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Breast Cancer Stories
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How to Talk to Kids about a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

How do we raise the issue of breast cancer to children without getting them too scared? A few years ago, breast cancer advocates Bob and Linda Carey were trying to create a “Ballerina” image for breast cancer awareness in Northern Michigan when a uniform police...

Don’t judge breast cancer patients by how they look.

Meet this Week's Metastatic Breast Cancer Hero: Maggie the 'Bald Ballerina' We hear so many comments about what someone "should look like" while they are in treatment for breast cancer. Does it make it easier to avoid a hard conversation? Or that awkward silence when...

Behind the Scenes
The stories behind the images


Behind the Scenes: Gazebo. Frankenmuth, Michigan.

Raising Breast Cancer Awareness One Image at a Time... Scenario:  Wonderful park in Northern Michigan. Detective and a uniform police officer walk over the hill and approach Linda and I. Detective: What are you doing here? Me: Making a photograph for an art project I...

Bob Carey’s Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS

Bob was challenged by our good friend Leslye to the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS.  We were happy to support awareness for an important cause... Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive...

Caregiver Stories
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LIVING with Breast Cancer: Share Caregiver Stories

We invite our fans to honor their caregivers.  Sometimes caregivers are the 'silent heroes' in the fight against cancer, staying strong for the men and women they love.  This is an invitation to share their story - not only to honor them, but to inspire others with...

“In With Both Feet” – My Daughter’s Breast Cancer Journey

We are always grateful when our supporters share their "living with breast cancer stories". We believe it helps everyone else feel a little bit less alone in their breast cancer journey. Meet Terri Hersh who is bravely supporting her daughter's journey with breast...

“A Little Ray of Light” – Breast Cancer Inspiration

When a loved one faces a cancer battle, your world goes dark. Goals are hard to set and the concept of a tomorrow becomes a frightening one. So when that dark and frightening world got infiltrated by a ‘naked man’ in a pink tutu, it shined a little ray of light and put a little smile on our faces and that, in turn, made this fight more bearable. So for that, The Tutu Project will always hold a special place in our lives.

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Getting Disability Help When Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with breast cancer, there may be resources available for your family. Advanced, recurrent, and treatment resistant forms of breast cancer “automatically” meet the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) requirements for...

Getting Help Through The Tutu Project

The Tutu Project awarded grants based on a non-profit organization’s alignment with the program’s mission, which is to provide financial support and counseling, helping to relieve the financial and emotional burdens that come with breast cancer diagnoses.  While we do...

Metastatic Breast Cancer
Education & Advocacy


Immunotherapy in Breast Cancer: the Emerging Role of PD-1 and PD-L1.

Immunotherapy in Breast Cancer: the Emerging Role of PD-1 and PD-L1.. Abstract
The purpose of the review is to summarize the data regarding PD-L1 expression in breast cancer and the results of first clinical trials with PD-1 or PD-L1 inhibitors in patients with metastatic breast cancer.
PD-L1 expression is heterogeneous across primary breast cancers, and is generally associated with the presence of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes and the presence of poor-prognosis features such as high grade, and aggressive molecular subtypes (triple-negative (TN), basal, HER2-enriched).
Early phase clinical trials using PD-1 or PD-L1 inhibitors alone or in combination have shown objective tumor responses and durable long-term disease control, in heavily pre-treated patients, notably in the TN subtype.
Blockade of PD-1 or PD-L1 shows impressive antitumor activity in some subsets of breast cancer patients.
Many clinical trials are ongoing in the metastatic and neoadjuvant setting, alone and in combination with chemotherapy, targeted therapy, radiotherapy, and/or other immune therapy.
The identification of biomarkers predictive for a clinical benefit is warranted.

How many women are living today with metastatic breast cancer?

How many women are living today with metastatic breast cancer?.
More than 150,000, new study shows.
Number of women living with MBC is increasing The lack of robust epidemiological statistics on the number of people living with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) was highlighted as one of many critical gaps to making advances for MBC in our report, Changing the Landscape for People Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer.
Today, a new study led by Dr. Angela Mariotto of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), conducted in a partnership with the MBC Alliance, reports that as of January 1, 2017, more than 150,000 women in the US are living with MBC, 75% of whom have initially been diagnosed with an earlier stage of breast cancer and suffered a metastatic recurrence months to years later.
Under the leadership of Musa Mayer, a long-time advocate for advanced breast cancer patients, in partnership with Alliance Chairman Marc Hurlbert, the MBC Alliance set out to develop the most accurate epidemiology information and statistics on the disease.
The study, entitled “Estimation of the Number of Women Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer in the United States,” appears in the current issue of the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
Key findings: As of January 1, 2017, an estimated 154,974 women are living with MBC in the US; 75% of women living with MBC have initially been diagnosed with early stage (stage I-III) breast cancer and suffered a metastatic recurrence Despite the poor prognosis of MBC, survival of women initially diagnosed with MBC (de novo MBC) has been increasing, especially among young women Study estimates a 2-fold increase in 5-year relative survival rates from 18% to 36% for women diagnosed with de novo MBC at age 15-49 years between 1992-1994 and 2005-2012, respectively.
More than 11% of women diagnosed with MBC between 2000 and 2004 under the age of 64 have survived 10 years or more Study estimates the number of women living with MBC is increasing primarily because of improvements in treatment and the aging of the US population Estimated number of women living with MBC increased by 4% from 1990 to 2000, by 17% from 2000 to 2010, and is projected to increase by 31% from 2010 to 2020 This study provides the most accurate information to-date to estimate the number of women in the US currently living with MBC.
The number of women living with MBC is increasing, and the study authors suggest that this is likely due to improvements in treatments that have extended survival for many patients.
These findings further highlight the importance of documenting recurrence from early stage breast cancer and to foster more research into the specific needs of the MBC patient population.

