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President’s Corner: And the 2014 Refunds for Research Grants Go to..

Posted By on January 15th, 2014 at 8:42 am | 0 comments.

Pat Headshot - for PLPat Halpin-Murphy, President and Founder

It all starts with basic research. Thousands of Pennsylvania scientists begin their brilliant discoveries with laboratory studies and experiments. The PA Breast Cancer Coalition’s Refunds for Research program ensures their work will continue.

Pennsylvania residents have the opportunity each year to donate all or part of their state tax refunds on Line 32 of the PA-40 form directly to breast cancer research across the Commonwealth. Every penny raised in the Refunds for Research program supports researchers working to find the cause of and cure for breast cancer.

For 2014, the PBCC has selected three outstanding researchers to receive $50,000 grants:
•    Sandra Fernandez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medical Oncology
Jefferson Kimmel Cancer Center
•    Yanming Wang, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Pennsylvania State University
•    Lewis Chodosh, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Cancer Biology
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Congratulations Drs. Fernandez, Wang and Chodosh! In order to further the groundbreaking research going on right here in PA, we need your help. Donate your state tax refund to breast cancer research on Line 32 and bring us closer to a cure.

Join us Thursday, January 23 at 10:30 a.m. as we recognize Dr. Fernandez at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson in the Bluemle Life Sciences Building, Room 101 Mandeville Conference Hall, 233 S. 10th Street, Philadelphia. All are invited to attend! For more information, email Erica@PABreastCancer.org.

Click on the video below for more information on the PBCC’s Refunds for Research program.

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Break Out Your Pom Poms: Pink Zone at Penn State is Almost Here!

Posted By on January 15th, 2014 at 8:40 am | 0 comments.

Survivors-with-pom-poms-for-webThe Penn State University Lady Lion Basketball Team is once again hosting its Pink Zone game on Sunday February, 16 at the Bryce Jordan Center.  The game is FREE to all survivors and their families.  Free Bus transportation is also available. Pink Zone has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for breast cancer facilities and organizations including the PBCC.  Hurry! The survivor registration deadline is coming soon…

Survivors interested in attending this year’s Pink Zone at Penn State are eligible for free admission to the game and special survivor activities.  They are also able to register for up to three free tickets to the game for friends or family.   Additional game tickets are available for purchase at a discounted rate of $5.00 each.  You will be contacted for payment of additional game tickets.

To Register or to learn more about tickets and transportation, click here.

We hope to see you there!

Young PA Breast Cancer Survivor Shares Strengths, Struggles and Spirit

Posted By on January 15th, 2014 at 8:39 am | 0 comments.

Amanda-Musser-and-Daughter-rounded-corners-for-webAmanda Musser, Lebanon County

Photo credit: Taylor Sanger Photography

The day after my grandfather’s funeral I woke up with a lot of pain in my breast. He had battled bladder cancer for about six months and passed away in February. I always do breast self-exam and hadn’t found anything but I feel like this was my grandfather showing me where to look for it. I went for an exam the same day. It was the day before my birthday. I spent my birthday having an ultrasound and mammogram. You never think it’s going to be cancer, especially at age 30.

On February 19, 2013, five days after my 30th birthday, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

I had a lumpectomy and since I had cancer in three of my lymph nodes, started on chemotherapy. I had a very tough time with it, got very sick and ended up having a pulmonary embolism and was hospitalized. I changed to taxol and again got very sick and my white blood cell count dropped drastically. After another pulmonary embolism the doctor said that my body was not handling the chemo and I stopped.

When I was diagnosed I was working on my master’s degree in social work and was in school through surgery and chemo. I took the summer semester off and started school again in September at the same time that I started the first of 37 radiation treatments. I finished the semester in December with a 4.0 while going through radiation!

I feel like my husband was a single parent from the time I had surgery until about a month ago. He did everything, cooking, cleaning, taking care of me and our three-year old daughter Sophie. My parents, grandparents, and my husband’s parents were all awesome. We had someone coming over every day to help.

I went into social work because I worked in a psychiatric hospital for eight years but wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to take when I graduated. Now I want to go into the field of oncology, counseling newly diagnosed patients. It’s strange how something like this can give you direction in life.  It’s terrible to go through but you definitely learn a lot from the experience.

Are You Struggling to Pay Bills During Treatment? Find Help Now.

Posted By on January 15th, 2014 at 8:38 am | 0 comments.

woman-with-bills-for-webIf you are currently in treatment for breast cancer, and having difficulty keeping up with rent and utility bills, there is help available! Breast Cancer Charities of America offers up to $500 on a one-time basis per patient through its Help Now Fund. You will need to complete an application together with your medical personnel or social worker, and submit it between the 1st and 7th of the month.

Here’s how it works…

~ Applications sent directly from the patient will not be accepted.

~ If approved, Breast Cancer Charities of America will call the medical personnel by the 15th of the month, and checks will be made payable to the rental or utility company and mailed to you for review.

~ To qualify, you must be a U.S. citizen in active treatment for breast cancer and provide documentation of past-due rent and/or utilities.

Click on the links below for more information on these programs.
http://www.thebreastcancercharities.org/help-now-fund/
http://www.thebreastcancercharities.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/2014-HNF-Application-Guidelines.pdf

Researchers: Breast Cancer Drug Cuts Risk in Half

Posted By on January 15th, 2014 at 8:38 am | 0 comments.

pill-bottles-for-webA clinical trial performed by Queen Mary University of London has found that taking the drug Anastrozole decreases the risk of breast cancer by 53% in high-risk, postmenopausal women.  Around 4,000 women from 18 countries were involved in the study and these women took the drug for five years.  So, what does “high-risk” mean?

Women were considered high-risk if they had certain types of benign breast disease, two or more blood relatives with the disease, a sister/mother who developed breast cancer before age 50, or had a sister/mother with breast cancer in both breasts.

Anastrozole works by stopping the body from making estrogen, a hormone that fuels the growth of many breast cancers.  This study revealed that anastrozole is more effective than tamoxifen, one of two drugs FDA-approved for breast cancer prevention, and has fewer side effects.  Researchers working on the study recommend that anastrozole be added to the recommended drugs for women who are predisposed to developing breast cancer.
To read the complete study, click here.

Lash Out at Cancer in Lancaster with the PBCC This Month!

Posted By on January 15th, 2014 at 8:38 am | 0 comments.

Before-and-after-eyelashes-for-webYou don’t want to miss this…
Lash Out at Cancer, a special “night out” to benefit the PBCC and the Four Diamonds Fund, will be held Thursday, January 23 from 6-9 p.m. at the Eden Resort in Lancaster.  The event will feature music, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, dancing, prizes and more.  Organizers hope to literally change the face of cancer by offering FREE eyelash extensions to cancer survivors who lost lashes in treatment.  Want to go?

Tickets for Lash Out at Cancer are available for $40 online here. You can learn more by watching the Fox 43 profile on next week’s event here. For more event information or information on free eyelash extensions for cancer survivors, click here.