Many women dealing with breast cancer point to a complex bureaucracy, lack of information about where to turn or what their rights are – and the information is not centralized in one accessible place- In addition, each woman has different disease characteristics and accordingly, also a different treatment protocol- One in Nine, an organization that helps women with breast cancer and their families, has launched a new intuitive digital format that will accompany patients “step by step” to help and put some order in all the mental and physical chaos that occurs with the diagnosis- The modular format allows any woman to find the information that suits her and the stage she is at-

“The need to make the information accessible to the sick public, providing assistance and response to accompany those women throughout the process, is our top priority, along with raising awareness of the importance of early detection and advancing legislative policy in the field,” said Sigal Ratzin, CEO of One of Nine- That we launched, its role, first and foremost, to simplify the process for women who are facing a complex trajectory, both mentally and physically- The association is there to help them in any matter, by accompanying and supporting them in a variety of ways- “

These are the important steps:

  1. You were diagnosed – and now what?
    The characteristics of the disease differ from woman to woman and with them also the treatment protocols- It is recommended to prepare a “disease management file” in which the medical documents will be kept, and with it to reach all the doctors you will meet on the way-
  2. Be sure to come with an escort to the doctors round
    The new information and concepts can be confusing, even the emotional load can be a heavy burden- It is recommended to attend appointments with the doctors together with an attendant- It is advisable to write things down, because you do not always remember everything due to stress-
  3. What do you want from the HMO?
    Upon receiving the diagnosis, consult your family doctor so that you can be defined as an “oncology patient-” This will help in getting commitments (“Form 17”) for the various tests
  4. Appointments with various doctors
    Usually, the first doctor you see after the diagnosis is a breast surgeon, who will talk to you about the necessary surgery and refer you for further tests- The association recommends meeting with an oncologist as well-
  5. Acknowledge your rights
    After receiving a treatment plan, it is recommended to contact the “One in Nine” organization for assistance in exercising the rights with the National Insurance Institute, the health funds, private insurance, the workplace and more-
    You should see a doctor with an attendant | Photo: Kamil Macniak, shutterstock

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  6. The surgery to remove the lump
    Women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer (without metastasis) need surgery to remove the tumor- There are different types of surgeries, and it is important to prepare in advance for a hospital stay, depending on the type of surgery-
  7. making a decisione
    Should you undergo plastic surgery, and if so – coordinate the surgery- In a complete mastectomy, if desired, there is a possibility of breast reconstruction (in many cases, but not all)- To prepare for a combined surgery, consult a plastic surgeon about the options that are right for you-
  8. Mental coping on a personal and family level
    You may experience some degree of self-esteem, dilemmas regarding how to share with children and the immediate environment or dealing with the workplace- It is important to seek support so as not to go through it alone- One in Nine offers a variety of options for emotional-mental support individually or in groups-
    Patient in hospital (Photo: KieferPix, shutterstock)
    Women diagnosed early will undergo surgery to remove the tumor | Photo: KieferPix, shutterstock
  9. Treatments
    Breast cancer treatment is tailored to each woman according to her tumor characteristics, medical condition and more- Treatments can include chemotherapy, radiation, biological therapies, hormonal therapies, immunotherapies and more- In “Step by Step” you can read about the types of treatments and the differences between them, the side effects and how you can prepare for them- It is advisable to seek help at this stage, in preparation for the treatments during which many questions arise in the “by your side” program of one in nine, in which women who have struggled with breast cancer and recovered accompany you through the process and are a significant source of support and identification-
  10. Stages of recovery
    Just before returning to routine, you begin to digest what you went through and this period is usually characterized by emotional flooding- Do not go through this alone! “Little Line” and individual treatment through the volunteers and professionals in: One in Nine: will be happy to help both frontally and digitally for women who have difficulty leaving their home or who are interested in it-
  11. “The day after”
    Sometimes, at the end of the treatments, a gap is created between the expectation from the environment to return to routine as soon as possible and the symptoms typical of this stage- The association is here at this stage as well and provides emotional support, and assistance in exercising rights-

For any questions, dilemmas and consultations you can also contact the association 1-800-363-400

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