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Managing day-to-day life after a breast cancer diagnosis can be difficult under normal circumstances. But the COVID-19 pandemic has added its own unique challenges, likely making it even harder to balance breast cancer treatment and self-care with your daily responsibilities.

Below, you’ll find advice from experts and real people diagnosed with breast cancer on managing daily life and staying safe while the coronavirus pandemic remains a concern.

COVID-19 Vaccine Facts for People With Breast Cancer
Experts have recommended that most people with cancer or a history of cancer should get a COVID-19 vaccine. Still, you should talk to your doctor about whether getting vaccinated is the right decision for your individual situation. Learn more about what people with breast cancer should know about the COVID-19 vaccines, as well as what fully vaccinated people can do.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Breast Cancer Need to Know
If you or a loved one is receiving treatment for breast cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic, here’s all of the most important information you need to know.

Special Report: COVID-19’s Impact on Breast Cancer Care
In this Special Report from Breastcancer.org, we have gathered the most important information you need to know about the impact that COVID-19 has had on breast cancer care, including why breast cancer treatment can raise the risk of COVID-19 complications, what healthcare facilities are doing to protect people, and how to get the best care possible even if your treatment plan changes.

How to Fight ‘Caution Fatigue’ and Stay Vigilant About COVID Safety
After months of processing COVID-19 information and safety recommendations, some people are relaxing their safety practices, like wearing a mask or washing hands less frequently. This reaction is called “caution fatigue.” Learn about how you can recognize and overcome caution fatigue so that you can stay vigilant about your and others’ safety.

Quarantine Hacks From the Breastcancer.org Community: Tips for Coping With Anxiety and Isolation
If you are struggling with feeling isolated while spending so much time apart from friends and loved ones, you are not alone. Members of the Breastcancer.org Community are sharing their strategies for coping with anxiety and isolation. Here is a collection of the most popular “quarantine hacks” from the Breastcancer.org Community discussion boards.

Breast Cancer Caregiving During COVID-19
Being a caregiver is a tough job under normal circumstances, but the COVID-19 pandemic has caregivers facing new and unexpected challenges. Here are some tips for how to safely care for someone with cancer during this difficult time.

How to Stay Active During Quarantine
With people spending more time indoors during the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be hard to start or maintain a regular exercise routine. But staying active is important, particularly for people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Learn about creative ways you can build or stick with a fitness routine while you’re spending more time at home.

Managing Breast Cancer, COVID-19, and the Winter Blues
The winter season can be joyous and celebratory, but can also be a time of loneliness and anxiety — especially with the added isolation of COVID-19. Social workers Kelly Grosklags, LICSW, BCD, and Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, MA, ACSW, LCSW, OSW-C, FNAP, recently answered community questions about how to manage mental and emotional health during this challenging time of year.

Breast Cancer, COVID, and the Holiday Season: Advice for Safely Connecting With Loved Ones
Social distancing has been hard on everyone, especially on people who are going through breast cancer treatment during the pandemic. With the holidays and colder weather approaching, you may be feeling tempted to celebrate indoors with people outside of your immediate household. But as hard as it may be to face, it may be safest to rethink traditional holiday celebrations this year. Here’s what you need to know about how to safely connect with your friends and loved ones during this holiday season.

Research News

Six Months After Second Pfizer Vaccine Dose, People With Solid Tumors Have Same COVID-19 Antibody Levels as People Without Cancer

Breast Cancer Screening Declined Sharply When Pandemic Started

Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer Doesn't Seem to Increase Risk of COVID-19 Infection or Death

Why Are Women in Mexico Who Are Diagnosed With Breast Cancer Avoiding COVID-19 Vaccines?

People With Active Cancer Hospitalized for COVID-19 More Likely to Die

People Receiving Cancer Treatment Develop 'Adequate' Immune Response to Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

Women of Color, Rural Women More Likely to Miss Breast Cancer Screening During Pandemic

Loneliness, Anxiety Felt by Many People With Cancer During COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Screening Mammogram Rates Rebounding After Pandemic Drop, but Still Low for Certain Groups

People Diagnosed With Cancer Have Higher Risk of COVID Infection and Complications

Chemotherapy Doesn't Seem to Increase Risk of COVID-19

Survey Suggests COVID-19 Pandemic Led to Delays in Care for Nearly Half of Breast Cancer Survivors

Fewer Breast Cancers Being Diagnosed During COVID-19 Pandemic

ESMO Experts Release Recommendations on Managing Cancer Care During COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 Pandemic Delayed Breast Cancer Screening in Many Parts of the United States

Podcast episodes

J&J COVID Vaccine and Blood Clots: What This Means for People With Breast Cancer, with Brian Wojciechowski, M.D.

American Rescue Plan: Benefits for the Breast Cancer Community, with Joanna Fawzy Morales, Esq.

Update on COVID-19 Vaccines, with Halle Moore, M.D.

Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccines, with Hana El Sahly, M.D.

Weslinne's Story: Diagnosed With Breast Cancer During COVID-19, with Weslinne Cespedes

Flu Vaccines and Holiday Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic, with Elizabeth Robilotti, M.D.

COVID-19 Testing Confusion, with Megan Kruse, M.D.

COVID-19 and Breast Cancer Care: Follow-Up Questions, with Brian Wojciechowski, M.D.

Quarantine Fatigue: How to Stay Vigilant About Your Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic, with Jackie Gollan, M.D.

COVID-19 and Metastatic Breast Cancer, with Shirley Mertz, chair, Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance

Update: Breast Surgery and Reconstruction During COVID-19, with Julie Sprunt, M.D., FACS, and Elisabeth Potter, M.D.

COVID-19 Insurance and Financial Issues for People With Breast Cancer, with Joanna Morales, Esq, CEO, Triage Cancer

Staying Active During Quarantine: Tips for People With Breast Cancer, with Sami Mansfield, cancer exercise specialist

Breast Surgery and Reconstruction During COVID-19, with Julie Sprunt, M.D., FACS, and Elisabeth Potter, M.D.

COVID-19 and Breast Cancer Treatment, with Brian Wojciechowski, M.D.

Managing Loneliness and Anxiety During This Time of Social Distancing, with Kelly Grosklags, LICSW, BCD, FAAGC

COVID-19: What We Know Now, with Angela Rasmussen, Ph.D.

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