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This page has information for people with breast cancer and their families. For general information on coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. If you have another type of cancer, the American Society of Clinical Oncology website has information on coronavirus for people with cancer.
What is coronavirus?
The new coronavirus was first detected in China in late 2019. This coronavirus has been named SARS-CoV-2. It causes the respiratory disease COVID-19 (which stands for coronavirus disease 2019).
Most cases of COVID-19 are mild. However, some cases are severe and can lead to death.
For the latest information on the coronavirus, visit the CDC website.
Am I at risk of getting coronavirus?
People who are older or who have other health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease or diabetes, are at greater risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19.
If you have breast cancer and are on chemotherapy or immunotherapy, or you have metastatic breast cancer, your immune system may be weakened. This means you have an increased risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.
Check the CDC website and your local public health department website for the latest information.
Resources & Information
- Self-Care and Stress Management During the COVID-19 Crisis: Toolkit for Oncology Healthcare Professionals (March 24, 2020)
- Cancer In The Days Of The Coronavirus (March 22, 2020)
- Real Pink Podcast on Apple Podcasts: Prioritizing Safety and Health During COVID-19 (March 22, 2020)
- Real Pink Podcast on Google Play: Prioritizing Safety and Health During COVID-19 (March 22, 2020)
- Susan G. Komen® Suggests Non-Symptomatic Women Delay Routine Breast Cancer Screening This Spring (March 18, 2020)
For people in need of support, Komen’s Breast Care Helpline can provide information, social support and help with coping strategies related to anxiety or concerns during these uncertain times. Calls to the helpline are answered by a trained and caring staff member in English or Spanish, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET. You can reach the helpline by phone at 1-877-GO-KOMEN (465-6636), or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Treatment Assistance Program
Komen Central and South Jersey has once again invested in the Komen Treatment Assistance Program (TAP) which provides financial assistance for local patients dealing with the crippling 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. Learn More