Archive for December, 2012

President’s Corner: Grassroots Partners Make Hope Grow

Posted By on December 17th, 2012 at 8:50 am | 207 comments.

This fall, Grassroots Partners held 140 events to benefit the work of the PBCC. What an outstanding tribute to women and their families battling breast cancer and to the work that we do here at the PBCC! From 5k walks and horse rides to golf tournaments and high school sports, our Grassroots Partners have gone above and beyond to help us in our mission to “find a cure for breast cancer now…so our daughters won’t have to.” The video below highlights the many ways our Grassroots Partners made hope grow this year. Thank you for all that you do. We look forward to working with you again in 2013!


Check out more photos from the hundreds of Grassroots Partners events held for the PBCC during 2012! Thank you to everyone for their support throughout the year!

Survivor Spotlight: Sandy Sherman

Posted By on December 17th, 2012 at 8:48 am | 298 comments.


In October 2006, I had a screening mammogram as part of a complete physical and the mammogram showed an abnormality. After further testing it was determined that the mass was cancer and needed to be removed. I was given two options: a mastectomy or seven weeks of radiation. I didn’t like those choices and started searching online for more information and found MammoSite.

MammoSite is a five-day targeted radiation therapy for breast cancer. The tumor is removed with a lumpectomy and then a balloon is attached to a thin tube in the cavity of the lumpectomy. The balloon is then filled with saline solution and remains in the breast for the radiation treatments. The treatments are twice daily for five days.

I approached my surgeon with the possibility of this treatment option. She was not familiar with the procedure at that time but she was willing to look into it for me. I became the first patient she did this for. After the 10 treatments over five days, I was done before that Thanksgiving. The hardest part was getting up at 5:00 a.m. to go to Allentown each day for the treatments, but I had no pain and no sickness. I hope sharing my story will help spread the word about the MammoSite procedure and save much time, effort and money for other women who might qualify.














Grassroots Partner: Penny Wars

Posted By on December 17th, 2012 at 8:05 am | 14631 comments.

Once again, students at North Dickinson Elementary in Cumberland County challenged their community to participate in Penny Wars to raise money for the PBCC. Last year, these bright students raised $5,900 by collecting change in their school and from community sponsors. This year they set their goal to $7,000. Thanks to Sam, Clay, Delaney, Nicholas, Mia and all their fellow classmates and community members for making change with change for the PBCC!

Medical Article: Extending Tamoxifen Reduces Recurrence Risk, Saves Lives

Posted By on December 17th, 2012 at 8:03 am | 729 comments.

The results of the ATLAS (Adjuvant Tamoxifen: Longer Against Shorter) study indicates that 10 years of Tamoxifen is even better than the standard 5 years of treatment in reducing the chance of recurrence and saving lives. The study showed that mortality and recurrence risk was reduced among the segment of 7,000 women participating in the study who continued taking Tamoxifen for an additional 5 years. As always, women should discuss individualized treatment options with their doctors.

Support the PBCC: You Can Make a Difference Today!

Posted By on December 17th, 2012 at 8:02 am | 144 comments.


Every day in Pennsylvania, 32 women hear the words, “You have breast cancer.” These 32 women aren’t just a statistic – they are mothers, wives, aunts, and daughters. The PBCC exists to lend support to these women. Please consider making a year-end donation to help us continue to serve Pennsylvania’s women and their families. Give today!

Dr. Meyers’ Research Continues

Posted By on December 17th, 2012 at 8:01 am | 1034 comments.

Last year, the PBCC presented Dr. Craig Meyers, a cancer researcher at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, with a $100,000 grant to further his promising research into a virus that kills breast cancer cells.  The PBCC also funded Dr. Meyers’ initial research on the virus through a PBCC Refunds for Research grant. We checked in with Dr. Meyers to get an update on his progress. The following is what Dr. Meyers had to say about his work:

“We have been finishing up our first mouse breast cancer study and manuscript, and are pleased to report that the results have been better than expected. The data shows that the same mechanisms used by the virus that killed triple-negative breast cancer cells in vitro (in a petri dish sample) also appear to kill triple-negative breast cancer cells in our living mouse sample as well. There is still a large public interest. I still get calls and emails weekly requesting updates, looking for hope, and providing encouragement to carry on.

Our current challenge is obtaining the additional funds necessary to move toward clinical testing, either from the federal government or a private organization. In the meantime, the response of smaller groups and individuals to organize fundraisers and provide donations to keep this research moving forward has been overwhelming. If not for the support of the PA Breast Cancer Coalition and numerous others, we would have been forced to stop work on this study a year ago. We will spend the remainder of the year applying for additional funds from the National Institute of Health. We just need to continue our efforts using what resources we have available. We are still excited about the results we have obtained and dedicated to do what we can to keep the research moving forward.”

Patient Advocacy: Cleaning for a Reason

Posted By on December 17th, 2012 at 8:00 am | 308 comments.

If you or someone you know is undergoing cancer treatment, check out Cleaning for a Reason. This national non-profit organization partners with professional maid services to provide professional house cleanings to help women undergoing cancer treatment. It allows you to save your energy for fighting back against cancer. Visit to apply for this free service.