Samantha Harris announces her role on Entertainment Tonight as the featured speaker at the 22nd Celebration of Life Luncheon held on Wednesday, July 13th at the Vail Marriott. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970.479.8595 for more information.
Support the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group on Colorado Gives Day!
Colorado’s largest one-day online giving event, presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, is coming up and we need your support.
On Tuesday, December 8, 2015, thousands of donors will come together to support Colorado nonprofits like ours. Last year, a record-breaking $26.2 million was raised for Colorado nonprofits, $772,541 of that was raised for nonprofits right here in Eagle County.
Check out our donation page on ColoradoGives.org:https://www.coloradogives.org/VailBreastCancerAwar…/overview.
Give where you live, give where you play on Colorado Gives Day. Your support helps us continue to provide financial and emotional assistance to those diagnosed with breast cancer in the vail valley. Beginning today, donations can be scheduled ahead of time. Thank you as always for the support in this beautiful community.
After a thorough review of the benefits and limitations of mammograms, the nation’s top cancer-fighting organization is advising women that they can wait until they are 45 years old to start using the tests to screen for breast cancer.
New guidelines from the American Cancer Society also assure women that they can have fewer mammograms over the course of their lives.
The guidelines, published in Wednesday’s edition of the Journal of the American Medical Assn., are designed for women who are in good health and have no reason to suspect their risk of developing breast cancer is above average. The findings represent a departure from the group’s previous recommendation that all women with an average risk of breast cancer get annual mammograms starting at age 40.
VIENNA—Acupuncture treatments appear to relieve the common
musculoskeletal discomfort experienced by women taking aromatase inhibitors (AIs) to reduce the risk of recurrent breast cancer, researchers reported in a small, single-arm study.
Giovanni Giardina, MD, Senior Assistant in Oncology at Ospedale diCircolo e Fondazione Macchi reported that a study of Italian women with self-reported musculoskeletal pain, who were treated with acupuncture techniques, reported improvement in pain and quality of life on validated assessment instruments.
He and his coauthors enrolled 17 women in the study, and reported on outcomes for 16, all of whom were experiencing musculoskeletal pain as a result of long-term therapy with aromatase inhibitors. The women ranged in age from 49 to 78, with a median of 62.
“All patients had a significant improvement of musculoskeletal aromatase inhibitor-related pain,” Giardina reported, “and our study suggests that acupuncture may be a promising modality for relieving aromatase inhibitor-related musculoskeletal side effects.
Warning that Hormone Replacement Therapy Nullifies Benefits of Exercise in Breast Cancer Risk-Reduction
BY ED SUSMAN
CHICAGO–Physical activity is known to reduce the risk of breast cancer–but all the benefit of that activity appears to be negated by taking hormone replacement therapy. That is the conclusion of a meta-analysis reported here at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting (Abstract 1561).
“If you are a runner you should not take hormone replacement therapy because the hormones appear to wipe out the benefit as far as prevention of breast cancer is concerned,” Cécile Pizot, MS, a biostatistician at the International Prevention Research Institute in France, said in an interview at her poster study.
“A lower risk of breast cancer among physically active women has been frequently reported, but the risk in women using hormone replacement therapy appears to be higher.”
Asked for her perspective, Stephanie Bernik, MD, Chief of Surgical Oncology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said: “Although it has been known that physical activity could reduce the risk of breast cancer and that hormone replacement could increase the risk of the disease, it is interesting that this meta-analysis showed that hormone replacement could actually negate the positive effects of exercise.
“Women who exercise often want to do what they can to feel young and stay healthy,” she continued. “Although we have known the negative effects of hormone therapy, doctors now have persuasive evidence that the negative effects of hormone replacement therapy override the positive effect of physical activity. Women should be encouraged to do what they can to live healthy lifestyles, with the understanding that it is difficult to justify the use of hormone replacement therapy as part of that equation.”
Memory problems and cognitive impairment in women with breast
cancer have traditionally been blamed on “chemo brain,” but a new
study shows that there may be problems even before patients start
on chemotherapy and suggests that cognitive problems may be
linked to cytokines released by the cancer.
The study was published online June 22 in the Journal of the National
The study is the first to describe a relationship between cytokines and
patients with newly diagnosed breast cancer who have not yet
received any cancer treatment.
“Cognitive dysfunction in breast cancer patients has traditionally been
attributed to the effects of chemotherapy (‘chemo brain’). However,
our findings indicate that it is present even prior to any cancer
treatment,” commented first author Sunita Patel, PhD, a clinical
neuropsychologist at City of Hope Medical Center, in Duarte,
In general, “chemo brain” refers to the side effects of chemotherapy,
whereas “cancer brain” includes cognitive problems related to many
factors involved in cancer, including stress, she explained.
“It may be helpful for patients who are fearful about cognitive side
effects of chemotherapy to know that new research suggests non-
treatment-related factors play a role,” Dr Patel added.
Nina McLemore and Hostess Joyce Bradley invite you to a
PINK POWER PARTY to benefit The Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group Friday, August 28.
Pink Cocktails 3 – 5pm
Nina McLemore Boutique 183 Gore Creek Drive. Vail
15% of sales will be donated Aug. 28 – Sept. 3 upon request
RSVP for Cocktail Party 970.476.4809 or email@example.com
VAIL — On July 10, the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort was full of beautiful women dressed to the nines at the Celebration of Life Luncheon in support of the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group. These ladies who lunch — and a few great men — make a real difference in the lives of those battling breast cancer in our area. Since 1994, The Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group has played a critical role in bringing support to those diagnosed with breast cancer in Eagle County. They are dedicated to making their journey as easy as possible. Thanks to their signature event, the Celebration of Life luncheon, they have raised over a million dollars to fulfill their vision to fund those who fight this disease each day.
Board Member Brenda Himelfarb greeted the attendees and gave them an update.
“We give $500 to each person diagnosed with cancer … we have given hundreds of thousands of dollars to Vail Valley Medical Center for various machines and programs. We have the ‘Shine On’ bag (full of pampering gifts), which we give to every person diagnosed. We really want to make everyone’s lives easier who are dealing with breast cancer,” Himelfarb said.
Vice President of the Shaw Regional Cancer Center Peggy Carey was invited to speak and present the check.
“Thank you and welcome everyone and thank you Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group for bringing Dr. Susan Love to talk with us today. We are lucky to have her here,” Carey said.
Dr. Love has dedicated her professional life to the eradication of breast cancer. As the chief visionary officer of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, she oversees an active research program centered on breast cancer cause and prevention.
AUTOMATED BREAST ULTRASOUND UNIT
“Thank you to all for supporting your community and your friends and neighbors,” Carey continued. “This year the funds raised will go to an automated breast ultrasound unit.”
Colleen Berga, manager at the Sonnenalp Breast Center at the Shaw Cancer Center explained that the ultrasound machine “is specifically for dense breasted women that can benefit from additional breast health surveillance and is meant to complement screening mammography. The new equipment will provide greater patient comfort, quicker scan time and a 3D reconstructed image providing more detail for our breast radiologists.”
VBCAG Board Member of seventeen years, Joyce Bradley, announced that besides herself, co-founder Brenda Himelfarb and longtime member Nikki Denton, the group is working with a whole new board of directors. The group extended their sincere gratitude to the many table organizers, sponsors and individual contributors for their generous support. Please visitwww.vailbreastcancerawareness.org to learn more about the group’s mission and programs.
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