October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

If you’re a breast cancer survivor or have been recently diagnosed, October is a great time to be reminded you’re not alone. Given October’s intensive focus on this type of cancer, it’s also a great time to take advantage of discounted screenings and events that offer support and raise money to help continue the battle against this disease.

With this blog, we’ll first review some of the year-round resources out there for breast cancer patients, survivors and their families; then, we’ll talk about some happenings in our local communities for this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Counseling

A breast cancer diagnosis can lead to deep feelings of uncertainty, insecurity and anxiety. What’s going to happen? What kind of treatments will be required, and how will those affect you? How much pain will be involved? Will you need a mastectomy? Will your hair fall out? How will treatment affect your family and work responsibilities?

There’s so much to consider. Having someone to talk to can make a huge difference in how well you and your family cope. But patients need more than just answers to the above questions; they also need someone to talk to about their anxieties and uncertainties, along with those of their families. Of course, your doctor and other healthcare professionals will always be your primary source of information, but there are other places you can find support.

You might consider logging onto the website of CancerCare®, a national provider of free, professional support services and information, all of which are provided by oncology professionals from around the world.

The Susan G. Komen San Antonio Chapter is also a great resource in our region for breast cancer patients and their families.

Support Groups

Support groups are a great way to join with and take strength from other cancer patients and survivors. These groups are also a good place for family members to get information about caring for a breast cancer patient and other information about the cancer journey.

Seguin Regional Medical Center (SRMC) offers a once-monthly support group for all area cancer patients, along with their families and caregivers. For more information, visit SRMC’s website or call 830.379.5411.

Financial Assistance

Many patients may not realize that they and their families don’t have to face the financial strain of breast cancer treatment alone. For patients without health insurance, most area hospitals have programs to help you get the screenings and care you need—the same is true for insured patients who nonetheless have trouble covering all the costs associated with treatment. For information on such resources in Guadalupe County, visit Texas Cancer Information (for information on other counties, visit https://www.texascancer.info/).

You can also find a long list of additional resources for financial assistance in the battle against breast cancer at the national Susan G. Komen website. CancerCare also offers some limited financial assistance for patients.

Talk to Your Local Healthcare Provider

For many patients, the best place to start will be their local healthcare facility. To learn about resources and services that might be offered close to where you live in the Guadalupe Valley, talk to your doctor or other healthcare professional, visit one of the following websites, or call the number in parentheses:

Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Our Region

Because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a number of healthcare facilities in and around GVEC’s service territory are organizing events and/or outreach initiatives. The following is a brief list of some of those events. Keep in mind that this list is not all-inclusive. If you don’t see your local facility listed, refer to the contact list above.

Seguin Regional Medical Center

SRMC is holding a “Mammos & Mimosas” event on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the GRMC Patient Tower Lobby. The hospital is promoting the event as a chance for “pampering & prevention!” There will be a large number of vendors on hand with ties to the hospital and an interest in women’s health. There will also be a limited number of mammograms conducted. To reserve one, call 830.401.7745.

Additionally, SRMC offers mammograms year-round for $145 out-of-pocket. For an extra $63 ($208 total), patients can upgrade to a state-of-the-art 3D mammogram. For more information, call 830.401.7745.

Yoakum Community Hospital

Throughout October, Yoakum Community Hospital is offering a $99 mammogram special in partnership with MDsave.com, an ecommerce healthcare specialty website. No doctor’s order is necessary. For more information, call the hospital at 361.293.2321.

Cuero Regional Hospital

On Oct. 1, Cuero Regional Hospital (CRH) is holding its annual “Runway for a Cure,” at The Venue (124 East Church Street, Cuero). The event features a fashion show with local fashions from area boutiques, modeled by cancer survivors and community supporters. For more information, call 361.894.5112 or email to eweatherly@cuerohospital.org.

At 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 11, CRH is sponsoring its annual “Tackle Breast Cancer” event, held in conjunction with the Cuero Gobblers home football game starting at 7:30 p.m. The hospital invites the community to come support their hometown football team, while helping carry forward the battle against breast cancer. Attendees will receive educational materials, free info from attending doctors and other medical professionals, t-shirts, and a flashing Tackle Breast Cancer LED button, allowing fans to show their “pink” spirit during the game. For more information, call 361.894.5112 or email to eweatherly@cuerohospital.org.

CRH is also offering a month-long, $65 special on mammograms. No doctor’s order is necessary for this discount screening. For more information, call 361.275.0170.

DeTar Healthcare System

DeTar Healthcare System in Victoria is holding a Lunch & Learn Seminar on Breast Cancer with Dr. Santiago Marroquin on Friday, Oct. 18 at 12 p.m., in the Education Classroom at the DeTar Hospital Navarro MEDI Center, located at 506 East San Antonio Street, Victoria 77901. For more information, call 361.788.6111 or email to judith.barefield@detar.com.

Central Texas Medical Center

Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) of San Marcos is holding a Breast Cancer Support Group, 1 – 2:30 p.m., Oct. 3, in CTMC’s Small Community Classroom. For more information, call 512.753.3733.

CTMC is also sponsoring the Pink Heals Hays County 5k Glow Run, starting at 8 p.m., Oct. 12, in River Ridge Park. For more information, email pinkhealshayscounty@gmail.com or search Pink Heals Hays County on Facebook.

CTMC is sponsoring San Marcos Academy (SMA) Pink Football at 7:30 p.m., at Ingram Stadium on the SMA campus, when the SMA Bears host the Guardians of Schertz John Paul II.

CTMC also offers free mammograms to eligible patients, year-round, through partnership with Community Action. For more information, call 512.392.1161, ext. 305, or visit ctmc.org.

Fred Astaire Dance Studio

Throughout October, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, with two San Antonio locations, is offering one private introductory dance lesson for $1 or two private introductory lessons, plus one group class and one social party for $10. All proceeds will benefit The Breast Cancer Charities of America. For more information, call Fred Astaire Stone Oak at 210.490.3733 or Fred Astaire, Alamo Heights at 210.832.8892.

Bras for a Cause

Guadalupe County Bras for a Cause isn’t held in October, but it’s very much in the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each year in early March, a number of men from around the Guadalupe Valley—many of them first responders—volunteer to dance and model ornately decorated bras, which are designed, created and sponsored by local businesses and organizations. The beautiful brassieres and accessories are auctioned off while being modeled, with all proceeds benefiting the Guadalupe Regional Medical Foundation Cancer Assistance Fund. The 2020 Guadalupe County Bras for a Cause will mark the event’s 6th year.

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