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Living Beyond Breast Cancer is offering
a FREE Webinar Series:
Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
Part 1: Reducing the Risk of Recurrence through Healthy Lifestyle
Featuring: Julie R. Gralow, MD, Director, Breast Medical
Oncology, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015 NOON - 1:00 p.m. E.T.
Part 2: A Medical Update
Featuring: Tiffany A. Traina, MD, Assistant Attending
Physician, Breast Medicine Service. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2015 NOON - 1:00 p.m. E.T.
Join us for this two-part webinar series on triple-negative
Part 1 explores how healthy living can help lower the
risk of recurrence.
Part 2 updates you on TNBC treatments and research.
Register online for Part 1 by April 10 and for Part 2 by
April 22 at http://www.lbbc.org/Events/2015-04-17-TNBC-Healthy-Lifestyle or
by calling (855) 807-6386. CEU's are available for licensed social workers.
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part of their "Going the Extra Mile" campaign, Connectivity
and Installation of Auburn held a social media charitable
campaign to benefit the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition — "Spot, Snap
Christina Noonan from Connectivity Point (shown on the right in the photo) presented
a check for $500 to Gail Murphy, Maine Breast Coalition volunteer fundraiser coordinator.
Maine Breast Cancer Coalition appreciates Connectivity Point's generous donation!
For the fifth consecutive year, the Brighton Collectibles
store at the Maine Mall in South Portland chose the Maine Breast Cancer
Coalition as the recipient of funds raised through the “Power of Pink”
Brighton offered special limited
edition bracelets and leather goods, and made a donation for each sold. On February
23, store managing partner Barbie Spencer presented a $538.30 donation to Maine Breast
Cancer Coalition representative Gail Murphy.
The Maine Mall Brighton Collectibles store has been a
long-time supporter of the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition’s work. We greatly
appreciate their efforts!
Photo: Barbie Spencer, Maine Mall Brighton store manager
For the second consecutive year,
Engineering, manufacturer of FISHER® snow and ice control equipment,
raised significant funds for the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition's Support
Service Fund. In an October 2013 fundraiser, they raised $10,000,
and in 2014, more than $7,000.
Maine Breast Cancer Coalition representatives were honored
to meet many of the Fisher employees at a recent presentation at Fisher
Engineering in Rockland, and to learn about the company’s strong commitment
In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October,
Engineering made available a special limited-edition pink lift arm kit. This
kit was available for purchase through FISHER® snowplow dealer locations. For
every kit purchased, Fisher Engineering made a $50 donation to the Maine Breast
Cancer Coalition “in support of” or “in memory of” a person
of the retail
All of us at Maine Breast Cancer Coalition greatly
appreciate the generosity of Fisher Engineering!
Above photo: Keith Hagelin Sr. VP
Operations / Rockland General Manager presenting a check to Carol Beagan, Maine Breast
Cancer Coalition Treasurer
Left to right: Kim
Galipeau, Sales Analyst; Ryan
Seely, Sr. Technical Writer; Cathy Clough, Accounting; Roger Peabody, Technical
Service Rep; Christine Haiss, MBCC Support Service Fund Committee; Carol Beagan, MBCC
Treasurer and Support Service Fund Committee
Fisher pink plow at the Rockland
Festival of Lights Parade
If you or someone you know is in need of diagnostic services
or has been diagnosed with breast cancer and lives in Penobscot or Piscataquis
county, the Ride to Wellness program can help ease some of the burden and stress.
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.
For more information call The Lynx at 973-3695 or 1-866-853-5969.
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.
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this past October, Hannaford Supermarkets
made it easy for its customers in Maine to help individuals with breast cancer or
breast health related needs.Throughout October, Maine Hannaford
customers were able to donate $2 or $5 at the register of their local store, raising
$5,209 for the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition’s Support
Maine Breast Cancer Coalition is grateful to Hannaford Supermarkets for their support
and to all the generous shoppers who made donations. These donations will make a big
difference in the lives of Maine residents in need.
