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Komen Virginia Blue Ridge invests $25k into the Treatment Assistance Fund
Susan G. Komen® Virginia Blue Ridge To Make $25K Investment to Assist Breast Cancer Patients Facing Hardship
Program to Provide Financial Assistance for Breast Cancer Patients Undergoing Treatment in Southwest Virginia.
ROANOKE (March 26, 2020) – Susan G. Komen® Virginia Blue Ridge announced an immediate investment in its commitment to support area residents dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Komen Virginia Blue Ridge Treatment Assistance Program (TAP) provides financial assistance for local patients dealing with the crippling costs associated with breast cancer treatment.
TAP covers limited costs associated with breast cancer treatment such as oral pain medication, anti-nausea medication, oral chemotherapy/hormone therapy, child care/elder care, home care, transportation, lymphedema care and supplies and durable medical equipment.
To be eligible, patients must have incomes at or below 250% of the federal poverty line ($31,225 for an individual) and have an active breast cancer diagnosis.
In addition, during the COVID-19 pandemic, healthy women of average risk should delay their routine breast cancer screening until later this year. If people are displaying warning signs for breast cancer, they should contact their health provider to determine their need for diagnostic imaging. This recommendation reflects the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control’s (CDC) guidelines to minimize exposure to and potential spreading of COVID-19 and to help support the health care system’s need to focus scarce health care capacity and resources on managing the pandemic. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge will be able to help patients in need with referrals to free or low-cost diagnostic testing, as necessary.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Susan G. Komen Breast Care Helpline Monday – Friday from 9am – 10pm ET at 1-877 GO KOMEN (465-6636). At the main menu, press # 2 for the Breast Care Helpline and ask for information about the Treatment Assistance Fund.