10/12/2005

Breast Cancer Survivors to Celebrate Life

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.— Breast cancer survivors, their families and friends will join health care specialists from West Virginia University’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center on Sunday, Oct. 16, for the fourth annual Evening of Celebration. The special event at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Star City coincides with breast cancer awareness month and will give survivors and other participants an opportunity to share their experiences and expertise.

More women are surviving breast cancer today due to early detection and better treatments.  “Targeted treatment that focuses on cancer cells has proven to be the most effective treatment approach to fighting breast cancer,” says Jame Abraham, M.D., medical director of the Cancer Center and head of the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program at WVU.

“We have two new drugs that have been proven to improve the survival rate.  Herceptin attacks a protein that helps tumor growth. Avastin cuts the blood supply to the tumor and basically starves it.  These are significant findings in the scientific arena, but more importantly, to our patients.”

“Dr. Abraham helped to save my life and many others,” says Carol Brautigam, a four-year breast cancer survivor and emcee of Evening of Celebration.  “I thank him and everyone involved in my breast cancer care and look forward to seeing everyone again this year.”

‘Evening of Celebration’ will begin with a complimentary dinner at 4 pm.  To reserve a seat call Pam Foley at (304) 293-5928. The event is being co-sponsored by West Virginia University Hospitals.

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For more information:
Sherry Stoneking, Cancer Center (304) 293-4599
sstoneking@hsc.wvu.edu
10-12-05

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