On November 7, representatives from Maine Breast Cancer Coalition were honored
to take part in a formal presentation of a check for $10,000 raised at the Pink Runway
Bangor Plastic & Hand Surgery sponsored
and organized the first annual Pink Runway Project, which was held at the Cross Center
in Bangor on October 18, 2014. The event was a gala evening of fashion,
live music, food, and a celebration of survival and choice.
The New York-style fashion show featured original pieces created by Maine
clothing designers modeled by breast cancer survivors who have undergone
The $10,000 for the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition Support
Service Fund was raised through a fabulous silent auction at the event.
The Maine Breast Cancer Coalition is grateful to Dr. David Branch, Dr.
Heidi Harrington, and the staff at Bangor Plastic & Hand Surgery for their generosity
and all the hard work they put into this wonderful event!
Proceeds from The Pink Runway Project were donated to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition
Support Service Fund and the BRA organization.
Photo (l. to r.): Dr. Heidi Harrington; Dr. David Branch; Carol
Beagan, MBCC Treasurer; Cathi Cyr, MBCC secretary; Pam Sirois, MBCC
Board Chair and Chair of the Support Service Fund Committee
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.
November 6, 2014
For the second year in a row, F.
R. Carroll Concrete, Inc. held a fundraiser for the Maine Breast Cancer
Coalition's Support Service Fund. F. R. Carroll
is a family-owned concrete
business in Limerick, Maine. Last year, they painted their new cement truck pink and
donated to MBCC a dollar for every cubic yard of concrete the company produced
during the month of October.
Michael Carroll recently presented MBCC with a check for $4,936.50 from their October
2014 fundraiser. When added to last year's donation, this family-owned business has
donated almost $10,000 to MBCC!
There is quite a story behind the pink truck. Watch
the WLBZ 2 and
WCSH 6 TV video story here.
Maine Breast Cancer Coalition is
grateful for the generosity and kindness of Mike Carroll and the F. R.
The Messalonskee High School Girls' Soccer Team donned pink socks and hair ribbons
in a recent match to raise breast cancer awareness.
Additionally, they had a baked goods table during the game and accepted donations.
They raised over $100 for Maine Breast Cancer Coalition.
Thank you, Eagles!
PowerPay of Portland's Giving Committee organized
a "wig and hat day".
Employees made a donation to wear their favorite wig or hat for an entire work
day. At the end of the day, the participants posed for a group picture.
The proceeds were donated to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition.
The Fifth Annual Freedom Drive
Open Golf Tournament took place on October 4 at the Rockland Golf Course.
John Gleba, organizer of the event, donated $1,372 raised at the tournament to
the Support Service Fund in honor of his wife,
Darlene Steeves Gleba.
Maine Breast Cancer Coalition is grateful to all who took part in
making this generous donation!
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.
The Maine Breast Cancer
Coalition is pleased to announce we have been awarded a major grant of $19,999
by Susan G. Komen® Maine for our Support
Service Fund. This grant will
significantly help us reach our $221,232 budget goal and will help us to
provide a high level of assistance to a projected 350 Support Service Fund
qualified applicants this year.
Our Komen Maine grant is
especially important because it covers most of our administrative costs. This
allows for a greater percentage of other donations to the Support Service Fund
to go directly to applicants in need.
Maine Breast Cancer Coalition
is grateful to Susan G. Komen® Maine for supporting
our work with major grants for thirteen consecutive years.
Komen Maine also supports
many other important programs in the state. To find out more about Komen Maine,
go to www.komenmaine.org.
Photo, l. to r.: Carol
Beagan, MBCC Treasurer and Support Service Fund Committee member; Sally
Bilancia, Komen Maine Executive Director; Christine Haiss, MBCC Support Service
Fund Grants Chair
The Greater Bangor Women’s Ski and Snowboard Club
(GBWSSC) is a long-time and generous supporter of the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition
(MBCC). For the past 14 years, they have raised money for MBCC through raffles, silent
auctions, ski-a-thons, and craft fairs.
