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August 17: An analysis of productivity costs associated with metastatic breast cancer found that metastatic breast cancer creates a high economic burden through lost productivity, especially among women considered to be midlife. Read more on Cancer Network HERE.

August 18: The results of an online questionnaire of breast cancer survivors in the US suggest that nearly half of patients experienced delays in care during the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full story HERE is Science Daily.

August 19: Researchers at Duke University have developed a vaccine that targets HER2, a protein found on about 20% of breast cancers. The vaccine has so far produced promising results when paired with existing drug therapies. The vaccine is currently in Phase 2 trials. Read more in The Chronicle HERE.

August 23: A recent study indicates that risks of all-cause mortality and breast cancer-specific mortality decreased when postmenopausal female patients with invasive breast cancer followed a more anti-inflammatory diet after their diagnosis. Read the full story in AJMC HERE.

August 28: According to data from Phase I clinical trials, a new breast cancer drug developed by researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago can potentially stop progression of estrogen receptor-positive (ER-positive) breast cancer without toxicity.  Read the full article in BioSpace HERE.

August 31: A recent study indicates that honeybee venom rapidly destroyed triple-negative breast cancer and HER2-enriched breast cancer cells. Read more in Science Daily HERE.

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51, diagnosed at 48

1st degree family history, No known genetic mutation

The lump in Vanessa’s breast was discovered during a routine mammogram, and after testing, was found to be stage 2 breast cancer. She had a lumpectomy and radiation. Vanessa shared this news with very few people during her diagnosis and treatment. She affectionately named this group of prayer warriors her “C Squad.” An administrative assistant and now author, Vanessa found healing in journaling and later turned her writing into a short story book entitled You Have Breast Cancer, So What Now: My Journey, My Story. This book tells of her personal hurt, pain, and sadness but also of her healing, restoration, and faith. After treatment, she found the sisterhood of H4TG and says, “Being a part of this group gives purpose. I can’t imagine not having them in my life.” For Vanessa, depicting a singer in the 1920s was not just about her love of singing, it also represents the areas of progress for African Americans of that era. Even in the midst of turmoil, great things were born, and though they faced racism and oppression, this did not keep African Americans silent or stop them from progressing. She adds, “They not only found strength, they also found their voice, just as I did!”