Komen to help women pay for breast cancer treatment

Women struggling to pay bills associated with breast cancer treatment can now get help from the Komen Atlanta Treatment Assistance Program.

The program, announced by Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta, will provide direct financial assistance to patients dealing with the crippling costs associated with breast cancer treatment. 

Komen Atlanta says eligible patients must have incomes at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty line and have an active breast cancer diagnosis.

The program will cover things like oral pain medication, anti-nausea medication, oral chemotherapy/hormone therapy, child care/elder care, home care, transportation, lymphedema care and supplies, and durable medical equipment.

Cati Diamond Stone, Komen Atlanta executive director, said no one should have to choose between putting food on the table and getting the treatment they need to save their life.

“Yet we know that there are many barriers that often prevent breast cancer patients from accessing the care they need,” Stone said. “Thanks to the support of our donors, we will help remove some of these barriers for our neighbors in need.”

She said the financial assistance is part of the organization’s Bold Goal to reduce current breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the United States by 2026.

For more information, call the Susan G. Komen Breast Care Helpline Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-10 p.m. at 1-877 GO KOMEN (465-6636) or email helpline@komen.org.