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Day 17 #pathways2resilience ~ Uzma

Day 17 #pathways2resilience ~ Uzma.
Special Feature Edition: Pathways to Resilience: Embracing our Vulnerability, Celebrating our Resilience In today’s post for our month long feature #pathways2resilience, we are delighted and honoured to share Uzma Yunus’ blog post about the challenges of living with cancer and its effects.
Uzma is a mother, physician and psychiatrist whose writing resonates across the world: “Many survivors end up having clinical depression, anxiety and even post-traumatic stress disorder.
The battle with cancer continues for a survivor despite cancer being gone from their bodies.
The fear of cancer lingers over most survivors and then about thirty percent like me have to deal with recurrence and start of the treatments all over again.
For us with metastatic breast cancer, it is never over at all.
Our fears just get bigger and scarier.”
#panningforgold #pathways2resilience #bcresiliencecentre #breastcancerawareness This article was originally published at the “Article” source noted above and distributed by The Tutu Project for informational purposes only.

Collaboration Breaks Down Walls and Moves Ideas Forward

Science News Collaboration across scientific disciplines and institutions is critical to advancing breast cancer research to benefit patients living with the disease.
BCRF promotes collaboration among its researchers, and just as these collaborations move the field forward, so do BCRF’s partnerships and collaborations with other nonprofit organizations and industry partners.
Breast cancer nonprofits, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, advocates and advocate organizations are committed to working together in the Alliance with three overarching goals: 1. advance research for metastatic breast cancer 2. increase support service for patients living with MBC 3. increase awareness of MBC.
Sharing Ideas That Build Best Practices and Enhance BCRF’s Impact The Health Research Alliance (HRA) is a coalition of nonprofit, non-governmental funders of biomedical research that fosters collaboration across the funding community to advance research and improve outcomes for patients of a variety of chronic or fatal diseases from Alzheimer’s to autism to heart disease, diabetes, epilepsy and many cancers.
Another crucial aspect of HRA is its ability to compile data on the grant programs of it member organization.
Over the three-year period, HRA members awarded 9,934 grants, totaling $2,712,418,254 in research and training support.
Grant funding increased by 26% between 2006 and 2008.
BCRF has partnered with the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium (TBCRC), as part of the newly launched Drug Research Collaborative, to design and conduct innovative and high-impact clinical trials for breast cancer.
“[This program] will encourage more creative, academic-driven research and give more patients access to clinical trials.
BCRF’s partnerships with the MBC Alliance, HRA and health industry help advance our mission by fostering new and exciting innovations and ideas. This article was originally published at the “Article” source noted above and distributed by The Tutu Project for informational purposes only.

Why More Black Women Than White Women Are Dying Of Breast Cancer — & How We Can Do Better

It’s a systemic issue.” She’s right, and the data backs her up: According to a new study released earlier this month by the Avon Foundation for Women, Black women are 43 percent more likely to die of breast cancer than white women.
“We suspect the disparity continues to grow primarily due to access to healthcare,” he says.
And for good reason: The five-year survival rate among women with breast cancer that hasn’t spread or metastasized is nearly 99 percent.
Hurlbert says that in some hospitals across the country, women can wait weeks, and even months, just to get a mammogram, which has a ripple effect, delaying surgery and treatment if both are needed.
Advertisement “If a woman comes in with a lump and has no insurance and needs to get into surgery after a biopsy, but learns that her hospital doesn’t have any open slots, a patient navigator can refer her to another local hospital.
Still, there’s more work to be done, especially for women whose cancer has reached stage IV and metastasized, meaning it has spread to other parts of the body.
Hurlbert says, “We don’t have specific data on what stage of breast cancer the women in the report had, but stage IV breast cancer is what kills.
Advocates such as Beth Caldwell, who was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer at 37 — years before she would have started routine mammograms — are lobbying to increase research funding.
“Roughly 40,000 Americans have been dying of metastatic breast cancer annually for several years now,” Caldwell pointed out.
What saves people’s lives is research.” Advertisement 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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