After a breast cancer diagnosis, it’s not only common, but a crucial part of the treatment journey for patients to seek information and community. As studies show, social support received in the form of information or emotional support, is critical for the survival and quality of life of chronic disease patients, including breast cancer patients. Support usually comes from doctors, church groups, friends, family, or a significant other, but it can also come from online programs as well. One online program offers support specifically for those with HER2-positive breast cancer, a type of breast cancer that tests positive for a protein (called human epidermal growth factor receptor 2, or HER2) that promotes cancer cell growth. This support program offers features such as a personalized starter kit and additional tools and resources to help you along your treatment journey. And the best part about it is that it’s free* and easy to sign up for. Read on to learn more about HERConnection.
What Is HERConnection?
Finding a support program that’s right for you doesn’t happen overnight, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. HERConnection is a free support program designed specifically for people with HER2+ breast cancer (who are receiving Genentech medicines). It provides information and resources that can help educate you on your diagnosis while empowering you throughout your treatment journey with HER2-positive resources and information.
How It Works
Unlike some support programs, which may be hard to find and even harder to navigate, HERConnection makes it easy to find information and resources related to what you need, when you need it. When you sign up, you will receive a package in the mail and emails over the course of your treatment journey. Because no two treatment journeys are the same, HERConnection delivers only the materials and information that make the most sense for you on your particular HER2-positive journey. And all you have to do to start is answer a few questions regarding your treatment on the HERConnection website.
What You Get
The point of HERConnection is to make information accessible and to give you the tools to help you navigate a HER2-positive diagnosis and treatment more easily. That’s why it offers a range of resources. You’ll receive a treatment journal to help keep track of appointments and doctor’s notes, a water bottle, and a cookbook made specifically for cancer patients and their caregivers. Additionally, you’ll receive treatment education with facts about the medicine you are taking, what to expect during treatment, access to support groups, financial guidance that can help shed light on different financial assistance programs that you may be eligible for, and support for a healthy lifestyle, with tips for healthy eating, staying active, and maintaining emotional well-being during and after treatment.
How to Sign Up
Signing up is easy (and free)! All you have to do is answer a few questions regarding your treatment and how you heard about HERConnection. That means you can sign up if you’re currently taking Genentech medicines for HER2-positive breast cancer. And if you are a caregiver to someone taking one of these medicines, you can definitely sign up on their behalf. Just remember that you will be receiving information and resources geared toward your loved one, so don’t forget to pass it along.
This article was created by SheKnows for Genentech.