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Komen closes gaps with high-quality breast support every step of the way

Top 5 ways Komen's Patient Care Centre navigates people through their breast health care journey  

Komen closes gaps with high-quality breast support every step of the way

For many, the path to high-quality breast health care is complex and challenging even in the best circumstances. People from underresourced communities, especially women of colour, encounter even more barriers to care as they make their way through a fragmented healthcare system.

Susan G. Komen® is committed to ensuring all people receive the support and high-quality care they need at every step of their breast health journey. "Komen's Patient Care Centre is a game changer for people facing breast cancer," says Komen's Vice President of Community Health, Cati Diamond Stone, "Our incredible navigators act as trusted guides through the health care system, ensuring no one has to face this disease alone."

The Patient Care Centre (PCC) navigators are culturally responsive and dedicated care partners who offer free, personalised services to patients, caregivers and family members. "When I'm working with people in treatment, I want them to know they can trust me to help find answers and resources," says Roselyn White, a Komen Patient Navigator. "Cancer is the biggest blow, and I want to help cushion it."

Here are the top 5 ways Komen's PCC navigators provide support throughout your breast health care experience:

  1. We provide information and educational resources about breast cancer screening and treatment options.  Through our free Breast Care Helpline, you are immediately connected with a navigator who can provide helpful information on everything you need to know, from breast cancer screening to treatment options, as well as clinical trials, support resources, and genetic counselling and testing.

  2. We help you better understand your breast cancer diagnosis. We know that a breast cancer diagnosis is overwhelming, and our navigators can provide a better understanding of what your diagnosis means and what it means for your treatment. Kome navigators can also provide support to your loved ones and caregivers too.

  3. We connect you with resources and financial support. Our navigators are an essential link to the resources you need to manage your breast health. We assess your individualised needs and help you get access to breast health and breast cancer services, financial assistance and more to make sure nothing stands in the way of you getting the care you need.

  4. We provide emotional support. Dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis is tough, as is waiting on test results or finding the courage to support a loved one through it all. Our navigators provide emotional support and guidance to help address the feelings that come with these challenges.

  5. We hold your hand every step of the way throughout your experience. Like a trusted friend, our navigators stay with you for as long as you need them – for a day, a month or even longer. 

About Susan G. Komen®

Susan G. Komen® is the world's leading nonprofit breast cancer organisation, working to save lives and end breast cancer forever. Komen has an unmatched, comprehensive 360-degree approach to fighting this disease across all fronts and supporting millions of people in the US and in countries worldwide. We advocate for patients, drive research breakthroughs, improve access to high-quality care, offer direct patient support and empower people with trustworthy information. Founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy's life, Komen remains committed to supporting those affected by breast cancer today, while tirelessly searching for tomorrow's cures.

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