COVID-19 and Breast Cancer Care: What Patients Need to Know

People with breast cancer, survivors, and loved ones are still dealing with layers of fear and uncertainty about staying safe and healthy and undergoing treatment during COVID-19. We answer common questions about COVID-19 vaccines, boosters, and more. This page is continuously updated.

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Breast Cancer Screening and COVID-19: The State of Mammograms Now

BCRF researcher Dr. Wendie Berg outlines what happened to breast screening and mammograms in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic—and what is safe to do now.

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Managing Stress in the Time of COVID-19

People across the world are facing new worries, on top of the stress and anxiety that normally come with a breast cancer diagnosis. In a video interview, Dame Lesley Fallowfield, a psycho-oncologist at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, shared research-backed insights for managing stress and staying steady through these difficult days. Read her advice for cancer patients, caregivers, and family members.

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How to Stay Active at Home During the COVID-19 Crisis

Finding 30 minutes to exercise each day can be tough—and that’s during normal times. Between fitness centers being closed and acute stress, exercise may be an afterthought right now. In a video interview, Dr. Melinda Irwin, professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, talks about the benefits of exercise for breast cancer patients and how to fit at home and at a safe distance outside.

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Using Mindfulness to Reduce Stress and Strengthen Your Immune System

Dr. Julienne Bower, associate professor of psychology and psychiatry at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine, and mindfulness practitioner Diana Winston discuss the benefits of meditation for breast cancer patients trying to cope with acute stress during the COVID-19 pandemic and as Mother's Day approaches.

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Leading Nutritionist Shares Tips for a Healthy, Immune-Boosting Diet

Dr. Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the most-cited nutritionist in the world, talks to BCRF about the links between nutrition and immunity and what to shop for at the grocery store to eat healthy at home.

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Breast Cancer Care and COVID-19: From the Frontlines with Dr. Judy Garber

What should cancer patients and their families consider during this epidemic? In this special edition of our podcast, Dr. Judy Garber, BCRF’s scientific director, offered straight answers to help ease some stress, including this encouraging truth: “Your healthcare team, those people who’ve committed to getting you through this experience, are still very much committed and there for you.”

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