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Medical Center’s Pink Aroostook and Healthy You programs are partnering
to rally Aroostook communities to “Think BEYOND Pink” this October at
the second annual luncheon event to be held on Friday, October 9 at the
Caribou Inn and Convention Center. In addition to a fantastic buffet
lunch, guests will enjoy fabulous door prizes and amazing guest
speakers. They will leave the event empowered and equipped with
information on how to do more for the breast cancer cause than buy pink
ribbon products this October. Attendees will also learn some simple
dietary changes that can be implemented to decrease their personal risk
for some breast cancers.
Bethany Zell, Pink Aroostook Director
and President of the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, will briefly share
about her breast cancer advocacy work and provide information about how
to get involved and do more to help end breast cancer. As Maine’s Field
Coordinator and Team Leader for the National Breast Cancer Coalition
(NBCC), Bethany has represented Maine in Washington, DC, and throughout
our state for the NBCC’s Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 campaign. Her
passion and unwavering dedication to this cause will inspire and
motivate luncheon attendees to “Think BEYOND Pink” when they think about
The keynote speaker at the luncheon will be Dr. Susan Silberstein,
PhD, Founder and Executive Director of BeatCancer.org
Center for Advancement in Cancer Education. Dr. Silberstein’s
non-profit is committed to providing expert one-on-one, individualized
nutritional, immunological, and psychological guidance to their clients
facing cancer. Sharing on the topic of “Breast Cancer: The Diet
Connection", Dr. Silberstein will outline easy and vital steps you can
take to prevent breast cancer, its recurrence, or support yourself
during or after treatment. Based on scientific evidence and over 30
years of experience, she will also share with us about powerful
anti-cancer foods, dietary fats, how to boost immunity with your fork,
A portion of the $20 admission will be used to support
Pink Aroostook, a county-wide breast health program, and breast health
initiatives throughout Aroostook County.
To register or for more information,
please call or email Bethany Zell, Pink Aroostook Director, by
Friday, October 2, at 207-498-1361
Health Advantage (AHA) of Waterville, in cooperation with KV
Crossfit, will be sponsoring “Pink In The Street” in Waterville this October.
Part of this fundraiser will be a competition at the AHA gym on October 17th.
Also, Allied Health Advantage will invite members of the community
to choose a way to donate to MBCC during October through an activity of their
AHA is planning to encourage support from Waterville businesses by
asking them to donate a $50.00 minimum donation, placing a large pink ribbon in
their windows, and participating in a window-decorating competition.
For more information, contact Nancy Beadling at Allied Health
Advantage at 680-9155, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you or someone you know is in need of diagnostic services
or has been diagnosed with breast cancer and lives in Penobscot, Piscataquis,
or Knox County, the Ride to Wellness program can help ease some of the burden
Penquis/The Lynx and CancerCare of Maine have joined forces
to provide transportation services or mileage reimbursement for medical treatment
of breast cancer, including diagnostic services, chemotherapy, radiation, support
groups, and more. Lynx volunteer drivers can
pick up individuals at their homes and bring them to treatment. The program also provides
reimbursement at 21 cents per mile for those who transport themselves;
also friends or family who transport.
is no income level requirement. The Ride
to Wellness Program is funded by Susan G.
Komen Maine® and the Maine Cancer Foundation.
For more information call The Lynx at 973-3695 or 1-866-853-5969.
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In May 2007, Fish River Rural Health (FRRH)
in Eagle Lake, Maine started a breast cancer support group called “The
Journey.” The idea for a book began at that first meeting after the
participants heard many inspiring, heartfelt stories about courage by
survivors and their families. Nearly three years later, the idea became a
reality with the publication of Valley of Courage: Reflections by Breast Cancer
Survivors and their Families.
In 2014, a second book, Valley of Hope: Reflections by Breast Cancer Survivors
and Their Families and Friends, was published.
Those who contributed to the book hope the stories will inspire and
provide guidance for others journeying through breast cancer and their
families. The powerful stories send messages of faith, hope, strength,
courage and the importance of community, family and friends. The book
allows readers an opportunity to connect through the stories with
courageous individuals who live in the St. John Valley in Maine or have
connections to the Valley.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from
book sales go directly to FRRH’s Breast Cancer Support Group, “The Journey.”
To order a copy, please contact Joni Michaud of Fish River Rural Health at email@example.com
or 207-444-5973. Books ordered through the FRRH are at a discounted
price of only $10 per copy plus shipping. FRRH is also offering a bundle
with both the Valley of Courage and Valley of Hope books for $18.
