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 Monday–Friday, 8 am–9 pm CST.
- You can also email the helpline at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Read Komen’s recommendations for how best to protect yourself during the pandemic if you have breast cancer.
- The Breast Cancer Resource Center in Austin is continuing 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.
- Susan G. Komen and many other health organizations are currently recommending that healthy women of average risk delay routine breast cancer screening until later this year. Komen has made this recommendation to minimize exposure to and potential spreading of COVID-19 and to help support the healthcare system’s need to focus scarce healthcare capacity and resources on managing the pandemic and those most in need of support.
- Persons who are displaying warning signs for breast cancer should contact their health provider to determine their need for diagnostic imaging.
- Many of our community partners in Central and East Texas are now scheduling mammograms only for diagnostic purposes. Check their websites for up-to-the-minute information.
- 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.
- The Big Pink Give (originally April 3) will be rescheduled.
Other news you can use
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s regularly updates its news page about COVID-19.
- They have also posted specific recommendations for people undergoing cancer treatment.
- Google’s COVID-19 resource page
- Medicare recently expanded coverage for telemedicine/telehealth (that is, consulting with a medical professional online instead of in person).
- Other Texas agencies providing relief to people affected by the pandemic.
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.