May 16, 2017


May 16, 2017

Being Mindful: Survivors practiced yoga for stress management 
Research Spotlight: Dr. Karen Lu
May is National Cancer Research Month 
Registration is open for free ovarian cancer educational webinar
Upcoming Survivors Course 2017 

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A regular yoga practice offers cancer patients and survivors a great tool for stress management.
That is why Smitha Mallaiah, Mind/Body Intervention Specialist in the Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation, and Integrative Medicine at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, taught a yoga course at the Foundation for Women’s Cancer Survivors Course at MD Anderson in Houston, TX on May 5.

More than 85 survivors, caregivers, and advocates signed up for the all-day educational program and participated in the yoga course.

Mallaiah said that clinical evidence shows that yoga is beneficial to cancer patients.  The physical benefits of yoga include less fatigue, more vigor, enhanced mood and better sleep, which will lead to better overall health.

She said it is important that cancer patients are exposed to stress management since stress has been proven to cause tumors to change and grow. For more information about yoga and stress management, read another article about Mallaiah’s practice. Visit our Survivors Course Page to find out if the next course is near you.

Research Spotlight: Dr. Karen Lu

Research grants

Karen Lu, MD, is the recipient of the 2017 Claudia Cohen Research Foundation Prize for Outstanding Gynecologic Researcher for $50,000. Dr. Lu is one of 18 winners of research grants and awards given by the Foundation for Women’s Cancer in 2017.
Dr. Lu is a professor in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. Her main clinical interests include the surgical and medical treatment of women with ovarian and endometrial cancers, as well as the management of women at genetically high risk for these cancers.

“Dr. Lu was one the pioneers in the study of endometrial cancer and Lynch syndrome. She was, and remains, at the forefront of defining criteria to identify and medically manage women with Lynch syndrome,” wrote Paul Goodfellow, MD, of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Dr. Lu’s nomination letter.

Dr. Lu’s thoughtful approach and ability to communicate what is technically feasible, what is clinically relevant, and why feasible and relevant are different, has been extremely important to the gynecologic oncology community.”

This is the eighth annual prize from the Claudia Cohen Research Foundation, which was established in honor of Claudia Cohen, who lost her battle with uterine leiomyosarcoma in 2007. For more information, visit the Claudia Cohen Research Foundation.

View the entire list of FWC research and award winners.

May is National Cancer Research Month

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May is National Cancer Research Month. Hosted by the American Association for Cancer Research, this month recognizes the importance of cancer research and the achievements of researchers, survivors and advocates.

The Foundation for Women’s Cancer is committed to research with more than 192 research grants and awards presented to physician scientists since 1995, totaling $7.5 million in funding.
In an effort to bring awareness to gynecologic cancer research, the FWC started a social media campaign focused on the need for more clinical trials for gynecologic cancer. Since 2011, patient enrollment in phase III clinical trials has decreased 90 percent. Clinical trials are necessary to advance gynecologic cancer prevention and treatment to provide women an opportunity for better quality of life and survival.
Advocates, friends and sponsors are asked to share the hashtag #Trials4GynCancerNow and #NCRM2017 throughout the month of May to bring awareness to the need for more research funding for clinical trials. Read the summary created by the Society of Gynecologic Oncology to learn more about the crisis in clinical trials.

 Registration is open for free ovarian cancer educational webinarWeb

Can’t make a Survivors Course in person? Registration is open for a free informative webinar hosted by the Foundation for Women’s Cancer called “Ovarian Cancer: It’s Personal.”

The interactive program is from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 1 and will provide information on current treatment options, role of genetic testing and risk management strategies.
The presenters will be gynecologic oncologists, Angeles Alvarez Secord, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University Health System in Durham, NC, and Thomas Herzog, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Deputy Director at the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute. Presentations will be followed by a question and answer session. Register today!
This webinar is made possible by an unrestricted educational grant from Clovis Oncology.  Grant funding excludes input on editorial and course content. 

 Upcoming Survivors Courses 2017


Don’t worry if you missed a Survivors Course! The Foundation for Women’s Cancer will offer three more free courses before the end of 2017. Each course offers survivors, patients and caregivers the latest information about gynecologic cancers from leading experts in the field. Save the date for the following courses.
Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 University of Massachusetts Boston Boston, MA // Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI // Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 Washington, D.C.
The FWC upcoming events are available online.

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