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Vera Bradley pledges $15 million to research
Here's another reason to buy a colorful quilted bag: The Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer has pledged $15 million to support breast cancer research at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center. This new pledge from the Fort Wayne-based foundation adds to $20 million the company pledged previously.
The completion of this pledge will bring the total giving to the IU Simon Cancer Center to $35 million. As a result of support from the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer, the number of IU researchers focused on breast cancer has grown to 38, up from six in 1999.
Local researcher looks at diabetes, breast cancer
Epidemiologist Juhua Luo at the Indiana University School of Public Health received a $414,600 grant from the National Institutes of Health to examine the relationship between two common diseases, type 2 diabetes and breast cancer, providing answers that could improve cancer treatment. Other studies have found that women who have type 2 diabetes in addition to breast cancer have a worse prognosis for their cancer compared to women who do not have diabetes as a pre-existing condition. Learn more from IU NewsRoom.
America's Worst Charities report worth a look
Is your favorite breast cancer research organization on the new list of America's worst Charities? The Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting compiled figures from hundreds of charities' federal tax filings and published a ranking of the 100 worst.
You can see the entire report online. If you are particularly concerned about breast cancer or cancer charities, you can search with those keywords to see those related organizations.
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.
The book is by former resident Bonnie Draeger and is a project of Friends & Cancer, a nonprofit dedicated to creating materials and learning opportunities to prepare and encourage friends to help and support people with cancer.
The book features local contibutors Gena Asher of BreastCancerFYI.org, Janice Ross of the Olcott Center for Cancer Education and Catherine Sherwood-Laughlin, IU health sciences professor who has taught a popular course on cancer. Nationally known health care professionals offer their expertise on topics from learning to communicate to finding your way as a friend. Read more about the project at the Friends & Cancer website.
Road to Recovery needs drivers
The American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program to provide cancer patients with transportation needs some volunteers. Are you available?
The program provides drivers for cancer patients who do not have transportation to treatments or medical appointments. Volunteer drivers will be certified by spending about a half hour watching a DVD and filling out an application. The ACS will check driving records and conduct background checks.
If you are interested, contact Terri Jones at Terri.Jones@cancer.org or call (812)376-3148, or toll-free, (800)227-2345.
Do you have a disaster plan?
Hurricanes, nor'easters, earthquakes or perhaps just bad winter storms interrupt cancer treatments and create panic for patients. Cure Magazine presents some advice for patients to prepare for disaster, as well as tips we all can use and linkst to resources.
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Pfizer drug shows promise
Pfizer's experimental breast cancer drug significantly delayed progression of symptoms in a mid-stage trial, meeting the study's primary goal. The oral treatment, called palbociclib, is one of the company's most important experimental drugs. The trial tested the pill in post-menopausal patients with locally advanced or newly diagnosed breast cancer that had spread to other parts of the body.
Folic acid may promote cancer cell growth
Watch those supplements: Researchers have found that large amounts of folic acid may increase the risk of developing breast cancer. In the lab, a study shows that folic acid supplements in doses two and a half times the daily requirement promoted the growth of pre-cancerous and cancerous cells in the mammary glands of rats. Read more from Artemis.
Vaccine may prevent recurrence
Australian scientists have announced development of a vaccine to prevent breast cancer recurrence. So far, the clinical trials show that the vaccine slashes the rate of breast cancer returning from 60 to just 12 percent over a 15-year period. The vaccine uses the body's own immune system to fight off cancer.
Tracking racial gap in breast cancer
The New York Times reports on the imbalance in the survival rates of white and black women. Using programs in Memphis as a basis, the article describes possible reasons for the imbalance and programs that address it.
Cure magazine reports on paying for cancer care
Cure magazine's special supplement this winter is "Special Report on Paying for Cancer Care," which provides practical advice and support on the financial issues associated with a cancer diagnosis. If you don't receive the print version, you can read the full report online.
Cognitive issues related to cancer treatment might have some answers
Cure magazine reports on chemobrain, the cognitive dysfunction many survivors continue to experience. Once dismissed in the medical community, researchers in recent years have listened to survivors and investigated the problem. The article reports on research as well as some of the strategies doctors are advising for people who want to regain or slow the loss of cognitive function.
Note: One of the researchers cited in the story is Diane Von Ah, assistant professor in the School of Nursing at Indiana University in Indianapolis, who wrote in the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing about the problem.
FDA: Nipple fluid test not screening tool
A nipple fluid test is not an effective screening tool for breast cancer, U.S. regulators warned recently, noting that mammography is the best way to detect the disease in its earliest, most treatable stages. The FDA is concerned that women will believe misleading claims about a nipple aspirate test and not get mammograms or other needed breast imaging tests or biopsies.
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.
In the study, Woods and fellow researchers Nancy T. Ellis and Kathleen R. Gilbert look at nine themes: Changed Sense of Identity, Taking Control, Why?, Fears, Significant Milestones, Mementos, Marriage and Family, Spirituality and Words of Wisdom. One of the more powerful sections, Results, features survivors sharing their reflections on these topics. This section should be a must-read for any health professionals working with survivors, and may be useful to patients just finishing treatment, too.
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