A cancer diagnosis can be devastating to anyone, specially children.
Komen Houston currently funds a support group at LBJ Hospital, a public hospital in the Harris Health System. The group called Tender Drops of Love offers six weeks of group sessions free of charge to women with breast cancer and their children. This program was featured on NPR - http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/07/30/206963697/parents-grapple-with-explaining-cancer-to-children
Komen Day in the District
On April 24, Komen Houston had the opportunity to participate in the Day in the District program as part of our ongoing partnership with Harris Health System, Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. All three institutions have received Komen grant funding to implement programs that serve the patients seeking care at Harris Health System, regardless of their ability to pay. Komen Board Members, Staff and Grants Committee Members were able to experience first-hand the compassionate and high-quality healthcare provided to all residents of Harris County.
Komen Houston’s partnership with Harris Health System began in 1995 with a funded grant of $20,000. Since then, Komen Houston has awarded more than $2.7 million to provide equipment to offer state of the art care to underserved and underinsured women in the Harris Health System, resulting in part an increase in screening mammograms from 5,000 in 2000 to more than 29,000 in 2012. In addition to the equipment, Komen Houston has funded patient navigation to ensure low wait times and maximize use of services women needing screening and diagnostic breast health services. No-show rates have dropped from more than 40% system wide to less than 10%. They have increased capacity and productivity at both screening and diagnostic sites and balanced the schedules across the System.
Komen has partnered with Baylor College of Medicine since 1999. Our funds have helped fund a tumor bank and expand risk assessment/prevention, genetic counseling, early detection treatment, enrollment in clinical trials and survivorship care to patients at Smith Clinic and Ben Taub Hospital. The grant funds have helped the Baylor team to minimize wait times from over 6 months to less than 3 weeks.
Recently Komen Houston funded MD Anderson to develop two programs for the patients seeking care at LBJ Hospital. The grants funded a genetic counseling and testing program as well as education and support program for breast cancer patients and their family members. The genetics program tested 121 patients and created referral guidelines for oncology fellows/faculty and a video in English and Spanish explaining the testing to patients. MD Anderson also implemented a program designed to teach the patient or caregiver how to talk about their diagnosis with their children.