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Court rules genes cannot be patented
The Supreme Court ruled June 13 that DNA occurs in nature and companies cannot patent genes found in humans. This is a setback for companies such as Myriad, which developed a genetic test for the BRCA breast cancer genes, but others say the ruling will open up more avenues to testing as well as more paths for researchers to conduct their own explorations into genetic causes for disease. Shortly after the ruling, several universities and labs said they would begin offering testing for BRCA 1 and 2 immediately.Read a recap from the New York Times, and check out this article from Breast Cancer Action.org.
Step Ahead meets July 9
Step Ahead, the support group for survivors, meets July 9 at the Scholars Bakehouse East in Bloomington. Join us at 6 p.m. Look for the the pink tablecloths. Learn more about the group at the Events page.
Follow up clinic launches
A new Breast Cancer Care Follow-up Clinic will be open for walk-ins the second Tuesday of every month beginning June 11 at the IU Health Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Center West, 2499 W. Cota Dr. Certified lymphedema therapists will provide screenings of limb volume and upper extremity range of motion and strength. For more info, call 812-353-9378 or email the clinic.
Relay for Life is June 21-22
Monroe County's Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society's flagship fundraiser, gets under way at 6 p.m. June 21 at Bloomington High School North. All the details are on the website.
One special invitation: The relay organizers want cancer survivors to attend the free dinner that starts shortly after the opening ceremonies. Email Andria Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you plan to attend. See more area relay events on the Events page.
Olcott to celebrate survivors
The Olcott Center for Cancer Education will host a Survivors Open House from 4 to 6 p.m. June 25 at the center, 619 W. First St. The drop-in event will feature refreshments, music, chair massages and a chance to see what's new at the center.
Bridge, golf events benefit Olcott
Two annual events that provide funds for the Olcott Center for Cancer Education are on tap in June.
- Register for Bridge for the Olcott Center, 11:30 a.m. June 25 at the Bell Trace Senior Living Center, lower level, by calling Janice Hunt at 812-824-4049 or Jan Skinner at 812-333-4545.
- June 26, Tee Up Against Cancer at the Eagle Pointe Golf Resort at Lake Monroe. The four-woman format offers both nine and 18 holes followed by dinner and raffles at the Eagle's Nest. For details, call Phyllis Davidson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yoga for cancer patients on Tuesdays
Nathalie de Meyenburg of EquiLibrium Thai Massage and Yoga Therapy now offers Yoga Therapy for Cancer every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Tibetan Cultural Center on Snoddy Road, Bloomington. She has offered yoga for multiple sclerosis for the past eight years and had requests for a similar class for cancer patients and survivors. Cost is $15 per session. Check out the website or call 812-331-7423 with questions.
New book advises friends of cancer patient
When Cancer Strikes a Friend now is available to answer the questions and offer guidance for those who want to help their friends with cancer. A work 10 years in the making, it covers emotional and practical aspects of supporting friends. Check it out on the Friends & Cancer website.
Learn about survivors' 'Emotional Journey'
If you are a patient, survivor or caregiver, you probably have witnessed the range of emotions breast cancer patients display over the course of treatment and into survivorship. Indiana University researchers, led by Susan Woods, have released a study about just this topic, "The Emotional Journey of Long-Term Breast Cancer Survivors Five Years and Beyond," and Breast Cancer: FYI is proud to host the entire study on this website.
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