MCW Women's Health News

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Importance of generics for breast cancer patients

July 28 - Joan M. Neuner, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine (general internal), has authored a recently-published article in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, The introduction of generic aromatase inhibitors and treatment adherence among Medicare D enrollees. This paper showed for the first time the importance of the availability of lower-priced generic medications in cancer care, showing that patient adherence to the oral breast cancer treatments called aromatase inhibitors improved after they became generically available.

H.E.A.L.T.H. team efforts to support MCW ovarian cancer research

July 21 - H.E.A.L.T.H., a fundraising organization conceived by two 20-year-old, lifelong friends who are committed to supporting health causes, is asking for your support in a 5K run/walk for ovarian cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin on Sunday, August 16, at Greenfield Park.

Action Learning Workshop for Women’s Health – LARC

June 4 - Long acting reversible contraception (LARC) has been shown to be an effective pregnancy prevention strategy for women’s health in other communities. Could greater LARC utilization lead to better health outcomes for women and children in Milwaukee?

Dr. Mackinnon Discusses Skin Cancer Dangers for Young Women

May 21 - Dr. Jennifer Mackinnon discusses skin cancer dangers for young women in an interview with NBC-TV/Channel 4. Skin cancer is the leading cause of death for women in their 20’s. TMJ4

300 People Attend Green, Gold & Pink Event Promoting Breast Cancer Screening

May 21 - More than 300 people attended Froedtert & MCW’s Green, Gold & Pink event at Brookfield Square to promote breast cancer screening. Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby and his wife Molly were keynote speakers at the event, co-sponsored by Fox-TV/Channel 6. Brookfield Now

Buddy Check 6 Public Service Campaign Promotes Breast Self Examination

May 7 - Froedtert & MCW is teaming with Fox TV/Channel 6 to support Buddy Check 6, a public service initiative to remind women to perform breast self-examinations on the 6th of every month. Fox 6 Now and Fox 6 Now

Genetic mapping for breast cancer risk

May 6 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a five-year, $1.75 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute to identify factors in the microenvironment of tumors that impact breast cancer risk.

Dr. Williams Receives $1.75 NCI Grant to Repurpose Medications to Fight Breast Cancer

May 6 - Carol Williams, PhD, (Pharmacology & Toxicology) received a five-year, $1.75 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study a new approach at limiting the spread of breast cancer. Dr. Williams will repurpose existing medications that target a family of molecules suspected in the spread of breast cancer. The medications are not currently used to treat cancers. Health Canal

Dr. Walker Contributes to TV Report on Sisters Surviving Breast Cancer

Apr. 17 - Dr. Alonzo Walker (Surgery – Surgical Oncology; Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Diversity) provides expert comment for an ABC-TV/Channel 12 report on two sisters who were diagnosed 20 years apart with breast cancer. WISN

Wisconsin Breast Cancer Research and Advocacy Boot Camp Slated for May 30

Apr. 14 - MCW will host the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Research and Advocacy Boot Camp on Saturday, May 30. The training program explains the science of breast cancer and is aimed at survivors, educators, students, the media, and the general public. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin, and the Froedtert & MCW Cancer Center. Waukesha Now

Reminder: On April 24 Women’s Health Conference

Apr. 14 - The 17th annual Women’s Health Conference will be held on Friday April 24, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel, 375 S. Moorland Road, Brookfield. This activity is intended for practitioners who provide care for women.

Sisters who survive breast cancer featured in TV news story

Apr. 13 - Dr. Alonzo Walker (Surgery – Surgical Oncology; Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Diversity) provides expert comment for an ABC-TV/Channel 12 report on two sisters who were diagnosed 20 years apart with breast cancer. WISN

Breast cancer boot camp to be held May 30; deadline to register is April 15

Mar. 27 - A free Breast Cancer Boot Camp will be held Saturday, May 30, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Medical College of Wisconsin for anyone interested in learning the science of breast cancer on an introductory level. The deadline to apply is April 15.

