Cancer is a disease in which cells become abnormal and form more cells in an uncontrolled way. With breast cancer, the cancer begins in the tissues that make up the breasts. The cancer cells may form a mass called a tumor. (Note: Not all tumors are cancer.) They may also invade nearby tissue and spread to lymph nodes and other parts of the body. The most common types of breast cancer are:
Treatment for breast cancer depends on a number of factors and often involves more than one approach. The stage of the cancer, the tumor size, the type of breast cancer, whether or not you have reached menopause, and your overall health will determine what treatment you receive.
This group provides a safe place for those living with breast cancer to exchange information and provide mutual support. Tools to manage life more effectively during and after breast cancer treatment will be introduced.
Schedule: 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, 540 W. Pueblo St., Multipurpose Room, 2nd Floor
This program is offered free-of-charge. All support groups are facilitated by professional staff. For more information, please call (805) 879-5690.
The Elly Nadel Music Therapy Program provides music therapy services and support to cancer patients, family members and loved ones in a way that meets physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs in a one-on-one or group setting. Activities include listening to music, using instruments, improvisation, songwriting, singing and more.
For more information including a schedule of upcoming classes, see the Cancer Center Calendar or call (805) 879-5654.
The Oncology Dietitian Nutritionists at the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center provide evidence-based recommendations that are proven by scientific research and clinical experience. Education and support are provided to help prevent treatment delays and decrease side effects from treatment. Once treatment for cancer is complete, our nutrition experts can recommend personalized food choices that will support treatment outcomes, enhance the quality of life, and decrease the risk of disease recurrence. Monthly seminars provide an opportunity to discuss the most recent research related to cancer, foods and your lifestyle. Services are offered free-of-charge to individuals currently in treatment or within one year of their last treatment.
For more information, visit the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center website or call (805) 879-5652.
At the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center’s Resource Library, we aim to empower anyone touched by cancer with the knowledge they need to become well-informed partners in their healthcare. The Resource Library offers a comfortable place where patients and families can find current, comprehensive information about all aspects of cancer. Services include research assistance, a lending library and online information guides. The Resource Library is open to all and services are offered at no charge.
540 W Pueblo St
Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
A wide range of wellness activities, classes and programs are available to our patients and their caregivers. Programs include yoga, exercise programs, painting, flower arranging, meditation and more. Upcoming dates can be found on the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center online calendar.
Programs offered free-of-charge. For more information including who qualifies for Ridley-Tree Cancer Center Wellness Programs & Classes and class descriptions, visit the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center website or call (805) 879-5678.
The Santa Barbara Breast Care Alliance is a collaborative group of breast care experts who work together seamlessly to provide comprehensive and compassionate care for those with breast health concerns.
Our team approach has been designed with our patients in mind, providing expert specialty care from a highly qualified group of physicians, and additional support from other health care providers and a variety of special programs. If you live in the Central Coast area and you have a diagnosis of or concerns about breast cancer, we're here to help.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 879-0660.
The Breast Cancer Resource Center is a non-profit organization that offers peer-counseling, support groups, a buddy-mentor program, private sexuality and intimacy counseling services, a lending library, lecture series, and a suite of complementary and integrative therapy services such as reiki, reflexology, and meditation. All services and programs are provided at no charge. For more information, call (805) 569-9693.
Location: 55 Hitchcock Way, Suite 101, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
ASCO Answers: Breast Cancer
American Society of Clinical Oncology
Available in print at the Cancer Resource Library and as a downloadable PDF.
The booklet provides information about diagnosis, treatment, and side effects in a conversational tone and a reassuring look and feel to give patients and their caregivers the tools and resources they need to become active participants in their cancer care. Each section of this comprehensive guide also contains questions patients can ask their health care team, as well as space to write down the answers and make other notes. In addition, there are check boxes to help patients keep track of the tests, procedures, and treatments they will be receiving.
Frankly Speaking About Cancer: When a Woman You Care About Has Breast Cancer
Cancer Support Community
Available in print at the Library and as a downloadable PDF.