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Are You Struggling to Pay Bills During Treatment? Find Help Now.

Posted By on January 15th, 2014 at 8:38 am | 0 comments.

woman-with-bills-for-webIf you are currently in treatment for breast cancer, and having difficulty keeping up with rent and utility bills, there is help available! Breast Cancer Charities of America offers up to $500 on a one-time basis per patient through its Help Now Fund. You will need to complete an application together with your medical personnel or social worker, and submit it between the 1st and 7th of the month.

Here’s how it works…

~ Applications sent directly from the patient will not be accepted.

~ If approved, Breast Cancer Charities of America will call the medical personnel by the 15th of the month, and checks will be made payable to the rental or utility company and mailed to you for review.

~ To qualify, you must be a U.S. citizen in active treatment for breast cancer and provide documentation of past-due rent and/or utilities.

Click on the links below for more information on these programs.
http://www.thebreastcancercharities.org/help-now-fund/
http://www.thebreastcancercharities.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/2014-HNF-Application-Guidelines.pdf

What’s for Dinner? Free Online Service Organizes Meals for Survivors

Posted By on December 16th, 2013 at 8:29 am | 0 comments.

Meal-Train-Image-2forwebWhen faced with a breast cancer diagnosis, friends or family members might ask – “How Can I Help?”  Often they offer to provide that help by cooking dinner during treatment, but it’s tough to figure out who’s bringing what and when they’re bringing it!   That’s where Meal Train comes in.  It’s a free Web site that organizes meals for friends or loved ones in need.
Here’s how it works…

MealTrain.com allows anyone to set up a free meal calendar.  In the calendar, you can log on, choose a day of the week during which you would like to make a meal.  Each participant then chooses that day, writes what meal they will be bringing so other members of the Meal Train don’t bring the same thing.  How many lasagnas can you eat in one week anyway?  Meal Train also lets you type in the survivor’s address, their favorite meals, a preferred drop-off time and any allergies their family members might have.  Friends who choose to help in other ways may opt to pass on cooking a meal and send the patient flowers or donations instead.  For more information on Meal Train, click here.

Free YMCA Program Bridges Gap Between Treatment, Recovery

Posted By on November 13th, 2013 at 9:50 am | 0 comments.

Livestrong at YMCALivestrong offers FREE 12-week, small group fitness programs at various YMCAs around the country aimed at helping cancer survivors in the transitional period between completion of treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to return to a “new normal.” Instructors work to fit the program to each participant’s individual needs.

In Pennsylvania, the program is offered at the following four Y’s:

  • Indian Valley Family YMCA in Harleysville (215-723-3569)
  • Community YMCA of Eastern Delaware County in Secane (610-544-1080 ext. 220)
  • YMCA of York and York County, Southern Branch at Shrewsbury (717-235-0446)
  • YMCA of York and York County, York Branch (717-843-7884)

“Cleaning for a Reason” Making a Difference in Manheim

Posted By on July 15th, 2013 at 8:20 am | 0 comments.

The GarmansCleaning is difficult, even when healthy. Add in breast cancer and it makes for an extremely difficult chore.  For PA survivors like Lori Wolgemuth, undergoing treatment for cancer means that she was often too tired to accomplish even basic cleaning tasks that we take for granted, like dusting and vacuuming.

Lori was a busy mom to three boys, and then her life completely changed when she was diagnosed with cancer. Lori said, “In one moment, my life changed.”

Donna Garman, of Garman’s Cleaning in Manheim, Lancaster County, saw an opportunity to donate her time and skills through a nonprofit called Cleaning for a Reason. Donna heard about the charity through a job coach, who also happened to be the founder of the organization.

Donna’s mother is a breast cancer survivor. Donna can relate to the pain and hardship the disease can bring on a family. In fact, Donna’s experience with her mom’s cancer, along with knowing friends and other relatives who have battled cancer, propelled her toward volunteering with this charity.

This break from cleaning chores allows Lori to focus on her family and recovery. Plus, she feels good knowing the house is being maintained for her family’s sake.

