Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy for breast cancer is given if there is concern that the cancer might recur or spread to other parts of the body.

For some women, chemotherapy is given before surgery to reduce the size of the tumor to make it easier to remove.

Side-Effects of Chemotherapy
Side effects depend on the drugs used, but common side-effects include:

  • Hair loss
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Slight increased risk of infection

Spotlight

Visit the Sisterhood of Survivorship page to read “Dena’s Story” — by a vulvar cancer survivor who has shared her story and wise words, and channeled her energy into her National Race to End Women’s Cancer team.

Awareness

The CDC recently announced that fewer than half of American children are given the HPV vaccination.

Research

As of the July 23 deadline, 55 research abstracts were submitted in hopes of receiving one of only 6 grants from the Foundation. This points to a need for more funding so that the Foundation may award grants to every deserving applicant.

Education

The Gynecologic Cancer Global Health Forum will be Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 in D.C.. For more information on educational events and courses, click here.