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Resources: Maintenance Therapy, Chronic Conditions, Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancers

Understanding Maintenance Therapy 

This section has been reviewed and approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 3/2013

Full article: http://www.cancer.net/all-about-cancer/cancernet-feature-articles/treatments-tests-and-procedures/explaining-maintenance-therapy?et_cid=31635509&et_rid=463565042&linkid=Read+more

Maintenance therapy is the ongoing use of chemotherapy (the use of drugs to destroy cancer cells) or another treatment to help lower the risk of recurrence (return of cancer) after it has disappeared following initial therapy. Maintenance therapy also may be used for patients with advanced cancer (cancer that cannot be cured) to help keep it from growing and spreading farther. In either situation, this type of treatment may be given for a long time.

Chronic Conditions: When Cancer Is Not Your Only Health Concern 

This section has been reviewed and approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 3/2013

Full article: http://www.cancer.net/all-about-cancer/cancernet-feature-articles/side-effects/chronic-conditions-when-cancer-not-your-only-health-concern?et_cid=31635509&et_rid=463565042&linkid=http%3a%2f%2fwww.cancer.net%2fall-about-cancer%2fcancernet-feature-articles%2fside-effects%2fchronic-conditions-when-cancer-not-your-only-health-concern

While you are coping with the physical, emotional, and social challenges associated with a diagnosis of cancer, it can be easy to ignore other chronic (long-lasting) medical conditions you may have, such as diabetes or heart disease. However, the way you manage these conditions often influences the success of your cancer treatment plan.

Facing Our Risk Empowered 



FORCE’s Mission is: To improve the lives of individuals and families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer

To this end, FORCE has eight mission objectives:

  • To provide women with resources to determine whether they are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer due to genetic predisposition, family history, or other factors.
  • To provide information about options for managing and living with these risk factors.
  • To provide support for women as they pursue these options.
  • To provide support for families facing these risks.
  • To raise awareness of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.
  • To represent the concerns and interests of our high-risk constituency to the cancer advocacy community, the scientific and medical community, the legislative community, and the general public.
  • To promote research specific to hereditary cancer.
  • To reduce disparities among underserved populations by promoting access to information, resources and clinical trials specific to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) Society


There is a flurry of activity surrounding Angelina Jolie’s decision to have a preventative double mastectomy after she became aware she is a HBOC genetic mutation carrier. We hope this site answers some of your questions, but it is important to have your personal risk assessed by a professional.

PLEASE NOTE, we are hosting a national educational conference in Edmonton, September 20 & 21 that will feature the most updated, leading-edge information for the medical professional and layperson alike. 

The Society provides information, advice, and peer support through means that include:

  • education seminars
  • individual support
  • peer support group meetings
  • hospital visits
  • newsletters
  • promotional materials
  • annual conference
  • informational website
  • strategic partnerships with related organizations

Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Foundation (HBOC) 


a community-oriented volunteer driven charity with a tripartite mission:

  • Awareness
  • Action
  • Support

Complementary and Alternative Therapies


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