COVID-19 Information

Last edited: May 4th, 2020.

We at Komen Columbus want to first take this opportunity to thank all medical professionals who are working around the clock to treat those affected by the novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

In these uncertain times, we have received numerous questions regarding how and when to access breast health care in the coming weeks and months. Here are some useful tools for your use.

 

Komen Columbus Pandemic Patient Assistance Program

Komen Columbus is proud to announce the Komen Columbus Pandemic Patient Assistance Program. In these uncertain times, we have created an assistance program to support those affected by breast cancer and facing unexpected needs.

If you or someone you know of is currently undergoing breast cancer treatment and in need of assistance visit this page for more information.

Your Breast Health and COVID-19


Mammograms
In an effort to minimize exposure and free up needed health capacity to deal with COVID-19, Susan G. Komen suggests healthy women of average risk delay routine breast cancer screening until later this year. Read more about Komen’s statement here. 
 
Set a reminder:
Use Susan G. Komen’s mammogram reminder tool to remind yourself to reschedule your mammogram
 
Displaying Warning Signs?
If you are displaying warning signs for breast cancer, contact your health provider right away to determine your next steps.
 
PLEASE NOTE:
Warning signs for breast cancer are not the same for all women. The most common signs are changes to the look or feel of the breast. See a doctor if you notice any change in your breast.

Learn more about the warning signs for breast cancer here.

 

Support for patients in active treatment

Our Care Coordinators are here to help! If you or someone you know is struggling with your care or treatment plans due to recent events – Komen is here for you. Reach out to our Care Coordinators, Alyncia and Laura, to receive assistance. 
Alyncia Mason
Programs Manager
614-942-1216
Laura Grueser
Southeast Ohio Patient Navigator
614-942-1229
In addition to the services our Care Coordinators provide, here are some resources for breast cancer patients.


The 2020 Komen Columbus Race For The Cure

In light of recent events, the board and team at Komen Columbus have made the difficult decision to reschedule the 2020 Komen Columbus Race For The Cure. We believe it to be in the best interest of our loyal participants to reschedule this year’s event to a time later in the year when conditions are favorable to hold our event which hosts 20,000 survivors, co-survivors, and supporters of Komen annually.
More details will follow soon as we assess the situation. We thank you for your patience and continued support of Susan G. Komen Columbus.

The Komen Columbus Rally for the Race

The Race for the Cure holds a special meaning for all of us.

Community. Family. Celebrating. Remembering. Honoring. Supporting. And most importantly, being together.

This year, despite the constraints of a global pandemic, it is more important than ever that we celebrate hope together.

Join Komen Columbus on May 16th for a virtual Rally for the Race in honor of 28 years of racing together for a cure.

Our virtual Rally for the Race will include:
• LIVE announcement of the rescheduled 2020 Race for the Cure date!
• Sneak peek of the new Race course (with special guest appearances!)
• Fun ways to rally together and celebrate with us from home.
• Posts from YOU, our incredible community.
Tag @KomenColumbus and you could be featured on our page!

Join the Rally for the Race Facebook group to stay up to date with all the updates!


How you can keep connected

Make sure to follow Komen Columbus on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn for all updates.

Keep in touch with Komen Columbus so you don’t miss an update! Sign up for our newsletter to receive all the new information released in the coming weeks.

Susan G. Komen National Helpline
The Susan G. Komen Breast Care Helpline offers education, psychosocial support and information on resources for patients and their loved ones.
You can call the helpline
directly at 1-877-465-6636 or send an email to helpline@komen.org.

 

Looking for a new job? 

COVID-19 has caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs, we know how devastating that can be for anyone, especially those affected by breast cancer. The Human Service Chamber of Franklin County is helping those in need of work find it, with a job board listing nonprofit work opportunities in Franklin County!