Photo: Members of the Greater Bangor Women’s
Ski and Snowboard Club present a check to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition (L to
R: Beth Smart, Andrea Atwater, Elaine Chambers, Christine Urquhart, Deb Forsing, Cathi
Cyr, and Janna Stacey)
When asked why
the GBWSSC is so dedicated to MBCC, GBWSSC founder, Jan Bennett, says they wanted
to do something as a group to help others. They wanted to support a cause important
to women and then chose the MBCC because the organization helps Maine people.
In addition to their generous donations to the MBCC over the
years, many past and present members of the Ski Club have been active members of the
Coalition. So much support for MBCC from this incredible group of ladies! This year
they presented the MBCC with a check for $3,819 for MBCC’s Support
Service Fund (SSF) and two $50 Irving cards that can be distributed to SSF
clients who need help with travel costs during their treatments.
Also through the GBWSSC, MBCC received an
additional donation from Doris Shorey, who is a ski club member with
milestone personal goal last year: to raise $1,000 for the MBCC! She
achieved this goal!
Doris has an extreme passion for raising awareness
of, and ending, breast cancer. She is a 13-year survivor of the disease
who is battling it for the third time. Doris has known of the MBCC for
so long that she cannot remember the exact circumstance that first
brought her in touch with the organization, but says that she is
grateful for all of the support, guidance, and suggestions received from
MBCC over the years.
Doris has spent countless hours making and selling
crafts this past year and says that it is “how I found something I can
do for others. I set this ($1,000) goal to help stay out of the funk of
being self-absorbed with my condition.”
Doris is a truly inspirational person! MBCC is so
grateful to her and to all of the Greater Bangor Women’s Ski and
Snowboard Club members for everything that they do!
Photo: Greater Bangor Women’s Ski
and Snowboard Club Member, Doris Shorey
On March 10, representatives from Hannaford
Supermarkets, Maine Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC), and Caring Connections met
to mark the launch of a new initiative in which Hannaford supports both the
Maine Breast Cancer Coalition Support
Service Fund and the Caring
Books program. Tom Perry, Director of Operations for Hannaford
Supermarkets, presented a check for $2,500 to MBCC. This donation will be used
to purchase 250 Pink Albums at wholesale cost. A gift of the album will be included
in each Bridging Books packet
distributed over about a year’s time to women newly diagnosed with breast
Since all proceeds from Pink Album
sales go to the MBCC Support Service Fund, the end result is a $2,500 Hannaford donation
to the Support Service Fund, with the additional benefit of support and encouragement
for newly diagnosed women through the Bridging Books program. A Bridging Books packet and Pink Albums are shown
is a cooperative women’s health program of the Bangor YMCA and Eastern Maine
Medical Center. Their Bridging Books program provides resource and information packets
to women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Over 50 participating surgeons and other
breast health/cancer sites in Eastern and Northern Maine give a packet containing
a foundation book and other resource materials to women on the day of or close to
the date of diagnosis. Bridging Books is funded by a grant from the Maine
Affiliate of Susan G. Komen®.
Album is a
professionally produced, two-CD set of contemporary music featuring Maine-based
women singer/songwriters. One hundred percent of proceeds from sales of the
album go to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition’s Support
Service Fund, since all production costs for the album were donated by PATCO
Construction of Sanford, and the artists, producer, and graphic designer
donated their services. Maine
Breast Cancer Coalition and Caring
Connections are grateful to Hannaford Supermarkets for their generosity and their
ongoing commitment to community service!
(l. to r.
front row): Tom Perry, Hannaford Director of Operations; Suzanne Brunner,
Director of Caring Connections; Carol Beagan, MBCC treasurer and Support
Service Fund Committee member; Christine Haiss, Support Service Fund Committee.