(For Eagle Lake area residents, there are no shipping costs if arrangements can be
made for pickup.)
The books may also be ordered through Amazon.
The Health Of Women
(HOW) Study is
a first-of-its-kind international online study for women and men with and without
a history of breast cancer.
The Study is being
conducted at the
Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, in
collaboration with City of Hope
Comprehensive Cancer Center.
What is the Health of Women Study?
From the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation website:
"The majority of women who get breast cancer have none of the known
clinical risk factors. This means we don’t know what causes breast
cancer or how to prevent it.
The HOW Study is a first-of-its-kind
international online study for women and men with and without a history
of breast cancer. We will collect information about your health, your
job, your diet, and your family history, among other topics that can
help us get a better understanding of breast cancer and its potential
The HOW Study will track hundreds of thousands of women (and men) over
time to learn what causes breast cancer, and how to prevent it. HOW
will also study long-term breast cancer survivors in order to get a
better understanding of how they are beating the odds. This is the first
time a study of this size and magnitude is collecting data entirely
online. We are excited by this approach because it will allow us to ask
every question any of us (including you) ever wanted answered. We
believe this is the first study that will allow the participants to
submit questions they want studied, and we are eager to hear what you
want us to do!
Once you sign up to become a member of the HOW Study, you
periodic questionnaires that will ask questions about different health
and exposure topics. Each new questionnaire will be released in a "Call
to Action" email and will address a specific topic, such as reproductive
health, cancer history (for those with breast cancer), environmental
exposures, and much, much more. Each questionnaire should take about
60-90 minutes to fill out, and you will get a new one every three to
This is a partnership, and we need you for the long haul. The
more questionnaires you fill out, the more information we will have that
can help us have a better understanding of why women get breast cancer."
Click here to join the
HOW Study or find out more.
Update: The enrollment period for the FALCON trial has now ended.
Research Associates in Auburn enrolled eligible women in FALCON, a Phase
III study which will involve approximately 600 postmenopausal patients with
hormone receptor-positive locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer who have
not previously been treated with any hormonal therapy.
study, which is taking place at Maine Research Associates, is part of a global clinical
trial through MedImmune Specialty Care Division of AstraZeneca.
Research Associates, along with more than 100 other global clinical trial
sites, enrolled patients that are eligible to participate based on the
· Have hormone receptor-positive locally advanced or metastatic breast
· Have not received prior hormonal therapy
more information about the trial (NCT01602380), please contact 207-782-9835 at Maine
here to download a flyer.
Now there is a new way to show your support for the Maine
Breast Cancer Coalition! Donate your returnable bottles and cans to us through the
Community Cash program.
is CLYNK? It is a bottle redemption system
run by a Maine recycling company offered only in Hannaford supermarkets. Their
mission is to make recycling easier for
customers and at the same time, have a very educational and environmental focus.
It's easy as 1-2-3 to take part! Click
here to find out how. Visit
the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition CLYNK fundraising page directly here.
The Breast Cancer
website provides information and links to many organizations "whose
mission it is to make the breast cancer journey a little easier and take
the burden off your wallet with free wigs,
hats, make-up, house cleaning, transportation, and more."
It's been seven years since
the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and the Avon Foundation launched the Love/Avon
Army of Women
groundbreaking initiative that partners women with breast cancer
researchers to find the key to what causes breast cancer and take science
beyond a cure to prevention.
Women have taken personal action to raise
millions of dollars by walking,
running, and donating to the fight against breast cancer. These dollars have
helped advance breast cancer treatment and move us closer to a cure. But there
is still no prevention. Now the Love/Avon Army of Women offers a singular new
opportunity -- a simple but revolutionary call to action for one million
healthy women of all ages and ethnicities to join the “Army” and be available
to take part in the research that will help scientists understand the causes of
breast cancer—and how to end it once and for all.
unique impact of the Love/Avon Army of Women is that it serves as an online
resource providing researchers much-needed and unprecedented, timely access to
healthy women -- a critical component to prevention research. At the same time, the
women the opportunity to play a significant, direct role in helping eradicate
breast cancer. Virtually all women not currently undergoing breast
cancer treatment, including healthy women, breast cancer survivors, and
women who are high risk for developing breast cancer, can enroll in the
Love/Avon Army of Women online at www.armyofwomen.org
basic information and indicating their willingness to consider participation in
future research studies.
Click here to download
an Army of Women brochure.
The National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) has a
unique history and an unmatched record of accomplishment in breast
cancer. Since NBCC’s inception in 1991, the organization’s mission has
been to end breast cancer. Now, NBCC has set a deadline: Breast Cancer Deadline
2020® – to know how to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020.
