Everyone in the cancer community needs an annual event where they can meet up, hear about inspirational cancer survivors, learn about new technologies, and enjoy a little something bubbly.
On Oct. 5, the University of Arizona’s Ginny L. Clements Breast Cancer Institute, part of the UArizona Cancer Center, held the Beauty+Bubbly breast cancer awareness event under pink-draped tents on the center’s terrace.
More than 70 people attended, including patients, survivors, caregivers, clinicians and basic scientists.
During the event, Ginny L. Clements told the story of how she found out she had cancer at 15 years old, and how she not only survived it, but was able to have an active high school experience, complete with cheerleading and other activities.
In 2010, Clements said she began to disclose her breast cancer journey after reading a book about a woman who died of breast cancer in 1980, Susan G. Komen by her sister, Nancy Brinker, that inspired Clements to open up to others and to create the institution nine year later.
“I feel that research is our only answer,” Clements said. “For all of you that have breast cancer or are a survivor, you are all sisters and brothers to me.”
Alan Chiang, MD, PhD, division chief of breast imaging, site director of the Advanced Breast Imaging Center and program director of the Breast Imaging Fellowship, told participants about the latest mammography advancements and the importance of early detection through testing.
Nova Foster, MD, FACS, medical director of the Breast Program in the Department of Surgery, discussed the advances in surgery concerning lumpectomies and mastectomies, and how systemic therapies involving new drug treatments have resulted in improvements to treatment.
“It seems like almost every day there are new research discoveries, and new drugs and clinical trials, so it's really an exciting time to be involved in breast cancer," Dr. Foster said.
Participants enjoyed makeovers from Tullia Salon & Spa, gift bags from Dillard’s, and giveaways from the Cancer Center’s Office of Community Outreach and Engagement, coordinated by Namoonga Mantina, research program administrator and doctoral candidate. Bag It Cancer and Glow Designer Wigs also met with participants.
“We hope you leave here knowing that there is an entire community of people dedicated to preventing and curing cancer who care about you,” said Joann Sweasy, PhD, Cancer Center director.
The Ginny L. Clements Breast Cancer Institute thanks Drs. Terry Badger, Jennifer Bea, Sima Ehsani, Jennifer Erdrich, Jennifer Segar, Cynthia Thomson, Karen Weihs, and Monica Yellowhair, and to Alaina Krone and Elizabeth McPeak for attending the event and supporting the local cancer community.