Support for You
Breast cancer can be scary and confusing, both for those diagnosed and for their friends and family. It’s important to have a strong support network to help with the physical and emotional demands of the disease. Remember, you are not alone. There are many support services available to assist you on this journey, including:
- 1-877 GO KOMEN, a free breast care helpline offering professional support services to 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.
- American Cancer Society
Services: Provides transportation for chemotherapy or radiation visits, pain or nausea medication, free wigs and some prosthesis, and support group information. Reach to Recovery is a buddy program that provides a newly diagnosed woman with a survivor in a similar situation. Additionally, there is a dietitian on call to help with any nutritional needs.
- Columbus Cancer Clinic
Services: The Columbus Cancer Clinic utilizes the Sophie Classic Mobile Mammography unit by PlanMed. Sophie is the latest in imaging technology for stationary and mobile mammography systems. The unit provides optimal patient comfort during the mammography exam and displays the best image quality currently available. This new mobile unit was made possible by grants from the Columbus Foundation, the Columbus Medical Association Foundation and the Komen Columbus Race for the Cure.
- Cancer Care
Services: Provides financial assistance for screening services, transportation to appointments, childcare, counseling, teleconferences and other services.
- First Call for Help
Services: United Way referral and information service with access to many agencies and programs.
- Ohio Department of Aging
Services: Provides convenient access to information on services and benefits for older persons. This includes, but is not limited to information on transportation, income and financial aid, senior citizens centers and clubs, daily meals, pharmacy assistance, housing, volunteer opportunities, and more. Call for local Area Office on Aging information in your county.
- The James Care for Life Support Programs at the Wexner Medical Center
Phone: 614-293-6428 or 1-800-293-5066
Services: Patient and caregiver support grops, educational classes, gentle exercise classes, nutrition programs, expressive and creative arts, music and art therapy, children's support programs, special events and retreats. Programs are free.
- Medicaid (Medical Assistance)
Phone: 1-800-492-5231, press 2
Services: Provides health insurance for people of low income who are elderly, blind, or disabled as well as for certain groups of children. Services are coordinated by state or local government through the Department of Social Services or the Social Security Administration.
- Medicare Hotline
Services: Medicare is a Federal health insurance program for those who receive Social Security benefits. Eligible individuals include those who are 65 or older, people of any age with permanent kidney failure, and disabled people under age 65 who have received Social Security payments for at least 24 months.
- National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses Inc.
Services: Provides lodging and supportive services for families receiving medical care away from home.
- National Cancer Institute
Services: Provides information on locations for free or low cost FDA approved mammography sites.
- The Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF)
Services: Provides education, legal counseling, and referrals to cancer patients and survivors concerning managed care, insurance, financial issues, job discrimination, and debt crisis matters.
- Peggy's Wish - The Peggy Albright Foundation
P.O. Box 640 Pickerington, Ohio 43147
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site : www.peggyswish.com
Description: The Peggy Albright Foundation will provide small, but meaningful items to help comfort and support women while undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Included in the packets are items such as blankets, hats, journals etc.
Eligible Participants : Women < 40
- Rx Assist
Services: Database of patient assistance programs offered by pharmaceutical companies.
- Social Security Administration (SSA)
Phone: 1-800-772-1213 TTY: 1-800-325-0778
Services: Provides a monthly income for eligible elderly and disabled individuals. Information on eligibility, coverage, and how to apply for benefits is available from the Social Security Administration.
- Someone I Love is Sick
Someone I Love is Sick is a customizable tool to use when talking with children ages 2-6 years-old about a parent or grandparent who has cancer. Pages of the book can be selected to address the family's specific situation including diagnosis, treatment, hospitalization, recurrence and, if need be, end of life. The tool provides educational information, addresses emotional responses and can be used by families and healthcare professionals.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Services: Supplements Social Security payments for individuals who have certain income and resource levels. SSI is administered by the Social Security Administration. Information on eligibility, coverage, and how to file a claim is available from the Social Security Administration.
- Veterans Benefits
Services: Eligible veterans and their dependents may receive cancer treatment at a Veterans Administration Medical Center. Treatment for service-connected conditions is provided, and treatment for other conditions may be available based on the veteran's financial need.