Breast cancer resources during the COVID-19 pandemic
We are living with a pandemic, but that doesn’t mean the needs of our breast cancer community have stopped. We will keep this page regularly updated with information our local breast cancer community can use.
Virtual/online resources for breast cancer survivors, fighters, thrivers, and caregivers
- Call Komen’s Breast Cancer Helpline at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) for free, professional support services—available to anyone with breast cancer questions or concerns, including men diagnosed with breast cancer and their families.
- Calls are answered by a trained and caring staff member from Monday–Friday, 8 am–9 pm CST.
- You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Read Komen’s recommendations for how best to protect yourself during the pandemic if you have breast cancer.
- Komen provides patient navigation in the greater Austin area through our partner, the Breast Cancer Resource Center. BCRC continues to provide patient navigation and has moved to virtual support groups.
- Christus Trinity Clinic in Tyler is now offering expanded telehealth services and online screenings.
- Get help with breast cancer treatment costs through the Komen Treatment Assistance Program.
- Download and use our prescription discount card to save money on medications.
- There is no income restriction, and the card can be used for prescriptions not tied to cancer treatment.
- Contact us by phone or email if you need a referral for breast health services or other local services. We will walk you through the various options.
- As communities across the country begin to re-open, Susan G. Komen urges everyone to take care of their health by scheduling routine screening mammograms and getting any worrisome symptoms examined. Health care leaders now have a better understanding of the situation and the capacity of health care systems in communities across the country, as well as how to minimize exposure to COVID-19. “We don’t want women to stop getting mammograms and there is no reason to further delay,” said Dr. George Sledge Jr., Komen’s Chief Scientific Advisor. “Hospitals and cancer centers know how to appropriately mitigate the risk of infection and are among the safest places to go in society in that regard. We absolutely do not want to see an increase in the number of advanced breast cancers because of delayed screening.”
- Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, where we’ll invite conversation and post regular news updates that are useful to the local breast cancer community.
- Find an online support group so you can get the social support you need while minimizing your exposure.
Updates on upcoming Komen Greater CETX events
- The Tyler/East Texas MORE THAN PINK Walk has been rescheduled to August 29.
- All Komen Greater CETX MORE THAN PINK Walks will take place virtually.
- The Big Pink Give has been rescheduled to October 23.
Other news you can use
- Coronavirus: What People with Cancer Should Know from the National Cancer Institute.
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regularly updates its news page about COVID-19.
- Also see their specific recommendations for people undergoing cancer treatment.
- Google has a useful and regularly updated COVID-19 resource page.
- Medicare has expanded coverage for telemedicine/telehealth (that is, consulting with a medical professional online instead of in person).
- These Texas agencies are providing relief to people affected by the pandemic.
- Resources from Wonders and Worries for families needing to support children worried about a sick family member.
- Local guides to COVID-19 information for Austin, Tyler, and Waco.
Want to help?
We—and the community organizations we fund—have had to reschedule major fundraising events because of COVID-19. If you are able, making a gift now would help sustain our lifesaving efforts.