Dr. Emily Conant, chief of breast imaging at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center calls 3-D mammography “a big step forward.”
According to a new study, 3-D mammograms may be better at detecting invasive tumors and avoiding false alarms than regular mammograms alone. Researchers studied data from 13 U.S. hospitals and found that 3D screenings increased breast cancer detection rates more than 40 percent.
The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, also show a 15 percent decrease in women who had to return for further testing. Right now, 3D mammograms are not covered by most insurance companies and typically cost an extra $50 – $100. Researchers are hoping that will change in the future. Doctors involved with the study say, after years of a one-size-fits-all approach, these findings could lead to more tailored recommendations for women.
For the complete article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, click here.
The Cancer Card Xchange is a nonprofit organization that collects donated gift cards and distributes them as one-time gifts to cancer patients and their families, simply to brighten their day.
The organization was founded when a survivor read that about $41 billion worth of gift cards had gone unclaimed since 2005, and she remembered that one of the brightest moments during her initial treatment for cancer was a night out with her husband — compliments of a gift card given to them by friends. Cancer Card Xchange has given almost 1,000 people close to $100,000 worth of gift cards. For more information, or to request a gift card donation for a cancer patient, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Receipt of the gift cards may take up to a month.
For more information, visit www.cancercardxchange.org
Real golfers wear pink! Or Purple, green or white. The Lebanon Country Club Women’s golf league hosted a 4-color tournament again this year to benefit the PBCC and it was once again an absolute success.
Held on a hazy and hot June morning, players enjoyed lots of contests and prizes to be won throughout the course, along with a wonderful program and luncheon following play. Special guests Dr. Karla Ludwig and breast cancer survivor Amanda Musser, both from Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon, spoke during the event about the importance of events like these to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and programs. All in all, the second annual tournament netted $7,000! Congratulations to everyone involved for hosting yet another fun and successful golf outing, and special thanks to committee chair Susan Wood for her hard work on the event. See you June 15, 2015 for next year’s tournament at Lebanon Country Club!
Have you been touched by breast cancer? Maybe you’re a survivor or maybe you’re caring for one of the thousands of Pennsylvania woman who face this battle every day. If you’re interested in learning the very latest in breast cancer research, treatments, advocacy, nutrition and survivorship, we invite you attend the PA Breast Cancer Coalition Conference on Monday, October 13, 2014 at the Harrisburg Hilton hotel.
Attend our many outstanding workshops, stroll through the exhibitor area, and spend the day with health professionals and other survivors who share our goal of finding a cure for breast cancer now… so our daughters won’t have to.
Early bird registration is now open online for $65. Continuing Education Hours are also available for an additional fee.
Bring a friend and experience Pennsylvania’s premiere statewide breast cancer conference this fall!
WATCH: Click on the video below to learn more about the PA Breast Cancer Coalition Conference
A little rain couldn’t stop PBCC supporters from making the trip to Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster on Saturday, June 21st! An overwhelming number of batters, volunteers, and fans came out to the 2nd Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer Home Run Derby of the season!
Our Statewide All-star sponsor was in full force at this derby! Emerald Asset Management, Inc. donated the stadium rental, hosted a silent auction, provided concession vouchers, and brought many to swing for the fences in an effort to “find a cure for breast cancer now… so our daughters won’t have to.” A big thank you to Emerald Asset Management, Inc.!
A batter from the team Donegal 16U Baseball, Jarod Kashner, earned one of five custom Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer winner bats with a score of 350 points! Three others won custom bats with scores of 350 points – Greg Gunter, Matt Odenthal, and John Furlong who hit two home runs! Nathan Nickel also took home a bat with a score of 335 points!
The title of Top Fundraiser was earned by the Wright Brothers. They impressed by fundraising over $1,900!
There’s still time to get involved this derby season! Grab your friends and family and come out to our last Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer Home Run Derby of the season at Jerry Uht Park in Erie on August 23rd! Come hit one out of the park to help us in our effort to represent and support breast cancer survivors across Pennsylvania.
Hundreds of batters and volunteers packed Metro Bank Park this part Tuesday to Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer® with the PA Breast Cancer Coalition. Home runs were recorded and thousands of dollars were raised to strengthen our support network for breast cancer survivors, their families and caregivers across the state. Not to mention, we had a blast!
