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Winter 2014
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 Q & A: Christie Schubert: Why I enrolled in a vaccine trial  
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February 21-23, 2014

Orlando, FL 


Annie Appleseed Project: Complementary and Alternative Medicine Conference

March 6-8, 2014

West Palm Beach, FL


April 5-9, 2014

San Diego, California  

Free Teleconferences and Webinars


Living Beyond Breast Cancer

February 13, 2014   

12:00pm- 1:00pm ET


Understanding Chemotherapy-Induced Neutropenia: Low White Blood Cell Counts 


February 21, 2014  

1:30pm - 2:30pm ET

New to BreastCancerTrials.org?

We welcome patients, long-term survivors, or those at risk to consider clinical trials as a routine option for care. Explore our Matching Tool and QuickView Browser to find a trial that's right for you.

From the Director: 
"What's New at BCT?"

Well, thanks to your feedback, NEW is what's new. Throughout 2013, we heard from BCT users who asked if we could make it easier for them to quickly see the most recent studies we've added to the website, and our new NEW let's you do just that. When you click on "NEW Trials," you will see a list of all the new studies that have been listed within the past two weeks. On the "See All Trials" page, "NEW Trials" takes you to all of our new trials. If you log in and go to your "My Trials" page, you will now see a "NEW Trials" tab, which will take you to the most recent studies that match your profile. And if you receive our Trial Alert emails, you'll find that it's now easier to view the new studies that you want to explore on BCT. 


So, keep sending us your feedback! The more you tell us, through our surveys or simply by contacting us by phone or email, the better we can help you find breast cancer trials that are right for you. What's next? By popular demand, a SEARCH BOX! Stay tuned...

Quick Links:       See All Trials           NEW Trials on BCT          Log In
Metastatic Breast Cancer Vaccines
As 2014 unfolds, there is little question that cancer researchers are keeping their eyes focused on the field of immunotherapy, which includes cancer vaccines.


As we noted in our last e-newsletter, the take-away from the 2013 American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting was that cancer vaccines and other types of immunotherapy drugs may have the potential to reshape cancer treatment. The promise of immunotherapy was underscored again in December, when Science magazine designated it the Breakthrough of the Year.
To learn what role immunotherapies will ultimately play in cancer care, researchers will need cancer patients to enroll in clinical trials that are studying treatments that are designed to use the body's own immune system to slow or stop cancer cell growth. Currently, there are 18 vaccine trials on BCT recruiting patients with metastatic breast cancer, and more are expected to be coming down the pike.  


Read more  about some of the trials that are available.



Q & A with Christie Schubert: 
Why I enrolled in a vaccine trial

Christie Schubert is one of the metastatic breast cancer patients who enrolled in the Mammaglobin-A DNA Vaccine Trial. She lives in Northern Idaho, and traveled to Washington University in St. Louis to take part in the trial. BCT spoke with Christie about her experience.

Q: When were you first diagnosed with breast cancer?
A: In 2006, I was diagnosed with stage I ER+, PR+, HER2- breast cancer at age 41. In August 2012, I found out that my cancer had recurred. I had metastases in my left eye, both lungs, and a lymph node in my neck.

Q: What other treatments have you been on for your metastatic disease?
A: I am currently taking Femara. I also had Faslodex shots for three months.

Q: How did you decide to take part in a clinical trial?

Editor/Writer: Sue Rochman
Design: Claudia Fung