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Dear Friends,


I hope your summer is off to a pleasant start! I am pleased to announce that VBCF piloted a new mini-grants program in early 2013 and has awarded $3,300 for community-based breast health education to the following nonprofits:

  • CrossOver Healthcare Ministry
  • Daughter Connection of Hampton Roads, Inc.
  • Northern Neck Free Health Clinic
  • Nueva Vida, Inc.
  • Sisters Network Central VA, Inc.

Collectively, these grantees plan to provide breast health education to more than 1,400 Virginians between May 1 - Oct. 31, 2013. Congratulations!


VBCF has also begun a "Pledge your Celebrations" campaign on CrowdRise. You can pick a date or event meaningful to you - birthdays, anniversaries, in honor or in memory, athletic races or tournaments - and share this celebration with your families and friends to raise funds for VBCF. Setting up a personal fundraising page on CrowdRise takes less than 3 minutes and is easy to share with others. Learn more about this opportunity or receive a reminder before your special day - just visit www.vbcf.org/pledge-your-celebrations.


Wishing you good health,


Katy Sawyer's Signature 

Katy Sawyer

Executive Director

Becky's Place @ RAM Seeking Item Donations
Each July, VBCF participates in a three-day program called RAM (Remote Area Medical). This event brings health care screening, services, and education to Wise County, an extremely rural area of Virginia. VBCF runs the cancer education program tent and provides volunteers for child care and other support services.  In 2012 VBCF volunteers, made up of cancer survivors, nurses, and pharmacy students, taught 21 classes and offered tobacco cessation counseling to over 600 people.
We are currently seeking donations of new items to be given out to our class participants. 
Recent News & Research Highlights


Fine-Tuning Breast Cancer Treatments: What Works Better? 


Two common schedules used for the chemotherapy paclitaxel (Taxol) are equally effective at controlling breast cancer, but fewer side effects are found with the weekly regimen rather than every two weeks, according to a new study.



Computer Breast Imaging Not as Good as Film


Computer-interpreted digital mammography identified significantly fewer breast cancers than did standard screen-film mammography (SFM) or direct digital radiography (DDR), results of a large screening study showed.


Computed radiography (CR) had a cancer detection rate about 20% lower than either DDR or SFM. The recall rate was lower with CR than with DDR, but the 6.6% CR rate did not differ significantly from that of the SFM group in an adjusted analysis, as reported online in Radiology.




No Easy Choices on Breast Reconstruction


By almost any measure, Roseann Valletti's reconstructive breast surgery was a success. Although it was a protracted process, involving some pain and a nightmarish nipple replacement, she is pleased with how she looks.


But she is uncomfortable. All the time. "It feels like I'm wrapped up in duct tape," said Mrs. Valletti, 54, of the persistent tightness in her chest that many women describe after breast reconstruction.




Battling Cancer Together


Three days after her double mastectomy for recurrent breast cancer, Elissa Bantug, then 25, needed to feel whole again. But when she expressed a desire for intimacy, her fiancÚ (now her husband) walked away, leaving her feeling hurt and angry and worried about their future together.


Weeks later she learned that his rejection was based not on any lost love or attraction, but on the fear that he might hurt her physically.