WE CAN in Africa

we-can-logoThe Women’s Empowerment Cancer Advocacy Network (WE CAN) has just launched an Indiegogo campaign to help raise awareness about cancer screening, risk factors, and treatment of women in East Africa. WE CAN was founded by SCCA’s Dr. Julie Gralow in 2003. WE CAN’s mission is to raise awareness and change the face of breast and other women’s cancers in the developing world.

This fall the group is putting on the 2nd annual East Africa WE CAN Advocacy, Education and Outreach Summit in Tanzania. In conjunction with the summit, WE CAN plans to produce and distribute for free a mini-documentary about the summit that features the stories of breast and cervical cancer survivors. Advocacy and awareness building are integral in helping to counter the growing cancer burden in developing nations, and WE CAN believes this video will be a powerful tool for raising awareness and saving lives. And that’s where the Conquering Cancer: Empowering African Sisters Indiegogo campaign comes in. As of today, the campaign has raised $2,000 with a goal of $25,000.

Check out the video below to learn more about WE CAN and the upcoming summit in East Africa.

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    Rolling with SCCA/Starbucks

    After a highly successful spring season, the SCCA/Starbucks Cycling Team is now firmly entrenched in summer racing. While the spring consists mainly of longer road races, summer racing consists mainly of criterium races, weekly racing at the Marymoor Velodrome, and longer stage races.

    SCCA/Starbucks' Emily Alexander and Amanda Loser in control at last month’s Second Ascent Ballard Criterium.

    SCCA/Starbucks’ Emily Alexander and Amanda Loser in control at last month’s Second Ascent Ballard Criterium.

    Criterium races, or crits, are short-circuit courses, usually about 1.5 miles or less. Crits are spectator races, as the riders will ride the circuit within 5-10 minutes, so spectators can watch their favorite racers. The races are timed, with durations dependent upon the category of the race. Pro categories can race between 60-90 minutes. Because these are generally short flat races, the speeds are normally very fast, requiring great bike-handling skills.

    The other type of races that mark the end of the road racing season are stage races. Just like the Tour de France, these are multiple-day races with the top honors going to the lowest accumulated time. This week is the longest running national ranked stage race, the BMC Cascade Classic. Held in Bend, Oregon, this race attracts the top nationally ranked racers as well as some international riders not racing in the Tour de France. SCCA/Starbucks has a team of Category Pro 1/2 women competing against the professional teams. Look for a report next week on how they performed. Go SCCA/Starbucks!

    Paul Camera is President of the SCCA/Starbucks Cycling Team. His day job is Director, Equipment and Packaging Development at Starbucks in Seattle.

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      SCCA Clinical Trial Openings

      clinical-trialsListed below are clinical trials that have opened at SCCA in the last several weeks. These trials are looking at new treatments for patients with chronic myeloid leukemia, metastatic urothelial bladder cancer, colorectal cancer, HER2-positive breast cancer, and gastric or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma. For more information about these trials, click on the links below. Check out our website to learn about the more than 200 ongoing clinical trials at SCCA. And follow us on Twitter at @SCCA_Trials for information about recently opened trials.

      Dasatinib Versus Imatinib for Chronic Phase Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
      An Open Label, Randomized (2:1) Phase IIb Study of Dasatinib Versus Imatinib in Patients With Chronic Phase Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Who Have Not Achieved an Optimal Response to 3 Months of Therapy With 400 mg Imatinib

      MPDL3280A for Locally Advanced or Metastatic Urothelial Bladder Cancer
      A Phase II, Multicenter, Single-Arm Study of MPDL3280A in Patients With Locally Advanced or Metastatic Urothelial Bladder Cancer

      MABp1 for Patients w/ Colorectal Cancer Who Are Losing Weight
      A Pivotal Phase III Study to Evaluate Overall Survival Using MABp1 as a Monotherapy in Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Patients With Cachexia

      Kadcyla + Pertuzumab vs. Herceptin + Pertuzumab + Taxane for HER2-positive Breast Cancer
      A Randomized, Multicenter, Open-Label, Phase III Trial Comparing Trastuzumab Plus Pertuzumab Plus A Taxane Following Anthracyclines Versus Trastuzumab Emtansine Plus Pertuzumab Following Anthracyclines As Adjuvant Therapy In Patients With Operable Her2 Positive Primary Breast Cancer

      Rilotumumab (AMG 102) with Epirubicin, Cisplatin, and Capecitabine (ECX) Gastric or Gastroesophageal Junction Adenocarcinoma (20121103)
      A Phase 3, Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo Controlled Study of Rilotumumab (AMG 102) with Epirubicin, Cisplatin, and Capecitabine (ECX) as First-line Therapy in Advanced MET-Positive Gastric or Gastroesophageal Junction Adenocarcinoma

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        SCCA Volunteer Spotlight: Michael Good

        michael-goodMost days, Michael Good can be found in north Seattle selling real estate, something that he’s done for the last 25 years. But on every other Wednesday, you can find him by listening to where the guitar is playing over at SCCA’s South Lake Union Clinic. Off and on for the last couple of years, Michael has been volunteering as a Healing Music Volunteer. His job is to create a relaxing atmosphere for patients as they wait for appointments while not distracting from the daily operations of the clinic.

        The Volunteer Services department is continually recruiting Healing Music Volunteers so that music can be played in more lobbies of the clinic. Musicians are assigned to a floor based on their availability and the scheduling preferences of the department on that floor. Like other clinic volunteer roles, the Healing Music role puts volunteers in direct contact with patients and staff. For Michael, this is one of the bonuses of volunteering, as he enjoys being able to connect with new people.

        One of the first experiences at SCCA that Michael remembers is when a young man was watching him play. “Clearly he was sick,” Michael said. “He was sitting literally two feet from my face, really in my space. I just kept playing, and finally I stopped and we started chatting. The young man said, ‘Look, I’m a guitar player. I can’t play anymore because my fingers are frozen–I can hardly bend them. I’m so glad you’re here.’” For Michael a lot of experiences at SCCA are like that. He adds, “This might be the most rewarding thing that I’ve done, because of the response that people have given me.”

        Michael has been playing guitar since he was 12 years old. He describes his style of music as a “fusion of folk, jazz, and a little bit of classical.” In addition to playing at SCCA, Michael also performs at various wineries and restaurants as well as at public and private events in the Seattle area.

        If you or someone you know would like to be a Healing Music Volunteer, you can find the application here. For more information, contact Susan Greenwood at (206) 288-1072 or email her by clicking here.

        You can find out more about Michael, his music, and some of his upcoming appearances at his website.

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          A Newsletter for Cancer Survivors

          thriving-issue-one-strokedTogether SCCA and Fred Hutch have just published a brand new newsletter aimed at the needs of cancer survivors. Thriving is a quarterly publication that combines publications from the Survivorship Clinic (Survive and Thrive), Women’s Wellness Clinic (Women’s Wellness), and the Fred Hutchinson Long-Term Followup Program (LifeLinks).

          This first issue of Thriving looks at the problem of intimacy after cancer, offers advice on controlling your weight, lists the signs of graft-versus-host-disease that transplant patients should be on the alert for, and more. You can download a PDF version of Thriving as well as read it online. To receive Thriving in your inbox, visit our Newsletter subscription page.

          If you have suggestions for what you would like to see in the coming issues of Thriving, take this short online survey. You can also email us with suggestions at contactus@seattlecca.org.

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