Our Fight Moves Forward!

Posted By on December 11th, 2019 at 12:10 pm | 0 comments.

You did it! YOU made it happen.

Legislation requiring insurers to cover breast cancer screenings like ultrasound or MRI for women with high-risk factors, including dense breast tissue, now goes to the full Senate for a vote. The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee unanimously reported Sen. Bob Mensch’s Senate Bill 595 out of committee as amended. From here, the bill goes to the Senate floor.

Senate Bill 595 covers ultrasound or MRI screenings for women with extremely dense breasts and women with heterogeneously dense breasts who have one other high-risk factor. High-risk factors include personal history of breast cancer, family history, positive genetic testing results, among others. 45 out of 49 state senators co-sponsored the bill.

Click here to read Senate Bill 595

 

Breast Implants Linked to Rare Cancer Are Recalled Worldwide – The New York Times

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Meet the Awardee: 2019 Pink Ribbon

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Robin Shine-Maddox, Pink Ribbon Awardee

This year, the PA Breast Cancer Coalition honors breast cancer survivor and advocate, Robin Shine-Maddox, with our Pink Ribbon Award. Founder and President of Celebrating Sisterhood and Chief Networking Officer of SHINE CONNECTIONS LLC., Robin has been a fearless leader and motivator in the fight against breast cancer in the Philadelphia area. Since being diagnosed at age 55, Robin, who also serves as Constituent Activity Liaison for State Senator Vincent Hughes, has been a voice of strength and survivorship within her community. In addition to her public work to raise breast cancer awareness, promote early detection practices and help other women find the resources they need, Robin’s message to survivors is one of solidarity, hope and faith.

Meet the Awardee: 2019 Potamkin Prize

Posted By on July 11th, 2019 at 4:13 pm | 0 comments.

Dr. Gabriel N. Hortobagyi, Potamkin Prize Winner

2019 Potamkin Prize Winner, Dr. Gabriel N. Hortobagyi, MD, FACP, is a longtime trailblazer in the field of breast cancer research and oncology. As Professor of Medicine in the Department of Breast Medical Oncology at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Hortobagyi’s major area of focus is the biology and treatment of breast cancer and the development of new agents and management strategies for the disease. He  has guest edited numerous issues of Seminars in Oncology, Seminars if Breast Disease, Oncology, and The Cancer Bulletin. For over three decades, Hortobagyi has dedicated his life’s work to improving the lives of breast cancer patients. He has focused overcoming resistance to endocrine therapy by developing rational combinations of endocrine therapies with targeted therapies. His work has changed the standard of care in managing metastatic, hormone receptor-positive breast cancer.groundbreaking research and ultimately, finding a cure.

 

Palliative Care: The Facts on this Specialty Supportive Service

Posted By on July 1st, 2019 at 11:06 am | 0 comments.

 

 

David R. Wenner, DO FAAFP

Chief Medical Officer, Hospice of Central PA

 

Palliative care is a medical specialty that focuses on relief of physical, emotional, physiological and spiritual symptoms related to chronic and/or serious illness. Often, symptoms such as pain, anxiety, insomnia, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, and appetite loss can significantly impact a patient’s quality of life. Palliative medicine specialists aim to reduce the burden of these symptoms by focusing on individualized treatment strategies, addressing the “Whole Patient” and not just the disease process.

 

Palliative care includes a specialized team of physicians, nurses, social workers, and chaplains. We work alongside the patient, family, and other medical providers as a team. Specialists in palliative care see patients in hospitals, in their offices, in long term care facilitates, as well as in their homes.

Palliative care is NOT the same as hospice care. Palliative care may be provided at any time during a person’s illness. Often, palliative care is offered to patients at the same time they are receiving potentially life prolonging or curative treatments. Receiving palliative care does not prevent the patient from pursuing other services, treatments, or procedures.

Another goal of palliative care is to help patients and families better understand their illness in order to assist with complex medical decision making. We strive for a patient’s values and goals to be heard and appreciated so that they can make the best decision possible for their care.

A referral to a Palliative Medicine physician does not mean your medical provider is “giving up hope.” Often, patients who receive palliative care early on in their disease process benefit from superior symptom management, greater emotional support, and overall improved quality of life.

 

Palliative ( pal-ee-uh-tiv)

Adj. intended to alleviate a problem. Synonyms: soothing, alleviating, calmative.

 

 

AARP’s CARE Act Provides Support to Caregivers

Posted By on June 28th, 2019 at 10:52 am | 0 comments.

 

More than 1.6 million Pennsylvanians care for older parents, spouses or other loved ones, helping them to live independently at home. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and PA now has a law that will make life a little bit easier for them.

The CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act helps family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home.

