Don’t let financial hardship keep you from the treatment you need.
Susan G. Komen Central & Eastern Virginia is proud to offer assistance to those struggling with the financial burden of breast cancer treatment through the Komen Central & Eastern Virginia Treatment Assistance Program. This program bridges the gap for underserved individuals who are actively undergoing breast cancer treatment. With this program, we aim to help those who are facing financial challenges by providing limited financial assistance, education and support services to low-income, underinsured or uninsured breast cancer patients throughout the Komen CEVA service area. Financial assistance is available for breast cancer treatment expenses such as oral pain medication, anti-nausea medication, oral chemotherapy/hormone therapy, child care/elder care, transportation to and from treatment, lymphedema care and supplies and durable medical equipment.
Funding through this program helps patients of any age who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, at any stage of disease. Financial assistance is granted to patients who meet pre-determined eligibility criteria. To learn more about this program and other helpful resources, call the Komen Breast Care Helpline at 1-877 GO KOMEN ext. 2 (1-877-465-6636).
Support for the Susan G. Komen Central & Eastern Virginia Treatment Assistance Program is made possible by grants from Page Auto Group and The Richard S. Reynolds Foundation.
Treatment Assistance Program Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply?
For more information or to apply for assistance, please call: 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636 ext. 2) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What should I expect when I call the Komen Helpline?
Once you call 1-877 GO KOMEN and state you are looking for financial assistance for breast cancer treatment, you will be connected with a licensed social worker who will conduct an assessment to determine if you meet the eligibility criteria to receive assistance from the Treatment Assistance Program. You will then be sent documents to verify diagnosis/treatment and income. Once documents are returned, eligibility is confirmed and funds are available, an award packet is typically received within a week.
What are the eligibility criteria for the program?
Individuals must have an active breast cancer diagnosis, be in active treatment, and have income at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Line (FPL). Active treatment describes anyone who is currently in treatment for breast cancer including those receiving surgery for the treatment of breast cancer (post biopsy), radiation, chemotherapy, hormone therapy and/or targeted therapy. For more information regarding the FPL, please visit https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines.
What type of assistance does the Program offer?
The Program offers $300 in treatment assistance to eligible breast cancer patients. Funds may be used to cover treatment costs associated with oral pain medication, anti-nausea medication, oral chemotherapy/hormone therapy, child care/elder care, at home care, transportation, lymphedema care and supplies, and durable medical equipment. Transportation is the most commonly-cited need.
How long does the process take?
Applications are vetted usually withing 24-36 hours from receipt of the application. Patients are then notified of award by letter upon application approval. Those that are approved receive an award packet in the mail withing 7 to 10 days of the original notification. The award packet includes a letter stating the award is made possible by Susan G. Komen Central & Eastern Virginia, educational materials, and a $300 check.
Does the Program cover costs associate with breast cancer screenings or diagnostics?
The Program does not cover costs associated with screenings or diagnostics; it only covers costs associated with breast cancer treatment. If you need assistance with screenings or diagnostics, please contact our helpline at 1-877 GO KOMEN.
How often is someone eligible to receive an award from the Program?
Individuals are eligible to receive award funds once every 12 months.
Why is treatment assistance important?
In recent study, it was found that more than 50% of women delay or avoid care because of cost. They prioritize their families over their health and will instead use their limited financial resources for bills, food, and/or transportation costs. Too many breast cancer patients in face decisions like this every day.
How does this program support Komen’s Bold Goal?
Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. A key way to accomplish this is by closing the financial gaps that are barriers for low-income women and their families throughout the United States. A diagnosis of breast cancer is a devastating event. Making these decisions is difficult in the best of financial circumstances, but it is further complicated for patients at low-income levels.