October is widely known as breast cancer awareness month, a focal moment to increase women’s awareness that they should have a clinical breast exam and mammogram every 1-2 years depending on their age and family history.
It is also a time to focus on those who have breast cancer, celebrating survivors, remembering those we have lost, and supporting those living with breast cancer. A diagnosis of breast cancer can be overwhelming, but women need to know they are not alone.
The Hematology/Oncology team at Harvard Vanguard has put together a list of resources that you, a friend, or a loved one might find helpful:
The American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org):
Cleaning for a Reason (www.cleaningforareason.org):
This organization partners with maid services to offer free professional house cleaning to improve the lives of women undergoing cancer treatment.
The Ellie Fund (elliefund.org):
Provides free transportation to medical appointments, childcare, housekeeping, groceries and nutritious prepared/delivered meals. Program participants must be referred by an oncology physician, social worker or patient navigator.
National Cancer Institute (www.cancer.gov):
The Hematology/Oncology Department at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates is located at our Kenmore practice. Our mission is to provide our patients with state-of-the-art treatments delivered in a comfortable and compassionate manner.