Please don’t hesitate to ask for assistance.
The costs related to breast cancer treatment can quickly become a financial burden.You may get many bills for just one procedure. For example, you may get a bill from each department in the hospital involved with your surgery such as the lab (pathology), surgery and others. Even if your co-payment for a single bill is low, these costs add up. Out-of-pocket costs (such as transportation) may also add to this burden.
Thanks to the generosity of donors and sponsors, our Affiliate is able to fund many breast-health and breast cancer-related programs in this area.
Since our inception in 2008, the Susan G. Komen, Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate has raised more than $2.7 million dollars for local breast cancer programs and nearly $1 million for national breast cancer research. The Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate is working diligently to guarantee that every woman in this area has access to breast health care and education. To meet needs right here in our community, this year’s grants specifically address funding for screening and diagnostic mammograms, outreach and breast health education programs, as well as treatment assistance for uninsured and underinsured women.
The 42-city/county service area includes: Alleghany, Amherst, Bath, Bedford, Bland, Botetourt, City of Bristol, City of Buena Vista, Buchanan, Campbell, Carroll, City of Covington, Craig, City of Danville, Dickenson, Floyd, Franklin, City of Galax, Giles, Grayson, Henry, Lee, City of Lexington, City of Lynchburg, City of Martinsville, Montgomery, City of Norton, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Pulaski, City of Radford, Roanoke County, City of Roanoke, Rockbridge, Russell, City of Salem, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise and Wythe.
Support for You
Breast cancer can be scary and confusing, both for those diagnosed and for their friends and family. It’s important to have a strong support network to help with the physical and emotional demands of the disease. Remember, you are not alone. There are many support services available to assist you on this journey, including:
- 1-877 GO KOMEN, a free breast care helpline offering professional support services to anyone with breast health and breast cancer concerns, including breast cancer patients and their families. Eligible individuals with an active breast cancer diagnosis can call the helpline to inquire about the Treatment Assistance Fund to alleviate the financial burden of affording cancer treatments.
- The Co-Survivor section of Komen’s national website, where friends and family members can share tips and advice, and read personal stories from others who have been in similar situations.
Breast Cancer Research
The Komen Tissue Bank (KTB) thanks those who have selflessly donated breast tissue or blood or given of their time to help find a cure for breast cancer. The KTB, the only repository in the world for normal breast tissue and matched serum, plasma and DNA, continues its commitment to studying normal tissue with the ultimate goal of curing breast cancer.
The Komen Tissue Bank is the only repository in the world for normal breast tissue and matched serum, plasma and DNA. By studying normal tissue, we accelerate research for the causes and prevention of breast cancer. To more deeply understand the evolution of the disease, it is necessary to compare abnormal, cancerous tissue against normal, healthy tissue. We are committed to making a difference by acting as advocates for thinking, sharing and understanding NORMAL. For more information visite the Susan G. Komen Tissue Bank website.
Breast Cancer Trials
BreastCancerTrials.org was developed specifically for women and men interested in breast cancer trials. On this website you can:
- Learn about the benefits of taking part in a clinical trial, and the questions to ask before you do.
- Use this trial matching service to find trials that might be right for you. Contact research sites through our unique messaging service.
Have you been diagnosed with breast cancer and looking for a support group?
Local Support Group Resources:
- Young Survivor Coalition Support Group – This network is designed for breast cancer survivors diagnosed in their 40’s or younger regardless of your current age. Whether you have just been diagnosed, are still undergoing treatment or are several years out, join us to connect with others. Learn about available resources, ask questions, make new friends and be assured that you are not alone. Find out more information on facebook by clicking here or by going to www.youngsurvival.org.
- Carilion Clinic Support Group – This support group gives recently diagnosed breast cancer patients the opportunity to meet other women who are sharing similar experiences.
- On Eagles Wings Breast Cancer Support Group – This Lynchburg support group is for women of any age, at any stage in their journey with breast cancer. For more information, please call 434.200.5127 or 434.200.5528.
Moneta Breast Cancer Support Group – The group offers support to breast cancer survivors and fighters. For more information call 540.721.2088.