Grant benefits breast cancer patients

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Paying for cancer treatments and other related expenses can be a huge burden for cancer patients and their families.

Now, qualifying breast cancer patients and survivors in the Twin Counties can receive up to $2,500 to help pay for their medical expenses or survivorship needs through the Breast Cancer Treatment Assistance and Survivorship Program. Vidant Edgecombe Hospital received a grant to help residents of five counties, including Nash and Edgecombe.

Funding for the program is provided by the Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast Affiliate.

The program is need-based. To qualify for funding, people must have a breast cancer diagnosis. However, they do not have to be in treatment.

Long-term survivors also are eligible for the program.

The program can help with a variety of treatment-related expenses, including medications, co-pays, physical therapy or treatment bills, as well as provide help with transportation and a variety of services for breast cancer survivors.

The funding would be a welcome source of support in any community, but especially in an area like the Twin Counties where the breast cancer incidence rate is relatively high.

From 2003 to 2007, North Carolina had a female breast cancer incidence rate of 149.6.

Edgecombe County’s female breast cancer incidence rate during that time was 169.8, and Nash County’s rate was 159.

If you or a loved one is a breast cancer patient or survivor who could benefit from the program, call Scott Phillips, oncology patient navigator for Vidant Edgecombe Hospital, at 641-8313 to find out whether you are eligible to apply.