Over the past two years, Garman’s Cleaning, under Donna’s leadership, has helped four local families with a family member who is battling cancer.

 

Medical Article: Quitting Tobacco After a Cancer Diagnosis

Posted By on November 15th, 2012 at 9:00 am | 0 comments.

New resources are available for those with cancer and their caregivers on quitting tobacco use. These resources are available free of charge from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Graham Warren provides a podcast and a Q & A article on the benefits of quitting after a cancer diagnosis. A booklet for healthcare providers is also available, offering tips on how to incorporate tobacco cessation into their practice.

The PBCC is Turning Awareness Into Action

Posted By on October 16th, 2012 at 8:55 am | 0 comments.

At the PA Breast Cancer Coalition, we turn awareness into action. To us it has never been about just wearing pink – it has been about gathering advocates, survivors and healthcare professionals together each October for the PBCC Conference, assisting those who have breast cancer and qualify for free treatment with getting the treatment they need and deserve, establishing the Refunds for Research program to give taxpayers a way to fund research happening here in Pennsylvania.

It has been about creating an insurance guidebook to help women navigate complex insurance issues and bringing our 67 Women, 67 Counties exhibit to communities throughout the state; motivating state legislators to enact legislation to improve the lives of breast cancer survivors.  This is just a snap shot of what we do. In everything we do – whether it is answering a phone call or email or driving around the state in our pink van – we turn awareness into action. We hope to inspire you to turn awareness into action in your community as well.

PBCC President and Founder Pat Halpin-Murphy responds to breakthrough breast cancer study

Posted By on September 24th, 2012 at 2:38 pm | 0 comments.

Researchers have unveiled what they believe is a hallmark study for breast cancer patients and the doctors who treat them. Their findings, published Sunday in the journal Nature and the New York Times, are expected to pave the way for new treatment options in the coming years.

The project, funded by a larger federal grant, focused on a genetic analysis of breast cancer, which kills more than 12,000 women in Pennsylvania each year.  The scientists monitored the tumors of 825 breast cancer patients in the US. As a result, they found four distinctive types of breast cancer. Within those types, researchers say they identified at least 40 genetic alterations that might be attacked by drugs. Many of those drugs are already being developed for other types of cancers with the same mutations.

Researchers and patient advocates stress that it could still take years of research and clinical trials to incorporate the insights into new treatments. They say a wide variety of drugs will most likely need to be created and tailored to individual tumor types.

“This is a tremendous new development that will alter the way women with breast cancer are treated,” said PBCC President and Founder Pat Halpin-Murphy. “Of course, this is the first step, but I believe it’s the first step toward a cure for many types of breast cancer.”

The four types identified in the study are basal-like cancers, luminal A and B cancers, and HER2-enriched cancers. From here, doctors and researchers are hoping clinical trials and dozens of separate drug studies will help to develop new breakthroughs in treatment from the findings. Dr. Elizabeth Stark, a breast cancer patient and biochemist at Pfizer, says she knows it will take time, but she’s hopeful the research will lead to a cure. “In 10 years, it will be different,” she said. “I know I will be here in 10 years.”

To read the complete New York Times Article, visit this link: NY Times Article

To read the complete journal Nature study, visit this link: journal Nature study

The PA Breast Cancer Coalition represents, supports and serves breast cancer survivors and their families in Pennsylvania through educational programming, legislative advocacy and breast cancer research grants. The PBCC is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure now…so our daughters won’t have to. For more information, please call 800-377-8828 or visit www.PABreastCancer.org.

Take the FREE Online Course on the Free Treatment Program

Posted By on September 17th, 2012 at 11:58 am | 0 comments.

Over 800 people have taken the PBCC’s free online course on Pennsylvania’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Program, which provides free treatment for uninsured and underinsured women battling breast cancer – and YOU  should join them! The course is available for all who wish to take it, with free continuing education credits available for nurses and social workers. Click here to take it now!

Real case studies give practical examples of who is eligible for free treatment, how the program works, and the overall benefit to the women who are covered through the program. Those who take the course will have the knowledge necessary to direct women to the program so that they can get the care they need without worrying about how to pay for it.