Join us for our Facebook Live Series ‘Health at Home’
Each Wednesday at 7pm, on our Facebook page, we invite health care professionals in our community to sit down for a virtual discussion with our CEO, Andrew Asato. Topics range from staying mentally well to how to navigate treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We want to 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.
Currently (updated May 20, 2020)
Governors Brown and Inslee have given health systems permission to re-open for non-urgent procedures and are slowly moving different areas of the Oregon & Washington, respectively, through re-opening phases. This means that many health systems and mammography centers are accepting reservations for both screening and diagnostic procedures. Contact your center / health provider to see if they are able to schedule your regular mammogram and screening procedures.
We have compiled this list of what health systems in Oregon & SW Washington are doing to safely resume services. It is not comprehensive and is updated as systems share their information with us.
Find information about COVID-19 as it relates to breast cancer patients, including staying safe, treatment, and clinical trials on Susan G. Komen’s COVID-19 page.
As of March 8, 2020
In early March, both Gov. Kate Brown and Gov. Jay Inslee declared states of emergency to address the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon and Washington, respectively. The World Health Organization declared the Coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.
“A pandemic is a global outbreak of a serious new illness that requires sustained transmission throughout the world,” said Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. This loosely-defined term does not necessarily refer to the lethality of an illness, but more so the worldwide spread.
For up-to-date information on Covid-19, including symptoms, visit the CDC website. For specifics on Oregon, visit the Oregon Health Authority, and for Washington, the Washington State Department of Health.
As of March 18, 2020
On Wednesday, March 18, Susan G. Komen suggested healthy women of average risk delay routine breast cancer screening this spring. However, people who are displaying warning signs for breast cancer should still contact their health provider to determine their need for diagnostic imaging.
Komen’s recommendation was made to minimize exposure to and potential spreading of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and to help support our health care system’s need to focus resources on managing the pandemic.
- The parameters of our Treatment Access Program have temporarily changed during the pandemic.
- Susan G. Komen’s information on COVID-19 and breast cancer
- The American Society of Breast Surgeons‘ information on COVID-19
- Information on coping with stress
- The Safe+Strong website, a program of the Oregon Health Authority, has COVID-19 resources in 12 different languages
- The Oregon Health Authority has created these videos about COVID-19 in multiple languages.
- 211info can connect you with resources in our region. Dial 2-1-1 or go to 211info.org.
- Senator Jeff Merkley has compiled resources on his site: https://www.merkley.senate.gov/coronavirus
- Senator Ron Wyden has compiled resources on his site: https://www.wyden.senate.gov/covid-19-economic-resources
- For those in the Portland-metro area, Rep. Earl Blumenauer has compiled a list of resources on his site: https://www.earlblumenauer.com/coronavirus/
- For those living with stage IV metastatic breast cancer (MBC), virtual social hours are being hosted Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Susan G. Komen has compiled a list of MBC conferences that can be attended virtually.
- Both Breast Friends and Pink Lemonade Project are conducting programs virtually.
- The Oregon Health Authority and the CDC