Dr. Chitambar Advises Breast Cancer Patients to Exercise

Mar. 5 - Dr. Christopher Chitambar (Medicine – Hematology/Oncology) tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he advises breast cancer patients to engage in regular exercise, maintain a healthy weight, and minimize alcohol consumption. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The link between exercise and breast cancer

Feb. 23 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published a story about a breast cancer survivor who is incorporating exercise into her life as a strategy to prevent recurrence. Christopher Chitambar, MD, professor of medicine (hematology and oncology), conducts research on the link between exercise and breast cancer recurrence, and was interviewed for the story. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Hibbard Warns Against Use of Sonograms for Facial Photographs of Fetuses

Feb. 10 - In an interview with CBS-TV/Channel 58, Dr. Judith Hibbard reports that research in animals shows that sonograms pose a small risk to fetuses. She cautions against the use of sonograms for the entertainment value of providing facial photographs of fetuses. CBS 58

Drs. Wagner and Peterson Discuss the Fetal Concerns Program

Feb. 3 - Drs. Amy Wagner and Erika Peterson, Co-Directors of the Fetal Concerns Center of Wisconsin, discuss the program in a Milwaukee Magazine feature article. The Fetal Concerns Center of Wisconsin addresses problematic pregnancies involving birth defects or medical conditions. Milwaukee Magazine

Dr. Jones Discusses Pregnancy Risks Associated with Opioids

Jan. 28 - Dr. Cresta Jones tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that women need to be counseled about the risks of ingesting opioids during pregnancy, just as they are warned about risks associated with smoking and alcohol consumption. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Prescription subsidies help cancer patients

Nov. 4 - Former MCW fellow Alana Biggers, MD; and Joan Neuner, MD (Medicine); published a study showing prescription subsidies for women on Medicare help improve their adherence to hormone therapy to prevent breast cancer recurrence. Chicago Crusader

Grant to fund evaluation of breast cancer treatment reporting

Oct. 30 - MCW has received a four-year, $2.7 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to investigate the comparative effectiveness of two strategies aimed at reducing the use of ineffective or unproven breast cancer care. Wauwatosa Now

MCW researchers to study treatment reporting tools for breast cancer care

Oct. 24 - The Medical College of Wisconsin has received a four-year, $2.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute to investigate the comparative effectiveness of two strategies aimed at reducing the use of ineffective or unproven breast cancer care.

Dr. Sahoo Speaks at Event to Create Awareness of Women’s Heart Disease

Oct. 23 - MCW’s Cardiovascular Center Advisory Board teamed with the Boelter Superstore to host a reception to draw awareness to women’s heart disease. Daisy Sahoo, PhD, (Medicine – Endocrinology) presented on cardiovascular disease as the leading cause of death in women. OnMilwaukee

Study Finds Subsidies Help Breast Cancer Patients Adhere to Hormone Therapy

Oct. 21 - University of Illinois at Chicago faculty member Dr. Alana Biggers, who recently completed her residency in General Internal Medicine through MCWAH, led a study that found that a federal prescription-subsidy program for low-income women on Medicare significantly improved their adherence to hormone therapy to prevent the recurrence of breast cancer after surgery. Health Canal

Special Events at the Wisconsin Athletic Club Support WBCS

Sept. 30 - Wisconsin Athletic Clubs (WAC) are sponsoring several upcoming events that will benefit WBCS, one of the largest supporters of breast cancer and prostate cancer research at MCW:

Heart health awareness event planned for October 16

Sept. 16 - The Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin Cardiovascular Center Advisory Board is hosting the Heart 2 Heart Women’s Heart Health Awareness Event on Thursday, October 16 from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. at the Boelter Superstore.

Efforts to Fight Breast Cancer Recognized at Brewer’s Pink Out Day

Sept. 08 - Froedtert & MCW were formally recognized for their efforts to fight breast cancer at the Milwaukee Brewers’ Pink Out Day on September 6 . Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Pink out Miller Park

Sept. 05 - When the Milwaukee Brewers take on the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, September 6, the stadium will be a sea of pink as fans don their brightest to support breast cancer research and support. Betsy Brenner, publisher of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, MCW Trustee, and a breast cancer survivor, will throw out the first pitch. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Better treatments for breast cancer

Sept. 02 - A physician scientist from the Medical College of Wisconsin has received a three-year Mentored Career Development Award from the Clinical & Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin to study better treatments for breast cancer.

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