Coming soon.... pre-register for the bus that will be leaving the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute in Meadville, PA on May 9th at 5:30 am to go to the SUSAN G.KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE, in Pittsburgh. Cost for the bus ride is $5.... can't beat that and you pre-register with me...... Sue Kilburn (814)373-3381. First come, first serve. We are also sponsoring a team named YGBOI and I am team captain. You can register online with the SUSAN G.KOMEN FOUNDATION , Pittsburgh Affiliate. Hope to fill this bus for an amazing day. Call soon..... Thanks, Sue
I am oftened asked how a certain person is doing or what kind of cancer they have or what the outcome of a certain kind of cancer is. The answers are very similar. First, I can't and won't diviluge private information regarding particular patients. Confidentiality and Privacy are required in my position but also my personal composition. I know when I was going through my treatment for breast cancer that I personally didn't care if people knew and welcomed the support but I have also learned that each person deals with their own journey their way and may not want people to know. My dad died of cancer and I remember the effort it took on his part and ours as family to not talk about the elephant in the room (CANCER). For us, it was alot of time and effort that we could have used in better ways but that is they way he chose to deal with it and we had to respect that. Dad and I spent countless hours in the early morning sitting in his hospital room before I had to be at work and that was when all the barriers came down and we talked about his cancer, the prognosis and what would lie between then and now. Just as a haircut looks different on different people, cancer and the outcomes are different. How you choose to deal with what lies ahead does impact what is happening. Not that your outlook can control everything but will help you deal with each day in the most positive way for you is vastly more important than determining what the future brings. As I have often referred to, my husband from the time we were first married would say to myself and the kids, "Make it a good day!" That is the best I can give you now and for the future. Make it a good day! S
Well you have the info on the hockey game that is on the 30th and now mark your calendars for March 6th at the Downtown mall in Meadville as there will be a Fashion Show called CELEBRATE YOUR LIFE IN STYLE starting at 11:00. Brunch included for a nominal fee of $8 per person. Value clothing will be supplying the clothes, Family Hair Care will be doing the hair of the models and it is being sponsored by Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute- Meadville Medical Center. Tickets are available at the institute, Meadville Medical Center, The Carousel in Cochranton, Pelican's Landing in Conneaut Lake and Value Clothing in the downtown mall. All proceeds will be going to the American Cancer Society so we hope to see you there. More information to follow but mark the date.
Just an update/reminder. The Black Dog Hockey Cup Game will be at 4 at the MARC in Meadville, PA on January 30th. This is an event that benefits KOMEN. Hope to see you there! s
Bisphosphonates and Breast Cancer Prevention Written By: Barbara Good, PhD Many middle-aged women suffering from osteopenia, the process of bone loss that can lead to osteoporosis, are prescribed one of the bisphosphonate drugs that help maintain bone health. Now, research presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium indicates that these drugs may have a role in breast cancer prevention. The new analysis, done from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study, showed a nearly 33% reduction in the incidence of invasive breast cancer in women without breast cancer at the beginning of the study who took bisphosphonates compared with those who did not. Most of the women examined in this study were taking alendronate (Fosamax).
I am always interested in hearing the new things that may be on the table. This Symposium just concluded and this article was referenced in PA Breast Cancer Coalition Newsletter so thought I would share it with you.
Enjoy our heatwave here in Northwest Pa! s
Ok, so I am finding mixed reviews on the pomegranates so all I can figure is anything in moderation should be ok, Right? One study said no food would change outcomes and the only overriding fact that helps is to reduce fat in your diet, include fruits and vegetables and limit alcohol intake. If we all did that, can you imagine how much our health could change? Consistency is the issue and I will be the first to say, I am not always consistant. Love my popcorn( which isn't bad, it is what you put on it!)
Next on the Agenda :
January 30th: BLACK DOG CUP HOCKEY GAME at the Meadville Area Recreation Complex on Thurston Road in Meadville at 4:30. All proceeds to benefit Susan G. Komen. I hope to see you there!
March 6th: (yet to be named)FASHION SHOW in the downtown mall with a brunch to boot. Tickets will be on sale soon. This event will start at 11 and is sponsored by Meadville Medical Center- Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute. All monies will benefit The American Cancer Society.
May 9th: A bus will be leaving from the institute at 5:30 am to travel to Pittsburgh for The Komen Race for the Cure in Schenly Park. Reserve your seat on the bus by calling me at 814-373-3381. Cost for the bus is $5 (beats paying for gas and parking). Hope you can all join us! Go to KOMEN-PITTSBURGH and you will see how to participate in this event.
With that said, I will sign off for now and look forward to seeing, meeting and knowing you. Sincerely,S
Radiologists Support Mammography at Age 40
Annual screening mammography should begin at age 40 and even earlier for women at high risk for breast cancer, according to recommendations from the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI). Average-risk women should begin annual breast cancer screening at age 40, and higher-risk women should begin by age 30, but no sooner than 25, the ACR and SBI recommend in guidelines published in the January issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
"Evidence to support the recommendation for regular periodic screening mammography comes from the results of several randomized trials conducted in Europe and North America that included a total of nearly 500,000 women," Carol H. Lee, MD, chair of the ACR Breast Imaging Commission, said in a statement. "The significant decrease in breast cancer mortality, which amounts to nearly 30% since 1990, is a major medical success and is due largely to earlier detection of breast cancer through mammography screening," added Lee, of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. The recommendations conflict with those issued late last year by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), which suggested that routine screening begin at age 50. Continue at MedPage Today.
Great trip to the south and back and now a new year and lots to plan ahead. Interesting find that I am reading and hearing about and that is the role that pomegranates have in fighting breast cancer. Now if I just new how to eat the dang things! I will be following up on this one for sure and maybe find a recipe of some sort and let you in on it. Freezing rain coming today and we have over two feet of snow in the front yard. My Golden loves it and looks like a Tigger out there playing but my little cavalier takes one leap and I have to dig him out. It is beautiful and we are warm so making it a good day!