As many of us know, the world was recently hit with a global pandemic known as COVID-19, or better known as Coronavirus. During these uncertain times, everyone is starting to take precautions and learn more about what they can be doing to prevent contracting the virus. And if you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer recently are are currently undergoing treatment, you may wonder how this could affect you. We wanted to take the time to answer some common questions along with providing additional resources for those who have been impacted physically, emotionally or even financially.
Please remember, its always important to consult with your doctor first before making any health related decisions.
What Does Having Breast Cancer Mean During COVID-19?
While breast cancer and COVID-19 are not directly related, most breast cancer patients that are currently undergoing active treatment can often have a higher risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. Those with weakened immune system are at a greater risk of contracting the virus, so its important for those who are undergoing chemotherapy or other breast cancer treatments to know their risk and take the proper precautions.
How Can I Protect Myself?
The best way to protect yourself is to practice social-distancing, washing your hands, and avoiding touching your face. Many experts, including the CDC, are encouraging everyone to practice good hygiene practices such as wiping down surfaces, cleaning your home regularly and washing your hands throughout the day.
How Will This Impact My Treatments?
With the CDC and other medical experts encouraging individuals to practice social-distancing, you may feel worried about still attending your treatments. However, hospitals and treatment facilities are taking the proper precautions to ensure their facilities remain as clean as possible. Feel free to give your local hospital or treatment center a call before arriving to ensure their updated procedures and that they are still accepting treatment appointments.
What Resources Are Available for Those Impacted by COVID-19?
Whether you’ve been impacted physically, emotionally, or financially, there are many organizations stepping up to aid breast cancer patients and survivors during this difficult time. We’ve rounded up various resources that are here to help those impacted by both breast cancer and COVID-19 to ensure they receive the proper treatment safely, get the financial help they may need and inform them on what precautions they need to take.
If you know of another resource that is not listed below, please feel free to email us so that we can include it for others!
If your financial state has been affected by COVID-19, Cancer Care has implemented a financial assistance program to help aid in covering food, medications, general household expenses, transportation, child care and home care.
Cancer.net is a great resource if you are looking to learn more about COVID-19 as a whole and what kind of precautions you need to be taking as a cancer patient or survivor. Knowing how to protect yourself can make a huge difference in your risk of contracting the virus.
Needing help navigating your treatment plans? UCSF Health outlines the important steps you should be taking when it comes to connecting with your care team and what to expect for various breast cancer types.
iGoPink Support Community
Needing an emotional escape to to connect with others who understand what going through breast cancer and COVID-19 is like? Join our iGoPink Support Community on Facebook to chat with other breast cancer patients and survivors daily.