American Cancer Society COVID-19 Response

by Ms. Paula Green of American Cancer Society, Inc. - Northeast Region

Posted to 11 on 4/20/2020 at 9:17 AM

{"ops":[{"insert":"I’m proud of the work the American Cancer Society has done to transition services to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic, and I wanted to share with you some of what we are doing:\n\n?\tHope Lodges are being converted to house front line health care workers. With the spread of coronavirus, we had to make the difficult decision to close Hope Lodges to cancer patients, to protect those we serve. With Hope Lodges standing empty and health care workers being called on to work longer shifts and are often afraid to go home for fear of infecting their families, we stepped in. We are offering Hope Lodges free-of-charge to front line health care workers who need a safe place to stay.\n\n?\tOur 24/7 helpline for answers and support is still operating, and we are investing in capabilities for video chat. 80% of our calls in March were related to coronavirus, and we can’t stop taking those calls. Reach To Recovery, our peer-to-peer breast cancer support network, is also still operating during this time, and has transitioned to be phone and video based. ACS Cancer Helpline - 800-227-2345 or live chat at\n\n?\tWe are dedicated to providing fact-based answers and support for cancer patients and caregivers, especially with misinformation about the coronavirus circulating. We built a hub on our website, with resources for patients, survivors, and caregivers; we invited Dr. Len, our deputy chief medical officer, on our podcast to talk about what cancer patients need to know about coronavirus; and we’re producing a series of short videos answering common questions that we are sharing across our social media channels.\n\nIf you need additional information or services, contact me directly at\n"}]}

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