Don’t judge breast cancer patients by how they look.

Meet this Week's Metastatic Breast Cancer Hero: Maggie the 'Bald Ballerina' We hear so many comments about what someone "should look like" while they are in treatment for breast cancer. Does it make it easier to avoid a hard conversation? Or that awkward silence when...

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Rockin’ a Tutu for a Breast Cancer Fundraiser: The Sports Barre

These lovely ladies joined our #Dare2Tutu campaign this year, donned a tutu,  rocked out to a vigorous workout while raising money for breast cancer!  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  AND, to The Sports Barre in Jersey City, we just sent you a basketful of gratitude...

Bloomingdale’s Gathers Yogis for Breast Cancer

In the early morning hours of  Saturday, October 3rd we launched our breast cancer awareness campaign, #Dare2Tutu, at Bloomingdale's 59th Street store in New York. When we entered there was a hush throughout the store, pink yoga mats were neatly placed on the floor...

Breast Cancer Research
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Supporting Childhood Cancer: Symposium 2017

ALSF will be hosting its annual fundraiser for cancer research this year and is coming to four select locations. Each fundraiser will include seminars conducted by top scientists and researchers into the latest developments in cancer research.

Real estate group gives breast cancer research $3m boost

Author: Staff Reporter / Source: realestatebusiness.com.au Professionals Real Estate Group says it is a proud supporter of the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s (NBCF) work. “Our group is keen for the NBCF to achieve its goal of achieving zero deaths from...

New early detection breast cancer research focusing on rural areas

Author: Ugochi Iloka / Source: wbrc.com Source: WBRC TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - New early detection breast cancer research shows why many women, primarily in rural areas, aren't getting breast exams. University of Alabama nursing assistant professor and...

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Rockin’ a Tutu for a Breast Cancer Fundraiser: The Sports Barre

These lovely ladies joined our #Dare2Tutu campaign this year, donned a tutu,  rocked out to a vigorous workout while raising money for breast cancer!  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  AND, to The Sports Barre in Jersey City, we just sent you a basketful of gratitude...

Bloomingdale’s Gathers Yogis for Breast Cancer

In the early morning hours of  Saturday, October 3rd we launched our breast cancer awareness campaign, #Dare2Tutu, at Bloomingdale's 59th Street store in New York. When we entered there was a hush throughout the store, pink yoga mats were neatly placed on the floor...

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Ideas + Inspiration


Exhibition explores role of art therapy in mental health recovery

Exhibition explores role of art therapy in mental health recovery.
“Working Through Art: Visualizing Hope and Recovery Through Art” has been curated by Lindsey Lybrand, a licensed creative art therapist who earned her bachelor of science in child and developmental psychology and studio art in 2009.
The exhibition will open Thursday, Nov. 10, with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Also, there will be a walk-through discussion at 4:30 p.m. featuring Lybrand and two Vanderbilt professors with strong expertise in fields related to mental health.
While a senior at Vanderbilt, Lybrand was honored with the Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Merit Award.
She earned a master of arts in art therapy from New York University in 2013.
The artwork represents and reflects a range of diagnoses and symptoms as well as functioning levels, and shows various ways art therapy can be used to address symptoms“The artwork represents and reflects a range of diagnoses and symptoms as well as functioning levels, and shows various ways art therapy can be used to address symptoms of schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, and co-occurring substance-use disorders while empowering the client,” Lybrand said.
All the participating patients in the exhibition have been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder and are engaged in programming to help them return to work or school or find new housing.
One of the exhibition’s goals is to show how art therapy can be used to help organize, structure and give a voice to concepts that many of the participating clients could find challenging to express verbally.
For more information, email Martha Dale or call (615) 343-7241.
Media Inquiries: Ann Marie Deer Owens, (615) 322-NEWS annmarie.owens@vanderbilt.edu This article was originally published at the “Article” source noted above and distributed by The Tutu Project for informational purposes only.

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Art Therapy Thursdays, Part 1: The Creative Block

Art Therapy Thursdays, Part 1: The Creative Block.
Have you ever tried to draw something and suddenly found yourself without inspiration?
If so, welcome to the club, and welcome to Sketchbook Skool’s Art Therapy Thursdays.
In the first of this new video series, Sketchbook Skool co-founder Koosje Koene admits that she has a problem: She’s in a creative rut.
Being a creative person, she’s tackling this problem in a creative way–by interviewing other artists, as well as writers and musicians, about how they’ve gotten over their artistic blocks.
In this video, you’ll meet someone close to Koosje’s heart–her husband Pascal, a musician; click here to listen to songs by his group Dirtroadmusicband!
(Fun SBS trivia: Some of the footage of Pascal’s band was filmed by Brian Leahy of Sparkling Eye Productions, a regular videographer for Sketchbook Skool’s European shoots.)
How did you deal with it?
Leave your answers in the comments below; Koosje, and the rest of us, could use them!
Koosje Koene is the co-founder of Sketchbook Skool, creator of Draw Tip Tuesday and her food illustration course Draw It Like It’s Hot, and a featured teacher in many other Sketchbook Skool kourses. This article was originally published at the “Article” source noted above and distributed by The Tutu Project for informational purposes only.

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