Support For You

Breast cancer can be scary and confusing, both for those diagnosed and for their friends and family. There are a variety of organizations throughout our 53-county service area to ensure that there is a strong support network to help with the physical and emotional demands of the disease. Remember, you are not alone. Please contact our office to be added to our Survivor Contact list to be notified of special activities for survivors: info@komengreaterpa.org or call 412-342-0500.

SUPPORT:

There are various support services available to assist you on your journey, including local and national organizations:

  • Cancer Caring Center – Dedicated to providing free emotional support for cancer survivors, their family and friends. (Breast cancer support services are funded by a grant from Komen Greater PA.) 412-622-1212
  • Our Clubhouse (formerly known as Gilda’s Club Western Pennsylvania) – Cancer support for the whole family, the whole time. 412-338-1919
  • Call 1-877 GO KOMEN, a free breast care helpline, or e-mail helpline@komen.org to receive professional support services for anyone with breast health and breast cancer concerns, including breast cancer patients and their families
  • The Co-Survivor Section of Komen’s national website, where friends and family members can share tips and advice, and read personal stories from others who have been in similar situations.

NAVIGATION:

Oncology Navigators and Social Workers can make a significant difference in helping you to find and coordinate your care. They serve as the point person, advocate, and teacher throughout the continuum of care. If you need assistance understanding your treatment and care, ask if you can speak with a navigator at your treatment center. Contact the Social Worker at the facility where you are receiving treatment for specific assistance issues.

FINANCIAL AND OTHER ASSISTANCE:

There are a variety of financial resources that can help people living with breast cancer.   Below is a listing of local and national financial and treatment support resource programs.

  • The Susan G. Komen Treatment Assistance Program offers financial assistance to breast cancer patients living in the United States. Grants are provided to assist with costs of oral pain and anti-nausea medication; oral chemotherapy/hormone therapy; child care/elder care, hospice and palliative and home care; lymphedema care and supplies; transportation to and from treatment; wigs and prosthesis; as well as durable medical equipment. For more information, call the Susan G. Komen® Breast Care Help Line (M-F 9MA-10PM) 1-877 GO KOMEN (465-6636) or email: helpline@komen.org.
  • Transportation for Breast Cancer Patients in Western PA:  Allied Coordinated Transportation Service Destinations include but not limited to, counties such as Butler (including Cranberry), Lawrence, Mercer, Beaver, and Allegheny.   (Supported by a grant from Komen Greater PA)  To schedule, call 724-652-5588; Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • CancerCare  provides a wide variety of support services for all cancer types, including co-pay assistance (866-55-COPAY (866-552-6729))  and other treatment-related costs (800-813-4673). Limited financial grants for transportation, homecare, childcare and pain medications. Also, Linking Arms Program can provide grant for breast cancer patients to help with oral medications and lymphedema supply costs. CancerCare‘s Financial and Co-Pay Assistance also offers limited financial assistance for cancer-related costs and co-pays, and our professional oncology social workers can help you find additional resources.
  • The Co-Pay Relief Program (CPR) provides direct financial assistance to qualified patients, assisting them with prescription drug co-payments their insurance requires relative to their diagnosis. CPR call counselors work directly with the patient as well as with the provider of care to obtain necessary medical, insurance and income information to advance the application in an expeditious manner.
  • American Cancer Society  call the toll-free number to be linked to resources in your area:  (800) 227-2345.

CLINICAL TRIALS AND STUDIES:

Advancements in treatment are made through clinical studies. For a list of clinical trials available in our area, click here.

OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCES:

  • BreastCancerTrials.org was developed specifically for women and men interested in breast cancer trials and is a non-profit service that is dedicated to providing accurate information about breast cancer clinical trials.