According to NBCC, “These are not just
words; we have a strategic plan to get there. While the vast majority of
resources are focused on finding the next treatment, NBCC is doing
something very different. We are bringing together unprecedented
collaborations among scientists, visionaries, and advocates to catalyze,
plan and implement work in two major areas: how to prevent metastasis
to save lives and how to prevent the development of breast cancer.”
To find out more about Breast Cancer Deadline 2020® and the National Breast Cancer Coalition
go to www.breastcancerdeadline2020.org/about-nbcc/.
The Pink Album
is an exclusive, professionally produced 2-CD collection of
contemporary music by 27 of Maine's leading female singer/songwriters to
the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition
Support Service Fund. These
performers have donated their considerable talents in support of the
Maine Breast Cancer Coalition. Nearly two hours of great music!
To purchase: This double CD set is available
for only $19.99 at all Bull Moose Music locations
statewide. It can also be ordered from Maine Breast Cancer Coalition directly.
Download the order form here.
All proceeds benefit the Support
Service Fund. With your purchase, you make a difference in the
lives of Maine residents in need!
For more information and updates, visit The PINK Album website
at www.mainepinkalbum.com and The PINK Album
Facebook page often!
The following is a press
release by the EMMC Clinical Research
Center and the Lafayette Family Cancer Center.
Bangor--Research investigators at Eastern
Maine Medical Center and the University of Maine have received a grant from the National
Cancer Institute and Office of Research on Women’s Health to evaluate the effectiveness
of a cognitive-behavioral therapy CBT) for rural breast cancer survivors with memory
problems caused by chemotherapy. Because rural cancer survivors often have to travel
long distances for follow-up care after cancer treatment, this research will study
the effectiveness of using videoconference technology to reduce travel.
Cognitive-behavioral therapies, or CBTs, are usually short-term, non-drug behavioral
programs aimed at improving symptoms and overall health function. Memory problems
following chemotherapy, sometimes called “chemo-fog” can occur in about
25-40% of cancer survivors and can be long term. To date, there are no well established
treatments. However, one program, called “Memory and Attention Adaptation Training”
or “MAAT” has been developed and previous research suggests MAAT helps
cancer survivors better manage treatment-related memory problems. The question is
will MAAT be effective if the behavioral treatment is done through a video monitor
with sound versus being face to face with a clinician.
The title of the
project is “Videoconference CBT for Rural Breast Cancer Survivors with Cognitive
Complaints” and the principal investigator is Dr. Robert J. Ferguson, a clinical
health psychologist with Eastern Maine Medical Center and the Lafayette Family Cancer
Center. He is also the author of MAAT. The co-principal investigator is Dr. Sandra
Sigmon, Professor of Psychology at the University of Maine.
are seeking adult breast cancer survivors with chemotherapy-related memory problems
and who have completed chemotherapy at least 6 months prior to entering the study.
There is no limit as to how long they have had memory complaints after chemotherapy,
months or years. Individuals with other neurological problems such as stroke, brain
injury or severe psychiatric illness will not be eligible. Interested individuals
can call a toll free number at 1-855-973-7322 to see if they would qualify for the
Do you have your Maine
Breast Cancer Specialty license
plate yet? The proceeds from
plate help support breast cancer education, research, and patient support here in
The proceeds are split equally between three beneficiaries:
the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition for our Support Service Fund;
the Maine Cancer Foundation for their Women's
Cancer Research Fund; Maine Breast
and Cervical Health Program for their mammogram fund.
The plates are available from BMV
branch offices and most town
offices. For more information go to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Specialty Plate page at http://www.maine.gov/sos/bmv/registration/bcplate.htm
or call the Registration Unit at
207-624-9000, Extension 52149.
Mothers and daughters are being sought for a study being conducted
by a student through the Schreyer Honors College at the Pennsylvania State University.
This study is being conducted for research purposes.
Mothers are eligible
if they have previously been or are currently undergoing breast cancer treatment.
Their daughters are eligible if, at the time of the breast cancer diagnosis, the daughter’s
main place of residence was not in the mother’s home. This may include, but
is not limited to: a daughter away at college, living with another family member,
or living in her own home.
Please note it is asked that both mother and
daughter decide to participate in this study. Daughters must currently be 18 years
of age or older.
If eligible, mothers and daughters will be asked to take
part in separate surveys, with follow up interviews being optional. If you and your
mother or daughter meet these requirements and are interested, please contact the
student conducting the study from the information below:
For more information
here or contact Taryn Noll at TLN5038@psu.edu