Under the best of circumstances, a cancer diagnosis can be frightening, devastating and isolating. Now, as the COVID-19 crisis grows larger every day, cancer patients – many who already have compromised immune systems - are more vulnerable than ever. In response, your American Cancer Society is refocusing our work to help cancer patients and communities facing the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's what the American Cancer Society is doing right now to help:
Updating web & social medial for access to the latest information and guidance, including:
Coronavirus, COVID-19, and Cancer
"Common Questions about the Coronavirus Outbreak"
Podcast: What Cancer Patients and Caregivers Need to Know about COVID-19
Patient & Family Services
24/7 Cancer Helpline 1-800-227-2345, 80% of calls in March were COVID-19 Related
Reach to Recovery, Peer-to-Peer breast cancer support
Ongoing Support Groups, Cancer Survivors Network and Springboard Beyond Cancer
Cancer.org - Comprehensive Cancer Information
Personal Health Manager - Track Diagnosis and treatment
Tender Loving Care - Help with Appearance Related Side Effects
Caregiver Video Series - Support for Caregivers
Patient Navigation - Hospital-based Patient Services
Cancer Information Videos - Prevention to treatment and more
Through our advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN, we are fighting for cancer patients with policies that will help ease the increased burden created by the pandemic.
Research - As always, lifesaving cancer research continues, aiming to find more - and better - treatments, oncover factors that may cause cancer, and improve cancer patients' quality of life.
In addition, the American Cancer Society has offered its Hope Lodge facilities to healthcare partners, to provide respite for healthcare workers on the frontlines of the pandemic.