With the help of our volunteers, batters and sponsors, the PBCC is able to provide women with the resources and comfort they need at a most difficult time in their lives. There’s still time to join us and make a difference! Our next stop is Lancaster at the home of Barnstormers baseball on Saturday, June 21. Derby season wraps up Saturday, August 23 at Jerry Uht Park in Erie. Knock one out of the park with us as we Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer this summer.
For scores from the Harrisburg home run derby, click here.
To check out our photos from the Harrisburg Home Run Derby, click here.
IN THE NEWS: Watch video clips from our first derby of the year
Survivor Darci Baird smiles for a picture with her 2-year-old granddaughter Ava.
Darci Baird, Bradford County
Cancer is not a death sentence. I’ve learned that. The word is scary but it’s the word for a disease that can be beaten. You just have to face it, figure out your treatment plan, and go about the business of kicking cancer to the curb.
I was 49 years old in July 2009 when a routine mammogram found my breast cancer. I had a lumpectomy and then radiation and am now finishing up. This is my fifth year of taking Anastrazole (Arimidex).
I always thought I was strong but I learned just how strong I was, and how strong my faith was. I am 100% positive that I had the help of Christ to get me through breast cancer. I wouldn’t have come through without the prayers of so many people.
During one of my many office visits after diagnosis I saw some literature and I asked Helen Harshbarger if she thought the PBCC was worth my time. Helen said the PBCC is absolutely the grassroots organization you want to become connected to. I ordered a Friends Like Me care package for myself and getting all that wonderful information really solidified all the good things that Helen had told me.
Two years ago Robert Packer Hospital and Guthrie Healthcare were getting ready to host “67 Women 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania” and they asked me to help with that. That was a great experience.
About that time the movie Iron Lady about Margaret Thatcher came out. We decided to do a fundraiser with the theme that anyone who has survived breast cancer is an iron lady, so we put together the Iron Ladies Night Out. We had a commemorative stone inscribed for iron ladies past and present and laid it in front of the theatre in Sayre. We had the help and support of Marge Ross who runs the theatre and is a force of nature with a tremendous heart. I’m fortunate to live in such an awesome community.
My husband John was there by my side with whatever I needed, and my kids were too. Amanda and Tim are young adults but it’s still a shock when mom gets sick. My brother cooked for me even after I was back on my feet. Cancer can make the people around you feel so powerless, and I think that made him feel like he could do something.
My granddaughter Ava Rose Baird turned two years old in May and she is one of the reasons I fight so hard to help find a cure for breast cancer.
Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic say they have found a drug that shows promise in protecting fertility among cancer survivors. Goserelin, which is commonly used in hormonal therapies to treat breast and prostate cancers, is also used in fertility clinics to control ovulation. How does it work?
According to this recent study, goserelin has been proven to prevent women from entering premature menopause that can be caused by chemotherapy. Researchers found that women who were given goserelin injections along with chemotherapy had less ovarian failure and gave birth to more babies than women who only received chemotherapy. Two years after starting chemotherapy, only 8% of women who received the monthly goserelin injections during chemotherapy experienced ovarian failure, compared to 22% of those with chemotherapy who did not receive the injections. It was noted that this study only included women who had hormone-receptor-negative cancer, because many women with hormone-receptor-positive cancer typically receive the drug tamoxifen, which can cause a loss in menstruation.
Currently, the most common option for breast cancer patients to increase their chances of conceiving is to freeze their eggs, which is an invasive procedure that can cost $10,000+. Once-a-month injections of goserelin during chemotherapy would serve as an alternative, costing about $500-$600 per shot. Experts say, while the research shows positive results, the drug does come with side effects. Survivors may experience a temporary postmenopausal state along with hot flashes and other symptoms.
There is some doubt among experts at the American Society of Clinical Oncology who say there is insufficient evidence that this approach is effective and “should not be relied on to preserve fertility.”
Still, scientists say they also noticed an unexpected finding of the study: women who received goserelin had a lower risk of dying after four years. They say there is still not enough data to recommend this drug be used to treat cancer, but the results show goserelin will not worsen cancer outcomes if used to protect fertility.
To read the complete article in the New York Times, click here.