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CONFERENCE 2017: Meet Potamkin Prize Winner Dr. Clifford A. Hudis

There is no typical day for Dr. Cliff Hudis. One minute he's developing treatment plans for breast cancer patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the next he's supporting the 43,000+ members of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). For decades, Dr. Cliff Hudis has changed the landscape of cancer care for survivors and oncologists across the country.

The PA Breast Cancer Coalition is honored to welcome Dr. Hudis as the 2017 Potamkin Prize winner at this year's Conference on Friday, October 6 in Harrisburg. Dr. Hudis, who currently serves as CEO of ASCO, will kick off the day with the Conference's Opening Session workshop.

The PBCC had a chance to sit down with Dr. Hudis and learn more about his life's work and his passion for helping breast cancer patients.

Watch our video below to learn more about our Potamkin Prize winner and don't miss the chance to meet him at our Conferene! Register now!

Uncertain Future: Trumpcare Fails in Senate, Plans to Repeal Obamacare Still Possibility

The latest plan to repeal Obamacare and replace it has failed. The fight to save federal protections for people with pre-existing conditions like breast cancer is not over yet. A repeal could still happen and, if a replacement is passed, it may slash health care protections for people with pre-existing conditions as well as thousands of Pennsylvanians covered under Medicaid expansion. We will continue to monitor any legislative action that threatens insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. It is imperative that the federal government require insurers to cover pre-existing conditions at no additional cost.

We know you've been calling and emailing Senator Pat Toomey 'round the clock to protect pre-existing conditions coverage. Keep it up. Don't give up. Take action. Save lives. 

Snyder County Survivor Finds Joy in Helping Others Across Country

Mary Jo Borrelli, Snyder County

Mary Jo Borrelli is currently in treatment for breast cancer that has spread to her spine. Instead of thinking of herself, she's ready to get back to what she loves most - helping victims of disaster in the U.S. Here's her story:

After a family celebration in August 2000 at Shenandoah National Park, I needed antibiotics for insect bites. I thought I had an inflamed insect bite under one arm and went to my doctor who said let’s do a mammogram. It turned out that I had a tumor on the outside of the left breast. I opted for sentinel node biopsy, lumpectomy, and pre-adjuvant therapy with adriamycin.

I’ve been dutifully getting mammograms and this past year was in survivor mode. My sister has an ascending aortic aneurysm and I thought I should pay attention and have tests for that. The radiologist found something on my spine. After almost 17 years, breast cancer has come to my spine. I’m now in the METAMORPH clinical trial at Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania. The study examines markers in blood, bone marrow, and tumor tissue to understand and track the changes that occur as disease progresses...

Study: Adding HER2 Blocker May Help Some Women with Breast Cancer

A recent clinical trial of thousands of women with HER2-positive breast cancer suggests adding a second HER2 targeted medicine could lower the chance of recurrence. According to the study, presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting, women who received the second treatment had a slightly lower rate of invasive cancer when compared to women who had the single treatment option.

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