Clinical trials: Review and sign up to participate in breast cancer treatment clinical trials conducted locally at Rush University Medical Center (http://www.rush.edu/rumc/page-1099611527116.html); the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (http://www.nmh.org/nm/breast-cancer-clinical-trials); University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center (webres.uccrc.org/clinical_trials); Loyola University Health System (loyolamedicine.org/Patient_Visitor_Info/Medical_Research/Clinical_Trials/index.cfm); Cancer Treatment Centers of America inZion, Ill. (cancercenter.com/research/clinical-trials-by-cancer-type.cfm).
For non-English speakers: At y-me.org/information, you can find news and education on diagnosis and treatment in several languages. In addition, there is a comprehensive directory of clinical trials in English. A list of support groups in Illinois can be found at y-me.org/programs/supportgroups/illinois.php.
Young Survival Coalition: Meetings, information, events and newsletters focusing on the needs of younger women with the disease (youngsurvival.org/chicago).
Recovery on Water: A rowing team that gives breast cancer survivors the opportunity to become active in their recovery and gain support from survivors (recoveryonwater.org).
Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation: Raises money for area breast cancer research, funds medical fellowships and conducts outreach efforts for early detection and treatment (lynnsage.org).
Fundraising: A state-by-state list of money raising breast cancer walks, runs and relays can be found at thebreastcancersite.com/clickToGive/walks.faces?siteId=2#US.