The CARE Act requires hospitals to:

  • Provide your loved one the opportunity to designate a family caregiver.
  • Inform you when your loved one is to be discharged to another facility or back home.
  • Give you an explanation and demonstration of the medical tasks you will need to perform at home.

“AARP is here in PA fighting for older Americans and their families said Joanne Grossi, PA State President AARP and Executive Vice President, PA Breast Cancer Coalition.  Because of the work of AARP, the CARE Act is now a reality for all Pennsylvanians. This crucial law gives essential information and support to caregivers, including families who are facing a breast cancer diagnosis and living with metastatic disease.  Caregiving is a big responsibility, and caregivers should have the important information that they need to safely care for their loved ones at home.”

 

 

AARP Pennsylvania led the fight in PA for the CARE Act. To see the full release please click here:  https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pennsylvanias-care-act-takes-effect-april-20-300441932.html.

Research Grant Reviewers Needed!

Posted By on April 24th, 2019 at 9:27 am | 0 comments.

 

PA Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC) is in need of individuals to serve this year on our panel as Scientific Research Reviewers and Consumer/Lay Reviewers.

Each Scientific Reviewer will be assigned a designated number of grants/proposals to review and will write short critiques on the following:

  • Scientific Relevance
  • Impact
  • Innovation
  • Research Strategy
  • Research Environment
  • Feasibility and Timeline
  • Budget
  • Principal Investigator and Personnel

Each Consumer/Lay Reviewer will be assigned a designated number of grants/proposals to review and will write a short critique on the following:

  • Impact

Consumer/Lay Reviewers are required to read the full application and are encouraged to comment on all criteria if you feel you have the knowledge and feel comfortable in doing so.

Each assigned reviewer will provide their critique(s) focusing on major, score driving strengths and weaknesses.

Once your willingness and availability to serve on the Review Committee is confirmed, you will be emailed a Conflict of Interest (COI) that will need to be completed and emailed back to the PBCC. An email address will be provided to you.

You will also receive the Reviewer Manual/Guidelines to review.  Please read and become familiar with the material since this is the information you will need to begin and complete your review process for the Grant/Proposal Program.

Grants/Proposals will be mailed to you around July 6, 2019. Your score sheets with your critiques will need to be returned by August 1, 2019.

Please let us know by  May 1, 2019 with your availability of serving on the Review Committee. If you have any questions, email Info@PABreastCancer.org

 

Survivor Spotlight: Nelline Talton, Allegheny county

Posted By on February 11th, 2019 at 4:15 pm | 0 comments.

HOW AND WHEN WAS YOUR BREAST CANCER FOUND?

I had my baseline mammogram when I was 28 years old after learning that my great grandmother had breast cancer. At that time, they told me I had dense breasts and the mammogram was cloudy because of my age. In September 2005 at age 44 I went for annual screening mammogram and there was a suspicious area on the film. I had additional views done and an ultrasound guided biopsy, then an MRI stereotactic biopsy. It was concluded that I had a malignant tumor and that I needed a mastectomy.

I had chemo prior to the surgery due to the size of the tumor. I’ll never forget the date of my surgery: it was on Good Friday 2006. I had a double mastectomy with reconstruction.

WHERE DID YOU FIND YOUR BEST SUPPORT?

Most of the support I had was through my church family at the Deliverance Baptist Church in Wilkinsburg, and my sister. My sister actually spent one of her birthdays with me at my chemo treatment.

I want to share one very special thing. Right before my surgery the surgeon was running behind. One of the ministers from my church, who is the bishop’s daughter, sat and sang to me until they came to take me to surgery.

HOW DID YOU LEARN ABOUT THE PBCC?

I went to a breast cancer support group at the YWCA in Pittsburgh after my first chemo treatment. The coordinator Yvonne Durham shared lots of information and a gift bag. Two weeks after that meeting I received a PBCC Friends Like Me care package. It was close to Christmas when it arrived and I thought it was a Christmas gift. A little note inside said that Yvonne had requested it for me. I cried going through everything because it made me feel special to think that such a wonderful thing could come because of having this awful disease.

YOU’VE BEEN TO THE PBCC CONFERENCE IN OCTOBER. WHAT WAS THAT LIKE FOR YOU?

My first two conferences were in 2016 and 2017. This past year I really enjoyed the opening session presentation by Dr. Hudis. He shared so much information and he’s so humble! I love that he’s still working with patients. Without the PBCC, I would not be able to continue learning about breakthroughs with treatment, research, and clinical trials. I share as much of that as I can, and I know that you’re doing it all in an effort to save lives. I’m truly thankful for the PBCC. You’re a sounding board and lasting voice for me and for other survivors.

IS THERE SOMETHING YOU WANT OTHER WOMEN TO REMEMBER?

Be aware of any changes in your breasts and don’t be afraid to voice them to your doctor. Be vigilant about having mammograms. Schedule it and show up!