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Breast cancer doesn’t stop, and neither do we.  The coronavirus is new, unprecedented, and confusing.  Komen North & West Texas is committed to keeping you informed with the latest news and guidance as the situation evolves.

Click the menus below for more information about the virus, screening guidelines, resources, and news articles.  If you have questions, our staff is available by phone (972-378-4808) and email (info@komennwtx.org).

Komen COVID-19 Action Fund

During this global pandemic, those most vulnerable within the breast cancer community include those living with metastatic breast cancer, breast cancer patients, and survivors.  Certain breast cancer therapies can cause immune systems to be compromised both during and long after treatment ends.  Rising unemployment, mandatory stay at home orders, and an overburdened health care system is causing a perfect storm for breast cancer patients who have questions or need care.  Funds raised through Komen’s new COVID-19 Action Fund will ensure that we are able to help those in need of support during this crisis.

You can help ensure support continues for our North & West Texas community members by providing the funding for:

  • Diagnostic Services:  Helping symptomatic patients receive the diagnostic tests they need to confirm a breast cancer diagnosis.
  • Patient Treatment:  Funding the life-saving treatments for those who have been or will be diagnosed with breast cancer during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Research Funding:  Investing in groundbreaking research and clinical trials.

Support for breast cancer patients and survivors is imperative. Help us in our effort to save lives.

Mammography Screening Guidelines

To minimize exposure to COVID-19, Susan G. Komen suggests that healthy women of average breast cancer risk who do not have signs of breast cancer delay their annual mammogram.  At the same time, it’s just as important to know your normal and understand the warning signs of breast cancer, and to contact your doctor if you notice changes.

Learn more about Komen’s recommendations and knowing your normal.

Community Assistance Resources and Information

Komen’s National Website
There are so many news stories and stories on social media, it’s hard to keep up and know where to go for reliable information.  We link to the CDC website from komen.org for immediate access to the latest information as it is posted by the CDC.  Also, we will post our press releases here.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Click the link above for the CDC’s dedicated COVID-19 informational hub.

Texas Department of State Health Services
For questions about COVID‑19, dial 2‑1‑1, then choose Option 6.
Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., 7 days per week

Komen Breast Care Helpline
Our helpline – 1 877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) – can provide information, psychosocial support, and help with coping strategies related to anxiety or concerns during these uncertain times.  The service is offered in English and Spanish from 9:00am to 10:00pm ET.  You can also email the helpline at helpline@komen.org.

Common Questions About the New Coronavirus Outbreak
American Cancer Society has compiled some FAQs regarding COVID-19.

Coronavirus:  What People with Cancer Should Know
The National Cancer Institute provides a guide for coronavirus and what people with cancer should know about the virus.

FDA Guidance on Conduct of Clinical Trials of Medical Products during COVID-19 Pandemic
https://www.fda.gov/media/136238/download

JNCCN: How to Manage Cancer Care during COVID-19 Pandemic
https://jnccn.org/fileasset/jnccn1804-Ueda_20118_preprint.pdf

MQSA Inspection Information Related to COVID-19
https://www.fda.gov/radiation-emitting-products/mammography-quality-standards-act-and-program/mqsa-inspection-information-related-covid-19?utm_campaign=2020-03-19%20CDRH%20Safety%20Comm%20%E2%80%93%20MQSA%20Inspections%20and%20COVID-19&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

News and Updates

UPDATE – March 19, 2020 @ 5:00pm

SUSAN G. KOMEN® TOLL-FREE BREAST CARE HELPLINE AVAILABLE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS, GUIDE PEOPLE TO NEEDED RESOURCES
Online and Phone Resources Critical During Period of “Self-Distancing”

DALLAS – March 19, 2020 – Susan G. Komen®, the world’s leading nonprofit breast cancer organization, today announced that its Breast Care Helpline is continuing to operate, providing an important resource for women and men who cannot get in to see a health care provider in person.

“In this time of social distancing, doctors’ appointments may be delayed, and people may be isolated from their usual sources of support,” said Susan Brown, Komen’s senior director of education and patient support.  “We know this can create uncertainty and raises many questions.  We are here for you, we care about you, we will support you.  Susan G. Komen provides resources online and through our toll-free helpline to help patients, their families and loved ones going through breast cancer so that no one feels alone in a time of need.”

Komen’s Beast 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 helpline@komen.org

Komen also noted that COVID-19 is disrupting routine screenings for many women and supports delaying screening during this heath crisis.  However, Komen strongly encourages people to know what is normal for them, and to report to their health care provider any changes.  The warning signs for breast cancer are not the same for all women.  The most common signs are changes to the look or feel of the breast, but a full list of warning signs for breast cancer can be found on komen.org.  Contact a doctor if you notice any change in your breast.


UPDATE – MARCH 19, 2020 @ 12:45pm

A MESSAGE ABOUT COVID-19 FROM KOMEN NORTH & WEST TEXAS

Our Susan G. Komen North & West Texas family, like the rest of the world, has been closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19 and adhering to the recommendations provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The health, well-being, and safety of our Komen North & West Texas community, some of whom have compromised immune systems due to breast cancer treatment, is our top priority.

We would like to share a few updates on the actions we are taking to protect those we serve, medical providers, caregivers, volunteers, and supporters.  The following events are being rescheduled in light of the CDC recommendations to limit gatherings of 50 or more people:

  • The 2020 North Texas MORE THAN PINK Walk scheduled for Saturday, May 16 has been rescheduled to Saturday, September 12 at The Star in Frisco.
  • The Amarillo Office Open House scheduled for Thursday, March 26 has been rescheduled to Thursday, June 11.

The following events are still scheduled on their original dates, and we will provide updates should any related events need to be rescheduled over the coming months:

  • The North Texas area Komen Scholar Series installment will be on Friday, September 18 at the Lincoln Experience Center in Frisco.
  • The 2020 Amarillo MORE THAN PINK Walk will be on Saturday, September 26 at the Amarillo National Bank Plaza 2.
  • The 2020 Wichita Falls Race for the Cure will be on Saturday, October 3 at the Multipurpose Events Center (MPEC).
  • The 2020 Lubbock MORE THAN PINK Walk will be on Saturday, October 17 at the Moonlight Musicals Amphitheater in Mackenzie Park.

Moving these events and the overall impact of COVID-19 will make a significant financial impact on our ability to serve the women, men, and families who need us most, including those currently in ongoing breast cancer treatment.  We ask you, as members of the Komen North & West Texas family, to help as you can.

This week in a statement, Komen’s Chief Scientific Advisor, Dr. George Sledge, suggested that healthy women of average risk delay routine breast cancer screening until later this year.  People who are displaying the warning signs for breast cancer should contact their health provider to determine their need for diagnostic imaging.  If you are in need of breast health services, you can contact us at info@komennwtx.org or 972-378-4808.

As we continue to monitor our rapidly changing environment, we will make the best choices we can for our services and programs.  To learn of any changes, please look to our website and social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for updates.

Our hearts go out to everyone who is negatively impacted during this time of great uncertainty, but know that we are full of gratitude for our loyal supporters.  We will never give up our fight to end breast cancer forever.

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