(back row): Area Hannaford store managers Steve Bray, Broadway store; Tim
Hayden, Brewer store; Jon Ivey, Airport Mall store; Vic Wood, Bangor Mall store
of Sanford, long-time supporter of the Maine
Breast Cancer Coalition and financial sponsor of the Pink
Album, presented to MBCC
a check for $4,360 from Pink Album sales. This unique project continues to be a
source of income for the MBCC Support Service Fund.
The Pink Album is is an exclusive, professionally
2-CD collection of great music by 27 of Maine's leading female
singer/songwriters to benefit the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition’s Support Service Fund. PATCO Construction,
as executive producer, covered all production costs, and the performers donated
their considerable talents, so 100% of sales proceeds go to the Support Service
Photo: (l. to r.) Mark Patterson,
co-owner of PATCO, Gail Murphy, Maine Breast Cancer Coalition volunteer
of PATCO Construction, Mark
and Greg Patterson, and Mark Medford, project concept and graphic designer, were recipients
of the Maine
Breast Health Leadership Award. This
Award honors one or more individuals who have
made an outstanding difference in breast health and breast cancer in Maine. The
2011 award was the first time in its fourteen-year history that the award has
been given to a company.
To purchase the Pink Album:
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.
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 five 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.
3, 2012, Maine Cancer Foundation
four individuals with awards at the 11th
Annual “Cure Breast Cancer for ME” Luncheon: Carmen Darkis, Lenore Kraus,
Stephanie Freedman and Dr. Neal Goodwin. The “Cure Breast Cancer for ME”
luncheon was started in 2002 by Meredith Strang Burgess as a way to celebrate
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to raise money for the Women’s
Cancer Fund, a source of grants dedicated to cancer research, education and
patient support for Maine women.
award winners fall into four categories: Community Outreach, Medical Care &
Research, Lifetime Inspiration and the Meredith Burgess Spirit of Life Award.
Each award seeks to exemplify an individual or organization that has achieved
success above-and-beyond the ordinary, in the fight against breast cancer in
Breast Cancer Coalition is proud to announce that Carmen Darkis of Bangor, a long-time
Maine Breast Cancer Coalition volunteer, has been presented with the Lifetime
Inspiration Award. Carmen was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1988 and
has been living with stage IV metastatic breast cancer since 1993, surviving a
remarkable nineteen years with the deadly condition. “I don’t let cancer
my life,” says Carmen. “I live my life because I love being alive.”
decades of almost continuous treatment, Carmen is an active volunteer with the
Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, where she serves as recording secretary and
engages in political advocacy at the state and national level. She has devoted
her efforts to putting a face to late-stage breast cancer, advocating for more
research and encouraging other women diagnosed with breast cancer, showing them
that life can still be lived to the fullest.
The Community Outreach Award was presented
to Lenore Kraus, LCSW,
OSW-C, a licensed clinical social worker and a certified oncology social worker
who has pioneered local efforts to adopt comprehensive psychological care for
breast cancer patients.
Burgess Spirit of Life Award was presented to Stephanie Freedman, RN, of
Scarborough. Freedman is a breast cancer survivor, as well as a survivorship
navigator for the Cancer Institute at Maine Medical center.
The keynote speaker and winner of the
2012 Medical Care & Research Award will be Dr. Neal Goodwin, Director,
Research and Development In Vivo Pharmacology Services from the Jackson
Laboratory in Bar Harbor. Dr. Goodwin is at the forefront of a new effort
to collect and house a tissue bank of cancer tumors, including
samples provided by Maine women, through the Jackson Laboratory.
inception, the “Cure Breast Cancer for ME” Luncheon has raised over $450,000
support Maine women by providing grants for patient support programs, or by
earmarking funds for research programs. The selection and distribution of the
grants are overseen by an independent selection committee organized by Maine
Cancer Foundation. In 2011 Maine Cancer Foundation distributed more than $1
million to local organizations.
To find out
more about Maine Cancer Foundation visit www.mainecancer.org.
Photo: (left to right) Lenore Kraus, Carmen Darkis, Dr.
Neal Goodwin, and Stephanie Freedman.
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