 

Upcoming Webinars

Breast Cancer Patient Virtual Support Network
We recognize that patients may not have access to their normal in-person support groups right now, and invite you to join us in a virtual space, each Wednesday, at 7 p.m. Both early stagers and patients with advanced breast cancer are welcome. A clinical facilitator and mental health facilitator will be present. Join at: https://zoom.us/j/852404905

 

Komen Columbus Virtual Yoga Zen HourYoga Zen Hour Program
Take time to de-stress and reduce your anxiety at home through a 1 – hour virtual yoga session led by Michele Faith – breast cancer survivor and owner of Yoga oM. Every Thursday at 7 PM, Take some time to breathe and unwind with virtual yoga classes. 

Sign up for this week’s class here.

Do you need some Yoga now? Revisit one of our past classes here!

 

Virtual Painting Show with Marc ThomasVirtual Painting Show Graphic
Join Komen Columbus on Monday, April 20th at 5:30 PM to watch local artist, Marc Thomas paint one of his beautiful and bold Urban Expressionist paintings!

During this 30 minute session, Marc will walk through the steps he takes to create his art from start to finish!

Sign up for the painting show here.

Check back regularly for more webinars and classes!


Past Webinars


Komen Columbus Virtual Yoga with Survivor Michele Faith

Take time to de-stress and reduce your anxiety at home through a 30-minute virtual yoga session led by Michele Faith – breast cancer survivor and owner of Yoga oM. Watch the full class here!

 

Komen Northeast Ohio COVID 19 and patient coping webinar
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Komen Northeast Ohio will be offering a series of FREE virtual webinars in the coming weeks focused on topics important to breast cancer patients and survivors. This webinar, led by Kerri Mazzone, LCSW, will focus on coping with patients/survivors caused by the pandemic. Kerri will also cover the precautions health systems are taking to keep patients safe, fear, anxiety, and isolation.

Watch the full Webinar here!

 

Ask the Oncologist: A Lunchtime Chat with Dr. Alberto MonetroAsk the Oncologist 4.2.20 Social Graphic
Our friends at Komen Northeast Ohio held a thoughtful discussion on COVID19 and its impact on breast cancer treatment, led by Dr. Alberto Montero, MD, of The Cleveland Clinic. This lunchtime chat focused on the precautions health systems are taking to ensure patient safety during breast cancer treatments.

 


Guided Meditation with Adam Lobel
Guided Meditation 4.16 Social
If stress has you anxious, tense, or worried, consider trying meditation. Spending even a few minutes in meditation can restore your calm and inner peace. Our friends at Komen Northeast Ohio held a 30-minute free, interactive, virtual guided meditation with Adam Lobel of the Engaged Mindfulness Institute!


Eating and Cooking for a Healthy Immune System (from Komen Florida)
Eating a range of healthy foods, including fruits and vegetables, and protein are all important. Join a Certified Health Coach and Chef as she cooks up some deliciousness and discusses how to maintain eating for a health immune system during COVID-19, provided by our friends at Komen Florida. Click here to watch the video.

Zumba Fitness for Breast Health
Join Kate Watt, Executive Director for Komen Florida, and Brittney Nicole, licensed Zumba instructor, for a discussion of the benefits of exercise and a Zumba workout! Click here to watch the video.

Mental Health and Self-Care
Tips and tools from our Komen Florida friends and Leah Eustace, CFRE, ACFRE, to discuss how to cope in times of crisis, how your reaction can affect those around you, and the importance of supporting your mental well-being. Click here to watch the video.

 

Breast Cancer and Coronavirus Impact Chat
Learn about treatment impacts for patients from leading Komen Scholars across the country, including local OSU Komen Scholar, Dr. Julia White. Click here to watch the video.

Metastatic Breast Cancer and COVID-19
A Facebook Live chat on the impact of COVID-19 to patients living with metastatic breast cancer. Komen Scholars Dr. Ian Krop and Dr. Kathy Miller will answer questions and tell patients what they should know and how they can stay safe. Pam Kohl, Director of the Komen Metastatic Breast Cancer Research Initiative, will moderate the conversation. Click here to watch the video.