harmful interactions with other medicines you’re taking. And they can find food restrictions that need to be followed to prevent interference with a medicine.
Case managers also work behind the scenes to coordinate care among your doctors.
But the role of a case manager isn’t just about coordinating medical care. Their goal is to help you understand what’s ahead, provide answers to your medical questions, and guide you through the journey ahead with compassion.
Did You Know?
About 1 in 8 American women (about 12 percent) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. And this year alone, over 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the United States.
So what happens when you or your loved one is part of that 12 percent? Breast cancer treatment is a journey. You’ll need help and resources along the way.
Sharing the News About Your DiagnosisFinding out you have cancer can put you and your family on an emotional rollercoaster. Although it’s easy to pronounce, if you’ve just been diagnosed, cancer can be the hardest word to say.
But talking with friends and family is healthy. It can help you cope and relieve feelings of isolation and frustration. When you are ready, prepare to tell your loved ones about the diagnosis.
Keep in mind that cancer affects the whole family, and how family members respond may surprise you. Remember, people’s reactions don’t necessarily reflect their feelings toward you. They are dealing with their own fears about the situation. Communicating openly can help them overcome their fears.
Try the following advice when it’s time to break the news.
Take Good Care of YourselfHere are some steps you can take to help you cope better.
Starting TreatmentMaking decisions about starting your treatment may seem overwhelming. And cancer treatments offer numerous alternatives, so decisions may not be straightforward. Understanding your treatment options can help you feel more in control and less worried about the road ahead.
Learn as much as you can about your cancer and treatment options. Being actively involved in the decision-making can help you better understand your treatment. You’ll feel more confident and satisfied with your choices. Research also shows that participating in treatment decisions is associated with better outcomes.
Here’s how to start:
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Last update: 10/9/2017
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I thought due to title this was about "diagnosis in the family" and what to do. I was hoping to see some information on genetic testing, etc. It reads more like "you have the diagnosis now what".
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