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Breast Cancer Support Groups

​​​​​​​​​​​Breast canc​er support groups:

Eau Claire — Eau Claire Partner's Breast Cancer Information and Support Group

This group offers regular, free, open lectures to the public. 

Programs are designed for women who have had breast cancer, their families and friends or for anyone with an interest in breast cancer. 

When: The first Thursday of every month from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Where: ​Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

Call 715-839-4387 for more information.​

Eau Claire and Rice Lake  — YANAS (You Are Not Alone, Sister)

A variety of topics, such as coping with chemotherapy side effects, research, technological advances and community resources, are discussed. ​

Meetings are open to anyone interested in attending, and no registration is required. 

YANAS Breast Cancer Support Group is sponsored by Pink Ribbon Advocacy and the Marshfield Clinic.

YANAS Eau Claire Chapter

When: The third Thursday of every month from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Where: Deb's Cafe (Ex​​it 92 off Hwy 53 bypass, between Lake Hallie and Eau Claire) no outside food or drink is allowed, but food or drinks can be purchased at Deb’s Café

Please contact Lori Stress at 715-858-4742. You may also contact Marshfield Clinic Cancer Care at 1-800-839-3956.​​

YANAS Rice Lake Chapter

When: YANAS meets the second Tuesday of each month from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Where: Grace Episcopal Church, 119 West Humbird, in Rice Lake.

Please call Monica Hanvelt, RN, at 715-236-8235 for more information. You may also check out the Pink Ribbon Advocacy Web site at www.pinkribbonadvocacy.org  for more information.​

Eau Claire — FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered): Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​FORCE is a non-profit organization for individuals and families affected by hereditary breast or ovarian cancer or a BRCA mutation. 

Sessions provide information, support, awareness and advocacy for individuals and families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

When:

Where: Marshfield Clinic Cancer Care at Sacred Heart Hospital - 900 West Clairemont Avenue, Eau Claire

Contact: 

Laura Ellingboe - Eau Claire Outreach Coordinator

715-579-7492 or laurae@facingourrisk.org​

Nan Bethmann RN - Marshfield Clinic Cancer Care Center 

715-839-3956, or 800-839-3956

Marshfield and Wausau/Weston area —  Women Living With Hope Support Group

Providing women affected by breast cancer with informational, emotional and practical support in a comfortable setting.

Marshfield Area Program information

When: The third Monday of every month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

Where: ​Hope Lodge in Marshfield, Wisconsin. If you have any questions, please contact Julene Diedrich NP​ at 715-387-5954 or e-mail us at breastcancer.support@marshfieldclinic.org.

Wausau / Weston Area Program information

When: Third Monday of each month. 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Where: Weston Regional Medical Center, St Francis Conference Room, 3501 Cranberry Blvd, Weston

Directions: Parking Lot #2. Enter in revolving door, right past staircase and the conference room is on the left, just before the Bread Basket.

For more information, please contact Amanda Boreen, RN, CN-BN, CBPN at 715-393-1406 or toll-free at 1-800-847-0016.

E-mail boreen.amanda@marshfieldclinic.org​

Multiple Locations —  Reach To Recovery Support Program

The Reach To Recovery program provides information and support to anyone facing breast cancer through one-on-one contacts with American Cancer Society volunteers.

Reach to Recovery volunteers are breast cancer survivors. We also have male breast cancer survivors as trained volunteers.

​​Reach to Recovery is a state-wide program.

Contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 for further information for patients receiving care at the following locations:

  • Marshfield Clinic Cancer Care at Sacred Heart Hospital
  • Chippewa Center
  • Park Falls Center
  • Rice Lake Center
  • Ladysmith Center

Contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 for further information for patients receiving care at the following locations:

  • Marshfield Center
  • Marshfield Clinic at James Beck Cancer Center
  • Marshfield Clinic Cancer Care at Saint Michael's Hospital
  • Minocqua Center

Reach to recovery is also available at:

  • Wausau Center
  • ​Weston Center​

Contact us for care

If this is a medical emergency, call 911.

Call: 1-866-520-2510

(Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

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