Dance Against Cancer 2020
We have made the decision to ensure the safety and welfare of our volunteers, artists, and participants and will postpone our event until the fall. We look forward to celebrating 10 years of Dance Against Cancer on October 19, 2020.
The American Cancer Society is here to help during these challenging times. If you or someone you know has questions or concerns specific to navigating COVID-19 through the cancer lens, please reach out. The Society’s National Cancer Information Center is offering advice, support and information with a trained cancer information specialist 24/7 through online chat at Cancer.org and telephone calls at 800-227-2345.
The American Cancer Society's Response to COVID-19
Despite COVID-19, we are continuing our lifesaving mission throughout the nation. We know that while the world responds to COVID-19, patients continue to be diagnosed with and must be treated for cancer every day. We’ve taken proactive measures to ensure we can continue to provide access to care for the patients we serve with minimal or no interruption, while resolutely protecting the health of patients and caregivers and our staff and volunteers.
The American Cancer Society knows cancer patients are at higher risks of serious illness from infections because their immune systems are often weakened by cancer and its treatments. While we are learning more and more each day about the COVID-19 outbreak, we know the risk of infections -- in general -- for cancer patients. (https://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatments-and-side-effects/physical-side-effects/low-blood-counts/infections.html)
We are continually evaluating all processes and procedures and have made some operational changes to reduce risk of COVID-19 for our patients. Examples of new measures taking effect are:
Hope Lodge Locations
We are limiting access at Hope Lodge to guests (no visitors) until further notice.
Only essential personnel including patients, caregivers, staff and regular office volunteers have access to our buildings.
All people must pass through screening measures in place for building entry
Additionally, we are:
Screening for travel history and symptoms of guests, volunteers, vendors and staff.
Not accepting patients who have been sick with a respiratory illness in the last month.
Not accepting patients who have been in close contact with someone who is sick, until they are symptom free for at least two weeks.
Other Patient Programs
Volunteers with direct interaction with patients are withheld from activities if they have been sick during the last month.
Patient support via Reach To Recovery phone visits continue for breast cancer patients
We have enhanced our ability to provide wigs while limiting social interaction through implementing a coupon and mail ordering program.
Patient navigators are working with their managers and health systems on an appropriate course of action based on their geography, keeping health and safety first and foremost.
All extramural grants remain in effect and we continue to communicate closely with our grantees to support their work, in collaboration with and adherence to the safety measures at our leading research partner institutions.
268 Research Grants are currently in effect representing an investment of $143 million; $22 million Research Pay-If Grants
Rest assured that during this time we continue to passionately focus on our unique mission, while monitoring and adapting to this evolving national challenge. Your partnership, generosity, and belief in the work of the American Cancer Society is what allows us to continue to respond to the needs of the people in our communities that are fighting cancer every day.
Updates as of Wednesday, March 19 2020 at 12:15pm.