Local breast cancer survivors may soon feel a burden lifted from their wallets and pocketbooks.
The Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta organization has launched a new treatment assistance program that will support men and women diagnosed with breast cancer, including those in Coweta County.
The Komen Atlanta Treatment Assistance Program will provide direct financial help for local patients dealing with the crippling costs of breast cancer treatment, officials with the Susan G. Komen Metro Atlanta organization said.
“No one should have to choose between putting food on the table and getting the treatment they need to save their life. Yet we know that there are many barriers that often prevent breast cancer patients from accessing the care they need,” said Cati Diamond Stone, executive director of Komen Atlanta. “Thanks to the support of our donors, we will help remove some of these barriers for our neighbors in need.”
The program is part of the organization’s “Bold Goal” to reduce breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the United States by 2026.
According to the local Komen group, the breast cancer survival rate of metro Atlanta women is lower than the national average.
Komen Atlanta said it is fighting to change that statistic by providing breast health and breast cancer services for those who cannot afford them and by helping fund cutting-edge research to find cures.
To be eligible for the Komen Atlanta Treatment Assistance program, patients must have incomes at or below 250% of the federal poverty line and have an active breast cancer diagnosis.
The program covers limited costs associated with breast cancer treatment such as oral pain medication, anti-nausea medication, oral chemotherapy and hormone therapy, child care and elder care, home care, transportation, lymphedema care and supplies and durable medical equipment, officials said.
To find out if you or someone you know is eligible for assistance, call the Susan G. Komen Breast Care Helpline at 877- 465-6636 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .